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10 Best Burgers Where Iowa Started

Hungry? Kick off your Burger Bucket List in Dubuque.

Voted on by Travel Dubuque's followers, these are the top 10 burgers in the Dubuque area.


Baraboo's on Main

Dubuque's newest burger spot is coming in hot! Coming in at the number one spot on our list is Baraboo's on Main. Located on Historic Main Street in Downtown Dubuque this burger spot is a must stop. Check their Facebook page for burger specials like The Goat Burger, Fried Pickle Burger, Cheese Curd Bacon Burger, or Bacon Blue Burger. 

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Dog House Lounge

Nothing satisfies like a burger & a cold brew. Taking our number two spot in the Dog House Lounge. Known for their famous flame-grilled Carmichael Burger this stop is the perfect place for a hearty burger paired with draft beer.


Thumser's 19th Hole

Our next spot is worth the short drive. Our number three spot is right across the Mississippi in East Dubuque at Thumser's 19th Hole. Serving up ground fresh daily burgers with a recipe almost 3-decades in the making there's no burger quite like Thumser's. Don't forget to customize it with their build-a-burger style menu.

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Paul's Tavern

There's no Dubuque classic quite like a burger from Paul's! Deemed a Dubuque must-stop and local favorite it's no wonder they took our fourth spot. If you haven't heard of Paul's Tavern, it's time to get familiar. Initially opened in 1948, this one-of-a-kind bar has been cooking burgers on its Broilator countertop broiler for over 70 years, and customers keep coming back for more. While the menu is small and the seats are limited, the burgers are well worth the stop. Did we mention the big game trophies that hang on the wall? Told you it was one-of-a-kind!

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7 Hills Brewing Company

Rounding out the top half of our list is 7 Hills Brewing Company. With multiple locations in the Dubuque area, 7 Hills is a great stop for a quick bite or cold brew. Serving up specialty brisket burgers with signature craft beers, 7 Hills is a must stop next time you're in the area.

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Bread and Vine Dubuque


Serving up burgers with a size of pizzazz, it's no wonder Bread and Vine Dubuque made the list! The newest additional to Dubuque's Historic Millwork District, this flashy eatery is like nothing you've experience in Dubuque before. In addition to their signature B&V Burger they serve chef-inspired dishes and hand-crafted cocktails all paired with music and fun.


Rhody's Food & Spirits

Headed west? Well, this next burger spot is the perfect stop. Located on the west-end of Dubuque, Rhody's is known for great food and great people. Stop by and give them a try on your way out to the Field of Dreams or just on your way to explore the rest of Dubuque County. 

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Dubuque Mining Company

Coming in at our number eight spot is the Dubuque Mining Company. They've been cooking up their charburgers since April 1977 and have been keeping track this whole time! With 2,500,369 burgers and counting served you know they got it down.  

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Foodie Garage Eatery

Famous for burgers is an understatement when it comes to Foodie Garage Eatery. This retro-style restaurant serves some of the best burgers in the state…no, really! Foodie Garage Eatery was named one of the Top 10 Best Burgers in Iowa by the Iowa Beef Council 3 years running. Stop by and see what makes them one of Dubuque's favorites. 

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Devour Café

A coffee shop on a burger list? Believe it! Rounding out the end of our list is Devour Café. This hip coffee shop's special changes daily so make sure to check their social media or call ahead before heading out for a lunch burger.