Best of the Red River Valley 2016

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Written by: Tracy Briggs of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on October 29th, 2016

What is your reaction to your follow-up win?
“We try to put out the best burgers and beer everyday and we’re just glad people seem to appreciate what we do,” said Brandon Nilson, general manager of JL Beers in downtown Fargo.
What makes your burgers different?
“We use the best possible ingredients because we know that’s how you get the best products,” Nilson said. “There isn’t a bad burger on the menu.”
What’s your favorite burger?
“I’d have to say the Humpty Dumpty burger. It’s just a burger with a fried egg and American cheese on it. That’s it. But it’s really good,” he said.
What makes your fries different?
“They’re ours,” Nilson said. “We don’t pre-cut our fries and chips. We cut them after you order them. You can’t get more fresh than that!”
What would you say to someone who has never been to JL Beers?
“We’re in our seventh year in Fargo-Moorhead,” Nilson said. “I’d invite them to come out and try it.”

Fargo Monthly’s Flavor Awards 2016

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Best Burger – Humpty Dumpty®

As the winner of many burger awards, including some of our own, the Humpty Dumpty burger has been a staple menu item at JL Beers since day one. With just a fried egg and American cheese amidst a perfect bun and patty, this burger proves that less can really be more when it comes to great flavor. You can also add bacon or substitute the beef for a black bean, wild rice and quinoa patty as your heart desires.

HPR’s Best of the Best 2016

June 5th, 2016

JL Beers Awarded – Best Burger & Best Craft Beer Selection!

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The Best Bar in Every State

Written by: Talia Avakian of Business Insider on March 4th, 2016

America is home to some incredible drinking spots. We teamed up with Foursquare, the city-guide app for discovering new places, to put together a list of the top-rated bars in each state and Washington, DC, based on user ratings on the app. The list ranges from upscale cocktail bars to wine joints to craft beer bars.

JL Beers is famous for its outstanding beer and burger selection. It has imported bottles from around the globe, mixed brew selections, and “beertails” like the Oatmeal Cookie — an oatmeal stout mixed with a splash of Lindemans Framboise (Raspberry) Lambic.

Best of the Red River Valley 2015

Best Burger & Best Fries

Written by: John Lamb of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on October 31st, 2015

What’s the appeal of the JL burgers?
“Honestly, it’s the simplicity. We don’t over¬complicate it. It’s straight¬forward. Because we keep our menu simple, we keep our products fresh,” says Lane Johnson, assistant manager at the downtown Fargo location.
What about the fries?
“It’s a fun thing to watch, people trying to see how that works. They see that pressurized fry¬cutter and every time they hear that noise they look over and say, ‘Oh cool. That’s how they do it.’ It’s kind of entertaining to them. It gives them a show. They can see everything that’s being made for them. There’s no curtain.”
How many potatoes do you go through in a day?
“It depends on the day, but we can go through 250 pounds.”

HPR’s Best Bets 2015

May 28th, 2015

JL Beers Awarded – Best Burger, Best Craft Beer Selection, and Best Lunch!

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MSN Food & Drink – February 2015

We conducted painstaking journalistic research to figure out the very best burger in every state, from mom-and-pop joints to celebrity-chef restaurants and everything in between.

For less than five bucks, you can get JL Beers’ delicious Humpty Dumpty, which comes with cheese and a fried egg on a soft bun. This regional chain, which originated in North Dakota, recently won best burger by High Plains Reader and other publications.

JL Beers’ Staff Donates Portion of Tips to Charity

Written by: The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on January 23rd, 2015

The staff at JL Beers, 4240 32nd Ave. S., Fargo, raised more than $1,500 by saving nickels, dimes and pennies from their tips throughout 2014.
The employees donated $1,000 to the Sanford Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Fargo in $25 increments of Target gift cards. The cards will be distributed to families that are in the NICU.
The employees donated the remaining $500 to 4 Luv of Dogs, a local dog rescue group.

2014 Best of the Red River Valley

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Written by: Dave Olson of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on November 22nd, 2014

Locations: 518 1st Ave. N., Fargo, (701) 492-3377; 4240 32nd Ave. S. Fargo, (701) 356-4240; 2902 Highway 10 E., Moorhead, (218) 422-4400; 810 13th Ave. E., West Fargo, (701) 373-8484

Reaction to winning: “We’re excited to be recognized again. We’ve won those same awards the last couple of years, and it really means a lot to us for our customers to vote and show their appreciation continually in those categories,” said Lance Thorson, co-founder of JL Beers.

Secret to your success: “I think just having a love for what we do and having a true passion for craft beer. As far as the food portion of it, we don’t have a huge menu, so items we do have – hamburgers, fresh-cut fries and chips – we try to do the best we can to maintain a quality and a value people enjoy.”

Something people don’t know about your business: “We are continuing to expand. We have a franchise in Minot that will be opening in February, and we’re looking at another location in Sioux Falls, S.D.”

Fargo’s 10 Best Restaurants: From Local Eats to Fine Dining

Written by: Chloe Hay of The Culture Trip on September 15th, 2014.

As North Dakota’s largest city, Fargo is recognized as the cultural centre of the state. Home to a plethora of exquisite restaurants specializing in everything from seafood to pizzas, and steaks to sushi; Fargo has a restaurant to suit every fancy. With so many to choose from and new ones opening every day, we have updated our previous city restaurant guide to include some new eateries worthy of praise.

JL Beers
Living by the mottos ‘red meat is good for you and potatoes are vegetables’, and ‘the problem with the world is that everyone else is a few beers behind’, JL Beers specializes in homemade freshly ground beef burgers served on signature buns with a side of crispy fries. Diners can choose from an array of tasty toppings to add to their burger including grilled onions, jalapenos and slaw. As the name would suggest, JL Beers also has a huge array of beers to choose from including those on tap, imported bottles, domestic cans, mixed brews and beertails.

Best Burgers in Fargo

Written by: Andrew Jason of Fargo Monthly on June 12th, 2014.
Photography by: J. Alan Paul Photography

Fargo Monthly - Best Burger 2014Of all the food groups, burgers might be our favorite. What other food says summer like a juicy, thick and succulent burger topped with unique toppings. We took a poll to find out your favorite burger in town. Welcome to Fargo Monthly’s first annual best burger competition.

Humpty Dumpty from JL Beers

Shocking, right? Was there even a debate about what the best burger in town was? The Humpty Dumpty burger is the consensus favorite in Fargo, and for good reason. Not only has JL Beers become a staple burger spot in Fargo, their beef is always memorable and they are always rolling in new beer on tap. Any burger on the JL menu is a winner, but there’s only one that can make you second guess your decision to order anything else. The simplicity of the ingredients makes the Humpty Dumpty burger extremely appealing for any hungry Fargoan. The flexibility that comes with a quarter pound burger patty, one egg and cheese is endless. Bacon is a popular choice among patrons looking to spice up their Humpty Dumpty experience. Add a shot of Sriracha if you dare to walk the line of deliciousness and mediocrity. Ultimately, like any great burger, it comes down to the burger patty. The quarter pound greatness that comes off the JL grill is juicy and enticing enough to have anyone salivating.

The Chive – Best Burgers in Every State

May 22nd, 2014

It’s National Hamburger Month for those of you who didn’t know. I’ll be the first to admit that I’m sure there will be much controversy over the burgers which were crowned the “Best” in the state. However, I think that makes for the perfect opportunity for you guys to voice your opinions as to what you think the best burger is in your own state.

This list was created based on accolades, reviews, and taste tests according to the good people over at Businessinsider.

NORTH DAKOTA: For less than five bucks, you can get JL Beers’ delicious Humpty Dumpty, which comes with cheese and a fried egg on a soft bun. This regional chain, which originated in North Dakota, recently won best burger by High Plains Reader and other publications. 

HPR’s Best Bets 2014

May 1st, 2014

JL Beers Awarded – Best Burger, Best Craft Beer Selection, and Best Lunch!

JL Beers went home from HPR’s awards event with a triple win, so it must be doing something right. Clearly the extremely fresh and tasty burger selection, fresh-cut fries and variety of dipping sauces have something to do with it.

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2013 Best of the Red River Valley

Best Burger, Best Fries, and Best Beer Selection

Written by: Wendy Reuer of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on November 16th, 2013

Locations: 518 1st Ave. N., Fargo, (701) 492-3377; 2902 Highway 10 E., Moorhead, (218) 422-4400; 810 13th Ave. E., West Fargo, (701) 373-8484; 4240 32nd Ave. S., Fargo (701) 356-4240

Reaction to winning: “It’s always exciting to be recognized and honored as the local fans’ favorite in the community,” said Lance Thorson, part-owner of JL Beers. “We greatly appreciate that.”

Secret to your success: “We just love what we do and we’re passionate about craft beer, our burgers and our products,” Thorson said.

Something people don’t know about your business: JL Beers places a priority on using locally produced products as a way to give back. “Our potato products are all North Dakota potatoes, so they’re all grown locally,” he said.

JL Beers Says: ‘Tap That App’

Written by: Angie Wieck of The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead on December 7th, 2012

Photography by: David Samson

JL Beers is encouraging their customers to “Tap that App!”

The bar and restaurant has launched a free mobile app to help customers keep up with JL Beers’ ever-changing selection of tap beers, read, write and share beer reviews, and keep a diary of personal consumption and tasting notes.

Co-owner Lance Thorson came up with the idea based on existing beer review websites. He wanted to create a site that concentrated on the beers they serve locally.

Because JL Beers brings in several beers every week, it doesn’t print new menus each time a new product is introduced.

“This (the app) is the quickest and most informative way for us to get what we have on tap into the hands of our customers,” Thorson said.

MacDalton Berns and the team at Absolute Marketing in Moorhead made Thorson’s vision a reality.

They designed an app that also allows customers to search beer offerings by state or country of origin, by style of beer and by customer ratings.

Berns said the original app was quietly debuted months ago. After making a few enhancements based on customer feedback, a second version was recently launched. The app has now been downloaded more than 1,000 times.

The app is an extension of JL Beers’ social media strategy, Thorson said.

When customers post a comment through the app, they will be able to post that information to their Facebook page. Friends who see the post may continue a conversation about the beverage through Facebook.

“It kind of creates a beer culture and camaraderie,” Thorson said. “It’s just kind of a fun thing for our guests to experience and share with one another.”

To download the app, visit or search for JL Beers in Google Play or the Apple app store.

JL Beers has locations in Fargo, West Fargo, Moorhead, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Sioux Falls, S.D.