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The Scooter Pie burger at Fitger’s Brewhouse
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7 Outstanding Burgers in Duluth

Burger bliss in the Northland

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The Scooter Pie burger at Fitger’s Brewhouse
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Summers are brief, but beautiful in Duluth, Minnesota and now is the perfect time to take in the giant lake with the impressive scenery. This town doesn’t go in much for trends. So the burger scene here is packed with classics: real diner burgers, huge beefy patties, some juicy Lucys and even one road-trip worthy vegetarian burger.

All restaurants are listed by location, from North to South.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Breeze Inn

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5168 Jean Duluth Rd
Duluth, MN 55803
(218) 525-2883
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This little country bar is home to the best cheese-stuffed burger in the northland. This take on the juicy Lucy is a hefty, beefy bite.

So much cheese
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2. Farleys family restaurant

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4899 Miller Trunk Hwy #100
Hermantown, MN 55811
(218) 740-1010
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The Midwestern answer to making any savory food better is usually to include a side of ranch dressing. Farley’s takes that one step further by just putting the ranch in its Adolph’s bacon cheeseburger.

Ranch makes everything better
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3. Fitger's Brewhouse Brewery and Grille

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600 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 279-2739
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This brewpub has been making its own beer since long before the trend of small breweries swept the nation. Fitger’s does a great beef burger, but the star attraction on this menu is actually the vegetarian wild rice burger. The patty is so popular, that the restaurant even sells the burgers in area grocery stores.

Better than beef
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4. Big Daddy's Burgers

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2828 Piedmont Ave
Duluth, MN 55811
(218) 720-3181
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This long, slim restaurant is packed during lunch when hunger diner clamor for giant orders of fresh-fried French fries, but it’s the siren call of the perfectly cooked diner-style burger that is irresistible. There’s a Belly Buster wall of fame for those Man versus Food types that would like to gorge on a basket of ridiculous.

This restaurant is packed for lunch every day.
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5. Lake Avenue Cafe

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394 S Lake Ave
Duluth, MN 55802
(218) 722-2355
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This upscale cafe eschews the diner burger trend for a thick patty that’s crusty on the outside and blushing, barely pink on the inside. Toppings include a powerhouse melty combination of cheddar and Muenster cheese.

Drippy cheese
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6. OMC Smokehouse

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1909 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 606-1611
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The burger-gilding magic is in the smoked pork piled on the beef patty. The unctuous moo in the middle would be enough to count as a great burger, but the oink addition makes the OMC burger truly outstanding. There’s also a fried egg.

Smoky burger gold at the end of the rainbow
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7. Anchor Bar & Grill

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413 Tower Ave
Superior, WI 54880
(715) 394-9747
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It’s technically over the bridge in Superior, but the Anchor Bar is home to one of the burger legends of the universe. This griddle burger beguiles even the most crankpantsopotumus diner sailing in on a Saltie. The room feels like an outtake from Hoarders: Sea Shanty Edition and the burgers are incredibly cheap, starting at $4. Bump it up a quarter for $4.25 with cheese because, as the menu notes, “You are in Wisconsin.”

Sea sirens sing songs of these burgers
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1. The Breeze Inn

5168 Jean Duluth Rd, Duluth, MN 55803
So much cheese
The Breeze Inn / Website

This little country bar is home to the best cheese-stuffed burger in the northland. This take on the juicy Lucy is a hefty, beefy bite.

5168 Jean Duluth Rd
Duluth, MN 55803

2. Farleys family restaurant

4899 Miller Trunk Hwy #100, Hermantown, MN 55811
Ranch makes everything better
Farely’s Family Restaurant / Facebook

The Midwestern answer to making any savory food better is usually to include a side of ranch dressing. Farley’s takes that one step further by just putting the ranch in its Adolph’s bacon cheeseburger.

4899 Miller Trunk Hwy #100
Hermantown, MN 55811

3. Fitger's Brewhouse Brewery and Grille

600 E Superior St, Duluth, MN 55802
Better than beef
Fitger’s Brewhouse / Facebook

This brewpub has been making its own beer since long before the trend of small breweries swept the nation. Fitger’s does a great beef burger, but the star attraction on this menu is actually the vegetarian wild rice burger. The patty is so popular, that the restaurant even sells the burgers in area grocery stores.

600 E Superior St
Duluth, MN 55802

4. Big Daddy's Burgers

2828 Piedmont Ave, Duluth, MN 55811
This restaurant is packed for lunch every day.
Duluth.com

This long, slim restaurant is packed during lunch when hunger diner clamor for giant orders of fresh-fried French fries, but it’s the siren call of the perfectly cooked diner-style burger that is irresistible. There’s a Belly Buster wall of fame for those Man versus Food types that would like to gorge on a basket of ridiculous.

2828 Piedmont Ave
Duluth, MN 55811

5. Lake Avenue Cafe

394 S Lake Ave, Duluth, MN 55802
Drippy cheese
Lake Ave Cafe / Facebook

This upscale cafe eschews the diner burger trend for a thick patty that’s crusty on the outside and blushing, barely pink on the inside. Toppings include a powerhouse melty combination of cheddar and Muenster cheese.

394 S Lake Ave
Duluth, MN 55802

6. OMC Smokehouse

1909 W Superior St, Duluth, MN 55806
Smoky burger gold at the end of the rainbow
OMC Smokehouse / Facebook

The burger-gilding magic is in the smoked pork piled on the beef patty. The unctuous moo in the middle would be enough to count as a great burger, but the oink addition makes the OMC burger truly outstanding. There’s also a fried egg.

1909 W Superior St
Duluth, MN 55806

7. Anchor Bar & Grill

413 Tower Ave, Superior, WI 54880
Sea sirens sing songs of these burgers
Brian Langlee / Google Images

It’s technically over the bridge in Superior, but the Anchor Bar is home to one of the burger legends of the universe. This griddle burger beguiles even the most crankpantsopotumus diner sailing in on a Saltie. The room feels like an outtake from Hoarders: Sea Shanty Edition and the burgers are incredibly cheap, starting at $4. Bump it up a quarter for $4.25 with cheese because, as the menu notes, “You are in Wisconsin.”

413 Tower Ave
Superior, WI 54880

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