|Photo by Mark Avila|
Date Visited: September 21, 2021
Location: North York, ON
BurgerTours Rating: 6.65/10
|Good||Very messy||$11-$15||Fast Food||Veggie|
Drew’s Review (Written for Mark’s Burger)
What’s up guys! This is BurgerTours, I’m Andrew and welcome to our review of Yonge Burger!
|Photo by Andrew Hockridge|
Yonge Burger is a burger spot on Yonge Street, just south of Steeles Ave. in North York. It opened in late 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic by friends who have a desire for great taste and flavorful food. Yonge Burger is a symbolic staple of the North York neighborhood and have entered the GTA burger scene with a mighty menu. Every burger is made from 100% naturally raised beef locally and every ingredient is from sustainable and environmentally friendly resources.
According to a Facebook post dated December 26, 2020, the creation was first thought of when a group of friends were driving up and down Yonge Street looking for a decent eatery for a quick bite, and there wasn’t one in radius, especially a single burger joint; Thus Yonge Burger was born.
We found this location one day while searching for a new burger joint to visit for the month of September. We landed on Yonge Burger after glancing at their menu and become intrigued with their burgers. Each burger is named after a popular Yonge Street intersection in Toronto, spanning from Steeles and Yonge, (beef patty/crispy chicken patty combo) to King and Yonge (2 7oz. beef patties). They also have a Kimchi burger, a Veggie burger, or their signature Yonge burger, which features a single 7oz. beef patty.
There was hardly anyone in the joint when we arrived just after noon on a Tuesday. Given the amount of space it had, and the number of tables and chairs to dine at, we decided to dine in. When going through the menu, the one that really interested me was the Shepperd and Yonge burger which is a meaty 7oz. Beef patty with secret sauce, Canadian’s finest bacon and artisan cheddar cheese. HOWEVER, Mark and I got our orders mixed up and I ended up eating his burger; College and Yonge. The College and Yonge burger is Mexican inspired with secret sauce, smooth guacamole, crispy jalapeños and a 7oz. beef patty. So instead of reviewing the burger I had originally ordered, I will be reviewing the College and Yonge, the burger Mark ordered.
|College and Yonge/Photo by Andrew Hockridge
The College and Yonge burger was tasty, savoury and spicy all in one. The meat was tender and a little dry, but flavourful. Every bite was oozing with a nice mix of veggies and spiciness. I’m not such a huge fan of spicy burgers, but this one was different. There was very little kick to the spiciness and overall, the guacamole and the secret sauce provided a great compliment to the crispy jalapeños and the beef patty. The one thing however that stood out were the buns. Yonge Burger was advertising “artisan style” buns on their menu inside the restaurant. These were not the artisan style buns that were advertised. These buns were similar to a Burger King bun with sesame seeds. Maybe we just had to ask for the artisan style buns?
Overall, Yonge Burger exceeded my expectations when it came to the flavor of the burger. The College and Yonge burger is a fine burger to try, but one that you only need to have once. Because the menu is huge and Yonge Street has many intersections in Toronto, there are many different options on the Yonge Burger menu to satisfy your craving. I hope to one day return to try the burger I had originally wanted to try and maybe then I will be met with great expectations. Next time you find yourself in the North York area and need a burger joint to dine at, Yonge Burger is the place. The joint also takes orders through UberEats, Skip the Dishes and DoorDash. But be sure to pay a visit so you can “keep calm and eat burger.”
Mark’s Review (Written for Andrew’s Burger)
We venture once again to North Toronto where we find another hidden gem in Toronto’s burger scene. For this tour we take you to Yonge & Steeles where you pay a visit to, coincidentally named, Yonge Burger!
Yonge Burger sticks out for multiple reasons… the restaurant was started by foodies who wanted to express what they love doing through food, and their burgers are named after major intersections along Yonge Street spanning from the intersection at Steeles Avenue down to King Street. Browsing through the menu I was impressed by how diverse each of their burgers were. They were comprised of ingredients that reflected the local offerings of the area represented. Seeing that this location was in the vicinity of Koreatown, a Kimchi Burger was for sure to be on the menu. As tempting as it was, the Kimchi Burger was gonna be something to save for the next visit.
|Yonge & Sheppard/Photo by Mark Avila|
After much consideration I decided to go for the Yonge and College- an homage to Mexican flavors with guacamole, crispy jalapeños, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and topped with a secret sauce. The first bite was creamy and light as the juices from the patty cascaded off the bun onto the table. As I was thoroughly enjoying this amazing burger, I realized that there was something missing… where was the heat and flavors of Mexico that I was expecting? It wasn’t until halfway through that I looked at Andrew’s burger and noticed the guacamole and peppers, and finally clicked that we were given each others meals.
Andrew had ordered the Sheppard and Yonge, which was an all Canadian burger with a beef patty, Canadian bacon, artisan cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickles and their signature burger sauce. The burger was probably one of the best that I’ve had in a quite a while. It was your typical bacon cheese burger, but better! The bacon was crispy, while the cheese added a balance of sweet and savoury.
Regardless, of the mixup I was not disappointed. Though sometimes I wonder how it matches up to the Yonge and College.