At restaurants across Canada, the first week of September is all about epic burgers during a food event called Le Burger Week.
This year, they've gotten a little cheesy - and organizers have dubbed the fest Le Cheeseburger Week. All participants must feature cheese (or vegan "faux"mage) on their burger creations.
From September 1 through 7, diners are encouraged to visit particpating restaurants in their area, and order up the Le Cheeseburger Week offering. Rather than gather votes this year as in the past, Le Cheeseburger Week is focusing on charity partnerships. Proceeds from select burgers will benefit Centraide and United Way. Sponsors Lightspeed and Saputo will present awards to their favourite burgers, too.
2020 is obviously a different year for restaurants, and Le Cheeseburger Week will have offerings available for dine-in, take-out, or delivery, and those options will vary by restaurant.
Launched nearly a decade ago in Montreal, the annual event has brought burger lovers together in numerous Canadian cities since 2017, when the fest expanded to include Quebec City, Cornwall, Toronto, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and, Vancouver.
This year, the participating restaurants in and around Vancouver are as follows:
Whiskey Six BBQ: Double Cheese Smokehouse Burger
Two grilled organic hand made patties with smoked cheddar cheese with organic lettuce, tomato, red onion, house bbq sauce/mustard served on a fresh baked brioche bun.
Address: 826 Renfrew St, Vancouver
Pourhouse: Elk & Venison Burger
An elk and venison burger, stuffed with jalapeño cheese, black pepper bacon, grainy mustard mayo, iceberg lettuce, and tomato jam.
Address: 162 Water St, Vancouver
Fable Diner: Brunch Burger
Beef smash patty, sunny side egg, streaky bacon, fried onions, melted sliced cheese, house made pickles, mayonnaise. Served on traditional hamburger bun, served with french fries
Address: 151 East Broadway, Vancouver
East Side Craft House: Cluck E. Cheese Burger
Crispy fried chicken breast, smothered in jalapeño cheese sauce, crowned with bacon, onion rings and Sriracha sauce on a brioche bun.
Address: 1445 East 41 Av, Vancouver
Vera's Burger Shack: Hot Chick
Buttermilk soaked chicken breast, breaded and deep fried, topped with havarti cheese, shredded lettuce and bread and butter pickles, with chipotle mayo.
Address: All Vera's locations
IHOP - Classic with Bacon
Only bacon can improve upon a classic. Custom cured bacon, Canadian cheese, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles & IHOP® Sauce.
Address: IHOP locations in Burnaby, Coquitlam, Surrey, Langley, New Westminster, Port Coquitlam, Richmond, Chilliwack, and Kelowna
Now go forth and eat some cheeseburgers!
When: Sept. 1-7, 2020
Where: Participating Metro Vancouver and B.C. restaurants