By: Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau
Sometimes you just need a burger. It’s comfort food. It can be common and extraordinary at the same time. So, when you’re on vacation, why not dive into the local culture of the burger? Here are a few suggestions for a successful burger adventure in Green Bay.
Al’s Hamburgers – “Where Life is too Short for a Second-Rate Burger”
Since 1934, Al’s has been a staple in downtown Green Bay. Nothing fancy here – pick your burger of choice, double it if your appetite says you should. Find a side that suits you like the haystack onion rings or the loaded chili, and it will be served up on the very unassuming metal tray. If the kids are along, create your own milkshake or indulge in the root beer float. They are open for breakfast and lunch…yes there are breakfast burgers, because it’s never too early, right? Al’s is a throwback to everything a burger joint should be.
This place reminds us of the famous “Cheers”. Its vintage interior and welcoming atmosphere just make you want to grab a stool and hang. Sports will be on the TVs, and the pub vibe hints that this is a place to chat and meet the locals. Grab the Smoky Burger, because it has bacon and barbeque sauce…it’s awesome.
Did you know the Green Bay Packers first played at a place called Hagemeister Park? They only spent about four years there, but that history set the theme for this riverfront restaurant. Just like the Packers have made their mark in Green Bay, the chef at Hagemeister decided to “brand” his ciabatta buns for their classic Branded Burger. The addition of the fried egg just seals the deal. Enjoy your food on the patio overlooking the Fox River in the summer. In winter, rent skates and glide on the ice rink after your meal!
Order a burger at a cheesecake place? Well, you’ll be glad you did. The Creamy Gorg Burger will knock your socks off. First, it’s huge, so bring your appetite. The ground steak and the oozing gorgonzola cheese make for a juicy bite. The side of sweet potato fries finishes the plate well. And while you may not have room, Cheesecake Heaven does have an afternoon pastry happy hour!
Wisconsinites love their deep-fried cheese curds. So, it shouldn’t be a surprise that you can find them ON A BURGER. Leatherheads has taken a tasty burger and upped its game. The Cheesehead Burger is a half-pounder. Chips are a good side, but experts will pick the tator tots. Pair this with the “Pour Your Own” beer system, and you will be a hero. Sit in a booth and have your own taps! Try the Gold Starr or the Hail Mary. Go figure, they have beers that have football names…