We've already talked to you about the most underrated burgers in MSP and picked the best burger in every 'hood in the Twin Cities, but you know what we haven't done? Besides eat lunch yet today (for some reason we're really hungry), obviously. We haven't ranked the eight best burgers in MSP. Until now...
The 8 best burgers in the Twin Cities, ranked
8. The Juicy Nookie
The Nook (address and info)
You can’t ever go wrong with a Juicy Nookie, and if that sounds like it might be outside of your comfort zone, you're probably be right, 'cause the melted napalm in the middle that they call cheese is nothing shy of dangerous, so approach with caution. Delicious, delicious, caution.
7. The Blucy
Blue Door Pub (address and info)
This is another one the city’s premier cheese-filled meat-bombs, and whether you’re on the St. Paul or Minneapolis side of the river, you’re never too far away from a Blucy.
6. The Angus Cheeseburger
The Happy Gnome (address and info)
This little beef bomb bleeds decadence. Cooked to order and topped with slow braised short ribs and cheddar cheese, this burger is the one to beat in St. Paul.
5. The Steak Burger
Libertine (address and info)
For just opening this summer, the burger at this joint is already starting to establish a pretty big fan base. Simplicity is the key here as it's topped with nothing more than white cheddar cheese and a sweet, sticky bacon jam.
4. The Jucy Lucy
Matt’s Bar (address and info)
If there were one Jucy Lucy to rule them all, it’s got to be the one at Matt’s Bar. After all, they are the ones that taught us to “fear the cheese”. There’s just something about these cheesy little meat pucks that always leave us wanting to come back for more.
3. The Perfect Burger
Victory 44 (address and info)
To deem your own burger "perfect" might be a stretch for some, but this North Minneapolis spot delivers a nearly flawless bacon-/cheese-topped meat-wich that may not be "perfect", but it's very, very, close.
2. (The Parlour) Burger
Parlour (address and info)
The simply titled "burger" is not to be underestimated. It's made using freshly ground sirloin, ribeye, and brisket and served with basic American cheese. It’s the kind of burger that has you on the edge of your seat until it’s gone, and then you’ll relax back into your seat and consider ordering another one for dessert.
1. Burger (+ Beer)
HauteDish (address and info)
Our number one pick not only comes with a perfectly cooked burger, but it also comes topped with the perfect accoutrement. It's got with lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mushrooms, bacon, homemade pickles, and horseradish mustard, but wait there's more... you get get this beast, fries, and a beer all for $10 bucks at the bar. Seriously, how could this not be #1?!
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1. The Nook492 S Hamline Ave, St. Paul
2. The Blue Door Pub3448 42nd Ave S, Minneapolis
3. The Happy Gnome498 Selby Ave, St. Paul
4. Matt's Bar3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
5. Libertine3001 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
6. Victory 442203 44th Ave N, Minneapolis
7. Borough and Parlour730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
8. HauteDish119 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis
With possibly the best Juicy Lucy in all of the Twin Cities, St. Paul's The Nook is a cozy Irish bar featuring drink specials every night of the week.
The Blue Door Pub might look like your typical Midwest watering hole — wooden booths, twinkle lights, flat-screen tv — but you wouldn't gather from its looks, or lack thereof, is that this is home to the best pub grub in the Twin Cities. Specifically, we're talking about the Blucy Burger, two beef patties stuffed with whatever cheese your order requires (the classic has bleu cheese and garlic, the Cajun Redux have five-pepper, and the Picnic has colby jack).
Despite the diminutive name, you’ll want to arrive at this St. Paul bar with a giant-sized appetite, because not only is the 70-strong draft list (helpfully broken down into categories like “hoppy” or “sessionable”) deep on Midwest favorites reliably on point, but the burgers are also not to be missed. Better yet -- have that burger and beer (or let’s be real, beers) on their patio when the Minnesota weather permits, because let’s be honest, there’s no better state to be in between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Matt's is your classic small town dive bar serving up a killer version of Minneapolis's famed Juicy Lucy. This spot actually claims to have invented the knockout burger. Take a very careful first bite and let all of the molten cheese speak for itself. After, grab a PBR or a pint of Premium to help relieve you from your imminent cheese burns.
This Uptown restaurant is bringing the beef, pork, and lamb hard, plus serving up some exotic cuts of meat in the process: lesser known chops like feather steaks, point steak, and onglets are on the menu here. But don’t worry veg-heads, they’ve got plenty to offer you too, like an entire section of the menu that's dedicated to vegetarian dishes.
Victory 44's is well known around the Twin Cities for its signature burger, which earns its "Perfect Burger" name with a ground beef patty with a just enough pork belly. Topped with American cheese, pickles, and bacon and sandwiched between a toasted brioche-esque bun, it really is damn near perfect. You can order one year-round despite the rest of the menu's seasonal rotation of chicken and pasta dishes like squash farotto.
This dual-level North Loop establishment offers fine dining upstairs and a warm and comfortable lounge downstairs, providing you with a meal and a hangout all at one locale.
The much-lauded Dish, between the Warehouse and Gateway districts, rocks a menu with artfully presented, reinvented takes on Midwestern classics like mac and cheese with king crab and truffle oil, blackened fish tacos and, steak and potatoes. Perfect for empty stomachs at any hour, Haute offers choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner, but if you go in after the late evening, you'll be able to choose from a long list of house cocktails and dozens of draught beers from nearby breweries.