On the burger trail

On the burger trail

By Lori Fredrich | Published: May 19 at 11:02am

The Mc Dot at Red Dot

Score: 38/50

If you haven't eaten a burger at Red Dot, you should go. They're solid burgers at a great price in a spot that doesn't take itself too seriously.

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The double cheeseburger at Kroll's East in Green Bay

Score: 27/50

Does Kroll's East serve up the best butter burgers in the state? That's debatable. But, there's pure nostalgia in both the space and the burgers making it worth the stop nonetheless.

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The house burger at Easy Tyger

Score: 42/50

I ordered it once, and I'd order it again. If you love burgers, this is a nice one. And if you love slightly more unusual burgers, it's even better.

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The cheeseburger at Solly's Grille

Score: 25/50

It's Wisconsin. So, it certainly feels like heresy to diss the godfather of all butter burgers. But, hiking the burger trail is all about honesty. And, in this case, an excess of butter isn't able to make up the balance for an otherwise average burger.

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The cheeseburger at Nite Owl

Score: 40/50

There's something special about seasonal fare. Asparagus tastes best when it's fresh and local. Citrus fruits shine brighter in the winter. And the first burger of the spring or summer at Nite Owl is rock solid proof that "absence makes the heart grow fonder."

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The Classic at Miller Pub & Grill

Score: 34/50

Miller Time Pub makes a decent burger. The Classic wasn't a burger I'd go too far out of my way for, but it's one I'd eat again if I happened to be in the neighborhood and was looking for a dependable lunch.

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Cheeseburger at Fred's in Burlington

Score: 36/50

Take a drive down to Burlington, catch a movie and then stop over for a burger. But get your napkins ready. It's a juicy one.

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The Crave Burger at Crave Cafe

Score: 45/50

If you're looking for a "crave-worthy" burger, you'll find it here. In fact, I'm looking forward to trying out a few more of their offerings, like the Korean BBQ burger, next time I'm in.

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The All Purpose cheeseburger

Score: 42/50

The cheeseburger at All Purpose is just plain solid. And, while you can visit for any number of delicious reasons, there’s no shame in stopping by for nothing more than a burger and a glass of rose.

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Kewpee Sandwich Shop in Racine

Score: 38/50

  • 520 Wisconsin Ave., Racine
  • (262) 634-9601

In the end, pay a visit. At Kewpee’s you’ll find a solid, unpretentious burger that’s served with a smile, and a big fat nod to the past.

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Big Boy burger at Kil@wat

Score: 28/50

If you bear a fondness for the original Marc’s Big Boy burger, there’s a walk down memory lane to be found at Kil@wat. The Big Boy Burger is available for lunch; but, it can also be found among the appetizers on the dinner menu, served cut into quarters for $10.

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On the Burger Trail extra:

Lori’s 5 highest rated burgers

Last updated: May 2017

Eager to try a great burger? Check out the five highest scoring burgers on the Burger Trail so far. Read more.

The Cream City Special at Merriment Social

Score: 44/50

Go, get a burger. Really.

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The Big KC Burger at Swingin’ Door Exchange

Score: 40/50

I’m giving this burger a nice big nod. I’d eat it again, and you probably should, too. If you need to feel slightly more virtuous in your decision, order the spicy vermouth carrots (also good) on the side instead of fries.

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The Big O at Oscar’s Pub & Grill

Score: 43/50

If you haven't yet tried a burger from Oscar’s, you’d be remiss not to put it on your list. And if you have, well, you know what I’m talking about. While I can’t guarantee mariachi on your next visit, I can assure you there’s a great burger waiting for you.

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Camino

Score: 39/50

If you haven’t been to Camino, consider this your invitation to try it out.

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Hangover Burger at Stack’d Burger Bar

Score: 39/50

If you’re looking for a place to hang where you can grab a nice, juicy burger with plenty of choices for toppings, Stack’d is a great bet.

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The Lucy at Crafty Cow

Score: 34/50

Next time you’re in Oconomowoc, grab a craft brew at Crafty Cow and order one of the crazier burgers on the menu. After all, it’s one place where the burger is really all about the toppings.

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The Sconnie Cheese Burger at Cafe Calatrava

Score: 42/50

  • 700 N. Art Museum Dr.
  • (414) 224-3200
  • mam.org

Never thought of eating a burger at the Milwaukee Art Museum? Well, you should.

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Brass Monkey Pub & Grill

Score: 35/50

If you happen to be near the airport and you’re craving some of that classic burger flavor, you’ll find it at Brass Monkey.

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Mainstream Bar & Grill

Score: 40/50

Mainstream’s burger is big, bold and well worth the drive to Waukesha. Be sure to try the crisp housemade potato chips (and dip) while you’re there.

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Hooligan’s Super Bar

Score: 35/50

If you happen to be on the East Side and find yourself growing hungry for a burger, Hooligan’s is a fine spot to satiate your craving.

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Sal’s Pub & Grill

Score: 30/50

In the end, if you’re looking for a juicy, juicy burger, the sort that drips down your arms when you eat it, you'll find that at Sal’s.

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Mazo’s

Score: 40/50

There’s something to be said for a burger that stands solid, even without reliance on frills. In fact, it's likely the utter simplicity of the Mazo's burger that makes it a true Milwaukee classic.

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