Halifax Burger Week 2019 Wrap-Up

Big, spicy flavours, creative meat combinations, and non-burger dishes in burger form were just a few of the trends that appeared for the 2019 edition of Halifax Burger Week, and with over 140 options this year, dedicated burger fans had their work cut out for them if they wanted to experience all the tasty choices being offered!

While the numbers haven’t been officially announced yet, from the amounts slowly trickling in from restaurants on social media, it appears that this has also been another great year in support of Feed Nova Scotia. I have no doubt that the total donation this year will be a HUGE help in supplying food banks, shelters, and meal programs across the province with items to help those in need. If you are still looking to donate, or you want to volunteer, I strongly encourage you to check out their website and see how you can help!

I managed to get my hands on 31 of the burgers that were offered this year, and even though there were a few that I didn’t get to, I do feel like I hit most of the spots that were getting a lot buzz throughout the week.

There were a lot of really delicious, well thought out burgers this year, and despite A LOT of mind-changing and deliberating, I finally settled on my Top 3 burgers of the event, along with ten Honourable Mentions that also deserve some time in the spotlight. Read on to see which burgers were top of the class for Halifax Burger Week 2019!

It’s worth mentioning that during Burger Week, I tend to not stop by restaurants whose entry is a burger that they have on their regular menu. It is by no means anything against those burgers (there were some that were in this year that I have thoroughly enjoyed in the past), but I try to dedicate my time to the ones that are only around for the week!

Top 3

Black Sheep – Three Little Pigs

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“Starting with that top notch pork patty, that was both seasoned and cooked to perfection, it created a juicy, flavourful bite every time and kept you coming back for more. The pancetta added a nice mildly salty layer to the burger, and my tastebuds could not get enough of it! Rounding out the pork trio, the chicharron comes out to play and shows everyone how a nice crunch should be implemented in a burger.

On the not so meaty side of things, there’s a fried egg, which is always welcome on my burgers, and a green chimichurri that brings a burst of savoury freshness into the mix. Add some sharp and creamy smoked Beemster, and the whole burger comes together into one perfectly executed dish that, in true Three Little Pigs fashion, huffed and puffed and blew me away.”

It is also worth mentioning that this is the third year that Black Sheep has been participated in Halifax Burger Week, and every year they have landed in my Top 3. To say they know how to make a near-perfect burger would be an understatement.

Station Six – The Southern Standard

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Admittedly, I had not yet been to Station Six before stopping by for this burger. I had heard good things, but it wasn’t until I got my hands on their Burger Week creation that I discovered just what they were capable of cooking up at this Spryfield restaurant.

The Southern Standard is a large burger that comes in swinging. Doubling up on the meat, this burger featured a classic beef patty which was topped with a healthy portion of tender BBQ brisket. There was a crisp crunch from the bed of red cabbage slaw, which was only bested by the spicy house-made dill pickles.

While all those elements were a thoroughly enjoyable time, the guilty pleasure of this one is easily the deep-fried smoked cheddar. That gooey, melted cheese texture that everyone loves was encased in a crispy batter, and it is just as good as you would imagine it to be. If this burger is an indication of the food at Station Six, then I will be going back because this Burger Week entry hit all the right spots!

Taco Lina’s – The Nacho Burger

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The new kid on the block didn’t waste any time pushing it’s way through the crowd, and impressing everyone with their impressive taco skills (with the Rinaldo’s at the helm this shouldn’t come as a big surprise), and they brought that A-game into Burger Week with their Nacho Burger.

I was expecting this burger to be good, but not as good as it turned out to be. It’s only fitting that a burger from the Taco Lina’s kitchen would punch up the heat between the buns, and they did just that with some pickled jalapeños and spicy mayo. Add some avocados and pico de gallo for a freshness to each bite, and some chips for a bit of a crunch, and you have a tasty burg.

But they didn’t stop there.

Where this burger steals your heart is with the queso cheese sauce that is drizzled over everything, and gives that delicious, cheesy flavour to every part of the burger. Yes, that dis make for a messier meal at times, but when the burger is this good, who cares?

Honourable Mentions

Verano – El Jefe

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When it comes to the Honourable Mentions for this Wrap-Up, I typically post them in random order, but I am putting the El Jefe from Verano at the top, as it was extremely close to having a seat at the Top 3 table. The addition of this one to my hit-list was a mid-week decision after seeing how much hype the burger was receiving, and I’m really glad it popped up on my radar as it was not one to be missed!

The star of this burger was hands down the pork al pastor patty, and the flavour that came through in the meat was next level. The pork was insanely juicy, and every bite was bursting with a perfectly crafted medley of flavours. Add in a moderate level of heat, which both packed a punch but didn’t overpower, and you have a great piece of meat. They included a pineapple picadillo for a bright freshness, and a tatemado jalapeño and avocado salsa to make the flavour profile that much more amazing, and the end result  was a burger that got people talking during Halifax Burger Week 2019!

HopYard – The Hip Hop

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“When it comes to big burgers, having the right portions is key. There’s a lot going on between the buns of The Hip Hop, but the team at HopYard has found the right amount of each component, and managed to do it while incorporating lots of beer-inspired elements.

This burger has some big sweetness to it, and it actually works extremely well. The juicy beef compliments the Sugar Shack bacon, and creates a really nice sweet and savoury profile. The subtle beer characteristics of the Hop mayo and IPA pickle relish give the burger a nice little twist in true HopYard fashion. The Hip Hop is then rounded off with some ale-salt potato chips for a great crunch, and some beer gravy to keep things interesting.”

RumbleFish – The Dork Burger

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“The aptly named Dork Burger brings two different proteins together for a deliciously meaty time. The tender braised duck leg brought an awesome juiciness to the burger, and the spiced pork provided a well-seasoned base that suited the other ingredients perfectly. I also have to give it up to the garlic mayo because a creamy condiment is exactly what this burger calls for, and having a hint of garlic in there didn’t hurt either.”

Vandal Doughnuts – The Birthday Sex

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“On paper, it is almost unbelievable that this list of ingredients could make a delicious burger. The sweetness from the doughnut against the spicy chipotle sauce just doesn’t seem like a good team-up. However, Vandal managed to come up with the perfect combination and portions of each item, and created a burger that works exceptionally well.

The beef is juicy, the cheddar is melted, and the bacon is crispy, but where this burger shines is in the pairing of that unlikely duo that is the glazed doughnut bun and chipotle sauce. The sweet and spicy back and forth of the two is like a choreographed dance, each letting the other have their moment in the spotlight, and at times coming together to create a unique and addictive flavour.”

The Barrington Steakhouse – Burg-Ducken

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“While there is no turkey in this burger, a classic 7oz beef patty takes it’s place and definitely holds it’s own as the primary base protein. Moving up in the toppings layout, the duck confit is a thing of beauty that gives a rich flavour to the burger, while almost melting in your mouth with each bite. My favourite of the three meats, though, has to be that crispy chicken skin. It was salty and seasoned, and it was the kind of topping that you just can’t get enough of, even if it may not be the healthiest of things (but really, if you’re worried about your health, Burger Week may not be the event for you).

On top of all that meat, there was a nice bed of slaw that provided a crisp crunch, while giving a much needed contrast to the other meaty components. Overall, everything about this burger came together nicely, and if you’re someone who enjoys a nice piece of meat, or three, this burger is for you!”

Elements on Hollis – El Trumpo’s Wall: Donald’s Mexican/American Burger

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The El Trumpo’s Wall was another mid-week addition for me, and I’m very happy that I decided to stop by because this burger is big and bold, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

A beef and pork patty with Mexican flavours was the base of the burger, and a tasty one at that. A nice level of approachable heat was brought forward through the Frank’s Red Hot pico de gallo, and the guacamole ranch dressing was there to cut through it and give a pleasurable creamy texture. Serving it with a side of chili-spiced tater tots was a nice touch (cause who doesn’t love some tater tots) and added one final element of spice to the meal. This was one “wall” I was happy to see built this year!

Relish – The Wack is Back (AKA The Trademark Infringement Burger)

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“If there’s one thing that Relish knows how to do, it’s make a solid burger. The Wack is made up of pretty classic components. You have your beef patty (or they’ll swap it out for a veggie one), pickles, onions, lettuce and cheese. But where Relish turns this burger from good to great is in the sauces. There’s the signature beet relish that is a tasty, earthy spin on the classic condiment, and then there’s also the mysterious secret sauce. While no one knows what makes this sauce so damn good, it takes no prisoners and satisfies every single tastebud.”

The Carleton – The Mañana Burger

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Every year there is always a couple burgers that immediately catch my eye when the list is released, and I know I won’t be satisfied until I’ve tried them for myself. The Mañana Burger from The Carleton was one of those burgers, and I’m very pleased to report that it met all of my expectations!

A breakfast-inspired burger, The Mañana brings all those tasty early morning meal components together in one croissant bun. The patty was made from PEI beef, and there was a slice of smoked cheddar melted over top of it. A fried egg and a thick slice of peameal bacon rounded out the breakfast elements of the burger, and they decided to punch it up a bit by incorporating pickled peppers and a habanero aioli for a bit of a bang that would wake you up anytime of the day.

There is no denying that this one was messy, despite the croissant bun holding up better than I was expecting, but that’s only because this burg was so juicy that it couldn’t help but let a few drips fall on the plate. I found myself wanting another bite before I even swallowed the previous one, and in my books, that’s a sign of a great burger!

Durty Nelly’s – The Pickle Back

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“Opting for chicken as the protein this time around, The Pickle Back burger (which takes it’s name from the unique practice of chasing a shot of whiskey with a shot of pickle juice) is a fried chicken fan’s dream. The breading was light but still had that awesome crunch you would expect, and with the bold taste from the pickle brine, they really created a delicious, and tender piece of chicken.

The purple cabbage and house-pickled veggies spruced up the protein, and gave the burger a crisp, crunchy texture. There was an appropriate amount of the chipotle ranch, and it provided a hearty kick to take it up a notch.”

Krave – Bacon Jam Cheeseburger

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“With the number of options for Burger Week growing every year, it’s nice to have the comforting familiarity that is the Bacon Jam Cheeseburger from Krave. I say it every year, but this burger is one of my favourite Burger Week traditions.

While lots of Burger Week burgers are busy trying to pull out all that stops, the Bacon Jam Cheeseburger keeps it simple and wins you over just as much, if not more, as those big, flashy burgers. While the classic ingredients are so tasty, the star of the show is obviously the bacon jam. This sweet and smokey condiment takes everything that is great about both sweet and savoury flavours, and packs them into every bite. I long for the day when Krave decides to bottle this jam because my body needs it all year round.”

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Halifax Burger Week 2019 Preview – Part 3

In two days the burger flood gates will open, and the city of Halifax will be chowing down on ample amounts of burgs of all shapes and sizes. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned veteran or a Burger Week newbie, picking from 140 burgers is a daunting task, and I want to try and make your decisions a little easier.

I’ve already covered seven other burgers in Part 1 and Part 2, and in Part 3 I have four more for your viewing pleasure. Here’s the 2019 Burger Week burgers from The Barrington, Krave, Antojo, and RumbleFish!

(Also, if you haven’t checked out all of the #HFXBurgerWeek giveaways I’ve been doing over on Instagram & Twitter (@lifeofburgers), be sure to go take a look and win yourself some Burger Week burgers!)

The Barrington

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Halifax Burger Week 2018 Preview – Part 2

We are now only TWO days away from the most burgerful time of the year, and you can almost taste all of the mouth-watering beef (and various other meat/veggie options)!

I’ve once again been taking on the difficult task of trying so many delicious burger offerings for this year’s event, with the goal of reporting back my findings of which burgers are a MUST try this time around.

For Part 2, I tackled three more burgers in the Burger Week lineup that you won’t want to miss. Check out what Black Sheep, The Watch That Ends the Night, and Krave are cooking up later this week!

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Part 1 of the preview series for three more burger sneak peeks!

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Veggie Burger Series – Part 3

Summer is quickly flying by, and I’ve been spending a lot of it sitting on patios throughout Halifax, drinking some great local beer and eating delicious veggie burgers (it’s a hard life, but somebody has to do it).

I’ve already covered six pretty great meatless burgers, which you can check out in Part 1 and Part 2, and it’s time to show off three more! You’re going to want to keep reading because these three don’t mess around, and they seriously raise the bar in the veggie burger category!

Also, the final round for The Coast Best of Halifax awards is now open and Life of Burgers has snagged a nomination for Best Food Blogger! If you wouldn’t mind heading over to The Coast and throwing a vote my way, it would be hugely appreciated! Thanks!

Krave – Veggie Burger

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“Careful blend of lentils, sweet potato, corn, black beans and southern seasonings. Served with tomato jam, lettuce and tomato”

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Halifax Burger Week 2017 Preview – Part 1

We are now only 1 week away from the beginning of one of my favourite times of the year! Halifax Burger Week is back again for it’s 5th year, and the awesome team over at The Coast has rounded up over 95 restaurants to participate in the most burger-filled week Halifax has ever seen!

There is a wide range of burger choices for you to choose from this year, ranging from beef to lamb to veggie, and even kangaroo, and with all these patty options comes a HUGE variety of original topping combinations. With this massive amount of burgers to choose from, picking which ones you will try can be a difficult task, but I’m here to hopefully make your decisions a little easier with the Halifax Burger Week Preview Series – 2017 Edition!

I’ve had the pleasure of trying a lot of great Burger Week burgers so far, and I’m going to showcase each one in this series so you can get an early look at some of the meaty (and not so meaty) greatness you have to look forward to come March 23rd. Starting things off with Part 1 are burgers from Durty Nelly’s, Krave, and Cheese Curds!

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Halifax Sausage Fest 2016

Things have been a little quiet with Life of Burgers lately, due to being really busy over the last couple of months, but I figured it was time to get out and eat some more delicious food!

I’m a big fan of food festivals, and one of my favourites in the city is Halifax Sausage Fest! The week wrapped up recently, but I did manage to get out and try a handful of restaurants and their contributions to the event, and I was really impressed with the ones I got to chow down on!

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Halifax Burger Week 2016 Wrap-Up

Burger squirrels, burger cars, and burger heat. These were all things that could be found throughout Halifax during this year’s Burger Week. With a whopping 79 restaurants participating this year, the choices were endless for those looking for a good burger, and the list of restaurants that really stepped up is a long one!

While this year I didn’t tackle every burger like last year (burgers can get pricey when you don’t have that Ambassador title), I still had a pretty successful Burger Week. I got to interview this year’s Burger Ambassadors, which you can read here, and numerous restaurants let me come in for a sneak peek of their burger before the week even began!

This year I got to preview 13 burgers, and through Burger Week I ate another 22, making for 35 whole burgers that I got to try out. I was really amazed with all the delicious burgers that I ate this year, and picking my top choices was not an easy task. However, I have finally come to a decision on which ones, just narrowly, beat out the rest this year, in my opinion.

Here are my Top 3 burgers, as well as some honourable mentions, from Halifax Burger Week 2016!

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Halifax Burger Week 2016 Preview – Part 1

It’s that time of year again! Halifax Burger Week is now less than a week away, and social media is buzzing with excitement. With 59 restaurants participating last year, I didn’t think that this event could get any bigger, but The Coast got to work and they have a whopping 79 restaurants involved this year! With more options to choose from than ever, I wanted to give an early look into some of the delicious burgers that you can sink your teeth into this upcoming March 18th-24th.

I had a great response from restaurants that wanted to be involved, so much so that I’m breaking this ‘Preview Series’ up into multiple parts! For the premiere, I’ve included the Burger Week offerings from Krave Burger, Niche Lounge, and Hali Deli. From what I’ve experienced so far, it’s looking like this year’s Burger Week is going to be extremely tasty! But enough with the talk! Here are the first three burgers in the Life of Burgers Halifax Burger Week 2016 Preview!

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Burger #50 – The Big Cheese (Krave)

Before I get into the delicious details of this burger, I just wanted to say thank you to everyone that supported Life of Burgers over 2015. It was a great year for LOB, from being the Burger Week Ambassador to winning a Best of Halifax Award, and all the awesome stuff in between. I’m extremely grateful that you all have put up with my burger addiction and have given me so much positive feedback! Here’s to a great, burger-filled 2016!

A big milestone has been reached for Life of Burgers with the arrival of burger number 50! For this one I wanted to leave it up to my readers so I conducted a poll on Twitter where everyone could pick, from 4 local burgers, what they wanted number 50 to be.


It was back and forth between Cheese Curds and Krave but eventually Krave took the win with 57% of the vote, and it was time for me to prepare for the burger beast that is The Big Cheese!

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From the menu: “2 seared beef patties, cheddar, mozza, smokey shoulder bacon, pulled pork, onions, ketchup, mustard and Krave sauce, with a grilled cheese in the middle of it all”

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Burger #46 – Chicken Caprese Burger (Krave)

With the cold days approaching, my preferred way of staying warm is chowing down on some delicious burgers! For this one, I headed back to the always tasty Krave Burger. Up until this point I had only tried their beef burgers, but this time I decided to switch it up and go with their Chicken Caprese Burger.

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From the menu: “Juicy slow-roasted chicken, mozza, basil mayo, lettuce, tomato and balsamic vinaigrette”

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