By Isabelle Morin
Few things in life are more comforting than a meaty, juicy burger. No matter where in the world you are, pretty much every city has at least one jaw-droppingly good burger joint.
And if you happen to be residing in Calgary, you’re in luck—this city is blessed with an abundance of establishments that serve great burgers. Before your hunger gets the better of you, let’s get into our guide to the best burger restaurants in Calgary.
How Much Do Burgers Cost in Calgary?
Before anything else, let’s set expectations by discussing one of the most important factors of any meal: pricing. It goes without saying, but the price you pay for a good burger depends on the restaurant you go to.
Let’s say you hit up a fast food restaurant. Classic burgers like the McDonald’s Big Mac and Burger King Whopper cost $5.69 and $5.99, respectively, in Calgary.
But if you venture outside the typical fast food chain, you can expect price points to climb higher. To compare, we’ve found the best burger restaurants in Calgary and compared their most affordable burgers below.
|Burger Restaurant in Calgary||Most Affordable Burger||Price||Inclusions|
|Boogie’s Burgers||Regular Burger||$5.90||100% Alberta beef patty, red sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion|
|Lil Empire Burger||Lil Empire Hamburger||$6.99||100% Alberta beef patty, pickles, fried onions, lettuce, Empire burger sauce, American cheese|
|Clive Burger||Hamburger||$8.99||100% Alberta beef patty, cheese, tomato, lettuce|
|RE:GRUB||Vintage Deluxe||$10.00||Hormone-free beef patty, white onion, tomato, lettuce, cheeky sauce|
|V Burger||Lil’ Cheezburger||$6.50||Plant-based patty, cheese, pickles, ketchup, mustard|
These prices are just the tip of the iceberg. Discover the best of what each restaurant has to offer by reading through our list below!
The Best Burger Restaurants in Calgary
Now you have a general idea of how much to set aside for your meal, let’s get into the meat of it (no pun intended). Keep reading to discover the best burger restaurants in Calgary!
1. Boogie’s Burgers
|PRODUCTS||Beef burgers, chicken and salmon burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs, chicken, sides, dips, milkshakes, drinks|
|ADDRESS||Boogie’s Burgers Renfrew|
A-908 Edmonton Trail NE Calgary, AB T2E 3K1
Boogie’s Burgers Marda Loop
2129 33 Ave SW Calgary, AB T2T 1Z7
|CONTACT DETAILS||Boogie’s Burgers Renfrew|
Boogie’s Burgers Marda Loop
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Saturday, 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM |
Sunday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Boogie’s Burgers brings together all the foundations of a quintessential diner experience: vintage interiors, arcade games, milkshakes.
And of course, there are the mouthwatering burgers, which keep the regulars coming back.
Boogie’s Burgers’ patties are made from pure Alberta beef, and are also 100% gluten-free. Speaking of which, most of their sides are gluten-free, too.
For vegetarians or those who prefer alternatives to good ol’ beef, Boogie’s serves up plenty of options as well.
They have chicken burgers for those who don’t like red meat, and salmon burgers for pescatarians. For those who steer clear of all kinds of meat, they have multiple veggie burger options, too—and the pricing is similar to that of their beef burgers.
Moreover, if you have any allergies, you can let their staff know and they can make adjustments accordingly! It’s not often that you see so much flexibility in a fast food menu, but Boogie’s Burgers nails it.
Their burgers are fairly priced, too. Their cheapest offering, the Regular Burger, resembles McDonald’s and Burger King pricing at just $5.90. Their most expensive option, a four-patty juggernaut of a burger, is $19.70.
If you happen to be with someone who doesn’t like burgers all that much, Boogie’s also offers fries, hot dogs and salads. Again, it’s that extensive menu at play.
At present, Boogie’s Burgers has two locations in Calgary. They offer delivery and pick-up for folks who can’t dine in, but the only downside is that they close relatively early at 9:00 PM.
Here’s what satisfied diners have to say about Boogie’s Burgers!
“It was a busy afternoon but we only had to wait 20 minutes, I would suggest calling ahead if you’re in a hurry. The burgers were massive! And massively delicious! Lots of great burger options, and they were more than happy to accommodate a couple of extra picky eaters. The shakes are excellenté as well, definitely worth a visit if you’re in Calgary!” —Henry Dacombe
“An amazing local food experience. I had an opportunity to go and have a burger, milkshake and spiced fries. Everything is really good. The staff is amazing, courtesy is a thing among them.” —Neto Nizio
2. Lil Empire Burger
|PRODUCTS||Burgers, chicken, hot dogs, salad, fries, popcorn|
|ADDRESS||Bridgeland: 1105 1st Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 0C9 |
Annex: 4323 1st Street SE, Calgary, AB T2G 2L2
|CONTACT DETAILS||Bridgeland: (403) 455-4007 |
Annex: (403) 453-8994
Monday to Sunday, 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Tuesday to Wednesday, 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Friday to Saturday, 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, 11:30 AM to 6:00 PM
Lil Empire is a burger purist’s paradise. Take a peek at their menu and you’ll understand what we mean.
The opposite of Boogie’s Burgers’ diverse options, Lil Empire only has three burgers on their menu: the Empire Hamburger, Empire with Cheese, and their Plant-Based Burger. There are a couple of size options and some optional add-ons—otherwise their burger selection isn’t anything outrageous.
The taste of the said burgers, however, is fantastic. Fantastic enough to establish a foothold in Calgary despite only being around for three years.
Price-wise, their burgers start at $6.99—a steep price tag considering this is only their smallest burger. Their regular-sized Empire Hamburger is priced at $9.99.
Burgers aside, the rest of Lil Empire’s menu is pretty fuss-free as well. Hot dogs, chicken and a single salad keep the menu thin without depriving customers of options.
One of the upsides of Lil Empire is their dedication to working with small, local businesses. All their ingredients are sourced locally, allowing you to support multiple businesses with a single burger!
Here’s what customers are saying about Lil Empire Burger:
“One of the best burger places in Calgary. The meat was so soft and juicy and the fries were crunchy and salty, [it] would have been great with beer but we got the Mexican coke. It is a bit pricey but I would come back if I was craving a good quality burger.” —Christopher Zsofcsin
“The blend of tastes is so perfect. The beef hangs out a bit. Crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. Ice cream next door also helps round out a great meal. Go check out the $12 double burger.” —Gord Rogers
3. Clive Burger
|PRODUCTS||Burgers, fries, poutine, wine & beer, custard shakes|
|ADDRESS||736 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2S 0B7|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 229-9224|
|OPERATING HOURS||Sunday to Wednesday, 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM|
Thursday, 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM
Friday to Saturday, 11:00 AM to 2:00 AM
Picture this: You’re out with your friends after an evening of bar-hopping, and you’re suddenly struck by a collective burger craving. Clive Burger shines in moments like these.
Unlike the rest of the listings here, Clive Burger is open until late—really late. They close at 2:00 AM between Friday to Saturday, giving you the opportunity to satisfy that midnight snacking habit.
In addition to their burgers being made out of 100% Alberta beef, they’re free of antibiotics and hormones, too. Having these in the meat you consume can pose potential health risks, so you can rest easy knowing Clive Burger’s dishes are free of those components.
In terms of their menu, Clive Burger is the simplest on this list. Even more pared down than Lil Empire Burgers, they have only a Hamburger, Double Burger and Triple Burger.
Their burgers can be customized with add-ons, with the most basic vegetables and sauces available for free. They unfortunately do not offer any meat alternatives, though, so this is not the best place for vegetarians or pescatarians.
Also on the menu: fries, wine, beer, custard shakes and poutine—a dish that not enough burger restaurants in Calgary have.
From their operating hours to the lack of vegetarian options, Clive Burger is a simple burger joint at heart. It’s a place for meat-lovers who can’t turn down a juicy, satisfying burger—but it may need to work on a more inclusive menu to keep up with the competition.
Ready to take a bit into Clive Burger? Check out these reviews first:
“Clive Burger is a staple of ours when we’re downtown and want a great burger and fries! Their food is great and the staff are always so much fun!” —Emily MacKinnon
“Great burger if you are in the mood for just a classic hamburger, no smash patty, not stuffed, just the classic. I compare it to what I imagine a Krabby Patty is like. The milkshakes have great flavour, and are not super thick if you are like me, and actually enjoy being able to drink it.” —Mitch Roelfsema
|PRODUCTS||Burgers, shakes, dairy-free shakes, sides, DIY burger and shake kits|
|ADDRESS||Beltline: 625 11th Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2R 0E1 |
Deerfoot City: 901 64 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 7P4
|CONTACT DETAILS||Beltline: (403) 700-0912|
Deerfoot City: (403) 700-0912
Monday to Wednesday, 11:30 AM to 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Thursday, 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Friday and Saturday, 11:30 AM to 10:00 PM
Sunday, 11:30 AM to 8:00 PM
Monday to Saturday, 11:30 AM to 9:00 PM
Sunday, 11:30 to 8:00 PM
Leave your idea of what a burger is at the door. RE:GRUB will totally redefine the burger experience for you.
Out of all the listings here, RE:GRUB is easily the most experimental. This place could pretty much be considered a novelty or tourist spot, only Calgary locals love it enough to willingly frequent the place.
Here, burgers are combined with the most unexpected ingredients: kimchi, mac and cheese, hot cheetos, you name it. And no, they aren’t served alongside the burgers but within them, a perfect complement to their hormone-free, Alberta beef patties.
Naturally, they also have offerings for the textbook burger purists: cheeseburgers, bacon, and the likes. In terms of price range, their most affordable burger starts at $10.
What about meat-free options?
They have those, too, with 10 different meatless burger dishes. They serve up a whole range of options, too, with patties made from tofu, cauliflower and black beans.
Besides being one of the best burger restaurants in Calgary, RE:GRUB also happens to be the best place to grab milkshakes (and milk-free shakes!) in the city.
The only thing more fun and adventurous than their burgers are their milkshakes. With pretty much every topping you imagined as a child—cotton candy, cake slices, donuts—it’s clear there are no rules here, just sweet-toothed fun.
RE:GRUB has two Calgary locations, but in case you can’t make it to their branches, you can always opt for delivery. They also have DIY burger and shake kits, which allow you to recreate your RE:GRUB experience at home!
Still wondering why RE:GRUB made it to our list of the best burger restaurants in Calgary? Let these reviews tell you more.
“One of the most exciting places I’ve ever been, where food art dominates the whole selection. Never before seen mixtures and ideas give the feeling of something known yet new. So visual and bloody delicious! Visit, see, feel.” —Andie Szolnoki
“Friendly and super welcoming staff here. Truly a local gem and one that needs to be supported to keep it alive. Enjoy the monster milkshakes late at night that are an entire meal in themselves. Small location so plan ahead if you want to be inside. Otherwise great open patio for the warmer months.” —Phil Ollenberg
5. V Burger
|PRODUCTS||Plant-based burgers, chicken bites, sides, breakfast sandwiches|
|ADDRESS||819 – 17 Ave SW, Calgary, AB T2T 0A1|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(587) 387-7272 |
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday to Sunday, 7:30 AM to 9:00 PM|
For a long time, fast food has been considered unhealthy and guilt-inducing. V Burger is changing that narrative.
Here, 100% plant-based is the standard, from their burgers down to their ice cream. Built on the idea of making fast food “okay” again, they side-step the unnecessarily sinful portions of the fast food meals, replacing them with better and healthier alternatives.
Their burgers range from the classic Lil’ Cheezburger ($6.50) to over-the-top iterations like the Double Bac’n Cheezburger ($12). They also offer lighter options like the Avo-Beet Burger and Falafel Burger, which customers can also choose to enjoy in a bowl without buns.
Plant-based chicken, sides and their popular ice cream sandwiches round out the brunch to dinner menu.
Out of all the burger restaurants in Calgary listed here, V Burger welcomes guests the earliest at 7:30 AM every morning. In line with this, they have a designated breakfast menu consisting of plant-based sandwiches and coffee for early risers.
V Burger is leveling the playing field by giving those who want to eat more mindfully a wider range of options. However, they only have one location at present, so we definitely hope to see them expand soon!
Here’s what folks have to say about V Burger!
“Went out here with a friend and I thought they were kidding that everything was vegan. It was TRUE. I’m personally not a vegan but wanted to support some local business, and it did not disappoint! I got a bowl, and it actually filled me up for the rest of the day!” —Rebecca Lawrance-Lopez
“Delicious burgers! [It] tastes like very quality ingredients and unbelievably yummy! We just ate it in a few minutes, literally. Their “wings” are so satisfying. The service is kind and beyond! Definitely gonna be my [go-to] burger store.” —Goldie Zohar
The Best Non-Meat Alternatives for Beef Burgers
According to Statista’s data from the end of 2020, there are 2.3 million vegetarians and 850,000 vegans in Canada. This number grows by the year, pushing restaurants all over the country to begin offering meat-free alternatives to their meals.
Burger restaurants in Calgary are no exception. While there’s no denying that meaty burgers will continue to hold their own for a while, it’s high time we make an effort to make dining more inclusive.
Ahead, we list down common alternatives to the classic meat patty.
Still open to eating fish? Consider giving the salmon patty a try.
Since McDonald’s introduced the Filet-O-Fish, most of us aren’t too put off by the idea of having fish in our burgers. Salmon makes a great alternative by balancing a crisp, fried outer layer and a soft, tender core.
Easily the most popular meat alternative out there, Beyond Meat is made out of a blend of plant-based ingredients. These include pea protein, canola oil, refined coconut oil, rice protein, and more.
It’s designed to emulate the taste and texture of real meat, so if you find yourself missing authentic beef burgers, Beyond Meat patties are your best bet.
Tofu is commonly used by both home cooks and professional chefs to replace meat. Made out of soybeans, tofu contains nine essential amino acids—just like meat.
Ground beef burgers may be delicious, but they come with downsides like fat and cholesterol. Black bean burgers don’t nearly have as much of these, instead packed with fiber, minerals and vitamins.
Texture-wise, black bean patties are tender and not mushy like most would imagine. However, some of that natural bean flavor is still bound to come through.
Frequently Asked Questions about Burger Restaurants in Calgary
That concludes our list of the best burger restaurants in Calgary. Feeling hungry yet? Go out there and satisfy your cravings!
In case you’re in the mood for something else, we have a couple of articles that may lead you in the right direction. Click through for a list of the best seafood restaurants in Calgary, or a round-up of the best Mexican restaurants in Calgary!