Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities {A Guest List}

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This is now an ongoing list…

After updating this list once, I’ve decided we’d really like a record of what burgers Rob has had on his past lists. Therefore, I’ll be updating with the new list about once a year, with the most recent list on top… Enjoy!

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As of 7/31/15, Rob has amended his 4/21/15 Top Burger List to put a new Burger at #2:

1) Lake & Irving Minneapolis | “The Patisserie 46 brioche bun actually makes this burger. Toasted, buttery…epic goodness.

All other burgers move down one notch.

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Rob’s Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities – 4/21/15

*4/21/15- To be fair, burgers with an * indicate that we haven’t had this burger in the past year.

First off, if you like your burgers cooked medium-well or well done, please read no further. You clearly can’t appreciate a burger.
1) Parlour Minneapolis | The parlour burger is out of this world.
1a) The Bulldog NEMinneapolis | They are incapable of making bad food. My favorite is the Truffle Burger, but all of them rock.  Don’t forget to enjoy it with a Kasteel Rouge and for the love of God, top it off with a cupcake afterwards.
3) Buffalo TapSavage | Not all burgers here are outstanding, but if you order your buddy sitting next to you the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy, he’ll buy you a new car.
4) Forepaugh’sSt. Paul | In-house ground beef, crazy-melty cheese, and the eating all in the ambiance of your rich uncle’s mansion. Not a bad way to spend the day. Skip the funeral-esque dining area and sit in the bar and kick it with Victor or Joey.
5) Burger JonesBurnsville | Get the Stack Pack with 3 patties.  Loaded with cheese.  Great fries, to boot.
6) David Fong’s – Bloomington | This melts in your mouth.  Who knew?
7) Blue Door Pub* St. Paul | The problem with the Blue Door is that unless you live next to the place, it can prove to be a good waste of the day. For me, a 20 mile drive + 60 minute wait to fit into one of their 3 tables just isn’t worth my time. On burger alone, this would rank higher. But it’s my list and I’m listing them how I want to list them.
8) Harriet BrasserieMinneapolis | Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned high quality beef. Bun was average , but it wasn’ t about that. Locally sourced gourmet burger.
9) The Happy Gnome St. Paul | Nice and juicy, enhanced by the beer selection.

10) Haute Dish Minneapolis | Wonderful burger. Great seasonings. Only comes one way – almost rare. Good for them, good for me!

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Original Post:

Just before the New Year, I posted my husband’s list of the Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities. Here is Part Two – because burgers and fries go hand-in-hand. Wouldn’t you say that’s the quintessential American Restaurant meal? Personally, I don’t eat burgers and fries very often; but when I do, I want them to worth the splurge!

Because my husband is a burger guru and will promptly tell you upon the first bite if a burger was properly seasoned or not, I asked him to put together his list of the Top 10 Burgers throughout the Twin Cities Metro.

So here are my husband’s Top 10 favorites {with his descriptions!} within dinner-driving-distance of those of us in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. If we’ve written an Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it as well. Feel free to add your comments if you enjoyed {or didn’t enjoy} a burger at any of these establishments.

*This List was updated on 4/11/14*

Just before the New Year, I posted my husband’s list of the Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities. Here is Part Two – because burgers and fries go hand-in-hand. Wouldn’t you say that’s the quintessential American Restaurant meal? Personally, I don’t eat burgers and fries very often; but when I do, I want them to worth the splurge!

Because my husband is a burger guru and will promptly tell you upon the first bite if a burger was properly seasoned or not, I asked him to put together his list of the Top 10 Burgers throughout the Twin Cities Metro.

So here are my husband’s Top 10 favorites {with his descriptions!} within dinner-driving-distance of those of us in the Minneapolis-St. Paul Metro area. If we’ve written an Impression on the restaurant, I’ve linked to it as well. Feel free to add your comments if you enjoyed {or didn’t enjoy} a burger at any of these establishments.

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Rob’s Top 10 Burgers in the Twin Cities – 4/11/14

*4/11/14 – To be fair, burgers with an * indicated that we haven’t had this burger in the past year.

First off, if you like your burgers cooked medium-well or well done, please read no further. You clearly can’t appreciate a burger.
1) Anchor Fish & Chips* {& Burgers}Minneapolis | Get the Helicopter Burger. You can read reviews online as to why it’s a crowd favorite, but you simply have to taste this.
2) The Bulldog NEMinneapolis | They are incapable of making bad food. My favorite is the Truffle Burger, but all of them rock.  Don’t forget to enjoy it with a Kasteel Rouge and for the love of God, top it off with a cupcake afterwards.
3) Harriet BrasserieMinneapolis | Perfectly cooked, perfectly seasoned high quality beef. Bun was average , but it wasn’ t about that. Locally sourced gourmet burger.
4) Buffalo TapSavage | Not all burgers here are outstanding, but if you order your buddy sitting next to you the Parmesan Patty Melt Juicy Lucy, he’ll buy you a new car.
5) Blue Door Pub* St. Paul | The problem with the Blue Door is that unless you live next to the place, it can prove to be a good waste of the day. For me, a 20 mile drive + 60 minute wait to fit into one of their 3 tables just isn’t worth my time. On burger alone, this would rank higher. But it’s my list and I’m listing them how I want to list them.
6) Café Barbette* Minneapolis | – Yummy little Royale with Cheese. Great fries. Lots of mosaics. Happy fun time lunch-y place.
7) Forepaugh’sSt. Paul | In-house ground beef, crazy-melty cheese, and the eating all in the ambiance of your rich uncle’s mansion. Not a bad way to spend the day. Skip the funeral-esque dining area and sit in the bar and kick it with Victor or Joey.
8) Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant* Minneapolis | This burger is overlooked for Vincent in most rankings. Vincent’s smoked gouda/short rib burger is fine, but I’d take the Dakota’s perfect burger any day over Vincent’s. Get the fries, also!
9) The Happy GnomeSt. Paul |Nice and juicy, enhanced by the beer selection.

10) Harry’s Café Lakeville | Get the 5-Cheese Patty Melt. Feta baked right in to their buttery crust. Order the thrice cooked Angela Fries to accompany the burger.  (This is the only place in the entire world I enjoy ranch dressing with the fries…go for it.)

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On that note, click here to read about Rob’s Top 10 Fries in the Twin Cities.

How ’bout you? What makes the perfect burger for you?

At which restaurant in your neck of the woods would we find your favorite burger?

Cheers~

Carrie & Rob

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27 responses »

  1. Holy shizz – now I want a royale with cheese! My husband and I were watching Diners Drive-ins and Dives and we saw a homemade reuben, with homemade sauerkraut, pastrami AND marble rye – since my husband doesn’t like a reuben (I am to the reuben what your husband is to the burger) I am going to attempt to make patty melts Sunday night with homemade marble rye. I didn’t realize that the dark rye portion of the dough just has cocoa powder in it?!

    If I am ever in the Minneapolis area – I’ll know where to get a burger – thanks Rob!

  2. I love a good burger too, but rarely order them when I’m out. I’d rather make my own. My hubs though, could come up with a list like Rob has 🙂 The last burger I had was at a local bar and it was good. Lots of cheese and bacon 🙂

  3. mmmm, so good, I’ll have to take a closer look at a few of those places; never would have thought Anchor’d do so well with it. And man I remember Forepaugh’s when it was still this special little French-focused place… gonna have to find a way to go back soon.
    Still my BEST BURGER EVER experience was at “R Burger Bar” outside of the Comedy House in the Mall of America. Do their own special grind of three different cuts, big patty, perfect bun, it just has this flavor to it… and they also do this awesome kobe. Have to try it, but make SURE you tell them medium-rare, cuz nowadays they do medium-well automatically for some reason, so it’s been a while since that perfect 1st and 2nd experience for me.

  4. I can’t remember if he has had the burger at Meritage, but I really like that and the fries! The Bearnaise sauce with the fries is sinful.

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