Will Ottawa ever get rid of its burger excitement? Well, who doesn’t love a mouth-watering burger?

Burgers are dynamic pieces of food that can be concocted in several delightful ways and that is why you never know what to expect when trying out new recipes. There are many enticing options, from homemade BBQ burger to a delicious bacon cheeseburger.

Here are the best burgers in Ottawa if you are a meat lover or vegetarian. The ultimate burgers on the Ottawa food scene that other burgers aspire to be these burgers.

Bite Burger House
108 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N

This burger house is devoted to using fresh ingredients and daily grounded meat which is locally sourced including the cheeses and the homemade sauces. It is a fun place that is always buzzing with young people and you get an amazing wide selection of burgers – from the Bite Me made up of a brioche bun, double smoked bacon and cheddar cheese to the FunGuy; a combo of ground chuck, smoked portabella, goat cheese, truffle and brioche and the popular special; Mac Daddy. They also offer sides such as fries, nachos, and rolls including a vegetarian burger.

Chez Lucien

137 Murray St, Ottawa, ON K1N 5M7

Since it was opened in 2004, it has become a favorite spot for burger lovers. They offer full brunch and lunch recipes that feature soups and some other snacks as starters. Their gourmet burgers for which they are renowned are always served with fries. The basic Chez Lucien burger features bacon, mushrooms, and cream cheese and they also have a vegetarian option – the Tofu burger; a mix of sprouts, sautéed onions, roasted red peppers and goat cheese. You can also have scallops or spinach on the side with your burger.

The Works

With more than five outlets across Ottawa; at Barrhaven, Hunt Club, Kanata, Manor Park, Orleans, The Glebe and Westboro Village, The Works is one of the most popular sites for amazing burgers in the city of Ottawa. You will find it unlimited and innovative with its numerous burger types to choose from alongside the great vegetarian options. It is nice to know that you can decide what you want in your burger starting with choosing your desired burger patty from the eight available options including Canadian beef, chicken breast, gourmet veggie and the lean domestic elk.

Fraser Cafe

7 Springfield Rd, Ottawa, ON K1M 1C8

Fraser Café might be a small restaurant but it has an airy ambiance with the many windows and the wooden floor adds to its charming simple décor. From their in-house kitchen, they offer a great service on their brunch, lunch, dinner and dessert menus. The house cheeseburger comes with smoked bacon, cheddar, and fries, simple yet amazingly tasty. There is also an option to add a fried egg as a side to your burger on the brunch menu or you can go for the salads as a side.

Pure Kitchen

357 Richmond Rd, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E7

Just as their name indicates, they are big on offering pure healthy food and drink types which feature vegetarian and gluten-free options. Their burger is served with salad or fries or a combination of both depending on your choice. The Dreamer is their burger made with a smokey mushroom walnut patty, your choice of cheese, coconut bacon, BBQ sauce, pickled jalapenos and crispy onions. You won’t be missing the lack of meat as the burgers are well made.

Alice’s Village Cafe

3773 Carp Rd, Carp, ON K0A 1L0

Here you will find that uncommon small town feel that is absent in most city’s cafés. On the long board table, you will experience a sense of community and find yourself sharing more than just the eating experience with strangers that now feel like old friends. Their burgers are made with local Fitzroy beef and served with fries, chips or salad. The Madhatter is a favorite among regulars and it comes with toppings of cheddar cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato and a ‘secret’ sauce. They also have the veggie burger; the Portobello.

Occo Kitchen

3018 St Joseph Blvd, Orléans, ON K1E 1E1

Everything here is made from scratch using local premium ingredients. They have a nice take-out option if you don’t want to dine at the restaurant. All of their burgers come with herb fries, tortilla planks, whipped Yukon, heirloom or Caesar salad depending on your choice. Some of their unique burgers with a twist include the Crispy Fish Burger; a combo of craft beer battered cod, scratch pickles and candied caperberry Mayo. They also have the vegetarian option in their Black Bean Oat burger that comes with a scratch veggie patty, vine tomato, leaves, charred peach Mayo and cheddar cheese.

World Burger

1651 Merivale Rd, Nepean, ON K2G 3K2

This is a classic fast-food setup but with an upgrade due to the class of burgers made there. They have an amazingly large selection of flavors and toppings to meet your personal tastes. Their burgers taste as good as they look on their website. The Athens Burger comes with Tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, onions and grilled gyro strips while the Ottawa Burger is a combo of maple Mayo, sautéed onions and mushrooms, candied bacon and cheddar cheese. You can choose to have their fries, rings, and poutines as a side to your burger.

Burgers & Fries Forever

329 Bank St, Ottawa, ON K2P 1X9

With their restaurants at three locations across Ottawa, Burgers & Fries Forever are well known for making nice burgers. They allow you to make your burger from scratch choosing the toppings and other ingredients that go into it. They also rotate the burger types made on a seasonal basis to keep the menu away from boredom. Their Burgerito, The Melt, and The Cali are popular favorites. With their delivery to doorstep services via UberEats, you can be assured of getting their burgers irrespective of weather or other inabilities.


1096 Wellington St W, Ottawa, ON K1Y 2Y4

Their burgers are fresh, homemade and made with locally sourced ingredients. The seating area is not so large, having around 20 seats but there are also exterior seats with picnic tables. They have quite a wide selection of toppings including ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, onions, and tomatoes. Also, the fries served with the burgers are hand-cut, nicely fried and non-greasy. Their vegetarian burger option features the falafel style veggie patty. You should definitely try their amazing milkshakes too.