Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Perfect squish is key for the Lyn65 burger.
These four new burgers could become worthy adversaries to champions like Victory 44’s Perfect Burger or old icons like the double cheese stack at Lions Tap.
It’s early, but the burger in this newly opened restaurant should be on your radar, if you can pass up fried chicken. It has overtones of the Parlour burger, which should not be dismissed. Two patties are given a flat, crisp edge on the griddle, topped with American cheese and laid upon a throne of mayonnaise. The situation is crowned with house pickles and a powdery bun. It is luscious and holds together like a Southern belle during her debut.
4257 Nicollet Ave., Mpls., 612-345-4516, revivalmpls.com
The Surly Burger
Yes, it’s worth the wait, but go for weekday lunch so you don’t have to. This is a stealth burger, all nondescript and seemingly benign. But then it lands, and it’s a compact bomb of awesome. Two all-beef patties seared to crisp, fancy sauce of the pinkish variety, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions—you might get the homage.
520 Malcolm Ave. SE, Mpls., 763-999-4040, surlybrewing.com
Just because a highly acclaimed Habsburg-influenced spot kills it with foie gras and weisswurst, doesn’t mean it can’t burger. In fact, considering the Kleins are also behind the Meritage burger, one shouldn’t be surprised. The burger at Brasserie Zentral is laced with paprika, then slathered with a zingy gherkin-horseradish aioli. The bun is a deft pretzel version and holds the goods well.
505 Marquette Ave. S., Mpls., 612-333-0505, zentral-mn.com
Richfieldians would prefer to keep this little beauty all to themselves. The burger falls into the simply crafted category with house-cured meat, two different kinds of pickles, and good old American cheese. The ratio is right, and the domed bun, which has the perfect squish, holds up bite after bite. It is beefy, it is lush.
6439 Lyndale Ave. S., Richfield, 612-353-5501, lyn65.com