Wisconsin restaurants have been putting their twist on the hamburger since its debut in 1885. Food artists across the state experiment with tangy, smooth and tantalizing flavor combinations that result in creative, one-of-a-kind burgers you won’t find on the average menu.
While there may be endless choices, we’ve put together a list of seven you’ll want to put on a list of your own. Dig in!
The Curd Burger – Sprecher’s Restaurant & Pub
You guessed it: these are the root beer folks, so bring the kids and come thirsty. Besides a wide selection of beer and soda, Sprecher’s specialty burgers are available at all six locations – Milwaukee, Lake Geneva, Glendale, Sheboygan, Wisconsin Dells and Watertown. Their curd burger adds the traditional summertime festival favorite of white and yellow cheese curds, onion straws and a signature pub sauce to a beef patty on a toasted onion bun.
Beer Cheese Steakburger – Fox River Brewing Company
This burger will give you a renewed appreciation for the German heritage that imported these savory flavors. The dish comes alive with a trademarked beer cheese sauce smothered over ground steakburger, topped with bacon and spring mix and held together with a pretzel bun. Like at any good brewpub, this treat is best paired with a freshly brewed draught beer.
P.B. & B. Burger – Titletown Brewing Company
Accolades from USA Today as the best brewpub in the nation for the last two years speaks volumes of the dining experience brought to you by the passionate staff of Titletown Brewing. Among their made-from-scratch favorites is an eight-ounce burger with peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon and caramelized onions on a toasted ciabbata roll. It’s certainly unique, and you’ll want to act fast to get a taste of it – Titletown’s menu occasionally rotates to make room for new concepts.
The Great Wall – Burger Fusion Company
With several unique items, we could’ve almost filled our entire list with BFC’s sandwich menu. Of their burgers, the Eastern-influenced Great Wall burger – topped with orange sauce glaze, sesame Asian slaw, and cream cheese rangoons on a Certified Angus Beef burger – is a standout. Made evident by their numerous local awards, Burger Fusion Company remains committed to providing their patrons with a complete dining experience at reasonable prices.
Lamburger – Redeye Brewing Company
Howlers, growlers and happy hours! This joint’s popularity, atmosphere, Belgian-style beers and handcrafted sodas keep tables full well into the night. Mixed into their inventive menu is a Greek-influenced burger made from Wisconsin lamb, pickled red onions, arugula, cucumber, feta cheese and mint-coriander yogurt. If you have room, polish it off with the legendary Nutella calzone for dessert.
Bacon Mac & Cheese Burger – Northwoods Brewpub
Comfort food meets a comfortable setting at the Northwoods Brewpub. This dish starts as a simple beef patty with cheddar cheese, but nails the bull’s-eye when introduced to macaroni & cheese, crispy bacon and an intriguing sriracha bourbon sauce. There’s no shortage of space for the whole gang to kick back in one of the relaxing lounge chairs, shoot a game of pool and enjoy a collection of limited taps.
Pizza Burger – Stack’d Burger Bar
This self-proclaimed “burger bar for foodies” sources locally, uses only grassfed beef, and has several vegetarian options for those with dietary sensitivities. This repurposed industrial building in Milwaukee’s Fifth Ward boasts an over 100 beers, phenomenal craft cocktails and a burger with homemade pizza sauce, basil pesto, pepperoni and mozzarella.