Have a great burger and watch the game at Burgers Etc located on Hastings in Burnaby.
Went to try this for the 1st time with high expectations as we were looking for a place that
knows how to do BBQ properly. Well, we got BBQ meats alright, it was cooked but they
ribs should have "fall off the bone" tender meat and the meats weren't even marinated at
all! They just slap on the sauce before serving. What a disappointment!
I had the pulled pork burger and ask for a some raw onions on it. we were charged $0.52 for it.
We were asked if we wanted chipote mayo with the fries and we said yes and were charged $1.00
per little dish (which was NOT listed on the menu by the way).
Besides the nickel and diming charges, I think they need to do a much better job on BBQ
since that's the main thing of the place.
Was hoping to find some tasty burgers here. But again they were just bland and not that tasty. Fresh, probably, quality ingredients, probably, but no zing. Others eating with me liked them but again I could have made burgers at home by mashing ground beef straight out of a package into a patty, cooking it and slapping a bun around it. It would be the same thing. So if you like that kind of "home made" burger taste you will probably like these (I want something tasty and interesting like a white spot burger or red robin burger).
The burgers here actually tasted the same here as X-site down the street. However at X-site they are 1/3 the price, so you might consider that instead.
Haven't tried the non-burger items. They may be good for all I know but if you have burger in the name of your restaurant that's what I'm there to try.
What really killed this place for me though is they don't serve fountain pop (at least when I visited, which was a while ago). Serving this kind of food without fountain pop is criminal, so I deduct a whole point for that (pop from a can tastes like crap to me).
Maybe one day I'll go back and try the non-burger items, but I'll never order a burger from here again.
I ate the burger and house fries for around $15 (before tax and tip) and thought it was pretty good, but just okay for $15. The house fries were great.. but the portion was pretty disappointing. I think I get more fries at like white spot or red robins.
The burger was fine, but i didn't think it was anything special. I was kind of disappointed as my friends recommended this restaurant.
Would not go back unless hungry and in the area.
A few friends and I were trying to decide what to eat last weekend, and it occurred to me that I haven’t been to BE yet. After all, it is such a hassle to barbecue at home, and this place is reputed to have the best burgers, etc.
When we arrived it was super-crowded, but with a creative arrangement of tables, we were seated sooner than expected. The ambience was spartan and a little cramped, but the w/c’s were clean, and the server was friendly. I was expecting the staff and cook to be Cajun types, but they appeared to be Filipinos. I guess it doesn’t really matter, and the food was good overall. Not all French chefs come from France, right?
The menu had a good variety of charred meats, so there was something for everyone. I had the pulled pork plate, and my beloved had the PP and ribs. One of our group had the famous burger, one had the Italian sausage, and another had the pound of ribs. While we were waiting for the mains we tried the chicken wings. They were a bit pricey, but they were very tasty, and I liked that they were on a satay stick. That was different.
The burger was a little raw (rare?) in the middle because it was so thick, but was reported to be juicy and delicious. The Italian sausage was a disappointment, tasting more like a hotdog from a cart. The ribs were smoky and meaty, and the pulled pork was juicy and savoury. It wasn’t just about the sauce. The meat was well prepared. When BBQ is done right, there is nothing like it.
We had some sides like coleslaw, sautéed mushrooms, and potato salad, but the consensus at the table was that the best side was the French fries.
One complaint was the beverage selection. The beer was too expensive, and the soft drinks were tins, not fountain. They need to work on that.
I have tried most of the BBQ places in this town, and I think BE is near the top.
The burger buns & patties are a good size. The buns are nice, soft, fresh, however, maybe a little too thin at the bottom to make it work for a juicy, sauce-filled burger/sandwich. If you hold the burger upside down, it makes it easier to eat just because the buns are kept so soft that the bottom slice so thin that the sauces soak through the bottom more easily while it wobbles a little half way through the burger--especially if you were having any of the ones with their homemade bbq sauce. It may not be as "messy" to eat as some burgers, but it definitely isn't the "tidiest" kind either.
The beef brisket sandwich on burger bun is juicy, flavourful and well worth a try. Just the perfect amount of beef fat and sauce to make for a bite full of flavour. The charbroiled burger's, though 6oz in size, is surprisingly light, so you can probably down more than a few of those or a whole burger with room to spare--there seems to be quite a bit of filler grounded into the patty from what I can tell, but then, I'm no real expert, I just tell it as I taste it.
Although I prefer the contents, and sauce of the burgers here better, and the freshness of the softbun is nice, I do prefer the buns a few blocks down at X-Site Grill better (fresh and nicely toasted so it's lightly crisped on the outside while being soft throughout). Too bad it's just the bun I prefer from X-Site, everything else about the burgers there is not a real match.
Voted best burgers by CTV viewers, I had to give this place a try. I will definitely go back again and again. The burgers here are a nice size...good sized bun and not a puny patty. The burger was juicy and tasted fresh. I had it with cheddar cheese and fries while my sister had it with a fried egg and baked beans. The egg was done to a perfection - not runny and messy and not dry. Offered with many choices of sides. The baked beans were really good and didn't have that tangy "out-of-the-bottle-bbq-sauce" taste. The server was really friendly and made us feel really welcome. Can't wait to go back and try their other items like their pulled-pork sandwich! yum!
We've eaten in twice now and their burgers are very nice with a variety of topping options and a fresh handmade grilled taste. Fries have been crispy and very potato-like if you know what I mean. Not cheap eats but very good quality. Restaurant is small and busy and somewhat cosy. We'll probably return every month or so for a burger fix although the BBQ looks good too.
I love burgers…I try not to eat burgers too often, but when I do eat it, I want it to be excellent and worth the price. At this little restaurant, this is how a burger should taste. I haven’t eaten anything else on their menu other than their burgers, but it’s good enough to keep me coming back. The orders are always correct, everyone there is friendly and professional, and the food is delicious. Probably a heart attack on a plate, but sometimes that’s what you want. I think the cook picked up the phone one time and took my order, asked me how I wanted my burger and what time I would be there because he was worried that it would be overcooked by the time I went to pick it up. I know this place is no 5-star restaurant, but that they still pay attention to the details and make sure the food you get is the best quality they can make it, I definitely appreciate that and I can definitely taste it. So it’s certainly not health food, but it’s also not a greasy cheap burger either. It’s fresh and well-made.
Every time I’ve been there to pick up my takeout, the people are friendly, and make sure I have all the extras I need before I leave, even the cooks say hello to me. I love this place and I love their burgers.
We stopped by to grab a bite to eat. My hubby didn't feel like chinese, felt like having burger instead. We walked into the restaurant and was surprise how small the place was. It felt like walking into a jazz cafe. The decor was nice with jazz music playing in the background. Good thing the TV wasn't on. It would of ruin the ambiance.
I chose the pulled pork and ribs combo with coleslaw and corn niblets. My hub changed his mind about the burger and decided on the pulled pork sandwich with baked beans. The presentation of my plate was pleasing to the eyes.
Food was fantastic, I loved the pulled pork. Juicy meat with a drizzle of BBQ sauce on top. I loved my ribs, its very hard to find good ribs in Vancouver. I am used to good ribs from Montreal. My only disappointment was that there was only 2 ribs in my combo. Yet it was enough for me because I couldn't finished my pulled pork. This was the best BBQ food I've ever tasted. Much better than Memphis Blue.
Service was great. The staff thought I didn't like my pulled pork whereas my hubby had polished off his large pulled pork sandwich. I am looking forward to my pulled pork sandwich for tomorrow lunch.
We will definitely come back again. This time I will order the 2 lb ribs.
I had wanted to sample the fare at this North Burnaby restaurant for some time. I can't speak to the quality of the burgers at this establishment because I did not have one but I did have their combination platter of pulled pork and brisket. The pulled pork was only fair but the brisket was just plain terrible. It consisted of razor thin strands of greasy beef that tasted stale and in no way resembled decent brisket.
Memphis Blues BBQ House is mediocre by true BBQ standards. This place is palpably worse.
I must say I was grossly disappointed by the poor food quality and the price was not cheap for such poor grub. Needless to say I will not be back to sample the burgers.
If a decent BBQ establishment ever opened in the Greater Vancouver region, it would make a killing!
We went to check this place out because they were voted lower mainland's best burger by CTV a few years back. We tried the burger and their brisket and ribs. This place makes a pretty darn good burger. It was thick and juicy and definitely not lacking flavor. It's pretty big too. I couldn't finish the side of fries. The brisket was decent but not great. The meat did seem like thin sliced beef that they use for beef dip. The ribs I didn't try, but was reported to be good.
The burgers are not too pricy at around $8-$9 (including one side) plus extra for toppings like bacon or cheese. A nice burger joint around the neighborhood to visit once in a while.
I’ve wanted to get to this Hamburger joint for a little while now. Finally made it with a couple of friends on Thursday. We were a little apprehensive with a restaurant empty (this was after lunch time) except for a couple by the window. The University couple was so much in love that those burgers could have been dusty crackers or Chateaubriand on the banks of the Seine.
We ordered with the really pleasant and sparkly waitress on her third day at work. We asked her many questions about the menu because it was our first time. She was enthusiastic with her answers and was very helpful in obtaining answers to the ones she couldn’t answer. She’s a real asset to any restaurant’s customer service quality.
One hamburger was ordered with mozza and well done. Arrived perfect.
Another burger was ordered with mozza and medium. Arrived perfect.
The other one was ordered with mushrooms and medium. Arrived perfect.
All the burgers arrived to our table very quickly with a heap of fries, crunchy without any hint of oil. And the fresh fried mushrooms were generous.
I have a vision of that mushroom burger in my peripheral and a guilty pleasure feeling building behind my saliva bucket. The burgers were so good that my guilt wants to go to Burgers etc alone… that’s because I want to order two for myself!
What am I saying; the burgers are already good, good, and great!
I was at Burgers Etc. yesterday for lunch and made it in after the lunch hour rush. Wanted to try out their toppings and milkshake and was pleasantly surprised. The burger was sensational! The milkshake was decent but not spectacular.
Nice to see a burger place open up in Burnaby too. Good timing with the closing of Rodeo Burger in Surrey.
I don't think I'm exaggerating (or CTV viewers for that matter), when the burgers at Burgers Etc. were voted the BEST in the Lower Mainland.
My bf had the burger with cheddar and it was delicious! It was the most flavourful burger I had ever tasted. The ingredients tasted so fresh...the pickle was crisp, the bun soft, the lettuce fresh, and the patty was nicely cooked to a medium well.
I had the pulled pork sandwich, which was very tasty (and not to mention HUGE). The fries that came w/my meal were okay. Nothing to write home about.
The service was pleasant. We ordered take out, but the waitress who took my order was really pleasant and knowledgeable about the restaurant.
The value is pretty good. It's comparable to other restaurants and BBQ places (like Milestones, Red Robins, Memphis Blues).
Ambiance is quite a surprise. The exterior of the restaurant doesn't look all that nice, but from what I could see inside, it was pretty nice and clean.
I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a simple and tasty burger. YUM
My wife and I checked out this place yesterday, after having read some favourable reviews about it. It's a small, quaint little restaurant. When we got there, there was only one other person in the restaurant...this was about 11:30 am on a Saturday. I order the sampler platter for $12.95, choice of 2 meats and 2 sides. I chose the beef brisket and spicy italian sausage with cole slaw and potato salad. My wife had the large pulled pork sandwich with fries for $7.95.
It took about 15 minutes to get our food, even though there was no one in the restaurant, although the chef was busy getting some pick up orders ready.
When it did came, i was disappointed by the size of my so-called "platter"...it was actually a very small plate. The sides came in small ramakins, with about 3/4 cup of each side. Coleslaw was nothing special, just some chopped up cabbage and dressing sqeezed on the top of it. Potato salad was pretty good, but not much of it there. The sausage was grilled and spicy...nice flavour. Quite a bit of it there. Beef was mixed with some onions, mushrooms in a smoky bbq sauce...tasted really good, but not much of it there. I'd say less than 5 or 6 thin slices of beef.
My wife's pulled pork sandwich was good, the "large" portion had about a cup of filling...fries were good, but small portions again.
Overall, the food was good, but for the price, you can get a lot more bbq elsewhere. Maybe I should have just stuck with ordering the burgers, as they looked quite generous and yummy.
I'd probably go back there, but definitely not order the bbq stuff, as it wasn't really worth the money for what you got.
Finally got to go here being in the area. The hamburger was excellent. Everything was fresh and homemade. The fries were great. At $10.00 the value is unbeatable. Although the service was good, I had to ask for cutlery, hot sauce and more naptkins as nothing came with the burger. They were friendly and polite so no big deal. After getting awful burgers for as much or more elsewhere, if I want a burger, it will be here only.
Finally got chance to check this place out, I was a little worried because of the hype. But in fact the place was a charm, the burgers were truly great as I would expect from patties made from ground chuck steak as opposed to much cheaper hamburger. The superior meat allows them to cook the burgers a little "pink" which makes them juicy and tasty. The server was VERY clear about this right off the bat. The sides were decent and the shakes, according to my teen sons, were very good. The bill came to $60 for four of us including an appy, a side salad (a steal at$2.50 by the way), two shakes and four cokes, a good value in my books. The room is cozy with some cool rockabilly/50’s type soundtrack that suits the menu perfectly, we’ll definitely be back when the next burger craving hits!!
Finally got the chance to try this place out tonight and it did not disappoint. I ordered the large bbq beef brisket sandwich and baked beans. The sandwich comes with sauteed mushrooms and onions mixed with their homemade bbq sauce. The bun is super soft and one bite into it, I was in heaven. This sandwich basically reminded me of the first time I bit into a Krispy Kreme doughnut. The meat is so tender and the bun is so soft that by the time you finish eating it, you don't even notice it one bit in your stomach. I could literally eat 4 or 5 of these in one sitting. The beans were good too. You can tell they were homemade and not Heinz.
After the sandwich, I had a dilemma. I was still hungry and wanting more. I decided to go with the charbroiled 6 oz burger over the pulled pork sandwich. I added sauteed onions to my burger and had the potato salad as my side. The potato salad was solid but not amazing but the burger was excellent. It is made with ground chuck steak and packed with lettuce, tomatoes, red onion, mayo, ketchup and a deli style pickle. The presentation was excellent also. Burger was sitting neatly on the plate and it looked good enough to photograph for a burger poster. It is not as messy as a Vera burger when you attempt to eat it, which is a good thing!
All in all, a must try place. Only complaint...the side dishes are a little small. I will definitely be back to try the pulled pork sandwich and will make this my regular stop when I am craving for a burger or a sandwich. Also, they have two tvs up on the wall so it's a great place to catch a hockey game and hang out with friends.
My review is a few months late but I was here in the later part of December (2010). A friend and I had heard about this place for a few years now but never got the chance to check it out. I must say, the years of waiting was well worth it.
I had the 'Charbroiled Burger' while a friend had the 'Chicken Burger'. We also got an order bbq chicken wings and spicy wings which were amazing might I add. The burgers were executed very well. The burger was big, properly cooked with the right amount of "juicyness". Will come back for sure!
I just discovered this site and what a wealth of information it is. Although after reading all the reviews, I must agree with some other fellow reviewers that some people do expect a bit much out of restaurants and with one bad experience, will write a review that (and I'm quoting here ..) "WOULD SEEM AIM AT DESTROYING SOMEONE'S BUSINESS". This is the very reason that I write this review today.
Burgers Etc. is in my neighbourhood and I frequent it all the time (as do many people ... as I am now finding out during my short waits for a table during the lunch rush). What I find disturbing about Tony3's review below is that if he had indeed READ the menu, it specifically states that they use ground chuck steak for their burgers and they serve their burgers MEDIUM WELL (this is stated in RED so that people see it) - so yes, the burger would indeed be pink when served to you. If you want it well done, just ask the server to have the kitchen make it so. Telling people that your burger was undercooked (when in fact it was served the way it was suppose to be served) is terrible ... and could possibly destroy the proprietor's business if one didn't know the facts.
So I am here to redeem one of my favorite restaurants, because I want them around for a long time! Their burgers are great ... and I have also discovered their spicy chicken burgers (so juicy!) and the beef dip sandwiches (the smoked meat is amazing). I'm going to have to stop by for dinner one time and try one their BBQ platters - sample it all in one shot!
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