The 6 best peanut butter burgers in the Twin Cities
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The Twin Cities are a long-time incubator of innovative burgers. So it's no surprise that the home of the Jucy Lucy is well on board with an even less conventional trend: the peanut butter burger. To the uninitiated, the thought of slathering a burger with rich, creamy peanut butter is "weird" or a sign of the decadence of a declining empire. Those who have tried the topping know the truth: Peanut butter is just odd enough to be interesting, and the burgers taste damn good. Here are our six favorite spots in the cities that have their own take on this nutty formula.
Sporty's Nutty Buddy
6. Sporty's Pub and Grill: The Nutty Buddy, $9.50
Sporty's is a friendly dive bar and grill in the Como neighborhood, boasting an impressive roster of inventive burger options, including a house-made vegan black bean patty and a burger topped with cheese curds and potato chips, all served until 1:30 a.m. The Nutty Buddy comes on strong -- two thick strips of bacon, pepper-jack cheese, and lots of creamy peanut butter and mayo, with pickles served on the side. The base is solid: The flattop cooked burger is classic American diner, and the bacon is meaty and high-quality. Add to that a huge slab of basic creamy PB for an incredibly messy burger made with peanut-lovers in mind.
PB & Bacon Lucy at the Crooked Pint
5. Crooked Pint Ale House: The PB & Bacon Lucy, $11
The huge downtown space that holds the Crooked Pint in Minneapolis has two levels of seating and is marked by a movie marquee. Their PB Lucy takes a different spin than the other contenders on this list by putting creamy PB -- you guessed it -- on the inside of the patty. This leaves the spread hot and almost saucy, a good move that helps distribute the flavor throughout.
The Elvis at Grumpy's Bar & Grill
4. Grumpy's Bar & Grill: Southern Style "The Elvis," $9.75
At their downtown location, Grumpy's keeps its spin on things very simple: a half-pound Angus patty, creamy peanut butter with nuts on top, and crispy bacon. The charbroiled summer cookout taste of the burger along with the crunch of the bacon and nuts are balanced out nicely by the smoothness of the PB. This burger makes it easy to see how the trend first caught on: peanut butter, burger, and bacon just go together, with a subtle sweetness and unifying richness.