Back after much success, Burger Week kicks off today with a bang. Thirty restaurants from across the city are competing to win the title of best hamburger.
How it works: Between September 1-7, a number of the city's notable burger joints join forces to present a unique combination created especially for the event. By voting online through the interactive website you will help choose the winner. The recipe with the most votes will be announced at the end of the week. This year's caveat: The dish must contain cheese.
Founders Thierry Rassam and Méchant Mangeur's Na'eem Adam started their venture in 2012 and took gluttony to another level in winter by introducing Poutine Week. Now in its second year, Le Burger Week with Fromage is gearing up to take on Quebec City, Winnipeg, and Vancouver.
Several newcomers include Dépanneur Le Pick-Up, Uniburger, and Miss Prêt à Manger. A few of last year's favourites, among them winner Burger Bar Crescent who took the competition by storm by serving a poutine burger, will make a comeback.
Eateries to look out for this edition: Blackstrap BBQ has crafted a burger for the first time available during this week only, while Globe has added oysters to theirs. Fabergé is offering sliders accompanied by various dipping sauces, one being their popular hollandaise.
Hamburger buffs will be judging creations based on everything from how well toppings mesh together, to the quality of the patty, and what type of bun is used. With burgers entering gourmet territory lately, these aren't your typical fast food combos – the possibilities are endless. Last year, we saw pulled pork, homemade sauces and mayos (hello, bourbon barbecue sauce), poppy seed buns, and patties topped with a fried egg.
Vegetarian options are also offered (veggie favourite, Lola Rosa being one), so there is no excuse not to venture out and sink your teeth into a burger this week. We can't wait to find out who will take the crown in Montreal.