Food & Drink

MSP's best under-the-radar burgers

Published On 03/26/2014 Published On 03/26/2014
Burger at B-52
Carl Brenden
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1. Red Cow 3624 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN 55410 (Southwest)

The Red Cow on 50th Street specializes in fine burgers and specialty sandwiches, made with fresh ingredients and an inventive eye. The burger menu covers a wide range of proteins, always including grass-fed beef, but also including bison, turkey, lamb, and duck depending on availability. Toppings range from the expected (lettuce, cheese, etc) to the extreme (bone marrow, piquillo peppers), but the resulting concoctions are always juicy and delicious. Local Minneapolis beers (plus microbrews from around the country) are in heavy rotation at the bar, but you can also order from a selection of red and white wines, curated specially by the owner.

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2. B-52 Burgers & Brew 5639 Bishop Ave, St. Paul, MN 55076

A bomber-themed burger joint slinging beefy goodness, most notably the MOAB ("Mother Of All Burgers"), a branded behemoth with four full patties, four slices of cheese, four fried eggs, a half pound of pulled pork, onion rings, and 12 SLICES OF BACON.

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3. The Rabbit Hole Midtown Global Market, , Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Whittier)

From couple behind the culinary genius of The Left Handed Cook comes this graffiti-laden Midtown Global Market eatery. This is one of the best spots to stop in and grab some spicy Korean-inspired bar food and a cold cocktail. You’ll never go wrong with the Harold & Kumar poutine, a slew of house-cut fries, kimchee, onion, parmesan & cheddar cheese, poached egg, pork curry gravy, and, of course, chipotle aioli.

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4. Andy's Garage 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

This retro, diner-style eatery plates classic eats (burgers, BLTs, wings, RB floats, and more) in their '50s-inspired digs that feature a walk-up counter and neon signage.