The Great Canadian Banquet Burger

Bet you didn’t know that the banquet burger began life in Toronto, Canada! Invented by restaurant owner Francis Deck and originally dubbed the Forest Hill burger (after an upscale area of Toronto), it was created to boost flagging sales back in the 1940s. If you want to make this a truly Canadian burger, use back bacon in place of regular bacon.

NotesUse a cheese grater to grate the peeled onion directly over the bowl.


Cooking Methodgrilling



Total Timeunder 30 minutes

Kid FriendlyYes

OccasionFamily Get-together

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, peanut free, soy free, tree nut free


Mealdinner, lunch

Taste and Texturecheesy, meaty, savory, smoky, umami

Type of Dishhamburger


  • 2 lbs (1 kg) medium ground beef
  • 1½ (7 mL) tsp salt
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp (25 mL) Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 medium onion, grated
  • 6 thin slices Cheddar cheese
  • 12 slices cooked bacon
  • 6 hamburger buns or kaiser rolls
  • 6 lettuce leaves
  • 6 thick slices tomato
  • Onion
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Mayonnaise
  • Dill pickles


  1. Preheat lightly greased grill to high

  2. In a large bowl, combine beef with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and onion. Mix together until well blended. Shape into 6 equal-sized patties, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick.

  3. Place patties on grill. Cook, turning once, 5 minutes per side for medium or until exterior of burger is nicely browned. Add cheese during last minute of cooking time.

  4. Split buns and toast on grill. Assemble burgers by placing 1 patty on bottom of bun followed by 2 strips bacon (or 1 piece cooked Canadian back bacon). Place a lettuce leaf and tomato slice on other side of bun. Serve with garnish at table.


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