Whether you’ve got a mean case of “hanger,” need to fuel up on the way to the cottage, or just really want an excellent burger, one of these cottage country favourites is sure to satiate your cravings.
From the greasy (in a good way) to the gourmet, here are some of the best burger pit-stops in the region.
The Riv Chip Stand and Larry’s Chip Stand, Sturgeon Falls
Fierce loyalties to these two mainstays divide the community of Sturgeon Falls. On one side of the street sits the Riv, an orange establishment that boasts a large picnic area and a menu that includes “Beaver Bits.” On the other side is Larry’s, a green chip stand that, according to journalist Ian Brown, “put Sturgeon Falls on the chip stand radar.” Wherever your loyalties lie, both serve your favourites, including burgers, poutine, and Pogo sticks.
The Surf Burger House, Cherry Valley
The new kid on the block is already making waves. Surf Burger House doesn’t just have the best burgers in Prince Edward County—they have the best burgers in Eastern Canada, according to CTV. However, cottagers also flock here for Maui dogs, fish tacos, and frozen strawberry lemonade.
The Huron Club Restaurant & Bar, Collingwood
With no membership necessary and lots of vegetarian options available, this bistro has something to please everyone. While fans rave about their namesake burger, other go-to dishes include the deli-style Reuben sandwich, and the fish and chips made with battered Icelandic cod. The menu changes seasonally, but you can count on live local music Wednesday through Saturday nights.
Honey’s Diner, Big Cedar
Open year-round, this family restaurant in the North Kawarthas offers food as sweet as their name sounds. Think old-fashioned and homemade grub that tastes like Canada, including butter tars, cabbage rolls, steak sandwiches, and, of course, burgers.
Barrie Burger, Barrie
When you’re on your way to the cottage, it’s easy to default to the known chains, particularly in Barrie. But if you’re looking for a homemade and customizable alternative, Barrie Burger won’t disappoint. Their exhaustive menu features everything from the Foot Long Super Hot Dog (which comes with cheese and smoked back bacon) to the Halibut Fish Burger.
The Burger Shop, Bracebridge
Don’t be fooled by the Burger Shop’s checkered-floor interior—this isn’t your standard burger joint. Here, patties are ground and pressed daily from a blend of sirloin, round, and prime rib Canadian beef. Next, they’re topped with flavours like BBQ-stewed pulled pork, wine-glazed mushrooms, and coffee-infused mayo. Don’t worry vegetarians—there’s also not one, but two patty options for you.
Burger Revolution, Belleville
Power to the (hungry) people! Here, “flavour is freedom” and the people have spoken, naming this the home of the “best burgers in Ontario.” These gourmet burgers break the mould with toppings like pineapple and ghost pepper spread, smoked tomato jam, and even peanut butter. It’s no wonder Burger Revolution was featured on the Food Network’s show You Gotta Eat Here.