We love the holidays, from the widely celebrated ones like Thanksgiving, Christmas and Halloween, to those that aren’t commemorated in department stores like International Caesar, Wine or Pizza Day. There’s one, however, that really has our heart and it’s actually right around the corner! On Friday, May 28th, it’s International Burger Day and to honour such an occasion we’ve put together a list of the 16 best burgers you can find in Calgary! Bon appetite, YYC!

BLUE STAR DINER

With local connections and a catalogue of age-old recipes, Calgary’s Blue Star diner is one of the city’s best spots for diner dishes with flair. From their incredible lamb burger with feta, tzatziki and a soft multigrain bun, to their Guinness Braised Beef Sammy, they’ve got the art of grilling down to a science. Check them out!

Where: 809 – 1 Avenue NE, Calgary
Instagram: @Bluestar_YYC

SHIP AND ANCHOR

If you know, you know. The Ship and Anchor Pub is revered for its laid-back atmosphere and its unreal menu, but it’s its Ship Burger that keeps some hungry Calgarians going back time and time again. If you’re looking to sink your teeth into a once-in-a-lifetime kind of burger, you’ll almost definitely find it here.

Where: 534 17 Ave SW, Calgary
Instagram: @ShipandAnchorPub

PETER’S DRIVE-IN

What can we say? A list of the best burgers in Calgary isn’t complete without Peter’s. It’s not only a legendary Calgary location, but a combo of a classic hamburger or cheeseburger, onion rings, and a milkshake from here is pretty dang hard to beat.

Where: 219 16 Ave NE, Calgary
Instagram: @PetersDriveIn

INGLEWOOD DRIVE-IN

Craving classic diner bites, perfectly grilled meat and fresh toppings? Located in Calgary’s cutest (and most historic) neighbourhood, The Inglewood Drive-In is one spot that you just can’t beat. Check them out and don’t forget to get one of their dole whips while you’re at it!

Where: 802 12 Street SE, Calgary
Instagram: @IngleWoodDriveIn

BURGER INN

Serving both old-fashioned burgers and new school meaty eats, Calgary’s Burger Inn has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re a fast-food purist or a foodie with an unusual appetite, we guarantee you’ll leave this place full, happy and probably with a date set to come back again later.

Where: 1711 4 St SW #106, Calgary

CB’s DRIVE-IN

The burgers here are great, but the true special sauce at CB’s Drive-In in Calgary’s northwest is the crinkle-cut fries seasoned to perfection. Of course, this is a burger list, so we’ll recommend the classic but meaty Master Burger, with two patties and a whole bunch of deliciousness.

Where: 789 Northmount Drive NW, Calgary
Instagram: @CBDriveIn

CHARBAR

 

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Charbar knows BBQ, so as you can imagine their burger is out of this world. Double stacked and topped with aged cheddar cheese curds, crushed avocado and bacon – if you’re feeling fancy and choose to add it, this bad boy is not one to mess with.

Where: 618 Confluence Way SE, Calgary
Instagram: @Charbar_YYC

STARBELLY

In addition to celebratory dates, we also really love when a restaurant is accommodating and friends, Starbelly is just that. With a burger for everyone, even the pickiest of eaters will be able to sink their teeth into something exceptionally tasty and totally guilt-free. Here’s looking at you, veggie burger! 

Where:  19489 Seton Crescent SE #220, Calgary
Instagram: @StarbellyYYC 

NOTABLE

A favourite among foodies with an appetite fine dining, it’s really no surprise that NOtaBLE makes our list. With brisket that is done perfectly, fresh fixin’s piled sky-high and buns that we could eat by the bag, NoTaBLE’s burger is definitely a must-try for anyone with a meaty caving.

Where: 4611 Bowness Rd NW #133, Calgary
Instagram: @NotableCalgary

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BOOGIES BURGERS

 

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Despite being an in-and-out type joint, Boogies Burgers are arguably some of the best in Calgary. From Reddit to Yelp, Instagram to Twitter, Boogies is definitely a favourite, but – unlike so many other hyped-up restaurants, is actually worth checking out.

Where: 2129 33 Ave SW, Calgary or 908 Edmonton Trail, Calgary
Instagram: @boogiesYYC

NATIVE TONGUES TAQUERIA

Now, when you think Native Tongues, you may think tacos and guac, but they also happen to have one the best burgers in the entire city. Served with the works and chips with hot sauce their Hamburguesa Al Carbon is a 10/10.

Where: 235 12 Ave SW, Calgary
Instagram: @NativeTonguesYYC

ROCKY’S BURGER BUS

Rocky’s Burger Bus, a family-run joint in the South of Calgary, has been flippin’ meat for 23 years. Their burgers are handmade, hand-rolled and grilled perfectly, which is exactly why they’re one of our favourites. The restaurant is also literally run a bus too, so that’s pretty cool.

Where: 1235 26 Ave SE, Calgary
Instagram: @Rockyburgers

N9NA

 

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The only thing better than a burger … is a stuffed burger. At N9NA customers can actually build their meal from the inside out by choosing 2 of their 12 stuffings which range from pulled or to caramelized onions. Also, for those who just can’t make up their mind, they also have pre-made masterpieces including a mac and cheese stuffed burger that will completely blow your mind.

Where: 121 17 Ave SE, Calgary
Instagram: @RedMileN9NA

THE NASH

No restaurant would put their name on something unless it was amazing, right? Right! Made with a natural beef patty and topped with tarragon mustard aioli – which might just change your life, Fontina cheese and house pickles The Nash’s aptly named Nash Burger is another one we’d recommend that you try this week.

Where: 925 11 St SE, Calgary
Instagram: @TheNashYYC 

LEOPOLD’S

From their burger of the month to our personal favourite, The Juke, Leopold’s has mastered ‘the burger’. Despite being known for their larger-than-life poutines, they’ve really got it down to a science, even crushing the plant-based patty game with their Smash Burger.

Where: 1201 1 St SW, Calgary
Instagram: @LeopoldsTavern

DRAGON’S LAIR BURGER

Lastly, we’ve got a hidden gem! Though Calgary’s Dragon’s Lair Burger won both the 2015 Alberta Burger Fest and the 2018 YYC Burger Battle, this Westbrook must-try definitely doesn’t get enough buzz. With sauced-up meat and generous cheese, these guys do comfort food the right way – and that’s big.

Where: 1200 37 St SW, Calgary
Instagram: @DragonsLairYYC

There you have it, Calgary, 16 of the best burgers you can find in Calgary! We hope you’re hungry friends because you’re going to need all the stomach room you can get to crush the entire list! Good luck and happy snacking!