Look, as much as we love a cheesy, meaty Juicy Lucy Cheeseburger here in the Twin Cities, we can’t help but admit that sometimes you just want a burger that’s a little bit… lighter?
Or maybe you’re trying to cut back on your red meat intake. Or you’ve fully adopted a fully vegan lifestyle.
Enter the Impossible Burger.
If you’re looking to give this thing a shot, here are your 9 options in Minneapolis and St. Paul.
- What is the Impossible Burger?
- Is it worth trying?
- 9 Restaurants to Find the Impossible Burger in Minneapolis
- Map of Restaurants Serving the Impossible Burger in the Twin Cities
What is the Impossible Burger?
Impossible burgers were developed and launched in 2016 by Impossible Foods with a single mission: Make plant-based products that recreate the entire sensory experience of eating meat. Many thought re-creating a flavorful copycat was ‘impossible,’ hence the company’s name. The company now produces the soy-based Impossible Burger and plant-based sausage, chicken, pork, and meatballs.
Twin Cities restaurants were early adopters of plant-based meat options. With a healthy vegan and vegetarian population, local diners expect a good non-meat burger option on the menu.
Is it worth trying?
Of course! (But we always believe in adventurous eating!)
Maybe the better question is, why is the Impossible burger worth trying?
It doesn’t take a scientist’s brain to figure out that climate change will significantly impact the way we eat. Even though the sustainable farming community in Minnesota keeps our restaurants stocked with local beef, responsible diners know raising meat comes at an environmental cost.
Figuring out how to add more plant-based options to your regular dining-out routine, even once or twice per month can do a lot to reduce your carbon footprint.
Thankfully, Impossible burgers don’t mean skimping on the flavor of an all-beef burger. Because here’s the craziest part: unlike most plant-based imitations, this patty bleeds! Literally! The Impossible food scientists were able to isolate a plant-based heme molecule, which gives blood its red color. The result is a burger that some say could fool even a non-blind taste test.
Don’t trust us that it tastes exactly the same? Try out one of these nine spots in the Twin Cities, where you’ll find a top-notch Impossible burger on the menu.
9 Restaurants to Find the Impossible Burger in Minneapolis
If you’re interested in branching out to the Impossible burger, look no further than the 5-8 Club, the home of a Minneapolis burger icon, the Juicy Lucy.
Located on Cedar Avenue near Lake Nokomis and MSP airport, their vegan burger, “No Meat, No Problem,” is an impossible patty topped with lettuce and tomato, served on a gluten-free bun.
- Address: 5800 Cedar Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55417
- Website: 5-8 Club
Agra Culture Kitchen
While the smoothies and bowls are the menu stars at the fast-casual newcomer, Agra Culture, toward the bottom of the menu, you’ll find an Impossible burger worth a look at. Covered in garlic aioli, spring greens, and sauteed onions, this one brings out the best of what Impossible burgers can be.
- Address: Uptown: 2939 Girard Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408
- Website: Agra Culture Kitchen
We’ve already written about how Burger Dive serves the most underrated burger in the Twin Cities. But it also gets our vote for one of the better Impossible burgers in town.
Their version is topped with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, avocado, and their housemade mayo Pair it with the fried cauliflower bites.
- Address: 2 locations – POTLUCK in the Rosedale Mall and St Paul.
- Website: Burger Dive
One of the promises the Impossible burger brand works hard to offer is the sensory experience of eating an all-beef burger. It’s meant to look, taste, and feel like beef when you eat it.
But if you’re hesitant to sub out a plant-based patty because of taste, the Impossible Burger at Hell’s Kitchen in downtown Minneapolis is where you’ll want to start.
We think this burger is better than some of the meat-lovers menu options at Hell’s Kitchen. Served on a gluten-free, vegan bun with chipotle-mayo sauce.
- Address: 80 S 9th St, Minneapolis, MN 55402
- Website: Hell’s Kitchen Minneapolis
When the Lowbrow opened in the Kingfield neighborhood of South Minneapolis, it promised to offer comfort-food fare made from locally sourced ingredients in a welcoming place for special dietary needs. All burgers on the menu can be made with grass-fed, locally raised Minnesota beef or substituted for Impossible Burger patties. The Un-Americana Burger is a vegan favorite, made with a finger-licking-tasty Vegan 1000 Island dressing.
- Address: 4244 Nicollet Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55409
- Website: The Lowbrow
While we love a good burger and fries paired with a few rounds of local craft beers, sometimes fast casual is the name of our dining-out game.
If counter-service or Door Dash is your style, pop into any of the 8 Twin Cities My Burger locations to find the best fast-food Impossible Burger in town. Their “Just as Good” options are made with the same ingredients as their classic burgers and served with fries.
Local tip: Add on their cajun spice mix.
- Address: 8 Metro locations, including Stadium Village, Uptown, and MPLS Skyway
- Website: My Burger
One of the first spots in Minneapolis to offer an Impossible burger on the menu, Red Cow is a solid option for anyone not wanting to give up the “American Bar Experience” just to have a vegan burger. Their So Cal Burger has two impossible patties, avocado, vegan American cheese, and vegan mayo, all served on a vegan whole wheat bun.
P.S. – If you try their Uptown or North Loop locations for brunch, you’ll also find Impossible sausage on the menu of breakfast options.
- Address: North Loop: 208 N 1st Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401 – Uptown: 2626 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55408
- Website: Red Cow
Given the number of times we’ve mentioned beer in this article, you can tell what we like to pair the most with a burger and fries.
If you also love a great beer with a burger, try the self-serve beer wall at Tap Society along with your Impossible burger. The ¼-pound patty is served with their special “Tap Society Sauce” and a hefty serving of caramelized onions. Sub in sweet potato fries or their housemade Wisconsin cheese curds.
- Address: 4555 Grand Avenue S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
- Website: Tap Society
While we’d recommend almost every other burger from the options above before traditional fast food, it is only fair to note that if you find yourself on the road and need a plant-based, fast-food fix, all Twin Cities Burger King locations serve the Impossible Whopper.
Pretty straightforward here. Just Burger King’s traditional Whopper recipe subbed out with a grilled, plant-based Impossible patty. Just beware that the sodium content in this one tops out at nearly your entire daily value.
But heck, why not go for broke? Ask for extra pickles.
Bonus – Impossible at Grocery Stores
Of course, if all else fails you can also head to your local grocery store to pick up an Impossible patty. These days, most all Twin Cities grocery stores carry the Impossible patty, which can make for an interesting conversation piece at your next BBQ cookout.