The Burger $2.85 food cart, aka Wakwak Burger, is finally back!


Remember when the corner of Granville and Pender had the aroma of freshly-grilled burgers wafting by almost daily. That was thanks to a food cart known mostly as “Burger $2.85”–because that’s how much a basic burger cost. Though they did eventually re-brand as Wakwak, this Japanese-style burger and cheeseburger cart “disappeared” for about a year. Now, they’re back.

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On Friday, March 9, 2018, Wakwak Burger posted to their Facebook page: “Hi all!! We will be finally back. Today 11am-9pm open!! Thank you.”

Besides updating their profile photo a few hours prior, Wakwak hadn’t been active on their Facebook page since late 2016.

In early 2017, a few Instagrammers caught Wakwak set up at 511 Granville Street, but in the following months, the burger cart just wasn’t there.

A similar burger cart, called Yokabai Burger, had taken over operations, but moved from spot to spot. The burgers were being served up some weekdays in Mount Pleasant, some evenings in Railtown, and so on.

Burger $2.85 is definitely a Vancouver street food gem. From classic burgers with their special sauce to things like crispy chicken burgers and their sides of fries, it’s no wonder Wakwak Burger always ended up on many a local’s guide for the best cheap eats.

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Wakwak Burger/Facebook

On March 7, Yokabai announced they were renaming themselves “Wakwak Burger” and would be opening up again downtown, redirecting new fans to Wakwak’s old Facebook page.

We’ve reached out to Wakwak Burger to see if they are able to provide any more details about the rebrand and return, but in the meantime, for fans of those piled-high, Japanese-style burgers at a very approachable price, it’s time to head back to Granville and Pender…finally!

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Lindsay is the Managing Editor of Vancouver Is Awesome, and the co-host and co-producer of the Vancouver Is Awesome Podcast. A fifth generation Vancouverite and life-long foodie, Lindsay also serves as a judge for the Vancouver Magazine Restaurant Awards. Previously the Food Editor of Daily Hive, Senior Editor of Vancity Buzz, and Editor-in-Chief of, in her past life in L.A. she earned an MA in English, attended culinary school, and was an English professor. Lindsay's first published piece was December 1980 in The Province; it was her letter to Santa. E-mail: // Twitter/Instagram: @squashblossom