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Jan 19, 2012 07:05 PM

2012 Minnesota Burger TDL

After reading the city pages "top 10 burgers" list I had to draft my own burger to-do-list for 2012. My question is what's yours?

1. Wa-Fú Hamburger from masu because everything else on the menu is amazing.
2. Greasers from Travail.
3. Mickey's diner before is disappears.
4. Bulldog Northeast, I've only had the black bean burger.
5. The Vincent burger since many people claim it's the best in Minneapolis.
6. I want to try the broodjes at the Amsterdam bar and hall even though they are not all technically burgers.
7. Butcher & the Boar, if they have a burger, would make the list.
8. Pat's Tavern, duck burgers.

Here's my personal top 10 list of burgers to date.

1. For take-it-or-leave-it-attitude: Haute Dish.
2. For guilt-free dining and a side of smelt fries: Red Stag.
3 & 4. For value: Northeast social club and Crave MOA sliders.
5. For a downtown lunch break: the Hennepin at Lion's pub.
6. For the gourmet (and a burger cheaper than your cocktail): lamb burgers at LBV.
7. For pure butter: Lurcat sliders.
8. For originality and heart burn: Joe's Garage spicy asian pork burger.
9 & 10. For the best vegetarian alternatives: Bulldog NE's black bean burger or Fitgers wild rice burger.
11. Best brew pub burger is Town Hall's black and blue burger.
12. The burger and fries I'll always remember but never eat again: Pop!.

P.S. Yes I've had the 112 burger and it didn't make my list.

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  1. Not to nitpick, but I don't understand your top ten lists. The first list of eight burgers, is that City Pages list? What are their picks for 9 & 10? The second list of 12 burgers, is that your list? In the meantime, I'll need to ponder my list before posting... I agree with the list that has Fitgers on there. It would definitely be up there. I guess I'd put 112 Eatery's on there, too, now that you mention it. I don't really have 10 burgers, I don't think, so I kind of need it to round out my list. ~TDQ

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    1. re: The Dairy Queen

      I had to laugh at the comments on that list. I thought it was a good list...I would have a different list but just about everyone else would too. Taste is subjective....especially hamburgers.

      1. re: The Dairy Queen

        Unless I'm misunderstanding, the first list is his 'To Do List' for this year. The second list is his favorites, as of now.

        I don't think the City Pages list is included.

        1. re: BigE

          Got it, thank you.

          All lists in this thread thus far are missing my #1 burger, which is at Meritage.

          If I had a top 10 list, Vincent's wouldn't be on it. It has always disappointed.


          1. re: BigE

            That's correct, the first list is on my to do list and the second list is my top burgers to date.

            1. re: precogpunk

              *headsmack* Now I get that TDL=to do list. Well, put Meritage on your TDL.


          2. re: The Dairy Queen

            City Pages list FYI ("let's pick trendy and please everyone except Blue Door Pub junkies" seemed to be the theme:

            Matt's Bar
            Bulldog NE
            Victory 44
            112 Eatery
            Anchor Fish and Chips
            Busters on 28th
            Burger Jones
            Mickey's Diner

            I'm not intrigued by thin burgers, Jucy Lucy style burgers, and burgers with short ribs (Vincent style). It can have a few non-standard items, but REQUIRED are thick-style, great tasting beef, uber-fresh bun, and done medium rare (pink with bit of red). So my list is shorter (first two are in order, then the rest are all tied):

            Nook (Nookie Supreme)
            Good Day Cafe (bacon and cheddar)
            Strip Club
            112 Eatery
            Bulldog NE

            I've had a few others that rank up there, but I don't list because I've only had them once and can't vouch for consistency.

            1. re: MSPD

              Oh, and King's Place in Miesville.

              1. re: MSPD

                (You must have posted this almost simultaneously to my last post)

                I'm going to second your list, with some tiny adjustments. I haven't had a burger at the Strip Club (and therefore can't comment) and I'd move Meritage to the top of the list. I really like the Molitor at the Nook, but to be honest, the Nook is mostly about the fries and the atmosphere for me so I can't really insist their burgers go on some kind of list for burgers alone. I suspect the Craftsman's burger would be on my list, too, but it's been so long ago I can't really vouch for it anymore.


            2. The City Pages list is as follows:

              1) Vincent
              2) Matt's
              3) Bulldog NE
              4) V-44
              5) 112
              6) Anchor
              7) Nook
              8) Buster's
              9) Burger Jones
              10) Mickey's


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              1. re: BigE

                The Twin Cities from Smashburger and The Deluxe from Culver's are as good if not better than most of the burgers on City Pages list IMO.

                1. re: Fudist

                  Of the CP list, the only ones I haven't had are #1 and 9. If I had to rank the other 8, I'd go:

                  1) V-44
                  2) Nook (supreme)
                  3) Anchor (Helicopter)
                  4) Buster's (would be outstanding with more seasoning)
                  5) 112
                  6) Bulldog
                  7) Matt's
                  8) Mickey's

                  I agree about the Culver's deluxe too. Done right, it's probably the best fast food burger in town.

                  1. re: Fudist

                    I agree on smash incredible burger for a chain but I have been disappointed at culvers too many times.

                2. This is an awesome thread. Got my own personal burger TDL now too! Thanks Hounds, although my doc will be PISSED! Ha!

                  1. I've not had most of the burgers on any of these lists, but would add the burger at Levain. MSPD and others might not like it since it's semi-Vincent style (I think they do add shortribs), but it's probably the best burger that I've tasted in the last year. (I had some of my son's burger.)

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                    1. re: bob s

                      I'll put Levain on my 2012 Burger TDL. I have no problem with stuffed burgers (I think Boulud's is very good, for instance), I just don't care for Vincent's. With these stuffed burgers, it's all about ratio and whether you can get both the filling and the burger itself at the right temp... Not that easy, really.


                    2. Please report back if you eat a burger mentioned in the thread. I'd love to hear the juicy details.