Burger joints are popping up fast and furious in Calgary with is no sign of it slowing down. There is definitely a burger for everyone – meat, vegetarian, seafood and gluten-free.
So skip the McDonald’s drive-in and check out one of these quality restaurants for the best burgers in Calgary!
I try to be experimental by ordering different menu items at Charcut but my heart always revert back to their burger.
Charcut is notorious for its homemade sausage patty and cheese curds topped with a fried egg. Yes, it can be a delicious mess but is so worth it. Their burgers are so good that they even have their own food truck – Alley Burger.
Read more at our Charcut Calgary Restaurant Review.
- 899 Centre Street South, Calgary, AB
- Phone Number – 403.984.2180
Best Chicken Burger
Smashburger‘s claim to fame is they smash and season their top notch beef burgers. But you can’t dismiss the avocado chicken club – your choice of grilled or crispy – is a superior alternative for those looking for a healthier option. Wash it all down with their fresh Saskatoon Berry milkshake.
- 2770 – 32nd Avenue NE
- Phone Number – 403.250.3156
- 319 – 8888 Country Hills Blvd
- Phone Number – 403.208.8041
Somehow Original Joe’s has made the perfect burger for vegans. Their secret? Homemade hummus. Most places you only get one side dish whereas OJ’s offers two different sides including yam fries, coleslaw and mango pasta salad.
My favourite location is in Mission:
- 2118 – 4th Street SW
- Phone – 403.802.3800
Best Salmon Burger
Hands down, Notable has the most tantalizing salmon burger in the city. Where else can you find an ensemble of salmon, pickled cucumber and red onion, lettuce, tomato on their homemade sesame bun? The wow factor is definitely the togarashi (Japanese chili peppers) mayonnaise that adds a bit of heat to each morsel.
- 4611 Bowness Road NW
- Phone – 403.288.4372
Bison meat is becoming increasingly popular in restaurants especially for those looking for a healthier, yet flavourful option to red meat.
Due to the low fat content, bison burgers can end up dry but you won’t find that problem at Blue Star Diner. Their bison burger is made with local meat flavoured with sun-dried tomato and homemade ranch.
Learn more at Blue Star Diner Calgary Restaurant Review.
- 809 1st Ave NE
- Phone Number – 403.261.9998
Best Gluten-Free Burger
Clive Burger has a gluten-free burger to accommodate those with a gluten intolerance or sensitivity. The beef is fresh and hormone-free resulting in a tasty, juicy and succulent burger.
Their burgers are too good to mask the flavour with condiments but do try their Clive sauce on your burger and fries, its really good!
- 736 17th Avenue SW
- Phone – 403.777.1050
The best fries consist of a crispy exterior while soft and fluffy on the inside and most importantly, it is not overwhelmingly greasy and soggy.
This perfectly describes the fries at Five Guys. Their fries are fresh cut and cooked in peanut oil. Skip the ketchup or mayonnaise.
Learn more at 5 Guys Burger and Fries Calgary Restaurant Review.
- 222 – 33 Heritage Meadows Way SE
- Phone – 403.252.3373
Milkshakes and burgers go hand in hand like peanut butter and jelly. A legend of its own, Peter’s Drive-In serves burgers, fries, onion rings, hotdogs and an assortment of milkshakes made with real ice cream.
In fact, you can create thousands of flavour combinations. Add some roller skating car hops, and you’ll be transported back to the 50’s.
- 219 16th Avenue NE
- Phone – 403.277.2747
Once you’ve justified paying $21 for a burger, indulge yourself into the luxurious Kobe burger at Black Betty Wine and Bar.
The burger is made with Kobe beef known for its tenderness and delicate flavour, and infused with truffle honey Dijon. Whether you’re a burger connoisseur or purist, it is definitely worth trying.
- 606 – 1st Street SW
- Phone – 403.265.4230
Calgary is becoming a culinary destination for burger lovers. Do you have a favourite burger in Calgary? Let us know what it is and leave us a comment below!
Until next time, be sure to check out more of the best in Calgary today!