Best Burgers

by Kristy Aleksich

Lil Chef's Lil Big Burger served on a homemade English muffin

Burgers might just be the perfect thing to eat. They’re a perfect marriage of meat, bread, cheese, vegetables and sometimes other exotic ingredients. The difference between a good burger and a great burger? It could be anything from the cut of the meat, the style of grill, the combination of toppings or the choice of bread. But when you get everything right and all those ingredients fuse together into one mouthful of juicy, flavourful perfection then what you’ve got is an AMAZING burger.


So, who’s got the best burger in Squamish? After some careful polling on social media and inquiring with every person I know who lives here, this is what they said:


Watershed Grill


The Watershed is a clear front-runner, though WHICH burger to choose seems to be the tricky part. Whether you choose the salmon burger with wasabi mayo, the Cali chicken burger topped with guacamole and brie cheese, the lamb burger with minted tzatziki or a straight up beef burger made with free range, locally sourced beef you really can’t go wrong.



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Locavore burger served on light and fluffy Portuguese bun



The Locavore (definition: a person whose diet consists only of locally grown or produced food) offers a fine selection of sandwiches, with their veggie burger being a standout alongside their classic beef, chicken or salmon burger. All served on a delightfully light and fluffy Portuguese bun with just the right amount of fresh toppings and sauces. With their locally sourced and farmed ingredients they’re hitting the nail on the head.




Lil Chef


Delivering big flavours for a Lil Chef, we love this casual eatery that boasts plenty of housemade items including the famous English muffins the burgers are served on. Order the ‘Lil Big Burger’ made with AAA sirloin ground in house and topped with free-range bacon, their own cheese blend, grilled tomato and chimichurri sauce. You won’t find fries here, instead enjoy their spinach ‘n beet salad, scratch-made French onion soup or a soup of the day.


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Norman Rudy's best burger

Norman Rudy’s


With toppings like ‘tobacco onions’ and ‘bacon-tomato jam’ no wonder this burger was a popular vote. Switch up your side for garlic fries or a crisp ceasar salad as you enjoy their sunny patio and the breathtaking views of the Squamish valley. The ultimate summer meal in the most picture-perfect setting!






Burgers in the backyard are just better, aren’t they? Keeping that familiar, cozy sentiment in mind, this Valleycliffe pub is all about keeping things simple, fresh and fun. Try the Backyard Cheeseburger, served on a brioche bun with American cheese and your traditional toppings. Simple, yet perfect.



So before you fire up the barbie and make a mess at home, perhaps try one of these local joints first to satisfy your burger craving. The only mess here will be on your plate. Grab extra napkins.


Please note that during the COVID-19 crisis restaurant hours and service may vary. Please contact the restaurant directly to find out more information on re-opening dates, take away menus and service availability.


Watershed Grill

41101 Government Rd

Brackendale, BC


1861 Mamquam Rd

Garibaldi Estates, BC

Lil Chef Bistro

40365 Tantalus Road

Garibaldi Estates, BC


Norman Rudy's 

40900 Tantalus Rd

Garibaldi Estates, BC

The Backyard Tap 

1907 Maple Dr.

Valleycliffe, BC

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