It’s not entirely clear how May became National Hamburger Month (some reports call it a White Castle creation). But apparently, ’tis the season to offer a toast to those meat slabs Americans go mad for, and we say go gourmet. Celebrate with superior burgers at nearly drive-through prices.
119 Washington Av. N., Mpls. • 612-338-8484 • www.haute-dish.com
Forget fast food and let Haute Dish hook up your happy meal. The downtown Minneapolis comfort-fare den dishes its Flavor Country Burger (normally $13) and tosses in a beer for $10 weekdays from 4-6 p.m. (at the bar only). Cheap plastic toy not included, but that brew can help kick-start an equally fun after-work buzz.
2203 44th Av. N., Mpls. • 612-588-2228 • www.victory-44.com
This north Minneapolis destination restaurant knows more about value meals than McDonald’s. Culinary creative Erick Harcey caters to your burger lust with his confidently named Perfect Burger — congenially peddled at half price ($7) between 5 and 5:44 p.m. daily with a drink purchase. Not even the Hamburglar could get a better early-bird steal.
1100 Nicollet Mall, Mpls. • 612-630-1189 •www. vincentarestaurant.com
Pounding a pair of Vincent’s lauded patties in one day might be bad for your blood pressure, but this downtown Minneapolis French restaurant offers two sets of hamburger happy hours Monday through Thursday. From 4:30-6 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m. (plus 4:30-6 p.m. Friday), the venerated Vincent Burger is just $8. Makes you feel extra bad about the whole Freedom Fries thing, huh?