Although there is no shortage of delicious, delicious burgers to be consumed in Toronto, I was excited to visit Bareburger. Bareburger is a popular American burger chain that has landed in Toronto. The chain touts an organic menu, pesticide free veggies, and serves up grass fed beef. Fried dishes are cooked in 100% non-GMO sunflower oil.
Bareburger was founded in 2008 in New York. The founder He opened a night club and it was empty. He started to make burgers in the back, and people started visiting for just the burgers…and the rest is history! Since then, there are 28 locations.
Lets get down to enjoying some burgers! But first- there’s always room for some appetizers.
These Macho Fries came highly recommended. Fries arrived in a huge bowl topped with guacamole, pico de gallo, pepperjack cheese, pickled jalapenos and buttermilk ranch sauce ($13.95). To make this dish amazing, the buttermilk fried chicken ($3.90) is a must add on! The buttermilk chicken was perfect: crisp and tender. Definitely a dish to be shared.
We also got to try some sliders (3 for 13.65), to help us decide what burger to consume. Pictured is the: Backyard Brisket (brisket, pepper jack cheese, green tomatoes) Hot Honey Chicken (buttermilk fried chicken, wasabi carrot slaw, pineapple relish, hot honey) Big Blue Bunyon (beef, blue cheese, back bacon, tomato fig jam) and the Chick’n Pickle (buttermilk fried chicken, sweet pickles, green leaf, horseradish). The brioche bun was fresh with just enough sweetness, and each burger was diverse enough to stand on it’s own. A surprising favourite was the Hot Honey.
We washed it down with all natural blackberry soda ($3.25), and a strawberry lemonade ($3.25). Definitely worth a try. Loved the tart but not too sweet lemonade.
The location also has a full bar serving cocktails, beer and wine.
Okay, now it’s burger time! The burger menu has 14 different burgers. Choice is definitly king here. You can customize your own burger with an exhaustive list of toppings, buns and meats. Meat choices include beef, bison, elk, wild boar, duck, turkey and even 3 different types of veggie burgers (black bean, farmers quinoa or sweet potato and wild rice).
I decided to try a Supreme burger: beef patty, Colby cheese, fruitwood bacon, green leaf, onion rings, chopped fries, special sauce on a brioche bun. Check out that onion ring stack! This is not a first date burger, but it is a mound of tasty burger. Shout out to the perfectly fried onion rings.
My dining partner had the Grindhouse with an elk patty, pepper jack cheese, fruitwood bacon, piquante relish, green leaf and papriko mayo. He opted for an adorable jar of spicy pickles ($3.85) as his side.
Because we couldn’t resist (okay, I couldn’t) we had a Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich for dessert. Yum!
The verdict? I’ll be back. The fantastic location (super close to Dundas Square) and the diverse menu makes this a winner. You could return to Bareburger again and again, and not have the same burger twice.
Bareburger is at 111 Dundas Street West, Toronto.