Our quest for a great burger continues …
We’re always looking for that perfect burger – juicy and delicious with the ideal ratio of beef: 70% – 80% lean to 20 – 30% fat, accompanied by crispy fries and onion rings!
While we’ve dined at Big Smoke Burger a few times, we decided to try the North York location this time. Did I mention that I was looking forward to a mouth-watering burger and fries all week long?
The restaurant is clean, modern, and very relaxing. Normally we dine at the Yorkdale Mall location, which is just as good, but we liked eating at a stand alone location where we’re not tempted to shop, and we can take our time.
The new test menu featured easy to read menu items with photos of the actual burgers. “Eating with your eyes” definitely appeals to most people, and the first handcrafted burger that caught my attention was “The Beast.” I let H enjoy that one while I chose the “Smoky Cheddar Bacon Burger.”
Wasim, the General Manager was kind enough to bring our order over and I had my camera ready! H thought, “Wow, can I just eat the burger now?”
Let’s talk about the bun first because there is nothing worse than a soggy bun. I actually noticed right away that Big Smoke Burgers buns are firm and nicely toasted. They’re not bready (is that a word), and can definitely hold up to their generous toppings.
Speaking of toppings, Big Smoke Burger sautés fresh mushrooms and caramelized onions onsite. All their sauces are house-made and while I’m typing this, I clearly forgot to try any of them! Don’t do this; make sure you try at least one of them!
On to the beef! The burgers are made with fresh triple A Canadian chuck, and never frozen. They are charbroiled to perfection and not heavily seasoned. We ordered our burgers “not pink” and they were still juicy.
The “Smoky Cheddar Bacon Burger” had everything I wanted – crispy lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, pickles, white cheddar cheese, onions, ketchup and mayonnaise … need I say more? As you can see from the picture, the ingredients are fresh! Look at the crisp lettuce!
H clearly appreciated that I ordered “The Beast” for him. What a perfect burger, with sautéed mushrooms, smoked Cheddar cheese, crispy bacon, an oversized breaded onion ring and house made “Big” sauce. H said the texture and complex flavors of this burger was easily his favorite. He offered a bite, but I declined because I could see he was thoroughly enjoying it.
The onion ring was just as large as the burger!!
On to the fries, oh my gosh! These are fresh, hand-cut daily PEI potatoes with just a bit of skin left on – again, not frozen. They were crispy and just lightly seasoned with salt. My only complaint was having to share them!
One of Wasim’s awesome team members checked on us to see if everything was okay, and I’m embarrassed to say that we only nodded and smiled – that’s what happens when you have two serious foodies enjoying awesome burgers, fries and onion rings.
Is it too soon for a return visit? Heck no! We came back the very next weekend because five pictures of their burgers were not enough to share with you. Here are some more!
It was nice to see Wasim again, and this time we decided to try totally different burgers even though we really enjoyed the ones we had last week.
I ordered the “Spicy Burger” with caramelized onions, house made chipotle mayonnaise, jalapenos, lettuce and tomato.
H ordered the “Double Smoke Stack” – two patties with smoked Canadian cheddar, lettuce, pickle, onions and “Big” sauce. What great choices.
My burger had a bit more spice than I was used to so half way through, I switched with H. Being a spice lover, this burger was a hit for him. The Double Smoke Stack was now another favorite, and the sauce was nothing like the “Big” secret sauce that we all know about. It was tangier with more body and really complimented the burger.
We had to have a large order of their fries, and this time we remembered the dipping sauces. The rosemary garlic was addictive, and I don’t know how I can go back to just regular ketchup! H really liked the chipotle dipping sauce which had a nice smoky kick.
The burgers were again very juicy and flavorful. The toppings just as fresh as last week, and the fries were hot and crispy. It’s great to see such consistency. We had a really awesome meal and dining experience!
It’s been several weeks now and we are definitely craving Big Smoke Burgers!
Food courtesy of Big Smoke Burger, however, the comments and my review are unbiased. This is not a paid advertisement.