You can disagree, if you wish, with Midwest Living magazine’s list of the 25 best burgers in the region. The glory of the business is that there are enough great burger joints to let everyone have a different list. But you can’t fault the editors’ efforts. They looked hard. These 25 were culled from 130 finalists, they didn’t just rely on the familiar names. Blanc Burgers + Bottles, of course, is a two-time winner of the BurgerBrackets, but there are several here with which I’m unfamiliar but eager to try, which, to me, makes it a good list. Feel free to leave a comment and say who was sadly left out.
112 Eatery, Minneapolis
Blanc Burgers + Bottles, Leawood, Kan.
The Blue Door Pub, Saint Paul, Minn.
Brasserie V, Madison, Wis.
Christy Crème, Council Bluffs, Iowa
City Square Steakhouse, Wooster, Ohio
Django, Des Moines, Iowa
Dotty Dumpling’s Dowry, Madison, Wis.
Duluth Grill, Duluth, Minn.
Harry’s, Manhattan, Kan.
The Hill Seafood and Chop House, Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.
HoDo Restaurant, Fargo, N.D.
Hot Chocolate, Chicago
Lewie’s Saloon and Eatery, Lead, S.D.
Local Burger, Lawrence, Kan.
Moxie the Restaurant, Beachwood, Ohio
Nick’s Hamburger Shop, Brookings, S.D.
Pirogue Grille, Bismarck, N.D.
Redamak’s, New Buffalo, Mich.
Roquette Burger Bistro, Charlevoix, Mich.
Scotty’s Lakehouse, Fishers, Ind.
Stack’d Burger Bar, Milwaukee
The Thurman Cafe, Columbus, Ohio
Westport Flea Market Bar and Grill, Kansas City, Mo.
The Cozy Inn, Salina, Kan.
Erwin Café, Chicago
The Greenhouse Tavern, Cleveland
Rusty Duck, Dexter, Iowa
Stella’s Bar and Grill, Bellevue, Neb.
Duggan’s Irish Pub, Royal Oak, Mich.
Palmer Place, La Grange, Ill.
FarmBloomington, Bloomington, Ind.