Octoburgerfest 2021

Pick Your PattyPath

What is octoburgerfest?

Every October, The Real Beef Buddies embark on a mission to eat eight delicious burgers and rate them to crown an annual “Best Burger” champion. Each year’s diverse selection comes from some old favourites, new recommendations and a few off-the-grid picks.

This year, we have curated not one, but THREE lists of eight (PattyPaths) sorted by type: smashburgers, classics, and fancy burgers for the foodies amongst us. We invite you to help us discover this year’s best burger on each path by getting out there and enjoying a great burg with your buds – and then casting your votes!

Each burger rating submitted gives you a chance to win a super rad Real Beef Buddies tank top. Get a bonus entry for completing a full PattyPath and submitting all 8 ratings.


Pick a path

Pick your PattyPath from the list below and download your map


During the month of October, stop in at each of the locations on your PattyPath


Eat the recommended burg from the PattyPath list below


Share photos on Instagram! Tag @the.real.beef.buddies and the participating location.


Rate the burger to here enter to win a Real Beef Buddies Prize pack!

Pick your pattypath


Oil up your beard and throw on a toque before heading out to critique Vancouver’s finest smashburgers. Enjoy these simple, savory, and supple treats full of crispy maillard goodness.


Bells and Whistles

Between 2 Buns


Burgerland Smashup



Red Wagon Café

The Whip

Royale with Cheese: Two smashed beef patties, lettuce, American cheese, secret sauce, Kaylin & Hobbs sweet pickles

Cheeseburger: #nomods #notomatoes

Cheeseburger: hand smashed patty, american cheese, secret sauce, lettuce, tomato, pickles

Classic Cheese: American cheese, mustard, spicy dills

Mimi’s Cheeseburger: Hand pressed fresh beef patty, American cheese, Mimi’s sauce, lettuce, tomato, relish and onions

Cheeseburger: Pigot’s secret sauce, ‘Merican cheese, brown sugar onions, butter toasted potato roll

Bash Burger: American cheese, lettuce, onion, house bash burger sauce

Whip Smash Burger: 4oz smash patty, shredded lettuce, tomato, pickles, onion, american cheese, & special sauce



Consider packing a bib on your journey through some of Vancouver’s best classic burgers. This dependable, juicy, and scrumptious path is guaranteed to fill your hands and your belly.


The Cannibal Cafe

Popina Canteen

Downlow Burgers

The Ellis

Fable Diner

Linh Café

The Magnet

Storm Crow Tavern

American Classic: Two 3oz patties, American cheese, ketchup, mustard, mayo, L.T.O.P.

The Americana: All beef patty, special sauce, lettuce, cheddar cheese, onions, pickles

Ellis Burger: Two Rivers house ground chuck, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickles & house mayo (served medium rare)

Main Street Burger: 4oz patty, relish, mustard, onion, ketchup, slice cheese, pickles

Burger: House made brioche buns, triple A patty, fresh green

Grass Fed BC Cheeseburger: Lettuce, tomato, pickles, secret sauce

The Magnet Burger: We don’t have a description handy, but trust us, it’s good! 

Gamma Burger: Irradiated, yes, but only with the most delicious of mutagenic cosmic beams! Transform yourself with two smash beef patties, shredded lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles, and Storm Crow burger sauce


Put on a shirt with buttons, and maybe even wash your hair before going out to treat yo-self to some of Vancouver’s most indulgent fancy burgers. Expect quality ingredients, unique composition, and elegant presentation. And eat them with at least one pinky finger up.

Au Comptoir

Gotham Steakhouse


Per Se Social Corner


The Victor

The Red Accordion

Five Sails

Burger Maison Frites: house ground beef, caramelized onions, raclette (LUNCH ONLY!)

FIVE SAILS BURGER (Lunch Only)brioche bun, ground tenderloin, confit portobello mushroom,  caramelized onion heirloom tomato, dijon mayonnaise and french fries

Gotham Bacon Cheddar Burger: hand-chopped Prime beef, aged white cheddar & bacon, lettuce and beefsteak tomato on French bun, served with fries or mixed local organic greens (LUNCH ONLY)

Hawksworth Classic Burger: crispy bacon, onion ring, old cheddar

The Burger: 8oz in-house handground Blue Goose organic beef, fresh challah bun, melted fontina cheese, truffle aioli and syrah caramelized onions

The Pourhouse Burger: 7oz dry-aged beef, confit pork belly, aged cheddar, caramelized onion, grainy mustard mayo, potato bun

Brant Lake Wagyu Burger:  caramelized onions, taleggio cheese, black truffle dressing 

TRA Burger: Brandt lake wagyu ground chuck, mozza, havarti, sun-dried tomato and roasted garlic aioli, arugula, black pepper & maple bacon, beefsteak tomato, pickled red onion, brioche bun

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