About the joint
The Burger's Priest is a Toronto favorite, taking home the 3rd place ribbon in the 2012 ZAGAT guide for places to eat in Hogtown. For those not in the know, the ZAGAT guide is based on a survey of regular people - so although probably only people with reasonably good taste care enough to vote, the resulting zeitgeist is still going to be a little bit based on what's popular or faddish at the time. And The Burger's Priest certainly is popular.
Don't expect to have a leisurely sit-down meal. There's next to no seating, and if you're lucky enough to snag a bar stool (God help you if you're there with friends who also need seats), you're likely to get jostled by the 30-odd people standing in line to order. But if you're prepared for all that, then the hungry, happy crowd certainly lends a kind of electricity to the experience.
A Greasy, Delicious Mess
by basil on March 2nd, 2012
I went to the Burger's Priest (Yonge St. location) with @Jason and our wives - all of who were part of the original Burger Derby blind taste test that started it all. We knew there was no chance for a seat, so we planned to eat in the car, with Jason's dog safely stowed in the cargo hold of the hatchback, whimpering away, desperate to taste the burgers we were tasting.
The Priest is sloppy burg - and can you blame it? Any cheeseburger worth its curds is at least a little bit unwieldy, but this one is topped with a deep-fried, cheese-stuffed portobello mushroom - a challenge to get your mouth around. But like a true derbist, I rose to that challenge. It's a greasy burger, even the bun (which is a bit like a McDonald's hamburger bun) had a sheen of grease on it. It's also a filling burger - despite wishing I could eat another one right away, I certainly wasn't hungry anymore after finishing it.
The cheese melted on the patty (a crispy and crumbly on the outside, juicy on the inside, hand-formed delight of freshly ground beef) and the cheese-stuffed mushroom combine flavors to overpower anything else you might ask for on this burg, so it might be wise to just save the cooks some work and hold all the other toppings.
This certainly isn't the best burger I've ever had, and my suspicions are strong that my without the mushroom's flavor, it wouldn't have been nearly as good - but I wasn't disappointed at all!