If you follow me on any of my social media outlets (and you should, they are pretty fun!) you will know that I fully embraced my first ever HFX Burger Week. A week which celebrated burger-goodness in the name of charity. In its sixth year, Burger Week raises thousands of dollars each year for Feed Nova Scotia, which helps combat hunger across the province of Nova Scotia. I leave Halifax in two weeks to continue my Canadian adventure until my visa runs out in November, so I was super excited (and relieved) to know that I wouldn’t be missing out on this superb event.
And what an event it was! The community spirit displayed by Haligonians during the past week has been inspiring, to the point that I want to create a similar event back in my home town of Shrewsbury, UK. Everywhere we went was absolutely brimming with eager burger-lovers trying out new and interesting eats. Even when line-ups were over an hour long wait people remained cheerful and optimistic that they were about to taste the best patty ever.
It was a great drive for independent businesses throughout the city. More importantly it raised money and awareness for a very worthy cause. Some restaurants had posters informing customers on how their donation would benefit those in need, others were collecting tinned goods for the local food banks. It was nice to see the real reason for the event had not been forgotten.
I managed to visit 4 burger week locations so thought I would do a little round up of each one.
2 Doors Down (1533 Barrington St, Halifax)
Old School Cheeseburger
This was a classic cheese burger, PEI beef, mustard, ketchup, onion, tomato, lettuce, pickles on a sesame bun. It was an all round good burger, nothing ground-breaking but pure comfort food. One thing I will say is that this was by far the best bun of the week, it didn’t disintegrate in the slightest! Top notch!
Patty 🍔🍔🍔🍔 Bun 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔 Toppings 🍔🍔🍔 Overall 🍔🍔🍔🍔
This was a more interesting offering from 2DD. It was a PEI beef patty, masala glaze, ‘kachumber’ slaw, mango raita with a spiced poppadum all on a sesame seed bun. WOW! I was blown away by the taste of this burger. It fused two of my favourite things, Indian flavours and burgers without either being over powering. Again, the bun on this burger was perfect, particularly with so many toppings, it held together perfectly.
Patty 🍔🍔🍔🍔 Bun🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔 Toppings🍔🍔🍔🍔.5 Overall 🍔🍔🍔🍔.5
Black Sheep (1569 Dresden Row, Halifax)
This burger was by far the most complex of the week. It involved a beef patty, braised lamb shoulder, fried goat cheese, duck confit, double-smoked bacon jam, over-easy egg, honey mustard, spicy mayo and sprouts, served on a house-made sesame bun. Now I haven’t eaten an egg since I was a toddler, but I thought now would be a good time to try them again. I wasn’t disappointed. You could taste every individual item on this burger, the bacon jam was to die for! The only thing that let this burger down was the bun, towards the end it did crumble a little, but only ever so slightly.
Patty 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔 Bun 🍔🍔🍔🍔 Toppings 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔 Overall 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔
Now these next two weren’t official burger week burgers but both locations did participate in the event. One sold out of their burger and the other I visited a day early by accident! (I need a diary!) But they still deserve a shout out!
Krave Burger (5680 Spring Garden Road, Halifax)
Here I had a classic bacon cheese burger, a beef patty topped with bacon, grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, pickles, smoky shoulder bacon and cheddar cheese on a butte-toasted bun. The only difference between this and the official burger that was available the next day was a sweet-and-sour bacon jam. This was by far my favourite patty of the week. It looked hand formed, which I loved, and tasted of beef. Nice and simple!
Patty 🍔🍔🍔🍔🍔 Bun 🍔🍔🍔🍔 Toppings 🍔🍔🍔🍔 Overall 🍔🍔🍔🍔.5
Cheese Curds (277 Lacewood Drive, Halifax)
I was super excited to try their Gouda Father Burger but as I reached the door I saw this sign! As I’d spent quite a bit of time trailing around after burgers this week I decided to try the nearest burger to it, the Monster Mozzarella Crunch Burger, instead of a fried Gouda mac and cheese bite on the top it had mozzarella instead, so pretty close. The burger consisted of a beef patty , breaded mozzarella wedge, bacon and chipotle mayo. The sauce had a great kick to it but I’m sad to say the mozzarella got a little lost.
Patty 🍔🍔🍔🍔 Bun🍔🍔🍔🍔 Toppings 🍔🍔🍔🍔 Overall 🍔🍔🍔🍔
As you can see from the scores was a great week and a great way of getting out and seeing Halifax as a community. But for me Black Sheep’s Burger has to be crowned burger royalty! From the line ups I’ve seen over the past 7 days I’m sure they have raised a fantastic amount for Feed Nova Scotia. Thank you to everyone who came out with me for HFX Burger Week and helped me indulge in delicious treats all week. Now time to hit the gym!
As previously stated I’m not associated with Burger Week in any way… I just LOVE burgers.
Where did you go during burger week? What was your favourite?