Food & Drink

Minneapolis' 10 most underrated burgers

Published On 10/22/2014 Published On 10/22/2014
Hazel's Northeast
Triple Rock Social Club
Kings Wine Bar
Common Roots Cafe
Keane Amdahl
Keane Amdahl
George & the Dragon Pub
Eli's East Food & Cocktails
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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.