It’s pretty easy to find a good burger around these parts. Nearly every town has a restaurant that serves up tasty hamburgers. But finding a
great burger – that’s something that takes a little bit more effort. Luckily, you don’t need to put in any effort at all. Here are Minnesota’s greatest, most mouth-watering burgers for you to add to your bucket list.
1. Red Cow (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
Red Cow has become a well-known burger joint with locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Their gourmet burgers are handcrafted and are topped with fresh, unique ingredients. Red Cow's Double Barrel Burger won the 2016 Twin Cities Burger Battle.
2. Matt's Bar (Minneapolis)
It's time to talk about the battle of the Jucy (or Juicy, if you're at 5-8 Club) Lucy, Minnesota's famous cheese-stuffed burger. The Lucy's origin is hotly contested, with Matt's Bar and the 5-8 Club each vying for the claim to fame. A trip to both locations is a necessity on any Minnesota burger bucket list.
3. 5-8 Club (Minneapolis, Maplewood, Champlin, and West St. Paul)
And here's the other half of the cheese-filled burger battle. At 5-8 Club, a Juicy Lucy is always spelled with an "I," and it's always packed with flavor. You'll have to try both the 5-8 and the Matt's version to see which one reigns supreme.
4. Blue Door Pub (Minneapolis and St. Paul)
The Blue Door Pub is known for inventing its own take on the Juicy Lucy: the Blucy. An Angus beef patty stuffed with bleu cheese and garlic, the Blucy is a can't-miss Minnesota burger.
5. Burger Jones (Minneapolis and Burnsville)
Fresh beef, homemade buns, and dozens of toppings to choose from. If you haven't already been to Burger Jones, you definitely want to add it to your burger bucket list.
6. Lions Tap (Eden Prairie)
Lions Tap in Eden Prairie is known for its classic hamburgers. They serve up old favorites like mushroom swiss burgers and bacon cheeseburgers. Lions Tap has been recognized by local media as having some of the best burgers around.
7. Tendermaid (Austin)
Austin's famous Tendermaid burger joint serves up a different style of hamburger. Instead of coming in a nice, neat patty, Tendermaid serves loosemeat burgers. Open up your Tendermaid burger wrapper and you'll find steamed ground beef and toppings falling out of the bun. Think a sloppy joe without the sauce. Maybe that's why a Tendermaid burger is served with a spoon.
8. King's Place Bar & Grill (Miesville)
King's Place is located in a tiny town called Miesville - population: 125. But one thing that makes this restaurant so special is that King's Place has over 50 burgers on its menu. They're so good that King's Place burgers were named best of Minnesota by WCCO viewers in 2015.
9. Val's Burgers (St. Cloud)
This St. Cloud burger stand has been around since 1959. At Val's, they pride themselves on tasty burgers and fast service. The retro charm and unique service make this tiny restaurant a St. Cloud standout. Definitely worthy of any burger bucket list. Stop in to give it a try next time you're in the area.
10. The Nook (St. Paul)
The Nook is known for burgers piled high with toppings. You can even get a stuffed burger here. Try the Spanish Fly. It's a beef and pork chorizo burger stuffed with queso cheese. Sounds delicious, right?
11. Victory 44 (Minneapolis)
Since it opened in 2009, Victory 44 has been known for its Perfect Burger. It's topped with dijonaise, American cheese, and ice box pickles and served with bacon fries. That's right,
bacon fries. Add it to your bucket list. You won't regret it.
There you have it. The ultimate Minnesota burger bucket list. Have you already been to any of these places? Which burger did you try? Let us know if there are any other burgers that should be on the list!