January 30, 2020

Smashed Burger (Twin Cities Best Burgers)

There is no hiding it, we're suckers for a perfectly made burger and there is only one way to enjoy a solid burger. That's fresh ground cow anatomy, smashed on the flat top, seasoned perfectly and assembled with the finest ingredients. And, while there are plenty of burgers to choose from in this world, they're not all created equally.

While most of the local, major media outlets find it necessary to categorize burgers - "Cult Burgers", "Power Lunch Burgers", "Beer Hound Burgers" or whatever - I find that to be nonsense. Listen, you either have the skills necessary to make a quality burger on the flat top or you don't, it's that simple. There is no need to categorize them!

The burgers that I enjoy the most have morsels of goodness falling off the burger and making a mess in my hands while I'm trying to eat. We've got a great list of the 5 best burgers to start off your 2020, followed up with some burgers not to overlook and because it's 2020, participation awards as well.

We start with the insane burger creation found at Parlour Bar. With locations in Minneapolis and St. Paul, we encourage you to check out Parlour Minneapolis first, but St. Paul's will still defeat the competition. Parlour's Double Double is a house blend of chuck, brisket and ribeye, perfectly seasoned, white American cheese and perfectly grilled egg bun. If ever there was a perfect burger to consume, this is absolutely one of them! It's a burger that is often craved on a weekly basis and often finding others doing the same. Keep an eye out for their all new Food Truck.

There is absolutely no reason to ever look past this next place, unless you really dislike perfectly made burgers. And, that place is Stewart's near the University of St. Thomas on Cleveland. Their 70/30 Double Double, prepared with Peterson's Beef, American, griddled onions, mustard aioli and perfectly grilled PJ Murphy's bun should be enjoyed by every burger loving carnivore. A melt in your mouth burger creation that has me wanting to go back for seconds, thirds, fourths.... You get the picture! And that mustard aioli should something of condiment royalty.

Next up is Revival, another multi location selection.While they are very well known for some of the most amazing fried chicken, the Revival Burger is another exceptional burger that is available in a single, double or triple patty option. And, you should absolutely add the bacon - you'd be a fool not to. Go with friends and have them get some chicken so you can all make your belly's happy with their outstanding menu options.

Heading to a Saints game or night out on the town in Lowertown, St. Paul? Saint Dinette should be on your list of places to check out. Their Cheeseburger, a simple double double with classic American and pickles is an outstanding burger that plenty of people having told me that it's better than the Parlour. A unique burger in its own right that should be enjoyed by all.

We will certainly be checking out some more spots and have some on the radar, and while you're checking these places out, don't forget about some of these other great spots to try;
  • Brunson's Pub on Payne. Their classic double and Schwietz Burger are some solid creations.
  • Birch's Lowertown Taproom in St. Paul is serving up another solid burger creation and if you're a beer consumer, they're making excellent brews as well.
  • Kendall's at Bunker Hill during the summer at the outdoor patio grill. Grab one of their outstanding double-doubles on the turn.
  • King's Place in Miesville. More burger options than you know what to do with and they always taste awesome. 
  • Lyn 65 on Lyndale Ave. in Richfield has a pretty solid tasting double double or if you're really hungry, check out their triple. 
  • Pepper's and Fries on Lake Street has a menu full of burger creations that are super tasty.
  • Pillbox Tavern at the Wild Training Center is serving up some delicious burgers. Check out the Tillamook Burger, the next time you're downtown. 
  • Tipsy Steer in Blaine has a delicious group of blended burgers from Revier Cattle Company that sports fans visiting the National Sports Center will definitely enjoy! Check out the Aged Cheddar and Bacon Double Double with a Truffle Aioli. 
If one of the picks mentioned above isn't close by, the following spots could be considered as well;
  • Busted Nut in Hastings
  • Hazelwood Food and Drink in Bloomington (Check out their Lobster Bisque)
  • JL Beers in Burnsville
  • Shantytown Bar & Grill in Bloomington
  • St. Paul Tap off 35E and Jefferson Ave.
  • Tamarack Tap in Woodbury

Remember, if it's not made on a flat top, it's not worth eating! 

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