Burger Hunter

Burger Hunter: Eichten’s Cheese & Bison

http://www.specialtycheese.com

Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do during the whole summer of block parties and he also documents his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.

If you find yourself traveling through America’s little Sweden or checking out of Hazelden Betty Ford, your next best step should be to Eichten’s Cheese & Bison in Center City, MN. It’s a 45 minute jaunt from Twincy. The reason? You betcha—the Cheese and the Bison. It’s right there, properly in their name! Eichten’s is located right on their farm and the buffalo graze out back in the pasture. They have a market on one side to purchase off-sale (bison) and all sorts of fine Eichten’s original cheeses. On the other side is the bistro that offers burgers that are actually farm to table. I’m down with FTT! The Smoked Gouda with Bacon is a heart-healthier powerhouse. Bison meat is low in sat fat, yet rich in flavor. Kinda has a sweet taste. It’s very clean and should be a bit undercooked. Order it that way. You’ll be fine. The bun is softer than a marshmallow napping on a cloud and a g/f option is available. LTO equipped but you should def take a few bites without so you can hone in on the flavor of this high class meat. Eichten’s Smoked Gouda covers the bacon and these two add a nice contrast to the sweeter meat. This burger will leave you contemplating many things . . . but not your cholesterol! Yes, bison also makes for better tacos and spaghetti. That answers that. Bring a cooler.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 9.0   Presentation: 8   Originality: 8

Eichten’s Cheese & Bison, 16440 Lake Blvd, Center City, MPLS; specialtycheese.com


Burger Hunter: Burger Moe’s

Burger Moe's

Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do during the whole summer of block parties and he also documents his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.

When craving the worlds greatest sandwich in St. Paul get to West 7th Street and let your nose lead the way. This hunt takes us to Burger Moe’s and as you may notice they have burger in their name. Without it, this could be mistaken for a Simpsons episode where Barney crushes like four burgers before noon. REALITY! This ain’t no cartoon, this is the real world, and it takes us down the menu to the Kobe Beef Burger. A 1/2 lb patty that’s fresh ground daily and cleaner than you are. The taste is pure, refreshing, and somewhat graceful. A smooth St. Paul ride. Served on a fresh bun baked daily at St. Easy’s own PJ Murphy’s Bakery with a gluten free option. Topped with their local produce (LTO) from NaturaFarms in Marine on the St. Croix. Say yes to the chipotle aioli, it’s straight up yummy boots. And remember it is always better with cheddar so make sure the cheese is on there. All in all this prey is precisely the image you have in your head when you think burger. Mmmmmmmmm burger… (Homer).

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.3   Presentation: 6   Originality: 8

Burger Moe’s, 242 West 7th Street, STPL; burgermoes.com


Burger Hunter: Barkers Bar & Grill

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If you find yourself heading east into the land of confusing politics and maniac football fans, you’ve got to pause for a burger in Hudson, WI. Take good ol’ exit 1 to Barkers Bar & Grill right downtown, right on the river—it’s the right thing to do. The Tyson Burger is black and blue, hence the great name. This burger’s a knockout with blackened seasonings seared to the outer meat and topped with house crumbled Amish blue cheese and Monterey Jack. Twincy has always tipped it’s hat when it comes to our cheesy neighbors, and once again neighborino, you exceed your rep! The meat is lovely and lean, yet full in flavor, and ground “Barkers style” by a local butcher every single morning. Super juicy and cooked to your desired temp. The bun is first-class, fresh baked and delivered daily from Grateful Bread in River Falls, WI. Veteran eaters can taste a hint of sweetness, but folks it’s just delightful. Go with or without the LTO and you’ll be fine either way; this sconnie creation doesn’t require them, but adds some depth & texture. Fries are absolutely top-shelf. The hand cutters and the burger—I ‘ship them so hard.

Flavor: 9.0   Presentation: 6   Originality: 8

Barker’s Bar & Grill, 413 2nd St, Hudson; barkersbarandgrill.com


Burger Hunter: Route 65 Pub & Grub

Route 65 Pub

Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do during the whole MN Lynx season and he also documents his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.

 

Central Ave/Hwy 65 is well known for having large and in charge burgers. Take Burger Highway straight up to East Bethel, MN to a biker bar called Route 65 Pub & Grub. “Where bikers stare at cowboys who are laughing at the hippies . . .” Route 65’s American Bacon Cheese Burger is an all conference renegade that’s putting down thousands of kickstands. It’s full power 1/2 lb after being cooked, and hella juicy. Not a tiddler by any means. Comes equipped with a bakery fresh bun and thick cut smokehouse bacon that’s far from basic. It’s Custom! A chopper! Top it off with your choice of cheese and you just got a little bit more American. The flavor is all burger all the time—lightly seasoned, tasting the meat in every bite. And when it’s this good don’t hide it. Now this beast does have a partner in crime and they are hand-cut freedom fries that pretty much make this whole outlaw bit completely out of hand. Route 65 is live and you’ll get more than your kicks.

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.8   Presentation: 5   Originality: 6

Route 65 Pub & Grub, 18407 HWY 65 NE, East Bethel; route65pubngrub.com


Burger Hunter: Kendall’s Tavern & Chophouse

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Mike S. eats more burgers in a weekend than we do during the whole weird 893 albums campaign and also documents his meaty exploits at the #GreatAmericanBurgerHunter tag on Instagram. We love his work (how does he not have his own show for this?), so we convinced the Hunter to share some of his patty places with you, our hungry readership.

The north metro of our sweet Twincy has a rep of nothin but “sod farms & trailer parks” but it’s more like “golf courses & liberty.” Pulling into the beautiful Bunker Hills Golf Course the feeling of freedom does actually come over you. Approach the clubhouse to find Kendall’s Tavern & Chophouse and from the moment you open the door you’ll know you’re in for something special.  It’s got the smell of a wood fired lifestyle and the look of a massive cabin home in the hills. Now, let the games begin—The Whisky Burger, which kind of a Cinderella story on a menu this good… It’s a 1/2 lb char broiled sandbagger that is straight out-of-bounds!  Bun is soft and buttery grilled.  The grind is likely an in-house blend of chuck & steak, giving it perfect consistency and a fab depth of flavor. Fore! Look out folks, the whisky glaze is savage! It’s Happy Gilmore at the clubhouse. Way fun and brings everyone together: The thick cut bacon, the A1 Mayo, LTO, and the sharp cheddar cheese. A fairway of flavors and all on the same team. Ryder Cup style hole-in-one! Kendall’s Whisky Burger is on it’s A-game like Carl Spackler in Caddyshack and for that we give it our golf clap 👏👏👏

Scorecard:   Flavor: 8.9   Presentation: 7   Originality: 7

Kendall’s Tavern & Chophouse, 12800 Bunker Prairie RD NW, Coon Rapids; kendallstc.com