Though it’s the biggest city in the Upper Midwest, Minneapolis
, Minnesota feels much smaller due to the pervading ‘Minnesota Nice’ attitude of the unfailingly polite residents of the Twin Cities region. Big business and high culture
define the city, which hosts the headquarters of Target and 3M and the second highest number of live theaters per capita in the country. Navigating Minneapolis’ widespread culinary
scene is tough enough, so we’ve provided a list of the eight best places in Minneapolis to get the city’s best takes on America’s perennial classic food – the hamburger.
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Fast Food, $$$
Launched in 2004, this local chain makes simple, hand-made burgers using only the highest quality ingredients local to Minnesota. Clean and unpretentious, My Burger has locations in Calhoun, Downtown, and Stadium Village near the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Make sure to add cajun spices, teriyaki sauce, and an egg on your burger to get the full My Burger experience. Visit the Calhoun location to have an after-dinner evening walk by the nearby scenic and splendid Lake Calhoun.
My Burger, 3100 Excelsior Blvd Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 952 500-9118
Red Cow Minneapolis
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-free, $$$
Red Cow Minneapolis
With locations in both Downtown and the North Loop, Red Cow Minneapolis is one of Minneapolis’ best known and most awarded burger restaurants. Unique burgers, such as the Barcelona which has prosciutto, piquillo pepper, pepper aioli, paired with numerous fine wines, craft beers and appetizers provide an updated and modern burger joint. Red Cow is a sophisticated update on a classic tavern experience in the Twin Cities.
Red Cow Minneapolis, 3624 W 50th St Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 767-4411
Minneapolis may not seem like such a hot spot for Southern cuisine, but you wouldn’t know that by eating at Revival. Along with offering Southern staples like hush puppies, pork rinds, fried chicken liver, and shrimp with grits, Revival serves up one of the most delicious burgers in the city. Try out the Revival burger with one of the many beer options, from Founders IPA made in Grand Rapids, Michigan to various Minneapolis made pilsners.
Revival, 4257 Nicollet Ave S Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 345-4516
Once an actual icehouse, the since renovated industrial-chic Icehouse restaurant has numerous jazz, folk, and rock music gigs almost nightly. However, the varied music cannot compare to the various influences of this fusion restaurant. Cajun, Italian, and Mediterranean influences characterize the dinner fare. If you’re looking for a burger, however, consider the option of adding foie gras to the already rich Icehouse burger replete with onion confit and truffle bordelaise. A more sophisticated burger does not exist in all of Minneapolis.
Icehouse, 2528 Nicollet Ave S Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 276-6523
This restaurant earned its place on this list by offering weekday happy hour deals on beer and burgers. Located in Minneapolis’ North Loop, Haute Dish, like its name, juxtaposes traditional American favorites with all the thought and careful cooking of haute cuisine. Macaroni and cheese takes its place on the menu right next to seared foie gras and craft beers. If you don’t have the appetite for a burger, stop in for a four course vegetarian meal offered weekly.
Haute Dish,119 N Washington Ave Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 338-8484
A Minneapolis landmark since 1954, Matt’s Bar has been featured by the New York Times and on the Travel Channel’s program Man vs. Food. It’s even earned a visit from President Barrack Obama! Matt’s Bar’s signature burger, the Jucy Lucy, is as old as the restaurant itself and is still its main dish more than 60 years later. A variety of other affordable entrees and sides are also offered at this iconic Minneapolis restaurant, and in terms of press coverage and longevity, no other Minneapolis burger compares.
Matt’s Bar, 3500 Cedar Ave Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 722-7072
Cafe & Bar Lurcat
Restaurant, American, Vegetarian, Coffee, Beer, $$$
Cafe & Bar Lurcat
Located right next to Loring Park, Cafe & Bar Lurcat was voted Best Burger by St. Paul Magazine in 2015. Cafe Lurcat focuses on American cuisine prepared with fresh, artisanal ingredients and was also voted best wine bar by City Pages. So, anyone looking to have wine with their burgers has found the perfect spot in Minneapolis to do just that at this restaurant.
Cafe Bar Lurcat, 1624 Harmon Pl Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 486-5500
Located in North Minneapolis, Victory 44‘s ever-changing menu is always sure to please. Shown below is their ‘perfect burger’, which really lives up to its name. Enjoy this burger masterpiece with Victory-44’s bacon fries, followed by one of the many craft beers, to have a truly unforgettable dining experience.
Victory 44, 2203 N 44th Ave Minneapolis, MN, USA, +1 612 588-2228