Tonight’s (and Every Night’s) Best Burger Deals in the Twin Cities

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DRACARYS!

I’ve had a few people tell me this, and it has crossed my own mind a few times: Everyone has a list of burger deals in the Twin Cities, but it’d be nice if someone listed them by day so I knew where to go when.

That’s where we come in. Did you know you can get great burger deals every night in the Twin Cities area. It’s all right here, in a handy day-by-day format. Some things to keep in mind:

Defining “deal”: A deal is whatever I say it is, but we’re generally talkin’ $7 or less. There are some killer BOGOs and burger-and-beer specials that push into the $10-12 range, and I think they’re worth bringing up. However …

They don’t necessarily have to be deals. If your cheeseburger is $7 or less every night, and it’s good, I’m not going to hold that against you! Everyday prices and happy hour specials are listed as such, and you know they’re good because …

I’ve eaten burgers from all of these restaurants, and I am recommending them to you. None of this “regurgitation of Yelp reviews, with a photo credit to some rando” bubkis. I’m not sending you anywhere without certifying it first. Which means …

If I missed one, tell me! This is meant to be a living document as I make my way around, and it’ll be updated as more burger deals are discovered. Let’s go!

Original post date: September 5, 2017. Last update: June 24, 2019.

SUNDAY

Grizzly’s, Plymouth

  • What’s the deal? Two-for-one burgers
  • What time? All day

In addition to running happy hour all day Sunday – which means $3 spicy Bloody Marys and $7 blackened wings, yo! – burgers are BOGO. Since their most expensive one is $12, BOOM! $6 and $6. Just imagine that brown sugar bacon and smoked cheddar burger, then picture it next to a black and bleu burger with grilled onions and Cajun Remoulade. Very few folks play with fire the way Grizzly’s does. (Website) (An interview with Grizzly’s General Manager/Craft Beer Curator Bailee Duke about building one of the Twin Cities’ best beer programs)

Jersey’s Bar and Grill, Inver Grove Heights

  • What’s the deal? $6 Juicy Lucys, baby!
  • What time? All day

Oh, you didn’t hear? Their jalapeno popper juicy lucy swept the Twin Cities Burger Battle this year! For $6, you can get familiar on Sundays. Go during the football season and there’s no way you’ll miss that last Vikings botched field goal, and get this: they have Jai Alai on tap for $5.75 all the time! I’m serious! One of the nation’s best IPAs and a Burger Battle destroyer for under $12. (Website) (I tried the Jalapeno Popper Juicy Lucy after the Twin Cities Burger Battle and offered my take)

SUNDAY AND MONDAY

CARA Irish Pubs, Multiple Locations

  • What’s the deal? $10 burger and fries basket
  • What time? All day, both days

The CARA team is muscling in on the burger deals market. Now you’re getting a burger and a beer for $10 all say Sunday and Monday. The only proviso: you need a CARA Pub Club card. We’ve discussed this before, though. If you don’t have one of these cards, it’s time to get one. (Website) (Read about the Local West End’s Vincent Burger here!)

The Local West End

MONDAY

Neumann’s Bar and Grill, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? $1 Burgers
  • What time? 5-10 p.m.

Minnesota’s oldest bar is offering $1 burgers on Monday nights. What more do I need to say? Well, I need to say that it’s dine-in only, beverage purchase is required, and add-ons are extra. But still, ONE DOLLAR BURGERS! (Website)

Jersey’s Bar and Grill, Inver Grove Heights

  • What’s the deal? You build your own burger for $5.50!
  • What time? All day

But Frank, I was just there yesterd-” SHUT UP! Get your keester back to Inver Grove Heights and make your own burger for $5.50. They even made you a demonstration video for it, and you’re going to just miss this because (fake whiny voice) you were just there yesterday? Not on my watch.

Lakes Tavern and Grill, Woodbury

  • What’s the deal? Buy one burger, get the second one free!
  • What time? All day

Am I a little salty that Lakes has used one of my photos to promote their Monday deal without my permission? A little (a lot), but WHATEVER. If you buy one burger at Lakes on Monday, the second one is free. I wrote at length about the Best Burger Ever and taking in Dolphins games at Lakes, and guess what? If the Dolphins are on Monday Night Football, I’ll be having two of them for the price of one. What, you don’t think I could finish them both? (Website) (An homage to Lakes, where I used to watch Dolphins games)

Eat Street Social, Minneapolis

  • What’s the deal? A burger, side of fries, and a bourbon for $13!
  • What time? All day

If Quang’s iconic phở or the meatball bánh mì at My Huong Kitchen are what brought you to Eat Street in the first place, you’ll need to come extra hungry on Mondays – and thirsty. Even if you’re getting in one the 1-2-3 Monday deal, you’ll want to check out the $6 special cocktail, too. And now you’re getting a burger, fries, a bourbon, and a cocktail for under $20. Thank me later. (Website)

Mississippi Pub, Inver Grove Heights

  • What’s the deal? Two-for-one burgers
  • What time? All day

Whether the patio is kickin’ during the summertime or you’re bellied up to the bar inside, you’re not going to have a bad time at the Mississippi Pub. The pleasure doubles on Monday nights, when burgers are two-for-one. Oh, is that not winning enough? Well, I’ve got more good news: the #MissPub has bingo on Monday nights, too. The BOGO counts for the basic hamburgers only, but you can have your favorite (or my favorite, the Bacon Marmalade) for an upcharge. (Website)

Gabe’s by the Park, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? $6 burgers, baby!
  • What time? All day

Not only are most of their burgers $6 with a choice of side on Mondays, they also offer the build-your-own-burger, your choice of two toppings, for $6. Your homie gets the Holy Cheeseburger, but they’ve got one hell of a lineup out by the park. (Website)

Muddy Cow, Various Locations

  • What’s the deal? Burgers between $5-6, depending on location
  • What time? All day

The Muddy Cow impressed me at last year’s Twin Cities Burger Battle, and it’s my understanding the Coon Rapids location was the one represented that day. In Coon Rapids, $6 gets you any burger on the menu. I’ve got all of their other locations below.

At their Oak Park Heights location, $6 gets you a burger basket; in Shakopee, $5 gets you any burger on the menu with fries. In Litchfield, $5 gets you select burgers. (Website)

Burger Moe’s, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? $6 burgers, baby!
  • What time? 4 p.m.-midnight

Almost every burger on the menu gets knocked down to $6. It’s been a hot minute since I’ve stopped in, but if the Axtell Burger is as good as I remember? When is the last time a place called Moe’s let you down? It doesn’t happen on The Simpsons and it won’t happen here. Call ahead, though: the offer is void on XCel Energy Center event nights. (Website)

5-8 Grill and Tap, West St. Paul
5-8 Grill and Bar, Champlin

  • What’s the deal? Burgers between $5-6, depending on location
  • What time? Depends on location (see below)

The 5-8 Tavern has expanded far beyond its original south Minneapolis location and now has its flag planted in Maplewood, Champlin, and West St. Paul. On Monday nights, the West St. Paul and Champlin locations drop the prices on their American Cheese Juicy Lucy to “come again” prices. They vary a little, so look closely. They’re $5 starting at 4 p.m. in West St. Paul; they’re $6 starting at 5 p.m. in Champlin. (Website)

Wild Boar Bar and Grill, Hopkins/Oakdale

  • What’s the deal? Burgers between $4-5
  • What time? 4 p.m.-close

Both locations start at the same time, but the deals are slightly different. In Hopkins, burgers are $5 (the 3-pound Piggy Burger is excluded); in Hopkins, you’re building your own burger for $4. If you’re cool with domestics, pitchers are $8 at both locations on Mondays. (Website) (I tried Wild Boar’s Diablo Burger to prepare for the 2018 Twin Cities Burger Battle!)

Half Time Rec, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? Build your own burger for $6
  • What time? 4-9 p.m.

Bar to the left, stage to the right, kitchen in the back, bocce in the basement. Half Time Rec might just be the perfect bar, and now they’ve got a burger bargain to boot. Their build-your-own burger goes $6, and I hope I don’t have to explain “Build Your Own Burger.”  (Website) (Half Time Rec: St. Paul’s “Clover-Achieving” Dive Bar)

TUESDAY

Augustine’s, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? $7 burgers, baby!
  • What time: All day

This burger is $7 by itself, but you can slide a Fulton Standard next to it for only $3 more. These are the same folks behind The Happy Gnome – and, more specifically, The Happy Gnome poutine. With cheddar beef, white cheddar cheese, beer mustard, and a French fry payload that could stress a Tonka truck out, you’re getting more than a meal’s worth. (Website)

Flaherty’s Arden Bowl, Arden Hills

  • What’s the deal? $6 burgers, baby! $7 specialty burgers, too, baby!
  • What time? All day

My company headquarters used to be a quick walk through some tall weeds, across railroad tracks, and through a really sketchy-looking creek away from Flaherty’s. I still remember jumping through the roof when they introduced this Tuesday burger special. I always got the Cowboy Burger or the Farm Boy Burger, then went back to the office and pretended to be some big-time professional for another few hours. It was the best! (Website)

WEDNESDAY

Tinucci’s, Newport

  • What’s the deal? $2.50 cheeseburgers, baby!
  • What time? All day

The first thing you need to be aware of is Tinucci’s closes up shop at 8:30 p.m. Get there in time and treat yourself to a photogenic $2.50 cheeseburger. If you’re like me, you pay the extra for bacon and fried onions. Maybe you pay $3 more for a bottle of Michelob. Your lead foot won’t get any lighter, but hey: what if you need it next Wednesday? (Website)

Cowboy Jack’s, multiple locations

  • What’s the deal? $2 burgers, baby!
  • What time? All day downtown; 5 p.m.-10 p.m. at all other locations

The joke’s on you if you’re skipping Cowboy Jack’s Wednesday night burger deal. TWO BUCKS! It’s big, too, and the quality will far surpass what you would’ve gone in expecting. Toppings are extra, but you can still get a bacon ($1 extra) cheese (.50 extra) burger for $3.50! You can’t even get that at Wendy’s anymore, can you? If you show up during happy hour, now you’re having that and Lift Bridge’s special Cowboy Jack’s IPA for under $6 total. (Website) (One of the Skinny‘s oldest posts: Angry Birds and Two-Buck Burgers at Cowboy Jack’s!)

THURSDAY

Wild Boar Bar and Grill, Oakdale only

  • What’s the deal? Half-priced burgers, yo!
  • What time? 4 p.m.-9 p.m.

Did you see my Twin Cities Burger Battle preview last year, read about the Diablo Burger and think, “Give me one!” The Wild Boar in Oakdale won’t GIVE you one, but they’re willing to meet you halfway on Thursdays – just not on their 3-pound Piggy Burger. All others are half-priced. (Website)

Half Time Rec, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? Burger baskets for $7!
  • What time? All day

Hey, if they wanna make cheeseburgers as well as they do and they wanna run two burger deals in one week, I have no foibles about putting them on the list twice. This is a burger basket for $7, and the good times roll all day.

LUNCH SPECIALS FOR RESTAURANTS ALREADY MENTIONED

  • Mississippi Pub: Burger and fries for $6
  • Jersey’s Bar and Grill: Quarter-pound burger and fries for $5.99 (make it a half-pound for only two dollars more!)
  • Half Time Rec: Burger and fries for $7
Best Burger Ever, Lakes Tavern and Grill

HAPPY HOUR/EVERYDAY PRICES

B-52 Burgers and Brew, Inver Grove Heights

  • What’s the deal? $7.99 lunch-sized burgers
  • What time? Uh … lunch? Monday-Friday

Jersey’s might have been the first combatant to win both trophies at the same Burger Battle, but B-52 Burgers and Brew was the first to claim both trophies: they won the inaugural Judges’ Choice back in 2014, and were voted People’s Choice in 2018. Some of their burgers are just plain fun (the Carlton Burger and DRACARYS are my favorites), but you can’t pick a loser on this menu. (Website) (At B-52 Burgers and Brew, Say DRACARYS and You Will Get Fire!)

6Smith, Wayzata

  • What’s the deal? $7 burgers at Happy Hour, baby!
  • What time? M-F, 3-6 p.m. and 8-10 p.m. winter/9-11 p.m. summer; Sat. 1-6 p.m.; Sunday all day

If you can’t make it for 6Smith’s weekly Fat Pants Friday monstrosities, their happy hour menu is a calorie playground that comes around more conveniently. Within the drink specials and snacks awaits an unassuming double cheeseburger with PLO (pickles, lettuce, onions) and special sauce for $7. (Website) (Big Lake, Fat Pants, and Whatever They’re Doing at 6Smith!)

Keenan’s 620 Club, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? Build your own burgers starting at $7
  • What time? All the time!

It’s confession time: Keenan’s 620 Club is where I hide out when I want to eat and drink in peace (and, yes, occasionally excess). I’m bending the rules for them, kind of, but not really. You can technically get a burger for $7 here, but you’d have to go the build-your-own route and choose only a sauce. Like, you couldn’t even have cheese. You could do it, though! Me? I’m just saying “Screw it” and getting a Cali. (Menu via Facebook)

Constantine, Minneapolis

  • What’s the deal? $5 burgers, BUT WAIT! KEEP READING!
  • What time? All the time, BUT WAIT! KEEP READING!

Think of Constantine’s $5 bar burger as the Ant-Man of cheeseburgers. It comes in pretty sweet armor, and has power beyond its weight class. Nice, soft bun; gooey, melted cheese; and a slick of beef that straight-up satisfies.

UPDATE: Constantine now offers a 5-9 p.m. happy hour M-F! The cheeseburger is still $5, but now it’s part of a you-pick-’em list with items like Old Fashioneds, house wines, beers/bumps, highballs, and tater barrels. One for $5, two for $9, three for $13. So a burger, an Old Fashioned, a beer and a bump for $13?! The FRANK promo code might still valid for $20 off your first Lyft ride if you download. Just sayin’. (Website)

Mama’s Pizza, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? $3 burgers, baby!
  • What time? All the time!

Hidden among the mountains of mastaccioli and pizzas called Flavor Explosion is a cheeseburger they sell for $3. All the time. Like, that’s the price. And get this: if you ask for it, they will absolutely put some of Peachie’s Famous Red Sauce on it and mozzarella cheese. Now you’re getting a pizza burger for $3. You’re welcome. (Website) (A celebration of Mama’s Pizza, St. Paul’s Immortal Italian Eatery!)

Lions Tap, Eden Prairie

  • What’s the deal? Burgers for as low as $4.10.
  • What time? All the time!

It’s easy to forget a classic like Lions Tap with new restaurants and “Instagram-worthy” food clogging the ol’ social meeds, but Lions Tap will be chugging along long after the new hotness has fizzled and died. If you’re ballin’ on a budget, here ya go: Lions Tap burgers start at $4.10. (Website) (Keep a King, Keep a Kingdom: The Towering Double Cali Burger at Lions Tap)

Mickey’s Dining Car, St. Paul

  • What’s the deal? You can definitely get a burger for less than $7 here.
  • What time? Literally 24/7/365.

I don’t know why Mickey’s Dining Car has blotted out the prices on their menu. Anyway, I last had Mickey’s in January 2016. At that time, a half-pound burger was $5. Unless they suddenly decided to “chef up” their menu (go in one day and ask if they’ll do that, I dare you!), let’s assume their prices haven’t changed much since then. If you can get your party into a booth, unlucky you! The real Mickey’s experience is had at the counter (Website).

Culver’s, Pretty Much Everywhere

Don’t sleep on ’em, yo. (Website)

7 COMMENTS

  1. Willy McCoy’s (in Bloomington, Andover, Albertville, Champlin, Chaska & Ramsey) have half-price burgers on Mondays [http://willymccoys.com/menu/1928751]

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