Social Media Handles: @wildburgrr (Twitter & Instagram) and Facebook /wildburgerinc
Address: 709 Mount Pleasant Rd, Toronto ON
When I attended: December 2014, Bloggers dinners
Rating: $$, 5
Read on as I will give you a discount code to my readers just in time for the holidays to receive a FREE upgrade to a combo with the purchase of any burger. That’s a sweet deal!
Toronto needs a restaurant like Wild Burgers, a sustainable gastro-burger concept serving wild game meat. Chef Suman Roy first imagined the concept and the menu 11 years ago. More than a decade later, the restaurant at Mount Pleasant and Eglinton Ave. is now a reality.
With many burger joints in Toronto, what makes Wild Burgers stand out?
First off, they serve rabbit, ostrich, bison, venison, elk, kangaroo and wild boar burgers and each gourmet burger is less than $15 before tax. Of course, the restaurant did not forget about the beef and vegetarian options as well.
Secondly, the meat is locally sourced where possible. The beef and lamb are organic from Belanger Organic Farms and the meats are hormone and antibiotic free. Even the oil used for frying is recycled as a feed stock for bio fuel.
And last, the burgers and sides are amazing. The burgers are well seasoned, flavourful and juicy!
I had an opportunity to try samples of the sides, sharing plates, burgers and desserts with some of my top pics below.
I loved the sharing plates served on a wooden board. Wild pickle & things poutine had deep fried pickles, hand cut P.E.I potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion rings, sauteed onions, Korean chicken, kimchi, jalapenos, Canadian blue cheese, Thai sweet chili sauce and sundried tomato pesto. At first, I thought “who decided to throw a whole bunch of things together and then call it a dish?” Yes, this was totally a mish mash of ingredients but it tickled my tastebuds in so many ways. I loved it!
The wild poutine supreme with beef was another tasty plate. This poutine included sauteed onions, kimchi, jalapeno peppers, Canadian cheese curds, jalapeno havarti with gravy and cilantro sauce. Yes!
Make sure to dip the fries in the house-made sauces including the spicy blackberry, sundried tomatoes and cilanto jalapenos. My only hope was that there would be a very spicy hot sauce in-house, as I like things spicy.
As for the burgers, I had a chance to try samples of the Indian lentil burger, venison, portobello and tuna, camel, kangaroo, the wild and spicy burger (beef) wrapped in bacon and the wild burger (beef) and I really enjoyed each of them in their own way. Surprisingly I did not get burger fatigue after SO many burgers. Comment below if you want to know more about a specific burger that I tried.
My top 3 picks from the tasting:
‘The Wild Burger’ which is the Canadian Artisan beef burger with herbs and spices, blackberry sauce and aged white chedder. The signature burger deserves recognition with the meat served medium rare during the tasting.
The most popular burger goes to the ‘Middle Eastern Camel Burger’ and I agree with the people’s choice. I had a camel burger once and was thrown off by the dry patty. This one was different, the camel burger spiced with chilis and zaataar was juicy and came with a cilantro sauce, brie, baby spinach, mango and dried fruit salsa and onions.
Another stand-out for me was the ‘Birch Venison Burger’. I loved the blue cheese, crispy onions and fried egg that accompanied the flavourful burger.
What better way to enjoy some red meat, then some red wine. The Chateau Des Charmes wines from Niagara-on-the-lake was a nice compliment to the meal!
During your visit, make sure to give them my personal offer code ( YBB-01-10 ) to receive a FREE UPGRADE to a combo with a side and a fountain drink, with the purchase of ANY burger. I will let you know when the code expires on my blog.
I haven’t raved about a burger joint for a long time. I want to spread the Wild Burger love because I can’t wait to go back! The flavours and spice blend in each burger is carefully thought out. The sides are a must including the deep fried pickles or extreme beans, and the sharing plates.
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Thank you to the Wild Burger team for the invitation and allowing my guest and I to try out a variety of dishes from the menu. The meal was complimentary but the opinions in my post are entirely my own.