843 Kipling Avenue, Toronto
UPDATE: This particular location is closed (it’s been replaced with Big Butcher Barbeque); check their website for other locations.
Some burgers, like everything else, are just average. They straddle that line between really good and really bad, without gathering much buzz; they’re just there, receding from your memory almost immediately after consumption. The burgers at Gourmet Burger Co. fall squarely into this category.
The restaurant has a clean look to it, and it’s laid out much like many burger joints in Toronto; you order your burger, pay, then pick up your food from the counter when it’s ready.
I went pretty simple, ordering a plain burger topped with tomatoes, pickles and GBC sauce (described as a mixture of mayo, ketchup, hot sauce, mustard, honey, and roasted garlic).
My first impression was that the burger had obviously been cooked on a griddle, resulting in a moderate amount of crust on the patty. Not as much as at a place like Burger’s Priest or Holy Chuck, but it was there.
The beef has that muddled flavour typical of mediocre quality beef. It’s okay; it’s a bit bland, but it tastes fine. It’s also too lean and a bit overcooked, resulting in a drier texture than you might like.
The GBC sauce is a bit on the strong side, with an overpoweringly salty/vinegary flavour. I wouldn’t get it again. The pickles and tomato were fine, and the soft bun, though a tad on the large side and a bit more substantial than I’d like, complimented the burger fairly well.
I ordered the onion rings on the side, and they were fresh, with a crispy, tasty batter. The onions were yielding and well-cooked; they were definitely a highlight.
All in all it wasn’t the best burger ever, but if I found myself in the area again, I wouldn’t object to eating another one. Like I said, it’s average; it’s not a burger that anyone is going to swoon over, but it gets the job done.
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