There’s a good reason the humble burger is so popular that whole menus are dedicated to it: the variety of choices is almost endless. How to choose the best burgers in Vancouver when there’s lamb burgers, crab cake patties, salmon filet – or classic grilled ground beef, to name just a few? Then, there’s all the toppings and the sauces and the sides, both traditional and quirky (fig jam, anyone?)
From the pickiest eater to the gourmet, burgers always seem to hit the spot. And though we often think of burgers as a summertime tradition when the sun is shining and the BBQ is out, the yummy eats can continue all year long thanks to the wealth of fantastic burger joints right here in and around Vancouver.
The Best Burgers in Vancouver & the Greater Vancouver Area
Bin 4 Burger Lounge
Where: Burnaby and Vancouver
With locations in both Burnaby and Vancouver (not to mention Kelowna, Victoria and Nanaimo, in case you’re travelling outside the lower mainland any time soon), Bin 4 Burger Lounge has made quite the name for themselves in the burger world. The restaurant group is about to celebrate its 10th anniversary. With unique offerings like “Chicken of the Sea Burger” and “My Big Fat Greek Burger” (along with plant-based offerings, too) there’s something for every burger fan here.
Where: New Westminster
From the classics to the exotic, Burger Heaven has it all in their longtime location in New Westminster. This local favourite is a casual destination with a lot of history: Burger Heaven grew out of an earlier restaurant in the area that was open in the 1980s and has been a family venture for several decades now.
Big Feast Bistro
Where: Maple Ridge
If you’re north of the Fraser River, and east of the big city, then head over to Big Feast. This local hotspot has been featured by the Food Network. And if you love the food, you can try to replicate it at home: Feast on This, a cookbook by owner and chef Mike Mulcahy, is a 214-page hardcover book featuring more than 130 recipes – 90 of which are from the Big Feast Bistro.
Where: White Rock
Located right on the picturesque strip in White Rock, this isn’t exclusively a burger joint – but they’ve certainly made a name for themselves with their extensive and unique burger menu. Named by numbers (Burger 7.0, Burger 8.0, and so on) these options mix up the toppings, the burger and the condiments to create a diverse menu of options.
Another in the “not just burgers” category is Britannia Brewing in Steveston (with locations also in Ladner and Lake Country with varied menus). This small fishing community is a big draw for tourists, but both locals and newcomers alike are fans of Britannia. With unique burgers drawn from local inspiration – salmon burger, anyone? – along with salads and other entrees, there’s sure to be plenty for everyone to enjoy. Check out their full menu of their own locally brewed beer, too.
Between Two Buns
This food stand in Chinatown is known for its classic burgers: hot, fresh and big. They were also the 2021 gold winner from Vancouver Magazine in the burger category. Closed on Monday and Tuesday, check their social media pages for hours, which may change seasonally.
Where: East Vancouver
All the traditional favourites are on the menu at Wally’s, a longtime East Vancouver favourite. This casual destination, with affordable pricing and big servings, is offering takeout only at the time being – making it a great stop on the way home from work for an easy dinner at home. A second location in North Vancouver is open spring through summer, so keep it in mind when the sunshine returns next year.
It’s all burgers, all the time at Brgr Brgr – yes, the name might just hint at that. This Fraser Valley restaurant works with various local farmers for their fresh to table ingredients, and offers a variety of meat (beef, lamb, chicken) and plant based burger options. Customize your burger with a full menu of unique sauces and round out the meal with some crispy or crunchy sides, in the form of fries of all kinds – or a salad.
Though not technically a burger place, this old school diner has so many burgers on its menu (ten, in fact) that it has to be included in our roundup of local options for the best burgers in Vancouver. From classic varieties to more quirky combinations, the burgers at Hilltop have something for every palate. And if not? Well, there’s a complete menu of alternative entrees – and some homemade pie to finish it off.