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Burger Kings

Our intrepid food writer consumed thousands of calories, traveled hundreds of miles, and visited dozens of restaurants, drive-ins, and dive bars across the state. Why? To bring you this: The definitive, ultimate, be-all, end-all list of the greatest burgers in Minnesota.

Burger Kings
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Jun 24, 2008 01:51 pm
 Posted by  JStone

Tender Maid in Austin .. Growing up there it was a Saturday afternoon tradition to stop by for a Tender Maid. Still do when I return during the holidays etc.....

Jun 24, 2008 02:08 pm
 Posted by  some_guy

What about the FLAMEBURGER on Central???

Jun 24, 2008 09:35 pm
 Posted by  Tom

What about the 5-8 Club?
What about Joe's Garage or Andy's Garage

Jun 26, 2008 11:14 am
 Posted by  mn4life

Yeah, the 5-8 Club's Jucy Lucy is amazing. it's jucy-er than Matt's, actually.

Jun 28, 2008 12:20 pm
 Posted by  Mont-ster

The 112 burger is not on the list?!? Ike created the Lurcat burger, gets partial credit (onion relish) for the Dakota burger, and gets no mention for his near-perfect gourmet burger at his current restaurant. That's crazy talk...

Jun 29, 2008 08:09 pm
 Posted by  terl

My vote's for Dakota. The Jucy Lucy is a MN myth. Sorry, but it barely qualifies. Crap produce don't amount to much.

But I have to be frank, the best burgers are rarely found in the US. Sorry folks. Try across the border. On a visit to Montreal, I tired a couple of places recommended by a local. Those freedom frie makers know what they're doin'. Plus their buns are up to par.

Jun 29, 2008 10:41 pm
 Posted by  MSPFoodies

We love the burger at Vincent's (its a steal at happy hour prices). The 112 burger rules and you can't go wrong with a Jucy Lucy (at either Matt's bar or the 5-8 club). There's no mention of the Turkey Burger at Edina Grill - if you haven't tried it, you should make a special trip just for it.

Jun 30, 2008 02:48 pm
 Posted by  Dara

Hi Everybody,
Thanks for coming by and reading! To your questions, I did try the burgers at 112, Ike's, the 5-8, Andy's Garage, Joe's Garage, and tons more for this story. However, this was a sudden death challenge, and if I hit the place on an off day, they didn't make the cut. When I went to Ike's the burger was flabby, mushy, and off. At the 5-8 they were served dry and cold.

Jun 30, 2008 02:53 pm
 Posted by  Dara

Well, this is going to have to be a two-parter, the computer won't let me go on and on! Ahem.

At 112 the meat seemed characterless, and I just thought the burger was underwhelming, compared to the mighty competition. By the way, Andy's Garage is pretty much gone, the one in the Midtown Global Market is closed now too. I didn't make my criticisms of the ones that didn't make it part of the story

Jun 30, 2008 02:56 pm
 Posted by  Dara

because that didn't seem fair (I'd tend to visit a place three times before being critical in print) but, logistically, there was just no way to do this piece with three visits per prospective burger star, so I instituted the Sudden Death Challenge. Was it the best way to do things? In an imperfect world, yes. I'd say ideally I'd love to do this story by setting off a time-stopping device,

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