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Jul 10, 2006 10:43 PM

Pizza Burgers (MSP, but elsewhere in Midwest okay, too)

Esteemed Midwest 'hounds: I hope I haven't posted this before. If I did, I can't find it any more.

Does anyone besides me remember pizza burgers? I could swear that when I was a kid my local DQ served a hamburger patty with cheese, that was breaded and deep fried, then smoothered in red sauce and slapped on a bun. Was that just in my little town or was that at DQ's everywhere?

Anyone know where I can find a pizza burger like that? In the Twin Cities, ideally, but I'm willing to travel for a good pizza burger.

The Dairy-ette drive-in on Minnehaha in St. Paul (address in my profile) does a pretty good one, though, it's just not quite the same. Anywhere else you recommend?

By the way, anyone seen Sven since the new software came up? I know we're missing a few of the regulars, though, forgive me if I can't list you all by name. I hope you're all still out there and are planning to come back. The new software takes some getting used to, but, it's alright once you get the hang of it.

Thank you everyone!


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  1. Hmmm...Pizza Burger, Pizza Burger....didn't A&W have one...or maybe that was the Teen Burger? I have distinct memory of an icy cold root beer and a Pizza Burger. Of course, talking about the East Side of St. Paul...that may have been at the late, great fried chicken emporium Jerry's on White Bear Avenue...

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    1. re: Dragon

      I remember the Teen Burger, but I don't remember whether it was the same as a pizza burger... I miss A&W and those frosty mugs.


      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        The Teen Burger was a bacon cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato with Teen Sauce.

      2. re: Dragon

        I believe that the A&W on Rice Street north of Highway 36 in Maplewood has pizza burgers.

        1. re: blgaarder

          Huh, no kidding. Might have to try those.


      3. There is a place in Des Moines that still sells the breaded deep fried pizza burger. Little Johns burgers on 2nd ave. Just a fast food drive through window place, but with a few extras the chains don't usually have. I make it a point to go a few times a year for a pizza burger and breaded mushrooms. Then again, it's only a few miles away. I'm not sure it would be worth a roadtrip. Like many things, it probably wouldn't be as good as you remember it.
        Shwanns used to sell them. Don't know if they still do.

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        1. re: Bobfrmia

          Well, I'll have to check out Little John's next time I'm in Des Moines. I'm not there often, but, it's not out of the question. Where's Shwanns? Is that in Des Moines, too?


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            Schwans is a home delivery service. I think they are in the MSP area. They used to sell packages of frozen pizza burgers, but I haven't dealt with them for years. The web-site seems to limit what you can see unless you call them for a password.

            1. re: Bobfrmia

              schwans doesn't have pizza burgers anymore i wish they did. you can log in to their website by registering and using a password, then you can view their whole catalog and order online

          1. I remember eating pizza burgers when I was a kid back in Huron,S.Dak.There was a resturant across the street from the state Fair called Harold's cafe. They had great pizza burgers with the mozzerella cheese and the breading on top and the sause. They no longer have that resturant, but since it's such a small town I may be able to find out where they got them.

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            1. re: TerryBurgos

              Hey another great place is Scotty's in Aberdeen, South Dakota...when I head back that way I pick up my Aunt Mary Kay and we go yard 'sailing' and grazing at Scotty's... the best....

            2. Oh wow, this brings back memories of eating pizza burgers at the Chef's Hat in Iowa. Yum. The last pizza burger I ate was up at Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet a few summers ago.

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              1. re: jaycooke

                I finally got up to Gordy's Hi-Hat in Cloquet, MN (just south of Duluth) to try their pizza burger. It was pretty basic-- a burger, smothered in mozzarella cheese and red sauce. Very good, but not the deep fried patty of my past. The banana shake was awesome, with slices of banana. An order of onion rings was huge (definitely enough to share) but pretty ho-hum. The cheeseburger was a classic "road food" type burger.

                I still have to try some of these other places recommended in this thread. Slowly but surely...

                Photo of the pizzaburger is attached. Other Gordy's photos included in this thread