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Hamilton Street Grill

The Burger:

The Hamilton Street Burger

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Rated On:

Sep 14, 2011

It's All In The Details

Burger Basics

At Hamilton Street Grill, you start off with a gorgeous house-ground Angus beef patty. I mean... House-Ground Folks, it's ground right there, seasoned ever so slightly and juicy as all getout! Then you get yourself a fresh kaiser that is well toasted with a very high burg juice absorption rating. Half way through the burger, I did the obligatory squeeze test and was simply delighted at how juicy this patty really was, like a sponge, holding in all that flavor. You'll have to excuse me, I'm salivating a little at the moment. The basics of this burg are A+ in my books.

The Extras

The toppings of the burg are kind of limited but that shouldn't come as a surprise when it is the only burg on the menu. That said, the t bacon is nicely smoked (also, in-house) and the cheddar adds a great creamy boldness to the burger. Then there's the Kennebec Frites... These fries are slightly addictive. I was couldn't stop munching on them and kind of wished there was another entire plate full of them. Great compliment to a well-made burg.

The Experience

Hamilton Street Grill is located right in Yaletown, with a great patio. Now, this is some pretty simple math, Great Burg + Great Patio + Great Area = Great experience. Pretty cut and dry.

My Take

I had definitely done some research when it came to to the Hamilton Street Grill, as they had been proclaimed the best burger in Yaletown, and even vancouver by some. Now it was time to find out how much truth lay in these claims. When you roll into a place like this, you shouldn't be looking to go wild and crazy with your burg. These folks make great food for a living and you should trust them when they serve something up. When it first came out, it looked like it was going to be tasty, but it almost looked timid on this monster plate heaped high with delicious frites. Oh was I in for a surprise, this was in no way a timid burg and it made it's point each time I bit into it. I noticed that the 'extra' toppings (onion, tomato, lettuce) are actually presented to you on the side, yet another student of the minimalist burger movement using the bold flavors of the cheddar, beef and bacon, all complimenting each other, to give you a little pop in the kisser. This burg can stand proud on the basics alone.

Rating Breakdown

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


  • 8/10
  • 15/15
  • 9/10
  • 3/5
  • 9/10
  • 4/5
  • 8/10
  • 5/5
  • 3/5
  • 18/20
  • 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 - 1.33)

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Available with your choice of:


  • Beef


  • Kaiser


  • Truffle Mayo


  • Cheddar


  • Onion
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato
  • Bacon


  • Fries


  • Pop
  • Beer