Hamburger or cheeseburger, mayo or mustard, onions or pickles – however you like ‘em, burgers are a staple of American cuisine. And when you’re in the mood for a hot and juicy patty, no substitute will do. “Ketch-up” on the best burgers in and around Minneapolis Northwest and kick your burger enthusiasm up a notch!
Rock Elm at The Grove
Rock Elm at The Grove is known for its excellent craft food, especially the burgers. Order the VAT 17 Burger with white cheddar cheese, thick strips of candied bacon, arugula and roasted garlic aioli for good measure. Hamburgers are made from scratch with Minnesota-raised beef from Revier Cattle Company in Olivia, MN. The signature Rock Elm Burger is worth noting, too, with Montamore cheese, roasted mushrooms, arugula and a candied walnut aioli. Enjoy with fries or splurge and get the house-made tots with bacon ketchup.
A local favorite for decades, Wagner’s Drive-In has perfected the art of the hamburger. For more than 30 years, they've been trusted to deliver delicious hand-pattied, never frozen burgers that are tender, juicy, flavorful and memorable. Order your burger pretty much however you like it, including your choice of one or two patties, and “relish” the freshly grilled flavor. All burgers are served nice and hot with generous toppings. A side of crispy krinkle fries is a must, though we admit the onion rings are also fantastic. Pull up to one of the old-school order boxes and order from the comfort of your own car, or enjoy a seat at the nearby picnic tables on warm-weather days.
The Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar
If you're looking for a good deal on a phenomenal burger, all burgers are $3 off every Thursday at The Brooklyn Restaurant & Bar. This upscale bistro located at Edinburgh USA Golf Course makes its giant burgers with house ground beef, and they are not to be missed. The star of the menu might just be the Brooklyn Masterwork Burger with American cheese, confit tomato, pickles, shredded lettuce, and special masterwork sauce on a potato bun. The Mushroom Swiss Burger literally oozes cheese, and the onions are perfectly caramelized. Order with fries, tater tots, or onion rings, or opt for a lighter side of fruit or side salad. You really can't go wrong with anything on The Brooklyn's menu.
Burgers become the ultimate comfort food when they’re devoured at 50’s Grill, a long-standing diner that honors traditional, classic dishes. Enjoy classics like the Mushroom & Swiss burger, California with cheese, Guacamole burger, or opt for the multi-gran melt or the patty melt. All burgers are made from fresh ground beef that’s custom ground for the 50’s Grill and pattied fresh daily in the kitchen. Savor a simpler time when you kick back with a juicy burger and an old-fashioned malt while you’re serenaded by tunes of Patsy Cline and Buddy Holly. 50’s Grill also serves bison burgers, and all burgers come in 6 oz. and 4 oz. patties – great for those with smaller appetites.
Brick & Bourbon
Are you daring enough to try the Bourbon Burger at Brick & Bourbon? Take on a handcrafted burger patty stacked with thick cut bourbon-brined pork belly, smoked gouda cheese, whiskey BBQ sauce, and tabasco onion straws. All burgers on the menu are handcrafted cast iron burgers with a delicious smoky flavor and slightly caramelized crust. Add some duck bacon wontons to your order, and you're taste buds will be in for a treat!
Malone’s Bar & Grill
A great sports bar can only be great if it has fantastic burgers. Malone’s Bar & Grill delivers with excellent burgers, including a fantastic turkey burger. Their signature burger, The Mr. Jimmy, comes with fried onions, lettuce, tomato, a double dose of cheese (American & cheddar), and Malone’s secret Jimmy sauce. It also has a really excellent turkey burger with cheese, lettuce, and avocado on a brioche bun. Save room for Malone’s famous waffle fries and seasoned sour cream.
5-8 Grill & Bar
No burger experience in Minnesota is complete without a Juicy Lucy – the famous hamburgers stuffed with melted cheese. The 5-8 Grill & Bar offers a full menu of Lucys to choose from. Opt for the wildest of them all – the PB&J Lucy stuffed with creamy peanut butter and American cheese and topped with strawberry jam. It’s as good as it is messy! The Montana Jack Juicy Lucy is also wild, stuffed with Bleu cheese and topped with Heinz 57, chipotle mayo, shredded lettuce, and 5-8’s famous onion straws. Warning: the cheese in a Juicy Lucy is very hot, so be careful and take your time. It’ll be worth the wait! The 5-8 Grill & Bar is also home to the Twin Cities one and only Garlic Cheese Burger – a classic cheeseburger served on a toasted garlic French roll.
For a sophisticated twist on burgers, head to Red Cow in the North Loop in Minneapolis. Red Cow focuses on gourmet burgers made with local, certified Angus beef. These burgers need to be tasted to be believed. Each one has a special twist, such as Red Cow sauce, candied bacon, manchego cheese, merlot mushrooms, or apricot-rosemary black pepper jam. The 60/40 burger is 60 percent certified angus beef, 40 percent ground bacon patty with Wisconsin aged cheddar, beer mustard, and candied bacon. Other burger options include the Barcelona Burger with manchego, prosciutto, piquillo pepper and smoked aioli, and the turkey burger with avocado, sliced radish, and crushed pistachios.
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