Ring’s Bar

Review by: Roadfood Team

Ring’s Bar: A perfectly Broiled Burger

Wisconsin has been a land of killer burgers for over a century. Despite an abundance of great beef and cheese and a wide array of burgers that might be described as awesome- Solly’s, Pete’s, Wedl’s– none come close to the quality and hardiness of a “Ringburger”. Three words describe it: “Butter Broiled Perfection”.

Ring’s is situated in the sleepy town of Plain, Wisconsin. This small, friendly tavern sells what I believe to be the best burgers in a state of great burgers. Allen Ring – the third generation owner of this family-run bar – offers only two or three specialties and no written menu: burgers, steak sandwiches, and pizza, depending on the day. The hamburgers are the specialty of the house bar none.

What to eat at Ring’s Bar

Allen starts with dry aged beef sourced from Straka meats, a butcher right across from his bar, that sells local corn-fed beef. He also gets great thick cut house smoked bacon from Straka, thick sliced Wisconsin cheddar cheese, and an awesome bun that holds up well with the thick six or seven ounce patty.

Allen uses a classic 1936 Star Broiler to sear the heck out of these patties in much the same way as Peter Luger or other high-end steakhouses. On full heat, this little radiant broiler puts out burgers faster than you can imagine. This original broiler came out of his great-great grandfather’s bar in Chicago and has been in constant use ever since. The high heat of the broiler locks in the juices for the juiciest burger you will ever find.

He seasons these burgers simply with salt and pepper and covers them with copious amounts of Wisconsin butter. If he has the ingredients on hand, Allen will top your burger with a fried egg, bacon and broiled onion, plus your choice of pepper jack or cheddar cheese. You can get one cooked a perfect medium rare or medium well depending on your taste. The only sides offered are chips, candy and the soup of the day. Ring’s Bar offers Chili during the colder months.

Ring’s Bar is a throwback to the 1940s and 1950s with lots of old neon and custom woodwork. It is located roughly eight miles from Spring Green, Wisconsin – the home of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesen studio. It is a forty-minute drive from Madison and one that you will not regret. Nowhere else will you find greater butter burgers.

Original post by Stefan Osdene

Directions & Hours

  • Monday: 4:00 – 8:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Thursday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Friday: 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 11:00 AM – 11:30 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

What To Eat


Steak Sandwich (Special)


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One Response to “Ring’s Bar”

Dean Voeks

November 8th, 2014

We make a monthly trip to Ring’s and have never been disappointed. The burger is made from the freshest beef, broiled to perfection (Al’s not afraid to leave as much pink in the center as you desire.) This is a burger that leaves you with a sense of regret when that last bite goes down. Darn, you really want more, but the burger is so big it takes an “eater” to do another. So, when your basket is empty, you immediately begin the countdown in anticipation of your next visit.


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