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12 Iconic Twin Cities Burgers

We are a meat and potatoes people and a burger and fries are our favorite way to feast.

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This year will be remembered as the Year of the Diner Burger. So many fabulous new entries to the stacked beef pantheon materialized all over the Twin Cities, that's it's hard to pick a favorite new entry.  Our cities have always had a deep and abiding love for the burger - that is nothing new. Skipping over the new, we instead have compiled our list of the beefy bites that make Minneapolis ground zero for great burgers. These are assembled in alphabetical order.

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112 Eatery

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Night owls know that there is no better way to tuck yourself in after a long night of revelry than with a 112 Eatery burger. It's not too shabby a happy hour meal, either. Richly seasoned beef is placed upon a toasty, fresh English muffin and topped with a hunk of buttery brie. [Eater File Photo]

AZ Canteen @ Target Field

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The dishes served curbside from Andrew Zimmern's food truck have also landed inside Target Field and a sunny day is made brighter by a Cabrito burger. We as a city have come to embrace the goat meat in the past year and this juicy burger is the perfect entry point with a blister-charred tomato and onion on a toasty bun.

Casper & Runyon's Nook

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Who doesn't love a little nookie? That's what these guys call their take on the cheese-stuffed burger. It's a beefy bite so good that fans will line up on the streets waiting for a seat and a little Nookie action. [Nook burger image courtesy of Facebook]

Convention Grill and Fountain

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Thankfully, some things never change and little has changed inside this Edina eatery. The burgers are thin, topped with American cheese and pair beautifully with a chocolate shake to be shared with your sweetheart. All nostalgia should taste this good. [Photo courtesy the Convention Grill]

Matt's Bar

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The (possibly) original cheese stuffed burger is pure simplicity. American cheese inside two thin patties cooked upon a grill seasoned by years of pure beef for a flavor-dense charred exterior. The bun is simple, squishy, unobtrusive. There is none other like it. [Eater file photo]

Meritage

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Who knew that fries worked better with Bearnaise? Chef Russell Klein did. However, we're here to talk about the burger. Always perfectly prepared to order, stacked on a just crusty, buttery-enough bun and redolent with beefy juices, this is an irresistible entry into the great burger pantheon. [Photo by Andy Lien]

Neato's Burgers

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Neato's food truck fills the void left by drive-ins from days gone by (a moment of silence for Porky's.) Thin beef picks up that beautiful griddle flavor and is topped simply any which way you would like. Cheese is of the American variety and wonderfully gooey. No summer is complete without one of these and a huge order of duck fat French fries. [Photo by Joy Summers]

Parlour

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It's the game changer. This double-pattied beauty waltzed into our lives and changed the burger landscape of this town forever. The meat, the cheese, the bun - it's so simple and yet so unfathomably good. [Photo by Joy Summers]

The Blue Door Pub

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They built their business on a blue cheese stuffed burger, but it's the burger topped with bacon and peanut butter that won our hearts. It's the kind of dish nobody asked for, but now we can't imagine our world without the Jiffy Burger.

Victory 44

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They call it the perfect burger and honestly, we couldn't ask for more. Every bite brings to mind Samuel L. Jackson, "That is a tasty burger." Plus, the fries come with bacon powder. That is a stroke of genius. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

Vincent A Restaurant

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Leave it to a French chef to take the humble cheese stuffed burger of bar food paradise and transform the dish to elegant heights. Substantial patties are wrapped around smoked Gouda and slow braised shortribs for a dish so good it couldn't be contained by the restaurant. Lucky ball fans can find this burger at Target Field as well. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

Wise Acre Eatery

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The farm to table restaurant takes that vow seriously enough that the owners have a farm that provides food for the restaurant. The grass-fed burger is topped with a slab of what they generously refer to as "bacon." We call it a little slice of heaven on a toasty bun. [Photo by Isabel Subtil]

112 Eatery

Night owls know that there is no better way to tuck yourself in after a long night of revelry than with a 112 Eatery burger. It's not too shabby a happy hour meal, either. Richly seasoned beef is placed upon a toasty, fresh English muffin and topped with a hunk of buttery brie. [Eater File Photo]

AZ Canteen @ Target Field

The dishes served curbside from Andrew Zimmern's food truck have also landed inside Target Field and a sunny day is made brighter by a Cabrito burger. We as a city have come to embrace the goat meat in the past year and this juicy burger is the perfect entry point with a blister-charred tomato and onion on a toasty bun.

Casper & Runyon's Nook

Who doesn't love a little nookie? That's what these guys call their take on the cheese-stuffed burger. It's a beefy bite so good that fans will line up on the streets waiting for a seat and a little Nookie action. [Nook burger image courtesy of Facebook]

Convention Grill and Fountain

Thankfully, some things never change and little has changed inside this Edina eatery. The burgers are thin, topped with American cheese and pair beautifully with a chocolate shake to be shared with your sweetheart. All nostalgia should taste this good. [Photo courtesy the Convention Grill]

Matt's Bar

The (possibly) original cheese stuffed burger is pure simplicity. American cheese inside two thin patties cooked upon a grill seasoned by years of pure beef for a flavor-dense charred exterior. The bun is simple, squishy, unobtrusive. There is none other like it. [Eater file photo]

Meritage

Who knew that fries worked better with Bearnaise? Chef Russell Klein did. However, we're here to talk about the burger. Always perfectly prepared to order, stacked on a just crusty, buttery-enough bun and redolent with beefy juices, this is an irresistible entry into the great burger pantheon. [Photo by Andy Lien]

Neato's Burgers

Neato's food truck fills the void left by drive-ins from days gone by (a moment of silence for Porky's.) Thin beef picks up that beautiful griddle flavor and is topped simply any which way you would like. Cheese is of the American variety and wonderfully gooey. No summer is complete without one of these and a huge order of duck fat French fries. [Photo by Joy Summers]

Parlour

It's the game changer. This double-pattied beauty waltzed into our lives and changed the burger landscape of this town forever. The meat, the cheese, the bun - it's so simple and yet so unfathomably good. [Photo by Joy Summers]

The Blue Door Pub

They built their business on a blue cheese stuffed burger, but it's the burger topped with bacon and peanut butter that won our hearts. It's the kind of dish nobody asked for, but now we can't imagine our world without the Jiffy Burger.

Victory 44

They call it the perfect burger and honestly, we couldn't ask for more. Every bite brings to mind Samuel L. Jackson, "That is a tasty burger." Plus, the fries come with bacon powder. That is a stroke of genius. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

Vincent A Restaurant

Leave it to a French chef to take the humble cheese stuffed burger of bar food paradise and transform the dish to elegant heights. Substantial patties are wrapped around smoked Gouda and slow braised shortribs for a dish so good it couldn't be contained by the restaurant. Lucky ball fans can find this burger at Target Field as well. [Photo by Katie Cannon]

Wise Acre Eatery

The farm to table restaurant takes that vow seriously enough that the owners have a farm that provides food for the restaurant. The grass-fed burger is topped with a slab of what they generously refer to as "bacon." We call it a little slice of heaven on a toasty bun. [Photo by Isabel Subtil]

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