When it rains, it pours and that definitely was the case last week at Burger Palooza. However, being hungry never defers me from seeking out good food. This afternoon was a special occasion in the fact that Richard Wolak (ie, Vancouver Foodster) launched the inaugural Burger Palooza. This burger love fest stretched across downtown which was a bit of a walk – but easy enough to transit.

My dining partner today was the ever fantastic and fab Adrian, who doubled as a hand model for some of my pictures.

Similar to tasting plates in format, you start off at one place and can make your way down to all the others on the map you are provided. The first place is Milestones on Robson which were pairing their burgers with Howe Sound Brewery King Heffy Imperial Hefeweizen.

Their mini stacked burger is served with a Tuna Taco. I love Milestones burgers and it paired beautifully with the hefeweizen.

deebees organic teapops

Our next stop was at Whole Foods to try DeeBee’s Organics. It was pouring rain so it was a little unfortunate because a popsicle would be perfect for some warm weather. However, the lady at the table was super cheerful and gave us some great insight on the TeaPops. She offered us either the Iced Tea or the Berries and Cherries, so we got one of each.

I really loved the Southern Iced Tea, so much so, I’ll probably go back to Whole Foods and grab a box for myself really soon. Why? It’s a nice refreshing treat that isn’t too sweet at all but delicious.

We walked down to Denman and whoops – walked right past Buck Stop. We came back around to it and it was literally this hole in the wall. Their burgers were the most delicious of the day.

buckstop burger denman

They offered venison burgers stuffed with blue cheese and mushrooms and their housemade potato chips and horseradish aioli. The burgers were so juicy and tender and the blue cheese just oozed out of them. I have to say though, their housemade potato chips stole the show.

The next stop is Yagger’s Downtown which we walked to from Denman since we kept missing our bus and there were no stops due to some redirection in traffic that day for the marathon. We walked into Yagger’s and tried one of each of their offerings: Yagger’s Famous Cowburger (organic beef and pork patty seasoned with chipotle peppers, peppercorn mayo and topped with aged white cheddar and double smoked bacon) – fantastic! Also their Housemade Chorizo burger (ground chorizo and beef topped with fresh apple herb slaw). Both were served with a cute portion of Mac & Not So Blue Cheese – white cheddar and gorgonzola cream sauce on jumbo mac noodles garnished with fresh bruschetta.

yaggers downtown burger

Adrian and I both agreed that the Chorizo burger was fantastic – juicy, flavourful with just the right amount of mild-heat. I’ll definitely have to come back to try more of their burgers.

Finally, the last two stops. Bismarck Bar and Kobob Burger.

Had a strange encounter at Bismarck where no one came to serve us or seat us, so we sat ourselves and mysteriously burgers were plunked down in front of us.

Alternatively, at Kobob Burger, we enjoyed the twist on the burger – a mini bulgogi rice burger. Delicious!