Here is my ode to the restaurateurs, chefs and cooks who put a year-round effort in offering the best burgers in Québec City. Burgers that are not engineered for competition and that are truly authentic. Burgers made by people who take the time and make the extra effort of selecting high-quality ingredients. Burgers made by people who establish personal relationships with local producers or push the limits of their distributors in order to create the best burger experience in Québec City. Here is a list created to recognize the people, the effort and the love for great food. It is my way of saluting these determined, passionate creators.
Chez Victor Saint-Jean
145 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 1N4
I have a lot of trouble deciding when it comes to choosing one perfect burger at Chez Victor on rue Saint-Jean. Every burger is given that ”extra special” attention. Whether boar, duck, merguez or chicken, every burger on the menu tastes like the real deal. They all taste authentic! Hipsters love L’Inter (beef, cheese curds, onion rings and bacon), aristocrats Le Cerf ( deer, brie, red wine and rosemary-infused pears) while lighter eaters prefer L’Atlantique (salmon filet, fennel salad, apples and Québec berries). Chez Victor on rue Saint-Jean also serves a variety of vegetarian burgers made with either tofu, nuts, beans or peas.
Oh! Their succulent fries are cooked in peanut oil!
Extremely rare in Québec City and sooo de-li-cious!
1084 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 1S4
On July 3, 1608, Samuel de Champlain sailed up the St. Lawrence River and settled along Québec’s shoreline. He thus founded Québec City. This date is also given to one of Québec’s best cheese created by the Laiterie Charlevoix made from the milk of patrimonial cows introduced to Canada that same year. Along with two hefty meat patties, fried and caramelized onions, lightly smoked bacon and a sweet bourbon sauce, the Charlevoix burger is the ideal partner to your hunger-filled evenings. Highly recommended for women who like it … dirty.
8 Rue Saint Antoine, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 4C9
The Artefact burger oozes with pleasure. One wouldn’t believe heaven lies between two buns when reading the description on the menu, but when it first comes in contact with your lips, tongue and teeth, pleasure-induced salivation is inevitable. Every single ingredient that composes this trifecta of beauty harmonize to compose one helluva good burger. And I haven’t said a word about the gorgeous decor of the Café-Bar. Highly recommended for a romantic birthday celebration. Notice in the picture how they’ve cut down the buns? Love it!
225 QC-138, Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures, QC G3A
Chez Michelin is one of Québec’s finest snack bar. Located in Saint-Augustin along highway 138 and in an industrial area that has absolutely nothing attractive to it, Chez Micheline is a destination all of its own. Poutine is the power of attraction behind this casse-croute, but it’s their decadent L’Inter burger that keeps customers coming back for more. l’Inter is a greasy pile of meat, cheese curds, onion rings flattened between two traditional burger buns. Some even push their heart rate by pouring over poutine sauce. I don’t know Micheline, but she’ll make you live perilously through traditional and authentic Québécois flavours.
Le Chic Shack
15 Rue du Fort, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 3Z8
Steps from rue du Trésor, and directly across the street from the Château Frontenac, the Chic Shack is a popular, tourist-friendly destination for a burger and milkshake. A quick and rather satisfying beef-cheddar-pickle trio served between two slices of fresh pain brioché made from the hands of local artisan baker Eric Borderon. In season, dare to plunge into the Magdalene island lobster burger, oozing with love and… homemade aioli.
Le Fin Gourmet
774 Rue Raoul-Jobin, Ville de Québec, QC G1N 1R9
Far away from the more attractive, tourist-friendly neighbourhoods of Quebec City, the Fin Gourmet is the quaint essential neighbourhood bistro. Located in a residential area of west Saint-Sauveur, this mother & daughter-run restaurant grills one of the best burgers in town. Lookup their website to find out which burger is available when, because as I write these words, the camel burger attracts much attention. Dare to try?
La Roulotte du Coin
2875 Chemin Royal, Sainte-Famille, QC G0A 3P0
Is it still a burger if the meat is duck? YES! Especially when it’s as good as the Roulotte du Coin’s pulled duck burger. The duck is raised on site, transformed in-house and served in a bucolic farm setting in Ste-Famille on Île d’Orléans. Every product is hyper local and owner/farmer/cook Jean-François Émond created every dish with lots of love. This burger is simply melt-in-your-mouth delicious. The fries are cooked in duck fat! OMG, OMG! Hurry, because the Roulotte du Coin closes during Winter. Read my overall review of La Roulotte du Coin HERE.
700 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 1R1
Located in the heart of boho Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste, The Hobbit is where I find both the perfect soundtrack and the perfect setting for a weekday meal. Its brick walls, leather seats and wooden tables set the tone of this unpretentious, down-to-earth neighbourhood bistro. I love its ambience, one where I imagine novelists come for inspiration or observe human behaviour. The floor-to-ceiling windows let in a filtered light, often swaying to the sounds of Cohen, Brel or Feist. Its quaint sidewalk terrace is ideal for enjoying a late evening burger and beer. A generous serving of beef topped with bacon and aged cheddar; in perfect harmony for an oatmeal stout. Read my breakfast review of The Hobbit HERE.
Le Crac Aliments sains – La Carotte Joyeuse
690 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 1P8
La Carotte Joyeuse is the only green grocery of the Faubourg Saint-Jean Baptiste. Inside, you will find grains, nuts, seeds in bulk and lots of local, organic products. At the back-end of the store sits Le Crac’s ready-to-eat counter filled with salads, desserts and cheese. Many vegan options too! Their best-kept secrets are the sesame and barbecue marinated tofu burgers cooked to order. A generous patty of grilled tofu topped with cheese, beets, pickles, tomatoes, lettuce and a generous variety of other condiments. Say awwww! It’s an incredibly thick and juicy tofu burger. Plan your visit accordingly, because you cannot order their burgers during lunchtime.