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13 Incredible Cheeseburgers to Try in Minneapolis and St. Paul

From chuck and brisket blends to juicy smashes, feast on stellar burgers at these Twin Cities spots

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In Minneapolis and St. Paul, saying “cheeseburger” requires distinguishing between the classic, layered patties-and-cheese arrangement, and the iconic Juicy Lucy, in which the beef patty itself is stuffed with cheese. For this map, we’re highlighting the former (but if you’re on the hunt for a Lucy, look no further). From cheffy renditions dressed with mitmita aioli to classic pickles-and-onions setups, these burgers all share one thing in common: exquisitely oozy cheese and juicy, well-seasoned patties. Here are some essential cheeseburgers to try in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Parlour

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The smash burger trend (two patties smashed on a griddle, cradling a slice of cheese between them) doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Parlour’s burger does it right: a ground chuck, ribeye, and brisket blend, with gooey white American cheese and an egg bun. Pair one with a classy Parlour Old Fashioned, made with rye and piloncillo.

Station No. 6 Food Truck

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Station No. 6 food truck roves around the metro, parking in spots like Burnsville, Savage, and New Hope on the weekend. It’s a great spot for barbecue, too, but the smash burgers are must. Try the Spicy Boi Smash: a juicy patty topped with sweet and spicy aioli, pepper jack, jalapenos, and Thai chili pepper.

STEPCHLD

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Stepchld, which opened in Northeast Minneapolis in 2021, has quickly made its mark on the Cities’ burger scene. “The Cooper Burger” is served with an impressive layer of Cooper’s white American cheese, tangy, thick-cut house pickles, and an aioli made with mitmita, a spice blend commonly used in Ethiopia. Sub in Impossible meat for an extra two dollars.

Animales Barbeque Co.

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Find the Animales Burger Co. food truck parked outside breweries around the metro — keep an eye on its Instagram page for the latest location. These cult-status patties are thoughtfully seasoned and juicy, with tangy, sweet notes from the thick-cut pickles. Punch them up with the herb aoili or the creamy, mustardy gold sauce.

A cheeseburger topped with pickles, mustard sauce, and herb aioli sits on top of a brown paper bag on a wooden table.
A single-patty Animales cheeseburger.
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Boomin Barbecue

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Boomin Barbecue is a popular spot for brisket, pork cheeks, and other Texas barbecue delicacies, but it also serves a fantastic wagyu cheese burger. The patty is densely flavorful, the cheese thick and gooey, the bun pillowy. (New this year, Boomin Barbecue also serves a brisket-blend, smoked and seared Juicy Lucy — also worth a trip to Ombibulous parking lot.)

Bebe Zito Ice Cream

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Bebe Zito made its name in the Cities as an inventive ice cream shop, but its burger — now served seven days a week at the Uptown location — has emerged as one of the best (and most affordable) in the city. Bebe Zito keeps it simple: a beef and bacon patty with American cheese, pickles, lettuce, and house sauce. Make it a single, double, or triple.

Petite León

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Petite León may be best-known for the Yucatán peninsula-influenced menu that made chef Jorge Guzmán a 2022 James Beard finalist for best chef Midwest. But Guzmán, former head chef of Surly’s Brewer’s Table, also serves a mean burger — Le Petite Cheeseburger, a double patty served simple and juicy with sweet notes from caramelized onions and pickles, is one of the best in town.

Revival

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Revival is best known for its fried chicken, but don’t pigeonhole it — the Revival burger is exceptionally oozy and rich. Choose a single or double patty, and expect generous layers of American cheese, mayo, and pickles sandwiched in a toasted bun.

Bull's Horn Food and Drink

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This popular neighborhood bar is owned and operated by chef Doug Flicker, who departed the Cities’ fine dining scene to open Bull’s Horn with his wife, Amy Greeley. But the burger here isn’t cheffy or overdressed: It’s a generous single patty of remarkable quality, served with lettuce, pickles, and special sauce, with the option to add American cheese and bacon.

Chip's Clubhouse

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This spot is cozy and inviting, styled like a British pub. Chip’s affordable cheeseburger clocks in at $10.95 (though for a few dollars more, make it a double or add bacon). It’s a sultry mix of charred beef, garlic mustard aioli, onions, and tangy pickles.

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A burger with bacon from Chip’s.
Chip’s Clubhouse

The Nook

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Tucked into a petite brick storefront on Hamline Avenue in St. Paul, this is ground zero for the Nookie supreme, one of the Cities’ most cult-status burgers. The ingredients are simple: a double-decker patty layout (meaning an extra bun is sandwiched in between), special sauce, and lettuce. This same burger is also available at Shamrock’s, on West 7th Street in St. Paul.

Burger Dive on Bay Street

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Burger Dive is a St. Paul favorite with an extensive cheeseburger menu. The classic house cheeseburger, topped with a generous slice of American, pickles, and onion is a great bet — otherwise, try the patty melt, made with caramelized onions and cheddar.

Saint Dinette

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Saint Dinette’s smash burger is a local favorite — it features two neat, charred patties blanketed with American cheese, served with a side of house pickles. Pair one with a can of Hamm’s or a Bauhaus hazy pale ale.

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Parlour

The smash burger trend (two patties smashed on a griddle, cradling a slice of cheese between them) doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. Parlour’s burger does it right: a ground chuck, ribeye, and brisket blend, with gooey white American cheese and an egg bun. Pair one with a classy Parlour Old Fashioned, made with rye and piloncillo.

Station No. 6 Food Truck

Station No. 6 food truck roves around the metro, parking in spots like Burnsville, Savage, and New Hope on the weekend. It’s a great spot for barbecue, too, but the smash burgers are must. Try the Spicy Boi Smash: a juicy patty topped with sweet and spicy aioli, pepper jack, jalapenos, and Thai chili pepper.

STEPCHLD

Stepchld, which opened in Northeast Minneapolis in 2021, has quickly made its mark on the Cities’ burger scene. “The Cooper Burger” is served with an impressive layer of Cooper’s white American cheese, tangy, thick-cut house pickles, and an aioli made with mitmita, a spice blend commonly used in Ethiopia. Sub in Impossible meat for an extra two dollars.

Animales Barbeque Co.

A cheeseburger topped with pickles, mustard sauce, and herb aioli sits on top of a brown paper bag on a wooden table.
A single-patty Animales cheeseburger.
Justine Jones

Find the Animales Burger Co. food truck parked outside breweries around the metro — keep an eye on its Instagram page for the latest location. These cult-status patties are thoughtfully seasoned and juicy, with tangy, sweet notes from the thick-cut pickles. Punch them up with the herb aoili or the creamy, mustardy gold sauce.

A cheeseburger topped with pickles, mustard sauce, and herb aioli sits on top of a brown paper bag on a wooden table.
A single-patty Animales cheeseburger.
Justine Jones

Boomin Barbecue

Boomin Barbecue is a popular spot for brisket, pork cheeks, and other Texas barbecue delicacies, but it also serves a fantastic wagyu cheese burger. The patty is densely flavorful, the cheese thick and gooey, the bun pillowy. (New this year, Boomin Barbecue also serves a brisket-blend, smoked and seared Juicy Lucy — also worth a trip to Ombibulous parking lot.)

Bebe Zito Ice Cream

Bebe Zito made its name in the Cities as an inventive ice cream shop, but its burger — now served seven days a week at the Uptown location — has emerged as one of the best (and most affordable) in the city. Bebe Zito keeps it simple: a beef and bacon patty with American cheese, pickles, lettuce, and house sauce. Make it a single, double, or triple.

Petite León

Petite León may be best-known for the Yucatán peninsula-influenced menu that made chef Jorge Guzmán a 2022 James Beard finalist for best chef Midwest. But Guzmán, former head chef of Surly’s Brewer’s Table, also serves a mean burger — Le Petite Cheeseburger, a double patty served simple and juicy with sweet notes from caramelized onions and pickles, is one of the best in town.

Revival

Revival is best known for its fried chicken, but don’t pigeonhole it — the Revival burger is exceptionally oozy and rich. Choose a single or double patty, and expect generous layers of American cheese, mayo, and pickles sandwiched in a toasted bun.

Bull's Horn Food and Drink

This popular neighborhood bar is owned and operated by chef Doug Flicker, who departed the Cities’ fine dining scene to open Bull’s Horn with his wife, Amy Greeley. But the burger here isn’t cheffy or overdressed: It’s a generous single patty of remarkable quality, served with lettuce, pickles, and special sauce, with the option to add American cheese and bacon.

Chip's Clubhouse

A burger topped with thick-cut bacon sits on an ornamental plate against a black background.
A burger with bacon from Chip’s.
Chip’s Clubhouse

This spot is cozy and inviting, styled like a British pub. Chip’s affordable cheeseburger clocks in at $10.95 (though for a few dollars more, make it a double or add bacon). It’s a sultry mix of charred beef, garlic mustard aioli, onions, and tangy pickles.

A burger topped with thick-cut bacon sits on an ornamental plate against a black background.
A burger with bacon from Chip’s.
Chip’s Clubhouse

The Nook

Tucked into a petite brick storefront on Hamline Avenue in St. Paul, this is ground zero for the Nookie supreme, one of the Cities’ most cult-status burgers. The ingredients are simple: a double-decker patty layout (meaning an extra bun is sandwiched in between), special sauce, and lettuce. This same burger is also available at Shamrock’s, on West 7th Street in St. Paul.

Burger Dive on Bay Street

Burger Dive is a St. Paul favorite with an extensive cheeseburger menu. The classic house cheeseburger, topped with a generous slice of American, pickles, and onion is a great bet — otherwise, try the patty melt, made with caramelized onions and cheddar.

Saint Dinette

Saint Dinette’s smash burger is a local favorite — it features two neat, charred patties blanketed with American cheese, served with a side of house pickles. Pair one with a can of Hamm’s or a Bauhaus hazy pale ale.

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