Good news, Minnesota: you don't have to leave the state for some of the best burgers in the entire country.
Three local restaurants have made The Daily Meal's "101 Best Burgers in America" list, which focused on independent restaurants (so, no chains, like Five Guys) as well as Black- and woman-owned burger joints around the country.
So, without further ado, here are the Minnesota burgers that made the cut.
Nookie Supreme Burger — The Nook, St. Paul (#9)
The only Minnesota entry to crack the Top 10, The Nook has been around since 1938. While Daily Meal notes that the underground, bowling-ally burger joint has plenty of delicious offerings, it's the Nookie Supreme — "a double-decker cheeseburger with lettuce, special sauce and three (yes, three) layers of fresh-baked bun" — that truly puts the place on the map
Juicy Lucy — Matt's Bar & Grill, Minneapolis (#18)
Like The Nook, Matt's Bar also has a long history, having first opened in 1954. But it's not just longevity that makes the place a landmark — it's the distinction of being the purported birthplace of the Juicy Lucy, though the 5-8 Club also claims credit (which has led to a longstanding rivalry between the two restaurants).
Either way, this intense burger — which boasts hot, gooey cheese inside a meat patty — is uniquely Minnesotan, and according to this ranking, one of the best in America.
Mogul Burger — Wendy's House of Soul, Minneapolis (#75)
Though Wendy's is known for its "SOULROLL" among other popular offerings, this Black-owned restaurant has the 75th best burger in the United States.
Called the Mogul, Daily Meal describes it as "a half-pound deep-fried hamburger placed in a gluten-free wrap and filled with cheese, pepper, onion and turkey bacon."
So who has "THE" best burger in America?
We thought you might ask. Taking 1st Place in Daily Meal's ranking is "Cheeseburger" at Au Cheval in Chicago.