Top 10 burgers in the Twin Cities

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​There's nothing humble about the hamburger in the Twin Cities. Our Midwestern pride comes out with this seemingly simple dish, crafting innovative variations while never missing the essential equation: patty + bun + toppings = tasty glory.

Finding the top 10 in the Twin Cities took careful consideration to materials used--burger patty, bun, and toppings--and then how they were prepared. For such a staple dish, the burger is easy to ruin.

And there are intangibles. One of the pleasures of going out to eat is the location. The restaurants below range from some of the classiest in town to classic neighborhood bars where the meals are served wrapped in paper, without any plates at all. Both extremes work perfectly for our towns' best burgers.



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The classic Vincent Burger, available at the restaurant or at Target Field.
10. Vincent Restaurant
How big is the Vincent Burger, the classy downtown restaurant's version of the Jucy Lucy? During the baseball season, you can chow down on one at Target Field, amid all the other ballpark delicacies. All burgers start with the meat, and chef and owner Vincent Francoual has that covered, using a mix of traditional ground beef and braised short ribs. Then, in place of American cheese, the interior is stuffed with smoked Gouda, making a dish that even the most committed Francophobe will love. If you stop by the restaurant during happy hour, the lounge offers a specially priced version of the burger that lets you experience the singular item without paying as much for a full meal at many restaurants.
1100 Nicolett Mall, Minneapolis.
612.630.1189.  Vincent website. 

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Photo by Tony Nelson
The Jucy Lucy is worth a lunchtime rush wait.
9. Matt's Bar
Oh, the Jucy Lucy. Love it or be confounded by it, there's no doubt this creation is as Minnesotan as Mary Tyler Moore and talking endlessly about the weather. Matt's Bar is one of the places to claim the creation of the dish (and the originator of the unusual spelling. So what is it? Take a pair of hamburger patties, smash them around a hunk of cheese, and cook until the insides are molten. Let it cool a bit, and you have a dish in which the cheese and meat flavors merge into a greasy-spoon masterpiece. Matt's Bar brings the ambience as well, and you'll feel like you've walked right into a joint from the past, right down to the menu board with the various dishes, with--of course--the Jucy Lucy at the top in a place of pride.
3500 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis.
612.722.7072. Matt's Bar website

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Burgers are only one of the Bulldog Northeast's delights.
8. The Bulldog Northeast
For the past five years, this eatery has been racking up accolades from not just the local press and customers, but from publications across the country. It seems that everyone is in love with its extensive offerings and friendly atmosphere, where good old-fashioned trimmings (sports on TV) are merged with fresh takes on old favorites like hot dogs or unexpected delights, like a steak tartare on the appetizer menu. The half-pound patties start with domestic Kobe beef that is ground in-house daily. From there, you can go with the basic or jump to one of the special offerings, like the truffle, the Good Morning (ham, eggs, and American cheese on an English muffin) or the Ninja (fresh jalapenos with pepper jack cheese, I think you can see where the name comes from). Burgers are served with fries, or for an additional charge, you can move up to the Bulldog's famous, perfectly deep-fried tater tots
401 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis.


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zkarlo
zkarlo

Lions Tap is top 3.  Must be double-cheese medium with no condiments or onions.  Beef is incredible.  Ike's Monster Burger with 3 year old cheddar is also worthy above many of these.

Yael Vargas
Yael Vargas

It's time to get over Matt's already, that place is mediocre as can be.

chaseturner
chaseturner

The one everyone always misses are the sliders are Bar Lurcat. One of the best burgers in the country. 

theonlyblackguy
theonlyblackguy

Band Box Breakfast Burger is one of the best in town. 

nicole
nicole

you are on crack, burger jones is crap.  i would eat at applebee's ten times before going back to burger jones.

burgerbuster
burgerbuster

None of you commenting on this are smart enough to realize that this list is based on how much these restaurants spend on advertising with CP and not the actual quality of the burger??

Oakleys
Oakleys

ZYXQLLABAB I like it very much!

bucky
bucky

Mannings, Mannings and Mannings!!!

Lee Aadahl
Lee Aadahl

Read your article, went to Vincent to have a burger. Not excellent at all, very average at best. No reason to return.Lee

Danny Roxanne
Danny Roxanne

MistakesBurger Jones is on list - do they advertise in city pages...Mickey's is on listBlue Door is notConvention Grill is notLions Tap is notGold Nugget is not

Who licensed this writer as a burger rater...

WulFTrobe
WulFTrobe

I love Matts and The Bulldog. Burger Jones? Actually, Tavern on France in Edina has great burgers! Try it.

Kristi
Kristi

The Nook should be #1!

YANKEEHATER
YANKEEHATER

Why isn't The Saint Clair Broiler on this list? It would definitely beat a Fish and Chips place GEEZ!!!!!

Jayguy311
Jayguy311

Can't you guys figure this out??? Run ads in their paper and you get rave reviews. No ad - no mention. Typical story...money talks!

Bill Godbe
Bill Godbe

Where is the 5-8 Club's Juicy Lucy?  Matt's is good, but not the Twin Cities' original!

Billy
Billy

How did Burger Jones get on this list?  They must of payed for it

Adam M Preston
Adam M Preston

No Blue Door? That settles it. I am never reading City Pages again.

SCGallgan
SCGallgan

You forgot the American Burger Bar in St. Paul.

Josh
Josh

How did The Craftsman not make this list? With cheddar, harissa, and bacon, it's the best beef burger in town.  And their fries rock too!

Rob
Rob

Wow, what an awful list. How bout Blue Door? The Nook? Mannings? Geeeeezzzz.... Even Rock Bottom has a burger that's better than the majority of these places.

Eric Kohs
Eric Kohs

I'd put Haute Dish's burger up against any of these.  It's like a fully-loaded version of Victory 44's, plus you get a far superior beer list to pair.  If you can't get a table at 112 Eatery do yourself a favor and walk around the block to get in at Haute Dish.

Eric Kohs
Eric Kohs

I'd put Haute Dish's burger up against any of these.  It's like the fully-loaded edition of Victory 44's, plus you get a far better beer list to pair.

MR HUNGRY
MR HUNGRY

CHECK OUT THE THROWBACK BURGER AT THE THROWBACK DELI IN NORDEAST MPLS SHOULD OF BEEN ON THIS LIST BUT THIER A BEST KEPT SECRET OF MPLS/STPAUL

Your name
Your name

Matt's is #2 but the 5-8 doesn't even get a mention? Shame.

prufrock
prufrock

Oh, these lists keep changing, and there are always good additions in the comments (yay, comments!) So here are my suggestions/additions: 

Mickey's features, sine 1957, the Sputnik. If I am correct, it was launched right after its namesake, and is the very first incarnation of the Big Mac even seen on this planet. Like it or not, it's a fine bit of living history, and just another of Mickey's added charms. (I wish Colleen Kruse still worked there....sigh.) Also, if you are going to the Nook (near Cretin-Derham, (not St Kate's by the way) please do yourself the ridiculous favor of having the Nookie Supreme. Try to eat it without the cheese running over the backs of your knuckles.

Guy
Guy

A place that never gets mentioned on any lists is Kelly's Depot near Mears Park in St. Paul. It's a dumpy little place, but the burgers are straightforward and delicious, they have great service, and they have one of the top bloody mary's around. I almost don't want to mention it here because I love how it's never busy, but they deserve a shout-out.

SallyV
SallyV

When I want a burger, which I rarely eat, I go to Snuffy's. Nothing spectacular...just good old-fashioned burgers in a funky setting. And they're inexpensive.

Melissa Summers
Melissa Summers

Nope.  Can't say I agree with this one.  Burger Jones?  Better hype than burgers.  The Blue Door and the Cardinal are just a few examples of the overlooked places.  Ever been to Shaw's in NE Mpls? Hell, Famous Dave's does a better burger than some of these places.  Further research is required.

Tmeckey
Tmeckey

Delete burger jones. Insert Tilia. Move Tilia to number 2.

KCMN
KCMN

Are you guys serious about Burger Jones? What does it matter about all the fancy things you can put on a burger if you don't season the meat? The blandest $10 ever wasted.

Josh
Josh

Where is the Blue Door on this list?  Completely incomplete list without the BDP.

Jae
Jae

Bulldog is my favorite... don't sleep on The Burger Place on 5th and Marquette downtown (breakfast and lunch only)

Thaiboxermike
Thaiboxermike

Burger Jones makes the list, but not Blue Door? You don't know anything about burgers.

Rastley
Rastley

Where the hell is JT Burgers?

RSchubich
RSchubich

Very disappointed that The blue door pub isn' t listed! By far the best burger I have ever tasted!

skywalker
skywalker

@Greg Overall This article should lose Mickey's and add the Convention Grill. There are reasons to go to Mickey's, but their burgers aren't in the top 10.

Amanda
Amanda

The nook is on the list

tedd brown
tedd brown

I second this recommendation.  IMHO it's been a toss up between Haute Dish and the Red Stag.  Now Northeast Social club has a killer $5 happy hour burger that's a winner both in value and flavor. Also, while I havent tried them,  I'm guessing Travail has a good burger although they are sliders.  In the same category, Crave at MOA has good sliders too which are a steal at happy hour.  

YANKEEHATER
YANKEEHATER

I forgot about Snuffy's Girl you got taste.

tedd brown
tedd brown

they also lose points for being in saint paul

Hi Pals
Hi Pals

they lose points for garbage service and a bad loction

tedd brown
tedd brown

I think the Bulldog NE's black bean burger is outstanding although I've never had a regular burger from there.   For downtown mpls Lion's Pub has a good burger called the Hennepin with BBQ sauce and bacon.

Honestly
Honestly

The good news is you have a number of opportunities to be impressed.

not4u2no
not4u2no

Snuffys? You have got to be kidding! The worst hamburger I have EVER eaten was there and to pricey, just because its in Deephaven they can charge whatever they want, I guess people around there go there to feel like they are slummin'. Funny that an organic grocery is nearby and they use the worst tasting beef in the world!

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