Vancouver Foodster’s Burger Challenge is On!

Vancouver Foodster


October 14, 2016

Vancouver Foodster presents the 3rd Burger Challenge 

Vancouver, BC – Welcome to the Vancouver Foodster Burger Challenge. Restaurants from all over the city were invited to enter their Burger creations into this challenge, most have created a special creation just for this challenge. Each restaurant will be featuring their burger creations on their menu from October 14 – November 6, 2016.Here are some of the unique creations in this challenge.

Storm Crow Alehouse

The StormbringerThe Stormbringer

Price: $17

Created by: Kyle Depape – Assistant Kitchen Manager

Description: Elk, bison, venison patty and stuff with cheese, on a brioche bun smothered in a roaster kale and sunflower seed aioli,  topped with rootbeer bbq sauce, frizzled onions, mixed lettuce and tomato and garnished with a bacon sword.

Main Protein Ingredient: Elk, Bison and Vennison

Offered: Daily 11am – 11PM.

Storm Crow Alehouse

1619 West Broadway, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 428-9670


Twitter: @crowalehouse

Instagram: @stormcrowalehouse/

Argo Café

Braised Short Rib Portabellini BurgerBraised Short Rib Portabellini Burger

Price: $14.95

Created by: Chef Denis Larouche

Description: Shortrib beef, portabello mushroom, 4 cheese, crispy onions, roquefort mayo, hand cut fries

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: at lunch 11-4 Monday to Friday, Thursday and Friday evenings 5-9 Saturday 8-2

Argo Café

1836 Ontario Street, Vancouver

Tel: (604) 876-3620


Twitter: @argocafe

Instagram: @argoatnight
Hopcott Meats

Cajun Bacon BurgerCajun Bacon Burger

Price: $9.99

Created by: Chef Chris Papp and Chef Ty Stinson

Description: Made with Hopcott’s hormone free, dry aged ground beef mixed with our secret Cajun spice blend, Hopcott’s own double smoked bacon, homemade onion straws, jalapeno jack cheese, mustard aioli, lettuce and tomato on a brioche bun.

Main Protein Ingredient: Beef

Offered: Offered for lunch.  Available 11am to 3pm, 7 days a week.

Hopcott Meats

18385 Old Dewdney Trunk Road, Pitt Meadows

Tel: 604.465.7799


Twitter @HopcottFarms

Instagram hopcottfarms

See the complete line-up of Burger creations and participating restaurants here

Voting: The public is invited to order these Burger creations at the participating restaurants keeping in mind this criteria – originality, creativity, uniqueness,  traditional, non-traditional, price, value and most importantly taste. People can vote the same day after trying the creation and they can vote once a day throughout the promotion. People will be encouraged to Vote for their favourites from October 14 -November 6, 2016.

With a smartphone, customers will be able to vote from their table in the restaurant right after they have eaten the Burger creation. 

We will announce the winning restaurants and their Burger creations on November 7, 2016.

Get Your Tickets for Burger Palooza – May 4th

Burger Palooza

For all you burger lovers! Tantalize your taste buds at several restaurants throughout downtown Vancouver! This afternoon tasting extravaganza goes from 2pm until 6pm and is presented by Vancouver Foodster and Tasting PlatesURGENT:  Get your tickets asap as this event is on SUNDAY, MAY 4th!

Touring several restaurants you will have a chance to eat all types of burgers (which may include beef, bison, pork, lamb, chicken, and more), with crazy sauces, toppings, and sides.

See our past Vancouver Foodster events and Tasting Plates events view our past events, photos and more!

Bring your friends, your significant other, your family or come solo. Visit each of the participating restaurants at your leisure by bike, moped, transit, car, walking, roller skates, skateboarding or carpooling.

Registration: Milestone’s Robson –this is where you will show us your printed or digital tickets and will pick up your Burger Palooza Cards. Everyone will kick-off the event at Milestones Restaurant on Robson with beer tasters from Howe Sound Brewing!

Burger Palooza Menu

Milestones Robson

Our Tasting Plate:

Stacked Burger with side of Tuna Taco.


Howe Sound Brewery:

Our Tasting Plate:

Tasting Glass of King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen


Buckstop Denman

Our Tasting Plate:

Venison burgers stuffed w blue cheese and mushrooms with our housemade potato chips and horseradish aioli.


YaggersYagger’s Downtown

Our Tasting Plate includes your choice of one of these items:

1. Yagger’s Famous Cowburger:  organic beef & pork patty seasoned with chipotle peppers, peppercorn mayo, & topped with aged white cheddar & double smoked bacon


2. Housemade Chorizo Burger: ground chorizo & beef patty, topped with a fresh apple herb slaw

Side for both will be “Mac & Not So Blue Cheese” white cheddar& gorgonzola cream sauce on jumbo mac noodles, garnished with fresh bruschetta


BismarckThe Bismarck Bar

Our Tasting Plate:

Bismarck Chorizo Prawn Slider

Chorizo Patty, Tiger Prawn, Goat Cheese, House Pickled Red Onion, Iceberg Lettuce, Paprika Aioli on a Brioche Slider Bun.

Served with a side of our signature Stadium Fries.


KobobKobob Burger

Our Tasting Plate:

Mini Bulgogi (Marinated pork with veggies) rice burger. Served with a piece of Korean pancake and Kimchi.


DeeBeesDeeBee’s Organics at Whole Foods

Our Tasting Plate includes your choice of one of these TeaPops filavours:

Berries and Cherries, Minty Mint, Southern Iced Tea, Tropical Mango, and Toasted Coconut.


Twitter addresses for each of the establishments:

 @MilestonesRBSN @howesoundbeer @BuckstopDenman @yaggersdowntown @TheBismarckBar @DeeBeesOrganics @KobobBurger


Read more about each of the establishments here: 

Tickets are available for purchase online only up until 11am on May 4

Tickets will also be available for sale at registration.

Vancouver Foodster and the Best Burger Challenge

Best Burger ChallengeFrom November 5 – 30, 2012 you can taste the burger creations from 29 restaurants in Vancouver and Burnaby, then vote from November 28 – December 3 for your favourite. Visit to find out all the restaurants and how to vote.

I had an opportunity to visit 3 of the participating restaurants with Media last week.  The burgers were all very different in their style, which I think makes the challenge interesting.  Find what you like.  The three restaurants we visited:

  • Max’s Burgers (521 West 8th Ave, Vancouver)
  • Luke’s Kitchen (2996 Granville St, Vancouver)
  • Whet (1517 Anderson St, Vancouver)

Max’s Burgers

Max’s Burgers produced a “local” burger, where all the ingredients are local.  Plus the hamburger bun is produced on premises. The beef comes from the Honest Butcher on Broadway and the bacon comes from Woodland Smokehouse.  Amber Ale white cheddar for the burger comes from the Okanagan. We were told that since they created this burger it is their top selling burger in Max’s. People like local!  I enjoyed this burger. It was well put together.  I liked the bacon in that it was not too smoky or salty, and the burger was not dripping in sauce.  The patty looked to be 1/2″ thick. Some other Media people mentioned how much they liked the home made hamburger buns.

Max’s also made their version of a Whisky Sour to go with our burger, called “Pomme de terroir“. It is a blend of local Spicebox Whisky mixed with roasted & pureed local Gala apples, and some sugar. A shrub vinegar was also added, and to top it off with R&B Cream ale foam. The baked apple mixed with the sweet spice from Spicebox Whisky was really very tasty.  I’d order it again.

If I were to pair a wine with this burger it may be a California Chardonnay, or maybe Summerhill’s ALIVE Organic Red.

Max's Burgers

Max’s Burgers

Max's local burger

Max’s local burger

Luke’s Kitchen

Luke’s Kitchen also went local but with a twist. They produced a home made veggie burger patty. They spent 2 months with 3 different consulting chefs to create the burger we tried that evening. Some of the ingredients that went into this patty included quinoa, toasted almonds, black beans and more.  To complement the burger they topped it with southern fried beer battered dill pickles and jalapeno peppers and dressed it with home made Granny Smith Chipotle ketchup. Wow. The pickled peppers and ketchup added zing to this burger. The patty had nice texture to it, and you don’t miss that it is not beef.

If I were to pair a wine with this, I may go with a rose wine, maybe from Joie or Haywire.

Luke’s Kitchen is taking local to another level as they will soon be growing their greens onsite, and talked about also raising their own fish at the restaurant too. Very cool and very local.

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A side of deep fried pickles and jalapenos

A cross section of Luke's veggie burger

A cross section of Luke’s veggie burger


Our last stop for the evening was Whet on Granville Island. They created a beef burger for this challenge and their twist was a Latin spice influence. They use local ingredients as well, such as the buns from Le Baguette on Granville Island. The beef was mixed with oregano, cumin and other spices.  AAA beef was used for the patty and it came 1/2″ thick on the bun. A Dominican style chimichuri slaw was served on the side.  The beef was very juicy and lots of flavour.  I in particular liked the cumin flavour, plus the actual taste from the grill marks on the patty.  I did not taste the grill from the other 2 burgers. The other thing I really liked was the cheddar cheese that was layered on the burger really stood out.  I like the sharpness of the cheddar.

I’m partial to Latin flavours, and this was my favourite burger of the evening.

They served an R&B Bitter with the burger.  It had nice orange, cherries and spice flavour. It was light body with medium bitterness.  A nice beer to enjoy with this burger.

If I were to have a glass of wine with this, I think I would go with a Ravenswood Zinfandel.

Whet's beef burger

Whet’s beef burger

Give these burgers a try, or try some of the other restaurants, then vote for your favourite burger. Enjoy!