Burger Jones, Five Guys, Smashburger

The Twin Cities can has cheezburger?

MATT'S BAR
3500 Cedar Ave. S., Minneapolis
612.722.7072
www.mattsbar.com

Matt's Jucy Lucy flies in the face of most "best burger" criteria: The patties are plain, the bun's kind of smooshy, and it's stuffed with American, the worst of all cheeses. But something magic happens when that plastic yellow crap is heated as hot as the sun: In liquid form, it tastes delicious. The gooey goodness melts into the bun and the meat and evokes the same bland, dense, comfort of Hamburger Helper. Just take care when unleashing the Lucy's volcanic explosion of lava-like cheese.

DAKOTA JAZZ CLUB & RESTAURANT
1010 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis
612.332.1010
www.dakotacooks.com

Sonic
Nick Vlcek
Sonic
Five Guys
Nick Vlcek
Five Guys

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Sonic

1960 Suburban Ave.
Maplewood, MN 55119

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Maplewood

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

3873 Gallagher Drive
Edina, MN 55435

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Edina

American Burger Bar

354 N. Wabasha St.
St. Paul, MN 55101

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: St. Paul (Downtown)

Burger Jones

3200 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55416

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Golden Valley

Smashburger

3900 Silver Lake Road NE
Columbia Heights, MN 55421

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Columbia Heights

Vincent - A Restaurant

1100 Nicollet Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Restaurant > French

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Chef Shack

Mill City Farmers Market, 704 S. Second St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

The Blue Door Pub

1811 Selby Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55104

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Macalester/Groveland

Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55407

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Powderhorn

Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant

1010 Nicollet Mall
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Convention Grill & Fountain

3912 Sunnyside Road
Edina, MN 55424

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Edina

Bulldog NE

401 E. Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55414

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: University

Cafe and Bar Lurcat

1624 Harmon Place
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Category: Restaurant > Seafood

Region: Minneapolis (Downtown)

Town Talk Diner

2707 1/2 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55406

Category: Restaurant > American

Region: Seward/ Longfellow/ Minnehaha

Barbette

1600 W. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN 55408

Category: Bars and Clubs

Region: Uptown/ Eat Street

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CONVENTION GRILL
3912 Sunnyside Rd., Edina,
952.920.6881

Since 1934, this chrome-accented classic has been introducing Edina kids to their inaugural burger and fries. The grill's offerings are utterly conventional—the basic burger is sizzled to a crisp and blessedly unadorned—which is exactly why local families have been frequenting the place for decades, reveling in its milkshake-thick nostalgia.

THE BULLDOG NE
401 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
612.378.2855
www.thebulldogmpls.com

The Bulldog was one of the Twin Cities' pioneering gastro-bars, a place launched by earnest young chefs hell-bent on elevating casual fare. The bar built its reputation on its singular Junk Burger, made with Wagyu beef that was house-cured, double-ground, and rested in a butter sauce before being served with lettuce, tomato, onion, cheese, bacon, mushrooms, and roasted garlic aioli. The substantial patty is as wide as a bike tire and so robustly flavored that you'd never even think to add ketchup.

BAR LURCAT
1624 Harmon Pl., Minneapolis
612.486.5500
www.damico.com

Ever seen the recipe for Lurcat's mini-burgers? Egads! They mix a half-pound of butter into every two pounds of ground chuck. No wonder the things are so succulent. Tucked into mini potato rolls and topped with red-wine shallot butter, these lip-smacking cuties are a favorite drinkers' snack.

TOWN TALK DINER
2707 1/2 E. Lake St., Minneapolis
612.722.1312

Burgers at this reincarnated 1940s diner arrive with a steak knife stabbed straight through the heart, as if to warn diners that the kitchen's not messing around. Town Talk serves an everything-on-it Kitchen Sink Burger, a corned beef Reuben-style burger, and perhaps best of all, the Brat Burger. The spiced sausage patty is covered with Gruyere cheese, bacon, fiery sauerkraut, and enough attitude to get people talking.

BARBETTE
1600 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
612.827.5710
www.barbette.com

Barbette's Frenchified burger, the Royale with Cheese, consists of a fatty patty slid into a chewy, crusted, baguette-like bun with a slab of Brie and the caramelized beginnings of French onion soup. The luscious beef is infused with spicy, wine-like notes, and its charred edges take on the character of breakfast sausage. Here's how you eat like a king.

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