We understand if you mistake smoke from a grill for a puffy cloud. It’s been a while since grills have been fired up in Wisconsin. With warmer temperatures here to stay, it’s time to celebrate National Hamburger Month with a plateful of juicy suggestions.
We start with Monk’s Bar & Grill in downtown Dells, celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. You’ll notice the grill is positioned at the front of the place. That layout allows for venting the sweet aroma of grilled onions and frying patties out to the sidewalk. This strategic advertising tactic was coined “aroma marketing” by the original owners. This is where the locals go for great burgers. There’s also a second Monk’s location at the Wilderness Resort.
B-LUX Grill & Bar has a menu of burgers with such clever names you’ll be tempted to try them all. There’s the Cheesehead topped with beer-battered cheese curds, the Frenchie with Brie cheese and Dijon mustard, and the Big Hippie Burger for those with vegetarian tastes.
The Crabby’s Cheeseburger at Crabby’s – Seafood, Steaks & Hot Rocks will actually put you in a good mood. Try the Knife & Fork burger at Ravina Bay Bar & Grill, served on a brioche bun and topped with house-made mashed potatoes and gravy. The Butter Burger at Culver’s is a Wisconsin classic – Midwest-raised beef, seared on a grill, and served on a lightly buttered, toasted bun. Yum!
If you’ll be visiting over the Memorial Day weekend and would like to grill out with your group, many hotels and campgrounds in the area give you grilling access too. It’s a nice option after a day at the outdoor waterparks, which all open that weekend.
Insider tip: Pick up a Grilling Bundle at The Meat Market. It includes ground chuck patties, brats, chicken, and pork chops, a smorgasbord of grilling goodness. This market sources meat from local farmers and cuts it fresh daily for the meat case.