Customize a local burger

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Downtown Oshawa is now a burger destination.

The Patty Shack, located at 24 King St. E downtown Oshawa

The Patty Shack, a burger joint on King Street with a unique and modern twist opened in March and offers more than just a typical beef patty.
In fact, on top of 4, 6 and 8-ounce beef patties there are also 5-ounce turkey or veggie burgers.
But that’s not where the choices stop, there are over 50 different toppings and condiments to customize a patty sandwiched between a white or whole-wheat bun.
Part of The Patty Shack's extensive condiment collection.

Ranging from the typical ketchup and mustard they also offer unique homemade sauces like the popular house sauce or Gardillic, a combination of dill and garlic. There are even plenty of choices when it comes to sauce for the chicken wings.
And while there are regular choices like lettuce and tomato to top the burger, the ingredients include things like fresh avocado slices, sautéed onions, mushrooms or peppers, sundried tomatoes, chicken wings and onion rings.
Onion rings can also be a side along with fries, sweet potato fries, “Patty” potatoes, salads or poutine.
Owner Dave Hannah says about 90 per cent of the sauces are homemade which is what they strive to do with everything they can in the restaurant.
“We also try to be as local as we can as much as we can,” added Hannah. “All the beef comes from Orillia.”
Local and homemade seems natural for a business idea stemming from a backyard barbeque, which has turned into something Hannah is looking to franchise.
They’ve also taken a modern approach to engage locals by offering deals, specials and new product samples on their Twitter and Facebook pages twice a day. A full menu can be found on their website at
Story and images by Nathan MacKinnon