It’s February, it’s cold, it’s miserable and you need comfort food as much as restaurants need patrons during their slowest month of the year. We’ve got a fix for both of it: The St. John’s Burger Battle.
15 fine local restaurants are onboard: each will make a temporarily available burger for the month of February. We’ve got it all, from veggie to moose burgers, and wild experiments to classic takes; there are even combos like lamb-pork belly and beef with braised rib, so have a browse below.
Your job is to try at least 1. Or at least 1 a week. Or be the burger warrior and slam them all back for epic burger battle bragging rights. If you really do try them all, please get in touch for an interview (and some cholesterol meds).
How to Play the Game and Win a Prize!
There’ll be two winning restaurants, our food critic’s pick, and the people’s choice. To vote for your favourite burger, use the form below. Take a pic of one of these burgers on social media, using the #BurgerBattle hastag, and you’re automatically entered to win a $50 certificate to Piatto Pizzeria! The more burgers you try, the more times you’re entered to win.
Drop A Comment and Hit Up Our Hashtag!
In the age of social media, everyone’s a critic. We wanna know what you liked, we wanna see your pics, we wanna light up the web with local restaurants. So hit up the hashtag #BurgerBattle (note the Caps!) on social media, and drop us your commentary below this article, so we can share your thoughts in March’s issue.
BERNARD STANLEY GASTROPUB
Beef & Pork Belly Burger
8oz beef and pork patty on a sesame seed bun, topped with pork belly, tomato jam, Five Brothers’ Logy Bay jack with hot chilies, lettuce, caramelized onion, and apple relish, maple rosemary and grainy dijon aioli, and jalapenos. The burger will be served with kettle chips at lunch, and rosemary potato wedges at supper. $17. Located at 223 Duckworth Street.
BLUE ON WATER
The Green Monster
Spiced lamb patty on housemade spinach bun, with shaved pork belly, chicken pate, beet ketchup, spicy pickles, lettuce, tomato and a fried egg. The burger is served with a choice of fries, salad, or soup. $18. Located at 318 Water Street.
The Bullwinkle Burger
A moose burger with Five Brothers’ smoked cheddar, maple candied bacon, cider-marinated crispy onions, rhubarb chutney mayo, on a Celtic Hearth bakeshop bun. Garnished with a deep fried pickle. $18. “We will be running the burger 24 /7. Moose burger for breakfast anyone?” Located at 298 Water Street.
The Notorious PIG Mac
Two pork patties, bacon, PIG Mac Sauce, Five Brothers Avalon Cheddar, lettuce, pickles and onion, on a potato buttermilk bun. Served with shoe string cut fries and housemade ketchup. $17. Limited quantities served nightly, 5:30pm-close. Located at 7 Queen Street.
EXILE / JAG HOTEL
Local Lamb & Pakora Burger
Haricot Farms’ lamb, crispy pakora patty, rita mayo, spicy pickled carrots, butter-toasted brioche. $12 for the burger; $16 with a choice of side. Located at 115 George Street West.
THE FIFTH TICKET
Local Beef Burger
Locally sourced beef with gruyere cheese, house cured bacon, red onion jam, and burger aioli on a freshly made Rocket brioche bun, served with housemade bistro fries, tossed in truffle oil, and topped with parmesan cheese. $18. Located at 171 Water Street.
MAGNUM & STEINS
The Kickin’ Chicken Burger
Deep fried Texas pounded chicken, crispy house ranch slaw, house pickles, jalapeno & cheddar bun. $13.95. Located at 329 Duckworth Street.
The Merchant Burger
Double-smoked bacon, house made American cheese, Merchant sauce, caramelized onion, and pickles, on a house made brioche bun. $22/$30 (single or double patty). Choice of a side of fries or onion rings. Located at 291 Water Street.
La Dolce Vita Burger
7oz. lean beef infused with soppressata salami and house seasoning, bacon onion jam, maple goat cheese, jalapeno roasted garlic aioli, smoked caciocavallo cheese, baby arugula, and hot banana peppers on a ciabatta bun. Garnished with a Soppressata Salami- Wrapped Pepperoncini Pepper. $15; $18 with a side Caeser. Located at 377 Duckworth and 60 Elizabeth Avenue.
The Beefington Burger
Housemade beef patty, bacon, mozzarella, cheddar, PJ’s classic onion ring, crispy fried banana peppers, ranch dressing; includes a side. $14. Located at 102 Kenmount Road.
House Porchetta on Turkish Bread
House porchetta (pork), house Turkish bread, and house salsa verde with bitter greens and mushroom duxelle. $15. Located at 290 Duckworth Street.
SETO KITCHEN + BAR
Wagyu Burger with Seto Sauce
Wagyu burger, seto secret sauce, cheese, milk bun, served with onion rings and Sichuan ketchup. $30. Located at 281 Duckworth Street.
Jiggs burger with split peas, potatoes, turnip, carrot, parsnip, onion, and savory, served on a traditional Newfoundland bread bun and topped with mustard pickles. Side of home fries, a small house salad, or soup. $13.95. Located at 364 Duckworth Street.
House Beef on Buttermilk Buns
House-ground beef on a buttermilk biscuit bun, with 5 Brothers Pepper Jack Cheese, an onion ring, bacon jam, fried tomatoes, cider & mustard aioli, all garnished with fresh arugula and a fried egg. Served with handcut fries and house ketchup. $19. Located at 178 Water Street.
Spiced Pork Sausage & Belly Burger
Spiced pork sausage and grilled pork belly burger, served on Rustic bun, with light spicy pickled papaya and cucumber, drizzled with honey bavarian mustard, A side of braised cabbage. $12. Located at 288 Water Street.