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A cheeseburger from Bull’s Horn Food and Drink.
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13 Incredible Cheeseburgers to Try in Minneapolis and St. Paul

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A cheeseburger from Bull’s Horn Food and Drink.
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A lineup of essential cheeseburgers is a controversial undertaking in any city — no less in Minneapolis and St. Paul, where to say “cheeseburger” requires distinguishing between the classic, layered patties-and-cheese arrangement, and the iconic Juicy Lucy, in which the patty itself is stuffed with cheese, then cooked. (A few of those Lucys made their way onto this list.) From cheffy renditions dressed with mitmita aioli to classic onion-pickles-sauce arrangements, these burgers all share one thing in common: exquisitely oozy cheese. Here are some essential cheeseburgers to try in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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1. Lowry Hill Meats

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1934 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 999-4200
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It makes sense that this esteemed neighborhood butcher shop would know how to grind an excellent burger blend. This Lowry Hill Meats beauty is the work of owner Erik Sather, who previously cooked in some of the Twin Cities’ finest kitchens. The LHM burger, as it’s called, is a four-ounce patty served on a brioche bun, topped with house made American cheese, caramelized onions, special sauce, lettuce, and pickles.

2. Bebe Zito Ice Cream

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704 W 22nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55405
(612) 456-7949
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Bebe Zito made its name in the Cities as an inventive ice cream shop, but its burger — served only on weekends at the Uptown location, and Tuesday through Sunday at The Market at Malcolm Yards — 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.

3. Parlour

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730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 354-3135
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The smash burger trend (two patties smashed on a griddle, cradling a slice of cheese between them) has forever altered the burger landscape of the Twin Cities. 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 Parlour Old Fashioned, made with rye and piloncillo.

4. STEPCHLD

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24 University Ave NE STE 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 354-7409
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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.

5. Petite León

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3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 208-1247
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A relative newcomer to Minneapolis’s Kingfield neighborhood, 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 caramelized onions and pickles, is one of the best in town.

6. Revival

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4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409
(612) 345-4516
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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.

7. 5-8 Club

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5800 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417
(612) 823-5858
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The 5-8 Club claims to be the original home of the Juicy Lucy — though Matt’s Bar, also a notable spot on this list, contends with that. Once a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the 5-8 has had more than half a century to perfect its cheese-stuffed burger: today’s version is a hefty single patty containing a slice of American, garnished with pickles. This burger’s cheese pull factor is notable.

8. Matt's Bar

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3500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407
(612) 722-7072
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Nestled in a white stucco building on Cedar Avenue, Matt’s is one the Cities’ most iconic dive bars. Along with the 5-8 Club, it also claims to be the home of the Jucy Lucy — Matt’s version, in order to distinguish it from all other cheese-stuffed burgers, is spelled without the “i.” Expect two thin patties with a flavor-dense, charred exterior, and of course, American cheese inside.

9. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

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4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406
(612) 208-1378
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This popular neighborhood bar is owned and operated by chef Doug Flicker, an influential chef 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.

10. Chip's Clubhouse

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272 Snelling Ave S #200
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 330-1617
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This restaurant’s strip mall-esque exterior belies its atmosphere — at once curated and comfortable, in the way of all the best supper clubs. This 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.

11. The Nook

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492 Hamline Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116
(651) 698-4347
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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.

12. DeGidio's

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425 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 291-7105
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This burger is a menu standout at DeGidio’s, an old-school Italian restaurant (and former mobster haunt) on West 7th Street in St. Paul. Expect two juicy patties, an exquisitely messy layer of Taleggio cheese, and pickles, all smeared with DeGidio’s “fancy sauce” and served on an egg bun with hand-cut fries.

13. Saint Dinette

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261 5th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101
(651) 800-1415
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Saint Dinette makes a unique contribution to the Cities’ burger scene, which tends to favor thick patties over thin. This smash burger 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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1. Lowry Hill Meats

1934 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55403

It makes sense that this esteemed neighborhood butcher shop would know how to grind an excellent burger blend. This Lowry Hill Meats beauty is the work of owner Erik Sather, who previously cooked in some of the Twin Cities’ finest kitchens. The LHM burger, as it’s called, is a four-ounce patty served on a brioche bun, topped with house made American cheese, caramelized onions, special sauce, lettuce, and pickles.

1934 Hennepin Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55403

2. Bebe Zito Ice Cream

704 W 22nd St, Minneapolis, MN 55405

Bebe Zito made its name in the Cities as an inventive ice cream shop, but its burger — served only on weekends at the Uptown location, and Tuesday through Sunday at The Market at Malcolm Yards — 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.

704 W 22nd St
Minneapolis, MN 55405

3. Parlour

730 Washington Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55401

The smash burger trend (two patties smashed on a griddle, cradling a slice of cheese between them) has forever altered the burger landscape of the Twin Cities. 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 Parlour Old Fashioned, made with rye and piloncillo.

730 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401

4. STEPCHLD

24 University Ave NE STE 100, Minneapolis, MN 55413

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.

24 University Ave NE STE 100
Minneapolis, MN 55413

5. Petite León

3800 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

A relative newcomer to Minneapolis’s Kingfield neighborhood, 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 caramelized onions and pickles, is one of the best in town.

3800 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

6. Revival

4257 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409

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.

4257 Nicollet Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55409

7. 5-8 Club

5800 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

The 5-8 Club claims to be the original home of the Juicy Lucy — though Matt’s Bar, also a notable spot on this list, contends with that. Once a Prohibition-era speakeasy, the 5-8 has had more than half a century to perfect its cheese-stuffed burger: today’s version is a hefty single patty containing a slice of American, garnished with pickles. This burger’s cheese pull factor is notable.

5800 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55417

8. Matt's Bar

3500 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407

Nestled in a white stucco building on Cedar Avenue, Matt’s is one the Cities’ most iconic dive bars. Along with the 5-8 Club, it also claims to be the home of the Jucy Lucy — Matt’s version, in order to distinguish it from all other cheese-stuffed burgers, is spelled without the “i.” Expect two thin patties with a flavor-dense, charred exterior, and of course, American cheese inside.

3500 Cedar Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55407

9. Bull's Horn Food and Drink

4563 S 34th Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55406

This popular neighborhood bar is owned and operated by chef Doug Flicker, an influential chef 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.

4563 S 34th Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55406

10. Chip's Clubhouse

272 Snelling Ave S #200, St Paul, MN 55105

This restaurant’s strip mall-esque exterior belies its atmosphere — at once curated and comfortable, in the way of all the best supper clubs. This 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.

272 Snelling Ave S #200
St Paul, MN 55105

11. The Nook

492 Hamline Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

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.

492 Hamline Ave S
St Paul, MN 55116

12. DeGidio's

425 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102

This burger is a menu standout at DeGidio’s, an old-school Italian restaurant (and former mobster haunt) on West 7th Street in St. Paul. Expect two juicy patties, an exquisitely messy layer of Taleggio cheese, and pickles, all smeared with DeGidio’s “fancy sauce” and served on an egg bun with hand-cut fries.

425 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

13. Saint Dinette

261 5th St E, Saint Paul, MN 55101

Saint Dinette makes a unique contribution to the Cities’ burger scene, which tends to favor thick patties over thin. This smash burger 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.

261 5th St E
Saint Paul, MN 55101

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