Milwaukee is burger heaven. Here's our guide to the best.
Absence makes the heart grow fonder, right? Wisconsinites know that saying applies to not just love, but summer too. When the thermometer hits 70 degrees, restaurants and bars are quick to get outdoor spaces ready for the rush of locals who will do everything possible to soak up the sun.
Milwaukee's food scene has been growing leaps and bounds in the last decade or so, and we have everything from dive bars only serving a Friday fish fry to restaurants with James Beard award-winning chefs. And yes, we have lots and lots of beer and cheese and meat, too.
On Tuesday nights, Sprecher's offers a burger deal were you can get a burger and any of their beers or sodas for just $8. There's an extra $2 charge for some of the more massive burgs, but that's hardly a sticking point when it comes to these big, bold beauties.
The burgers at Karma would be solid if they weren't overcooked.
Located on the second floor of a hotel, this serene restaurant offers a couple great, classic burgers, but only at lunchtime.
Harley-Davidson's 110th anniversary party is this weekend. If you're in town for the party, a burger and some onion rings at the HD museum's main restaurant, Motor, is a good bet.
This Western-themed, jack-of-all-trades restaurant serves up super juicy burgers with lots of seasoning.
Popular Kenosha drive-ins The Spot and Big Star have similar burgers, but The Spot wins with better seared patties and better cheese.
I wasn't expecting much from Red Robin's two new Wolverine-inspired burgers, but, to my amazement, these burgers weren't terrible, especially the Berserker burger topped with pickles and onion strings.
If you're in the mood for an old fashioned, flame-broiled burger and a view of the Milwaukee River, John Hawk's Pub might be for you.
Head to this Belgian-themed restaurant to enjoy full-flavored burgers on a huge rooftop patio.
North Avenue Grill may not be the most famous diner around, but it should be. It's tiny, quaint, and the food is excellent on top of being extremely reasonably priced.
Next time I go to Famous Dave's I'll stick to barbecue and tried-and-true sides. Unless you really can't decide between a burger or barbecue, I suggest doing the same.
This brand new bar in a nightlife hotspot focuses their menu on burgers with unusual toppings and bold flavors.
Stubby's big pub burgers try to be fancy-pants but come up a bit short, especially for the price.
Located a stone's throw from the Capitol, Tipsy Cow serves up fantastic smashed burgers, sandwiches, and all kinds of tasty sides.
This Irish bar tops their bland burgers with other meats for flavor, but the burgers just turn into a big mess.
Stonefly Brewery may be best known for their weekend brunch, bur don't miss their big, messy burgers and inventive bar food.
The burgers at this sports bar are nice to look at, but they taste pretty bland. Stick with wings and appetizers.
Even if you lube your appetite up with a few pints of beer, there's no way you're going to be able to choke down these burgers.
Benno's burgers are exactly what your grandma would have cooked up for you as a kid, in all the best ways possible. Make sure to go on Wednesdays for $5 Burger Night.
During Mason Street Grill's Sunday-only burger nights, you can choose from four of the best and least talked about burgers in the city.
In reading many of the Wicked Hop's reviews on Yelp, a theme appeared: The Bloody Marys are great, but the food and service, bluntly, suck. So are they really just riding the wave of their one signature drink and hip location? Not so, I found. In fact, my experience was practically opposite of the predominant opinions on Yelp. I didn't like the bloody, and both the burgers and service were pretty good.
Judging from Red Robin's latest batch of limited time menu items, Oktoberfest seems to be a big event for them—but then again, they seem to tailor their burger toppings for every possible occasion. So why not go German? Not only do they add all things mustard to their special Oktoberfest burger, they make it a three-course event with a pretzel app and a beer milkshake. So in honor of Oktoberfest, I tried all their German-inspired specials.
While Boulder Junction is far from a top burger in the city, it's still pretty good, especially considering there aren't a ton of other noteworthy burger places in Brookfield.