It seems there are gourmet hamburger shops popping up everywhere in Toronto, and summer is the perfect time to check them out.

A team of Canadian Press carnivores went hunting for some choice chuck. Here’s what they discovered.

Burger Shoppe Quality Meats (BQM):
For a taste of Toronto’s newest hipster ’hood along with some naturally raised beef, wander down the gentrified stretch of Ossington Avenue just off the seedier portion of Queen Street West. The Burger Shoppe offers familiar comfort food at higher prices than most counterparts, but this eco-friendly eatery could be considered more gastro-pub than fast-food joint.

Craft Burger:
If you’ve got a hamburger hankering after shopping along Bloor Street West or in Yorkville, it’s hard to beat this sleek resto at 830 Yonge St. Adventurous eaters can opt for the “Craft Blue,” a delightful mix of gorgonzola, avocado and rosemary garlic mayo.

Dangerous Dan’s:
For those who like a grill with some grit, drop by Queen Street East and Broadview and consider Dangerous Dan’s as an artery-clogging alternative to the city’s chi-chi crop of new burger joints. For those who want a retro option, try the Elvis — a tastier-than-it-sounds eight-ounce (225-gram) burger topped with bacon, peanut butter and fried banana.

Magoo’s Gourmet Hamburgers and Ice Cream:
The burgers here at 4242 Dundas St. W., made on the premises of 100 per cent lean ground beef, are sized to fit. A small- to medium-sized appetite might wish to order the Magoo-goo for $3.95 on a substantial sesame seed bun, adding toppings such as mushrooms, bacon or cheese. Heartier appetites might sink into the gourmet burger, while veggie burgers, fries and salads are also on the menu.

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