Skip to Content

Famous Minnesota Recipes

Sharing is caring!

Famous Minnesota Recipes include Swedish meatballs, wild rice soup, hotdish, polish sausage, gravlax, turtle cake, and juicy lucy burgers. These popular recipes will remind you of the best part of being in Minnesota.

Check out our 50 states unit study for some fun states info!

The feature pin with four famous Minnesota foods

Don’t forget to check out this Minnesota Unit Study as well to learn more about fun state facts and history.

Minnesota is known for The Mall of America, being the headquarters for many large companies, its lakes and forests, and hockey. 

These 10 food categories include three recipes each from notable professional chefs and home chefs with the recipe testing and dish development done for you. They are all famous Minnesota recipes and all you need to do is enjoy the wonderful combinations that make these dishes uniquely Minnesota.

Swedish Meatballs 

Swedish meatballs are a delicious combination of spices like nutmeg and allspice, parsley, ground beef, and seasonings simmered in a savory and creamy sauce.  

Wild Rice Soup 

This creamy soup is filled with wild rice, root vegetables, and simmered in a rich broth that is best served with a side of crusty white bread. 


This casserole is hot and comforting and a famous Minnesota recipe. It’s filled with vegetables, ground beef, cheese, and topped with shredded cheddar cheese. It’s then baked until golden brown and bubbly.  

Polish Sausage 

Polish or kielbasa sausage is smoked and used in a variety of dishes. It’s often sliced or diced and included in skillets, bakes, or casseroles. 


 Cured salmon is a popular dish for breakfast in Minnesota. It’s simply salmon that has been left to cure in a combination of salt and sugar.  

Turkey Burger

Turkey burgers are made with ground turkey mixed with spices, herbs, breadcrumbs, and eggs. They are then made into patties, cooked, and made up with all the burger fixings.  


This dish is made by covering a pork roast in a flavorful dry rub and then baking it until it’s moist and just cooked through. It’s a famous Minnesota recipe and is often served for special occasions. 

Turtle Cake 

Turtle cake is a chocolate cake layered with caramel sauce and topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce, caramel, and pecans. It’s decadent and oh so rich!  

Cherry Pie 

Fresh cherries or canned cherries can be used to make a delicious cherry pie. This classic dish is covered with a flaky pie crust and best eaten with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. 

Juicy Lucy Burgers

This burger is special because the beef patty is formed around melty cheddar cheese and then cooked. When you bite into this savory burger, you’ll get a mouthful of cheesy goodness. 

a pin of a famous Minnesota food

More Minnesota Resources

Sharing is caring!