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The Twin Cities Are a Burger-Lover’s Paradise


Do you like your burger rare or well done? Just a little cheese or the full works? Down and dirty or with a touch of class? No matter what your burger preference, there’s a restaurant for you in the Twin Cities. If grilling out at your homes in Minnesota is losing some appeal with the cooler weather, try out some of these hot spots that range from dive bars to bistros for burgers that will put a smile on your face.

There’s just something about dive bars and greasy spoons; they know how to make a burger. Tin Cup’s, named for the original owner, Rudolph “Tin Cup” Tschida, knows how to get the perfect char while still keeping the burger juicy. Whether you keep it simple or dive into the signature Tin Cup burger — two patties, cheddar and pepper jack, a few strips of bacon, an onion ring and the perfect amount of steak sauce — you’re going to find yourself returning regularly to this neighborhood bar located at 1220 Rice St. in St. Paul.

At the other end of the spectrum is the cheffy burger that plays around with some of the extras but still puts the focus firmly on the burger. At the 112 Eatery in Minneapolis, James Beard-winner chef Isaac Becker adds his own special touch to the 112 Cheeseburger. Grass-fed beef from Niman Ranch in Iowa is blended with sauteed onions, eggs and spices for a delicious burger patty. Instead of cheddar and a bun, he serves the burger topped with brie on an English muffin. It might sound a little unusual, but it works. Boy, does it work.

The Happy Gnome in St. Paul serves up an Angus burger topped with aged cheddar and Surly Coffee Bender-braised short ribs. As if that weren’t enough, they also have a beer list that will give you the perfect excuse to keep coming back for more burgers and beers as you work your way through the beer list. Burgers and great beer? Yes, please!

Finally, for those who have purchased one of the homes in Minnesota from Key Land Homes, if you’re in one of the Woodbury communities, don’t miss The Tavern Grill on 772 Bielenberg Drive. A thick, juicy burger with smoked gouda, crispy bacon and a touch of barbecue sauce all nestled between fresh buns will make your taste buds sing.

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