From Lowertown of Saint Paul to Minneapolis, and beyond to suburbs like Anoka, these are the best burgers in the Twin Cities right now.
1. The Emma James
I fell in love with it from the very first bite many years ago. I love an egg on a burger but the smoked pancetta is the star. Harissa aioli is on point and help balance this very rich burger.
3. Concha Burger
El Norte Kitchen
El Norte Kitchen is well known around town for their burrito pop ups, but they have recently started doing burger pop ups as well.
Their Concha Burger is served on a traditional Mexican concha roll with a Peterson beef patty. It’s topped with their amazing homemade pepper jack, bacon, pickled red onion, and jalapeños.
4. Double Cheese Burger
There is honestly no need for an explanation here, two burgers covered in American cheese stacked on top of one another the same way that Lion’s Tap has been doing it forever.
5. 60/40 Burger
60/40-this truly is a fantastic burger. Red Cow opened their first location off of 50th and France in 2013 and completely changed the burger game in the Twin CIties.
The 60/40 is their flagship burger with 60% ground angus and 40% ground bacon. It’s topped with Wisconsin cheddar, beer mustard, and candied bacon.
6. PB and Jay
Brick and Bourbon
PB and Jay – this is my kind of burger. It’s ridiculous and delicious! The patty is topped with habanero jack and thick cut bacon. It’s served and a honey glazed donut with sriracha pomegranate marmalade and BOURBON peanut butter. It’s basically a big kids PB&J.
7. Del Gordo Cubano
Hamburguesas El Gordo
This creation is over the top and I absolutely love it. Beef patty, chorizo patty, split hot dog, ham, bacon, egg, avocado, pickled peppers…I mean come on!!
8. The Chubber Nutter
Jellybean and Julia's
First of all, if you have not been to Jellybean & Julia’s, get in your car and go…like right now!
Their BBQ game is legit, but they have amazing burgers as well. Bacon, cheddar, caramelized onions, roasted garlic mayo, chunky peanut butter and a fried egg.
The combo of garlic mayo and peanut butter is life changing!
9. Leo's Melt
Leo's Grill and Malt Shop
For starters, going to Leo’s Grill & Malt Shop is like going back in time to the 1950’s. The sear on their burgers is fantastic.
The Leo’s Melt is seared with bacon and onions, served on delicious buttery grilled sourdough with American cheese. It’s available in 1/3 or 1/2 pound. If you are a fan of Malts and shakes the butterscotch is amazing.
10. Turkey Burger
Groveland Tap has long been one of my favorite burger joints, I even cooked there many years ago. The turkey burger is hands down my favorite turkey burger around.
Two things really make it for me. First, they put ground peanuts in the patty. Second, the poblano pesto is one of my all time favorite sauces. The turkey burger is available at some of Groveland’s sister stores but I’ve always liked Groveland’s best.