Food & Drink

Minneapolis' 10 most underrated burgers

Published On 10/22/2014 Published On 10/22/2014

If you can't get enough great burgers then... um, your pants probably all have elastic waistbands... and you've probably tried all the burgers on our list of MSP's best -- and maybe even the meat-wiches that made the lists in the Star Tribune, the Pioneer Press, and Mpls.St.Paul Magazine --  but, don't worry, there are still some you may not have tried. In fact, there're at least 10 on our list of Minneapolis' most underrated burgers...

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The Appa

The Rabbit Hole (address and info)
Phillips
Chef Thomas Kim certainly knows how to throw down when it comes to burgers. This Koreatown-style spot in South Minneapolis is slinging some of the most unique and mouthwatering burgers you can get, including The Appa, which comes w/ a beefy patty, smoked bacon, bleu cheese, Gruyère, bourbon onions, arugula, tomato jam, kimchi aioli & a fried egg.

Hazel's Northeast

The Butcher

Hazel’s Northeast (address and info)
Northeast
The burgers at this Northeast bistro haven’t made anyone's list yet, but between The Butcher (made w/ a 6oz steak patty, horseradish, cheddar & pancetta) and specialty burgers like one made w/ ground bacon & pork sausage, then stuffed full of pepper jack & topped with pulled pork, they certainly make this list.

Triple Rock Social Club

Classic Cheeseburger

Triple Rock Social Club (address and info)
West Bank
Burgers, beer, and punk rock: one of life’s perfect trifectas. So load up the jukebox with that roll of quarters that you stashed away to “do laundry” and get your face, hands, and a few napkins (but hopefully not your shirt!) dirty digging into a classic lettuce, tomato & onion-topped cheeseburger, invariably served with a side of PBR!

Kings Wine Bar

The Burger

Kings Wine Bar (address and info)
Southwest
Just because they have “wine bar” in their name doesn’t mean that this South Minneapolis establishment is too fancy for a badass burger. Their signature meat-disc comes w/ a locally sourced Gouda, smoked onions & aioli, and if that doesn't sound good they have weekly rotating burger options, so stop wine-ing.

Common Roots Cafe

Grass-fed Burger

Common Roots Cafe (address and info)
Uptown
One way to be sure CRC means business when they talk about being committed to local food is to check out the garden they've got out back, or just try their aioli-topped Grass-fed Burger w/ caramelized onions, roasted mushrooms & lettuce, at least some of which probably come from said garden.

Keane Amdahl

Cheeseburger

Whitey’s Saloon (address and info)
Northeast
This simple patty, cooked the way you want it, w/ a slice of cheese, lettuce, tomatoes & onions is a blue-collar beast, especially if you get it with a decidedly non-craft beer and the tatter-tots pictured above.

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Buster Burger

Buster’s on 28th (address and info)
Powderhorn
After recovering from a fire that forced them to shut down, Buster's is back to making badass burgers on buns made at The Baker’s Wife right next door. Don't miss their namesake number made w/ a half pound of ground Angus chuck & pickle aioli.

Keane Amdahl

French Onion

Red Cow (address and info)
Southwest
The challenge at this burger slinger is picking the best one, but we're going with the French Onion w/ locally raised, grass-fed beef, white cheddar, french onions & chive sour cream. But that's only if you can't get one of their weekly specials, which they only make about a dozen of, so... um, yeah, how 'bout that French Onion burger, huh?

George & the Dragon Pub

The Dragon Burger

George & the Dragon (address and info)
Southwest
Getting a table at this always packed English pub is just part of your... sorry'boutthis!... dragon quest, but the effort is totally worth it for this pepper jack-/chipotle mayo-/pickled peppers-topped meat-wich that's so spicy you'll probably have to wait a while before anyone gives you a peck. Expect Peter, of course.

Eli's East Food & Cocktails

Eli’s Truffle Burger

Eli’s East Food & Cocktails (address and info)
Northeast
While there are technically two Eli’s locations in Minneapolis, it's the Northeast location that knocks it out of the park w/ things like Eli's Truffle Burger, which comes w/ mushroom-leek confit, gooey provolone, and actually makes good use of truffle oil (shocking, we know!). They've also got specialty options like their onion-topped Venison Dago burger, above.

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1. 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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2. Hazel's Northeast 2859 Johnson St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418 (Northeast)

A three-meal-a-day scratch-made comfort food joint, Hazel's has got everything from biscuits and gravy to a Sloppy Jake (pulled pork, homemade cole slaw, pickled red onions, and homemade Carolina BBQ sauce).

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3. Triple Rock Social Club 629 Cedar Ave , Minneapolis, MN 55454 (West Bank)

This bar and music venue is often blessed with brews curated by Artisanal Imports, and rocked by tunes from local favorites such as The Dead Pigeons, Crankshaft, and L’Assassins.

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4. Kings Wine Bar 4555 Grand Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419 (Southwest)

A wine and craft food bar in Minneapolis's Kingfield neighborhood.

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5. Common Roots Cafe 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405 (Whittier)

With farm-fresh eats for three meals every day of the week and NINE LOCAL BEERS ON TAP, Common Roots is a must-hit.

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6. Whitey’s 400 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

This neighborhood bar is a go-to spot for reasonably priced, no frills eating and drinking. The bar food repertoire includes a killer burger: it’s a simple patty, cooked the way you want it, a slice of cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Order up a cheap beer to wash it down and you’ve got one of life’s simple pleasures and great delicacies both at the same time.

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7. Buster's on 28th 4204 S 28th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406 (Powderhorn)

This Powderhorn gastropub has had its fair share of ups and downs over the past year or so. But after recovering from a fire that forced them to shutdown, they’re back and just as delicious as ever. The burgers here, served alongside a great beer list, are incredibly flavorful. Buns, made at The Baker’s Wife bakery right next door, do a nice job of soaking up all the meat's juicy deliciousness.

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8. 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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9. George & the Dragon 813 West 50th Street, Minneapolis, MN

Proving that those greedy, greedy firemen aren't the only ones who can capitalize on a building burning down (getting hosed, indeed!): George & the Dragon, an old-school, dark-wood-heavy neighborhood public house now opening in the formerly smoldering Blackbird space.

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10. Eli's East Food & Cocktails 815 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55414 (Northeast)

Bravely crossing the mighty Mississippi, Eli's East is bringing the same cocktailing mastery you know and love to Northeast (which you know and regard with patronizing acceptance) in a larger, red-hued, natty-leathered space that's barely recognizable from when it housed O'Brien's Decoy -- really a lot of real estate for one wooden duck.

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