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Where to find the best burgers in Rochester

Here are 10 of the best spots in Rochester to enjoy a classic, or not-so-classic, burger in Rochester, according to Google ratings and reviews.

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The Double Pounder burger at Glynner’s Pub in Rochester.

It's hard to find someone who doesn't enjoy a good burger, especially when we're in the prime of summer. It's because of this that any restaurant you walk into offers some sort of burger on its menu.

To help weed through the sheer quantity, here are the Top 10 burgers here in Rochester, according to Google ratings and reviews.

1. Chester's Kitchen and Bar

Chester's Kitchen & Bar

An always popular destination in downtown Rochester, Chester's Kitchen and Bar, located at Galleria at University Square, has always offered up delicious and unique burgers that leave patrons raving it's the best they've ever had.

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With a 4.5 rating out of 1,210 reviews, Chester's Kitchen and Bar is one of the top locations in all of Rochester.

REVIEWS:

"The Blackberry Jalapeno Burger is the best burger that I've ever had in my life. Comes with bacon and fried brie cheese, too. Also, cooked perfectly to medium-rare temp, as requested. 10/5."

"Attentive, friendly staff with prompt service and a hot juicy, flavorful large burger and my nemesis, ---service with very hot crunchy fries---why can't everyone deliver hot fries! The place was crowded and it deserves to be. Looking around, the portions were more than adequate and people were having a good time."

"Chester's burgers are cooked to temperature, very juicy, good size, very nice since I prefer medium-rare burgers. Chester's baked beans were absolutely delicious. I am not a fry person, so I am always looking for something else to order with my burgers. I ended up eating burgers and beans all week during my stay after my oral surgery at the Mayo Clinic - burger was soft to eat and delicious with no bun."

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2. Canadian Honker Restaurant

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Canadian Honker's Abbots Gold Bacon Cheddar Burger.

Located directly across the street from Mayo Clinic Hospital - Saint Marys, this classic family-style restaurant has been feeding customers since 1984 and offering up some of the best burgers in the area.

Canadian Honker has a 4.5 rating out of 2,351 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"I came to this place entirely based on the name, and I'm glad I did! I wasn't sure what to expect, but this one is much classier than other bird-sound restaurants (especially the owl one). I had the Abbots Gold Bacon Cheddar burger and it was excellent. I also recommend the fried cheese curds. This is a northern delicacy that we simply don't have down south."

"The food was SO good! Best cheese curds I've ever had. The burger had good flavor and was cooked just how I asked for it to be."

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"In town for a Mayo visit. Recommended by the Hotel Staff at the Courtyard Marriott. Ran in for take out, encountered Chris at the front counter. Phenomenal customer service. Burger was delicious."


3. Hot Chip Burger Bar

Hot Chip Burger Bar's Classic Burger

Voted the best burger in Rochester in 2020, Hot Chip Burger Bar at 1190 16th Street Southwest has a unique combination of burgers and a very popular selection of vegan burgers that gives anyone who walks in something on the menu for them.

Hot Chip Burger Bar has a 4.5 rating out of 705 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"Perfect size burger and fry! Ordering is done counter-style on a touch screen before you pick your seat. Make sure you order your drinks along with your food. The service was fast and friendly. My beer came ice cold and the food was hot! The portion size in my mind was perfect. Next time we will try one of their boozy shakes! We will definitely be back."

"Came down with my cousin from Woodbury!! We split a vegan burger and a regular burger both were amazing!! The french fries are bangin!! You need to sell that seasoning blend I'm just saying!! The view from the patio is beautiful!! We already have plans on coming back down!! I definitely recommend this place vegan or not!!"

"Literally SO GOOD! I loved every single bite and would go back in a heartbeat every day if I could. Everything was delicious!"


4. Newt's

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The Marvin's burger by Newt's.

Before Hot Chip took the crown, Newt's reigned supreme in Rochester for the last 15 years as the best burger in town.

At one of its many locations throughout Rochester, Newt's has been offering up a mixture of delicious burgers that's made it the restaurant's name recognizable to all.

Newt's has a 4.4 rating out of 960 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"The portions are huge! The food is great and the staff is wonderful. I can't remember our waiter's name but he was super friendly and made sure we had everything we needed and wanted. You will not leave hungry. I will eat at Newt's every time I come to Rochester."

"My favorite spot in town!! Nice and cozy at this particular location, the staff are always very nice and just amazing overall, and so is the food. Not too bad of a wait, and I’ve never had a single complaint!! Go there!! PS: Met the owners and it was clear why their restaurants are so well put together!! Beat that!! 😊"

"We all had burgers and they tasted great. They have a fun variety of inventive burger concoctions; I had the Marvin's burger which was very yummy, and our party also got a California burger and Dave's burger. Both reported as satisfactory. I'll go back next time I'm in Rochester, and I'll make a point of getting their cheese curds!"


5. Snappy Stop

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Snappy Stop (Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor)

If you need to grab a burger and go, Snappy Stop is more than likely the best option. The drive-thru burger joint gives its customers exactly what they're looking for in a juicy burger, fries all in a timely fashion. While their stay is normally short, many people don't forget their stop at Snappy Stop.

Snappy Stop has a 4.3 rating out of 549 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"Food was great, nice unique spot. They have two drive-thrus. They are extremely fast. I really appreciated the easy on the eyes menu."

"Got some burgers delivered to my hotel, and dang.... They are delicious! Highly recommend their burger combos! The fries were equally delicious!"

"I loved this awesome place! I had never been to Rochester, was there for a memorial for a friend that passed away… but when I saw this place it looked so cool and retro that I had to stop! Fries were delicious and the burger was great! I loved the buns to be honest, they really stood out to me. Very friendly service as I was asking questions about the restaurant and such. 5 stars, would come again 😁"


6. Fat Willy's

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Fat Willy's burger. (Photo courtesy of Trip Advisor's user MySofa97)

Fat Willy's at 4325 Maine Avenue Southeast is your garage-themed, tavern spot here in Rochester. If you're a car enthusiast or lover of a good burger, the odds of you returning to Fat Willy's is likely high.

Fat Willy's has a 4.4 rating out of 1,040 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"I enjoy the Mustang Burger very tasteful, pretty cool place if I'm ever in the neighborhood again I would definitely stop by."

"We have been coming here often this summer. The burgers are amazing! Service is superb and the atmosphere is great, especially if you like old cars. Wish the owner was a Husker fan instead of a Hawkeye guy but I'll survive 🤣. The patio is a wonderful space. Highly recommend!!!"

"Came here for the first time last night. Great food and great staff. I have a new favorite burger bar and am looking forward to my next visit."


7. Glynner's Pub

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The Double Pounder burger at Glynner’s Pub in Rochester.

An American-style pub at 1643 1/2 North Broadway Avenue, Glynner's Pub gives you plenty of burger options to satisfy a craving and have you leaving the plate clean afterward.

Glynner's Pub has a 4.5 rating out of 384 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"I think their burgers are amongst the top in Rochester."

"The service was great, fast and friendly. The burger was fantastic, didn't leave saying man I wish the meal was bigger. Best burger I've had in Rochester for years. I will be going back."

"The food is nothing short of amazing. As a local resident I can assure you this is the place you want to go for a mouthwatering burger, salad, wrap, and much more.. it makes bar food look bad. Highly recommend! Guaranteed love at first sight with the chipotle mushroom bacon burger. To die for."


8. Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub

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Customers sit socially distanced at Whistle Binkies Old World Pub on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, in northeast Rochester. Phase 3 of Gov. Walz’s Stay Safe MN plan allows for restaurants to begin indoor dining at a 50 percent capacity, maintaining social distancing.(Traci Westcott / twestcott@postbulletin.com)

Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub is an Irish pub-style restaurant that offers up your favorite bar foods to go along with classic Irish cuisine. The pub also has an assortment of burgers that some believe to be the best in Med City.

Whistle Binkies Olde World Pub, at 3120 Wellner Drive Northeast No. 4905, has a 4.4 rating out of 1,000 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"We love this place. Always changing tap list, incredible burgers, salads, sandwiches, you name it."

"Best burgers in Rochester."

"Whistle Binkies is a great casual bar atmosphere with a big menu, delicious appetizers, sandwiches, burgers, and entrees, everything made from scratch."


9. The Half Barrel

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The windows are dark at the Half Barrel in downtown Rochester Tuesday, March 17, 2020. Bars and restaurants across the state closed at 5 p.m. on Tuesday following Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz's executive order that coffee shops, breweries and restaurants all close to dine-in guests through March 27 to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. (Joe Ahlquist / jahlquist@postbulletin.com)

While it's known for its wide variety of whiskeys and bourbons, The Half Barrel on 304 First Avenue Southwest offers a selection of burgers that has people remembering the bar for more than just its drinks.

The Half Barrel has a 4.5 rating out of 794 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"The barrel burger was one of the best burgers I've ever tasted! Smoked Gouda Mac and cheese with prosciutto were also very tasty. The bartenders were on point with recommendations of the hundreds of different spirits available."

"My place to go for a chill bar and good food. Best burgers in town in my opinion and many many drink options."

"This place had AWESOME food! One of the best burgers I’ve had and the cheese curds were clearly made in-house. The flatbread was reportedly good (according to the company I was with), as well as the fish tacos. Music was great and service was even better."


10. Bleu Duck Kitchen

Bleu Duck Kitchen's Duck Truck

Whether you're enjoying it at the 14 Fourth Street Southwest location or grabbing it on the go from the bright blue truck, a burger from Bleu Duck Kitchen has left plenty of people raving about it and still craving it.

Bleu Duck Kitchen has a 4.6 rating out of 409 reviews.

REVIEWS:

"We ate off of the bar menu and were definitely impressed! My husband had the Bourbon Bacon burger and I went for the Mac and Cheese. Both were absolutely decadent and indulgent. Still crave it months later - yum!"

"The burger is so fantastic that it's the only thing I've had and convinced my friends too! You will not regret it!"

"Bar burgers are the best in town."

Erich is a digital content producer at the Post Bulletin where he creates content for the Post Bulletin's digital platforms. Before he moved to Rochester, Erich worked as a sports reporter for Rivals.com covering the University of Illinois' athletic programs in Champaign, Illinois. Readers can reach Erich at 507-285-7681 or efisher@postbulletin.com.
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