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The 25 Best Burgers in the Midwest?

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The Buckaroo Burger at Local Burger.

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

Dinker’s, Omaha

Django, Des Moines, Iowa

Blue Door Pub

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.


Stack’d Burger Bar





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.

Greenhouse Tavern





The Cozy Inn
, Salina, Kan.
Erwin Café
, Chicago
The Greenhouse Tavern,
Rusty Duck,
Dexter, Iowa
Stella’s Bar and Grill,
Bellevue, Neb.
Duggan’s Irish Pub
, Royal Oak, Mich.
Palmer Place,
La Grange, Ill.
, Bloomington, Ind.

12 Responses to The 25 Best Burgers in the Midwest?

  1. matt in the hatt

    no redcoat tavern?

  2. Burger John

    Burger Jones Minneapolis!

  3. Shane B

    Its 112 Eatery, not 12.

  4. Dom

    Missed the best burgers in Milwaukee here are the best that i have had
    Sobelmans (Brew Pub Type Burger)
    Kopps (Malt Shop Style)
    Leons (Malt Shop Style)
    Sollys (Malt Shop Style)
    AJ Bombers (Brew Pub Type Burger)
    Mazos (Brew Pub Type Burger)
    Elsa’s (Gorumet Burger)
    These aren’t in any particular order and I know I’m missing a big one but I can’t remember.

  5. Torin

    zombie burger Des Moines, Iowa. great burgers.

  6. Dave from ohio

    Although I agree with the Thurmanator in Columbus Ohio, Joe Rouer’s Bar in Green Bay Wisconsin(Luxemburg) is worth an honorable mention. They call them high maintenance hamburgers….

  7. Craig

    You have got to try the Studio Grill Restaurant in Kalamazoo, Michigan. They have THE BEST burgers in the Midwest. Every burger is stuffed with anything you want or they have about 22 burgers already on their menu. It’s definately worth it.

  8. Nnc

    Hmm no kumas corner or dmk???

  9. Yimmy

    Don’t forget Al’s In Green Bay, WI BEst In Town since 1935 !!

  10. Delygi1

    The North Shore Inn in Benton Harbor, MI – none better.

  11. Calrissian Foxx Steele

    It’s a sham that B-Bops is not on this list and I cannot take it seriously.
    It’s like whoever wrote this went to 35 places and just said screw it.

  12. Brandon

    Glad to see Stack’d Burger Bar made the list. Their beef is amazing!