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National Burger Day brings burger joints together

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(Read caption) Mark McGrath enjoys Hard Rock Cafe’s Fiesta Burger after performing at Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, Calif. May 28 is not only National Burger Day in the US, but also in Canada.

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May 28 is National Burger Day in the US and a few places will have special deals, but Canada proves itself unmatched in its ability to celebrate burgers and burger joints. Halifax, Nova Scotia, celebrated Burger Week in March. Prince Edward Island’s month-long PEI Burger Love fest in April had 54 participating restaurants. Thirty joints took part in Calgary’s Burger Week May 2-10. Le Burger Week, in September, is held simultaneously in Montreal, Quebec City, Vancouver, and Winnipeg.

Toronto’s third annual Burger Week gets going today, hosted by city weekly The Grid. Through Saturday, 67 area restaurants will feature special burgers. Most are $5 although higher-priced “Black Tie Specials” can be offered with a part of the proceeds designated for a charity.

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The festivities culminate on Sunday, June 1, with Burger Day. All of the participating restaurants will have stands at the city’s Fort York Historic Site. Admission is $20; sliders are $3, sides are $1 and beer is $5.

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Big Smoke Burger, a Toronto chain now expanding into the US, will be featuring The Blazing Pineapple Burger: a ground chuck patty with grilled, glazed pineapple, hot peppers, mayo, barbecue sauce, and lettuce. Another local chain, Hero Certified Burgers, will feature The Action Hero: an Angus beef patty, guacamole, bacon, chili white Cheddar, onion ring, tomato, lettuce, and Hero sauce.

Dozens of other interesting burgers will be offered. Check out the complete list of attendees and their burgers. Then get your town to start putting together a Burger Week for next year.