#88 The Burger’s Priest

The Burger’s Priest

Dilution never serves a brand. Back when they opened one shop on Queen East, the Priest was the home of the godliest burger north of Tonawanda. But expansion of both branches and menu have made it less exciting — especially given the burgeoning burger competition. Still, on a good day the fries are sweet, twice-fried Yukon gold. Forget all the complicated new burger concoctions. Their basic burger is my dream-food. It is simplicity incarnate. No fancy toppings or stupid gourmet pretensions, just great meat — juicy, greasy, delicious — cooked exactly the way you want it. I get my burger rare (oh joy!) with everything — ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion, tomato, lettuce and mayo. And they add just enough to highlight the meat, which is a smallish but thick patty fried on a flat-top. Ordinary white buns and cheese slices. The meat is the star here. This is the burger that made America great, once upon a time.


  • The Burger’s Priest
  • 1636 Queen St. E., Toronto (map)
  • 647-346-0617
  • www.theburgerspriest.com

  • Chef: Shant Mardirosian
  • Cuisine: Burgers
  • Cost of dinner for two: $25
  • Hours: Mon. to Wed. 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Thurs. to Fri. 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sat. 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
  • Reservations: No
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: No
  • Patio: No
  • Wheelchair accessible: Yes
  • CC accepted: Cash only
  • Parking: Street parking available
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