When you think of having a meal in White Rock, the first thing that comes to mind is probably fish and chips. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy fresh fish and thick cut chips on the beach? But did you know that White Rock foodies will happily tell you that we are also home of the best burgers in the Lower Mainland? Whether you’re strolling along the beach or shopping along Five Corners and Uptown, you can count on being just steps away from a mouthwatering grilled burger at one of our local restaurants!
To make things a little easier, we’ve narrowed down our favourite burger selections from each local restaurant and what we love about them!
THE B.L.D BURGER
6oz AAA beef patty, BBQ pulled pork, smoked bacon, fried egg, hash brown, fresh tomato, cheddar cheese, Havarti cheese, sauteed mushrooms, grilled sweet onion, all topped with coleslaw.
THE MAUI WOWIE BURGER
Sweet teriyaki sauce, grilled pineapple ring, smoked bacon, Rock City Burger sauce, topped with fresh lettuce.
We had a hard time picking just one burger! These guys are best known for their burgers, and they didn’t disappoint! The burgers are stacked as high as you can imagine, the buns were perfectly toasted, the patty was grilled to perfection, and they gave generous portions of each ingredient, yet somehow it all stayed in the burger. The creamy Rock City Burger sauce was my favourite part, it leaves a sweet aftertaste that makes you want to come straight back for more. The B.L.D. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner) burger kept me full almost all day (I think it was mostly the pulled pork and bacon), and the Maui Wowie burger satisfied my sweet tooth cravings for the day. The service was friendly and Rock City Burgers are definitely a must-do for all burger lovers!
Location: 14945 Marine Drive at White Rock Beach
Credit: Rock City Burgers via Facebook
GRILLED WILD SOCKEYE SALMON BURGER
Fresh tomatoes, lettuce, onion, basil tartar sauce served with field greens or sea-salted fries.
The perfect compliment to happy hour! I didn’t know what to expect from their burger because seafood is usually my go-to at The Boathouse. I was amazed by the amount of flavour and freshness in the salmon, and the tartar sauce was creamy perfection. All of their ingredients are fresh, the service was outstanding. Check out happy hour (3-6pm daily) and pair your burger with a Boathouse Bellini or Granville Island Cypress Honey Lager. These burgers feature perfectly toasted buns, fresh cut tomatoes, shredded lettuce, crisp onions, and are large enough to keep you satisfied for the evening!
Location: 14935 Marine Drive at White Rock Beach
WEST BEACH BURGER
Breaded chicken breast, ham, Swiss cheese, and a fried egg. Also served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, salad or fries. Optional additions of onions and mushrooms, cheese, and bacon (extra charges may apply)
Like a perfect home-cooked meal, this burger was nothing short of my expectations. Our server was extremely friendly and kept us entertained while the kitchen put the finishing touches on our burger! The chicken breast was perfectly grilled, and seasoned, and the fried egg added a little something special, and extra delicious, to this flavourful burger. For a quick, casual bite partnered with local craft beer, this is definitely the place to be on West Beach!
Location: 1101 Elm Street at White Rock Beach
Garlic toasted brioche, baby greens, and yukon gold fries – with the option of substituting chicken or portabello mushroom for no extra charge. Gluten Free buns are also available.
Located in the heart of Five Corners, this burger is well worth the wait! Good food takes time, and this family-owned business makes some of the best burgers in town, from a primarily scratch kitchen. The brioche bun, a highlight for me, melted in my mouth and had a rich, tender taste to it due to its generous egg and butter content! We enjoyed excellent, friendly service, and the burger definitely left us full! Make sure to pace yourself and save room for dessert!
Location: 15523 Pacific Avenue at Five Corners
Photo Credit: Ronnie G’s via Facebook
Bacon, mushrooms, jalapenos & cheese, topped with a fried egg. All burgers served with in-house lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, relish, mayo and mustard. Also served with soup, salad, or fries with the option of substituting onion rings, caesar salad, or clam chowder.
A White Rock classic! Step back in time and indulge in these fresh, massive burgers made just like they were in the 1950s! The burger itself was huge, and honestly, a little overwhelming at first, but after the first bite it was game over … this burger was going to be finished! The patty was well cooked, tender, juicy, and lots of flavour, and chicken, cod, and veggie options are available. As someone who likes a little kick to their burger, the jalapeno and cheese was the perfect touch. A perfectly home-cooked meal!
Location: 1173 Johnston Road at Five Corners
THE CHARLIE BURGER
7oz butcher’s cut beef burger served with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and honey mustard. Options to add cheddar, Swiss, bacon, or mushrooms (extra charges may apply).
White Rock’s favourite burger! Fresh grilled beef patty, with no antibiotics or hormones, fresh produce washed and cut daily, crisp bacon strips, rich honey mustard sauce, all on well-toasted hamburger buns. My server told me it was a popular lunch choice when I tried it out for the first time, and I can definitely see why people are coming back for this burger. I was surprised at the size of the burger, and every bite was fresh and delicious. With their location across the street from the Visitors Centre it’s going to be hard to resist the temptation! This burger is definitely checking out!
Location: 15011 Marine Drive at White Rock Beach
JRG LOADED BURGER
Hand-pressed patty, American cheese, smoked bacon, sauteed mushrooms, an over-easy egg, secret burger sauce, iceberg lettuce, tomato, red onion, and pickles on a toasted brioche bun.
What’s not to like about a loaded burger? If you loved The Hemingway’s burgers (and so many did), great news – it’s the same burger! The beef patty was grilled just the right amount and had so much flavour! Paired with a local craft beer, I chose a Dead Frog Steel Toe Lager, this is definitely the ideal dish for a weekend out at the beach!
Location: 14995 Marine Drive at White Rock Beach
Credit: Oceanside Yacht Club & Public House via Facebook
THE BEACH BURGER
Made-in-pub ground brisket burger, smoked mayo, tomato, lettuce, corn relish, beer braised onions, pancetta bacon + smoked cheddar cheese.
The new guys in town have certainly made a good impression on locals since opening day! These brisket burgers are definitely something I found unique to The B.E.A.C.H., and the corn relish just became a personal favourite! There was just the right amount of kick to the relish, the bacon was nice and crisp, the beer braised onions were flavourful and I think I have a new favourite burger!
Location: 14981 Marine Drive at White Rock Beach
Potato bun, onion relish, smoked cheddar & aioli – Gluten Free Option.
I frequent Uli’s Restaurant at least once a month, and I never get tired of Uli’s burger! The house-made onion relish has so much flavour and really complimented the burger. The patty was grilled to perfection, and the potato bun was light and almost melted in my mouth. The service was friendly, the food was amazing, and the atmosphere made it worth staying to really savour the burger.
Location: 15023 Marine Drive at White Rock Beach
Credit: Uli’s Restaurant via TripAdvisor
The Wooden Spoon
CAJUN CHICKEN BURGER
Cajun pan-seared chicken breast, cheddar cheese, bacon aruguls, tomato jam and smoky grill aioli, served on a brioche bun
If you’re uptown and looking for a huge, fresh burger, The Wooden Spoon won’t leave you disappointed! The chicken breast was perfectly seasoned with just the right amount of cajun, the tomato jam was rich and creamy, the aioli added a lot of flavour, and the bun was perfectly toasted. I felt like I got a steal from what I paid, because the fresh ingredients and huge portion was worth the time and money.
No choice is a bad choice from any of these White Rock restaurants! So, bring your appetites and be sure to let us know what you think of our favourite burgers!
~ JT Cowan