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The Burger:

American Beef Burger

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Rated On:

Feb 21, 2012

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

Milestones sticks to the basics with their burger and Beef on a toasted sesame seed bun is about as basic as you can get. Not to bash the burger, as the patty was well cooked, flavorful and juicy slapped onto a fresh toasted sesame bun, just as advertised. If there were one knock though, it would be that the bun was, dare I say, too fresh, and a bit doughy. This can be a fine line, because you definitely want a fresh bun, but when it feels almost buttery while you eat and the bottom half turns soggy near the end of the burger, it can be a turn off.

The Extras

The extras were great, fresh and thick portions of all toppings are essential and always noticed. I mean, I understand tomatoes are rising in price, but I think you can afford to give me at least a 1/4" slice of tomato. Luckily Milestones doesn’t skimp; thick tomato, crispy lettuce, real ched and a few thicker than average slices of bacon go a long way to keeping people happy. There was a noticeable lack of sauce though which, coupled with an overly doughy bun, can make for a bit of a “god a need a sip of beer” moment here and there.

The Experience

The service at this location was great, but we did wait a little longer than expected to get the meal (35 min). The atmosphere was a little hectic as we went at 6:30 on a Saturday and the usual Milestones dinner crowd was in full swing. This is by no means a ‘burger joint’ and on any given day you will run the risk of a 40 minute wait.

My Take

I wouldn’t say Milestones was tops on my radar, as they don’t flaunt their burger and I haven’t really heard much about it. That said, there are locations everywhere you go and I knew I would eventually find myself there with an opportunity to burg. Now, I know that the location I went to was a fair ways outside Vancouver, but knowing that there are a fair number of Milestones in the lower mainland, I felt I could at least use it as a barometer. Myself personally, there are other items on the menu that I salivate over, so I can’t say that I would start going there with the sole purpose of ordering their burger, but if you’re unsure as to what you should get off the menu it is definitely worth a go. Also, don’t forget the water crest dip with your fries!

Rating Breakdown

  • Quality of Bun
  • Quality of Patty
  • Quality of Toppings
  • Selection of Toppings
  • Preparation
  • Aesthetics
  • Manageability
  • Drip Factor
  • Uniqueness
  • Overall Flavour
  • Value


  • 7/10
  • 12/15
  • 8/10
  • 3/5
  • 8/10
  • 4/5
  • 7/10
  • 4/5
  • 2/5
  • 16/20
  • 3/5

Burger Rating Scale: Explained

To start, just a note explaining the weighted rating of the burg. We understand that it might be a little confusing, but the thought is that certain points of a burger just have more of an effect on how good a burger really is. For example, we feel the quality of the patty has a bigger impact on the burger than the cost or how well it holds together.

  • Quality of Bun: How was the bun? Fresh? Chewy? We always hope for the freshest possible bun, something that we can grip on to and that will act as a proper container for the burger itself
  • Quality of Patty: Ah, the essence of the burg. How good is the patty though? I mean, are we dealing with the ideal 80/20 chuck? Or, do we have a patty riddled with filler and other foreign and unwanted product?
  • Quality of Toppings: How fresh is the produce on the burg? How fresh are the sauces? How well prepared are the other wild and wonderful things that adorn our burg?
  • Selection of Toppings: Is this a joint that tells you what to get? Or is the the sky the limit? There's something to be said for a place that will let you pile some onion rings, a fried egg and a half a Bavarian on your burg.
  • Preparation: How well are the 'essentials' prepared? Did you have the makings for a good patty, but Joe Chef burnt it beyond recognition? Was the patty great, but that heap of bacon you wanted was uncooked? Overall, how was the burger put together?
  • Aesthetics: Nothing says delicious like a burger that is giving you those "come hither" looks with how delicious IT looks.
  • Manageability: How far did you make it before the burger fell apart? I know a good burger is supposed to be juicy and leave your hands a mess, but I don't feel that I should be eating the majority of it with a fork.
  • Drip Factor: Just how far down your arm did that succulent stream of burger juices make it? We all know that noone leaves a proper burger battle without getting a little messy
  • Uniqueness: Can you get this burg at McDonalds? Did they take some time to actually make something different here? You can have burgers that are just plain amazing, and you can have burgers that are amazing and make you think "Where did they come up with this?"
  • Overall Flavor: Did your taste-buds do a jig? Does your mouth water at the mere mention of this burger joint? Flavor is where it’s at baby!
  • Value: How much "bang for your buck" factor was involved? Obviously you pay for greatness, but sometimes it is unjust, and sometimes it is just a treat.
"People's Choice" Rating: (3 votes - 4.00)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef
  • Chicken
  • Veggie


  • Sesame


  • Mayo
  • Avocado Salsa


  • Cheddar
  • Feta
  • Goat Cheese


  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Pickles
  • Bacon
  • Roasted Garlic


  • Fries
  • Cesar Salad


  • Pop
  • Beer