25 Best Burgers in Chicago

Chicago might be renowned for being a hot dog town or the land of the deep-dish pizza, but the city can certainly hold its own when it comes to burgers. Serving up all kinds of burgers ranging from good old rack 'em and stack 'em bacon cheeseburgers to new age, deconstructed dishes served with hand cut French fries, melty cheese, and thick, creamy milkshakes. From lauded burger chains that can be found countrywide to unique contemporary joints that promise a dining experience like no other, here are a list of Chicago's best burger joints, diners, and other spots where you can find the city's best burgers. Photo: funkyfrogstock/Fotolia


»Au Cheval

Au Cheval


Au Cheval is an upscale diner-style eatery with an open kitchen and a passion for eggs! Located in Chicago's West Loop with a classic American diner interior, including large booths with leather seating, dim lighting, a long bar, and a bustling galley kitchen.

Open Monday through Sunday for brunch, lunch, and dinner, Au Cheval has a brunch menu featuring some classic breakfast options like granola and omelets as well as scrambled eggs with Foie gras and potato hash with duck heart gravy, but it's the burgers and sandwiches people queue up for. Single cheeseburgers feature two five-ounce patties, while the double has three patties. Signature sandwiches include the toasted ham and cheese fondue with fried egg and the fried house-made bologna sandwich.

800 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, Phone: 312-929-4580 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Au Cheval

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»25 Degrees Chicago

25 Degrees Chicago


Named after the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger, 25 Degrees is a restaurant that boasts a sophisticated twist on the traditional burger bar.

Boasting burger restaurants in several locations around the world, including Los Angeles and Bangkok, this stylish eatery offers an unrivaled experience complete with sophisticated décor, friendly staff, great tunes, and of course, high-quality hamburgers and fries. Handmade burgers are created with locally sourced, hand-reared beef, a variety of delicious toppings, and crisp salads along with golden, hand cut fries and freshly baked buns.

736 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-943-9700 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: 25 Degrees Chicago

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»3 Greens Market

3 Greens Market


3 Greens Market is a hip and trendy hangout that offers an array of gourmet burgers, along with a hot and cold salad bar and a casual coffee lounge with a table tennis table. Open Monday through Friday for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, this casual restaurant and coffee shop offers a sit-down menu of delicious fare, as well as a grab-and-go marketplace and bar, both of which feature a diverse assortment of food and beverage choices under one roof.

The menu includes hearty burgers and cheeseburgers, other entrées such as mac and cheese, baked tandoori chicken, and Thai tofu curry, as well as freshly prepared salads.

354 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60654, Phone: 312-888-9195 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: 3 Greens Market

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»Kuma's Too

Kuma's Too

Opened in 2013 in Chicago's Lincoln Park as a sister eatery to Kuma's Corner, Kuma's Too is an all-American corner bar that serves classic American bistro fare, which includes appetizers, salads, hearty burgers, and sides.

Kuma's Too boasts a contemporary and stylish interior with comfortable décor in warm hues and friendly, inviting service. Kuma's Too also features a full bar with an exclusive selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic libations, small label whiskeys, and craft beers.

666 W Diversey Pkwy, Chicago, IL 60657, Phone: 773-472-2666 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Kuma's Too

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»Boeufhaus

Boeufhaus


Boeufhaus is a French-German inspired brasserie that combines old world culinary techniques with contemporary style to produce a unique dining experience. Located in West Town, Boeufhaus is open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner and serves a continental menu of farm-to-table fare which includes enticing starters and appetizers such as short rib beignets and Burgundy snails.

Mouth-watering entrées include filet mignon and duck breast, as well as an eight ounce hangar steak burger and fat fries. A selective drinks menu of fine wines, spirits, and craft beer accompanies the cuisine.

1012 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, Phone: 773-661-2116 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Boeufhaus

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»bopNgrill

bopNgrill


bopNgrill is a casual Korean-American mash-up that serves all-American classics with a Korean spin. Located in Rogers Park, this casual counter-serve eatery offers a creative menu of innovative concoctions, ranging from standard Asian rice plates such as fire chicken, tofu, and kimchi and marinated barbecue rib eye steak to inspired burgers.

Signature burgers include the umami burger topped with truffled mushrooms, sundried tomato confit, bacon, and smoked cheese and the kimchi burger, which is topped with fried egg, bacon, caramelized kimchi, and togarashi mayo. A variety of sides are available like kimchi fries and Philly bulgogi eggrolls, along with soft drinks.

6604 N Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL 60626, Phone: 773-654-3224 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: bopNgrill

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»BRGRBELLY

BRGRBELLY


BRGRBELLY is a rock 'n' roll themed diner that serves top quality beef burgers and smoked pork belly along with hand cut French fries, decadent sandwiches, and homemade sauces. Burgers are made fresh on a daily basis with a special blend of meat that is ground for tenderness and served on freshly baked buns straight out of BRGRBELLY's very own ovens.

Signature burgers include the Easy Rider stacked with smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, homemade sriracha pickles, and bourbon barbecue sauce and the Midnight Special, which comes with Pico de gallo and chili cheese Fritos with chipotle cream sauce. Several kinds of drinks are also served, including sodas, beers, and wine.

5739 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60634, Phone: 773-283-7880 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: BRGRBELLY

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»Burger Bar Chicago

Burger Bar Chicago


Offering two locations in the city (Lincoln and South Loop) where you can get mouth-watering burgers and fries, Burger Bar Chicago has an impressive following. Specializing in gourmet burgers with a twist and offering a particular choice of fries, Burger Bar Chicago ranks as one of the top spots to grab a bite in Chicago.

Open Monday through Sunday for lunch and dinner, burgers are served with a choice of fries, including potato fries, sweet potato fries, truffle fries, or homemade chips, as well as fresh salad and sweet potato tots. Signature burgers include the Wild Boar Stacker, which is packed with a wild boar patty, cheddar cheese, chicharrones, and barbecue apple chutney, and the Firehouse, which has a hot chipotle spiced burger, pepper jack, guajillo aioli, and charred jalapeño-scallion-chorizo relish – it is not for the faint-hearted!

1578 N. Clybourn, Chicago, IL 60642, Phone: 312-255-0055 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Burger Bar Chicago

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»Butcher & the Burger

Butcher & the Burger


Established by Allen Sternweiler and Josh Woodward, Butcher & the Burger is one of the city's most fashionable and trendy new burger joints. The upscale restaurant offers a retro counter-service with BYOB and a butcher shop and serves customizable burgers as well as delicious breakfasts.

Handcrafted burgers include the La Pryor Farm Pork burger, which features a split-top egg butter bun rubbed with Grandma's onion soup spice rub, and the Grass Fed Prime Beef Burger with locally reared beef patties and topped bacon, blue cheese, griddled onions, and pickle chips. There is also a vegan option of a nutty and satisfying lentil patty and a variety of beverages to accompany the burgers and their golden hand-cut fries.

1021 W Armitage Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-697-3735 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Butcher & the Burger

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»Cindy's

Cindy's


Situated on the rooftop of The Chicago Athletic Association Hotel with breathtaking panoramic views of Millennium Park, the Art Institute, and Lake Michigan beyond, Cindy's is a hip and stylish rooftop bar-cum-eatery that serves classic continental cuisine, cocktails, and apothecaries.

Boasting a beautiful open-air terrace, the restaurant is open for lunch, dinner, cocktails and weekend brunch and is ideal for a meal with a view. The creative menu features fresh seafood, a variety of meat dishes ranging from steaks and chops to burgers, crisp salads, and decadent desserts. Cindy's also has an extensive bar menu of handcrafted cocktails, spirits, elixirs, and other fine tipple to accompany the incredible food and views.

12 Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60603, Phone: 312-792-3502 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Cindy's

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»DMK Burger Bar

DMK Burger Bar


DMK Burger Bar is all about the creative toppings that make the hand-smashed burger patties sing. Using lean grass-fed beef for their beef patties, DMK “smashes” their meat as opposed to grinding it, making beautifully tender patties with an array of unusual combinations of toppings such as roasted hatch green chili, smoked bacon, Sonoma Jack cheese, and a fried egg, or cheddar, scallion, blue cheese, and bacon.

Burgers are served with thick, hand-cut potato fries with or without truffle cream and deliciously creamy milkshakes made with real ice cream. Don't leave without trying the Petersen ice cream sandwiched between two Cookie Bar cookies, which is unforgettable.

2954 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657, Phone: 773-360-8686 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: DMK Burger Bar

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»Edzo's Burger Shop

Edzo's Burger Shop


Owned by Eddie Lakin, Edzo's Burger Shop is a celebrated quick-serve chain located on Sherman Avenue in Evanston that is popular for its inventive take on burgers, French fries, and milkshakes.

The menu features gourmet burgers with locally-raised and/or grass-fed beef, which is hand-ground for extra quality, and truffle fries that are hand-cut, twice-cooked, and come from Idaho russet potato fries deep fried in truffle oil instead of sunflower oil. You can also try thick milkshakes in a variety of flavors, including Nutella. Burgers are served on freshly baked buns with crisp salad and a variety of toppings ranging from cheese, bacon, avocado and more.

1571 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, IL 60201, Phone: 847-864-3396 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Edzo's Burger Shop

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»Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery


Forbidden Root is Chicago's first brewery dedicated to crafting excellent botanic beers using all natural ingredients. Along with its popular range of botanic beers, the brewpub also offers a seasonal all-day menu of traditional tavern-style fare with a modern twist, including gourmet burgers with eight-ounce beef patties and delicious toppings, crispy golden fries, various entrées, sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and bar snacks.

The salty beef burger is tucked into a brioche bun and topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, a barbecue pickle, and Giardiniere mayo, and it is best washed down with one of Forbidden Root's award-winning botanic beers.

1746 W Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, Phone: 312-929-2202 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery

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»Grange Hall Burger Bar

Grange Hall Burger Bar


Grange Hall Burger Bar serves farm-to-table burgers with heavenly toppings, handcrafted cocktails, and sweet desserts in a rustic farmhouse setting. This delightful farm-to-table burger and breakfast nook is dedicated to serving only locally sourced, wholesome grass-fed beef, free-range turkey, and local farm fruits and vegetables.

Open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner and breakfast on the weekends, Grange Hall Burger Bar offers a creative menu that includes 100% grass-fed beef patties on griddled brioche buns with tempting toppings, including Applewood bacon, Muenster, caramelized onions, arugula, horseradish aioli, onion, fennel, and cranberry ketchup. Burgers are paired with a variety of craft beers such as Bonfire Brown Ale, Straight-Up Hefe-Weizen, and Rowdy Root Beer.

844 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60607, Phone: 312-491-0844 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Grange Hall Burger Bar

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»Lockdown Bar & Grill

Lockdown Bar & Grill


Nestled on the corner of Western and Cortez in Chicago's Ukrainian Village, Lockdown Bar and Grill is a famous Chicago oddity. This unusual prison-themed bar and grill is the city's premier virtual concert hall and features a taproom that serves handcrafted beers and big screens showing music.

The Lockdown Bar is dedicated to giving their patrons the chance to experience the awe-inducing glory of rock along with gourmet burgers and craft brews. The menu features eighteen innovative burgers with Angus beef, turkey, chicken, or vegetarian patties, French fries or sweet potato fries, crispy salad, and an array of toppings such as bacon, cheddar, jalapenos, chorizo, fried eggs, and more. A nearly infinite beer list accompanies the delicious fare and rock 'n roll music.

1024 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, Phone: 773-451-5625 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Lockdown Bar & Grill

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»The Blanchard

The Blanchard

Serving refined French brasserie-inspired cuisine in a comfortably elegant atmosphere in Lincoln Park, the Blanchard is the upscale choice for mouth-watering cuisine in a sophisticated environment.

The Blanchard offers a straightforward menu with interesting appetizers such as cured-and-poached torchon with cherry and blueberry preserves and piquant entrées such as steak frites, Cod Provençal, and an unforgettable Foie gras dish. On the burger front, the Blanchard Burger features 100% wagyu beef with bacon, Butterkase cheese, shallot confit, garlic aioli, and French fries.

1935 N Lincoln Park W, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 872-829-3971 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: The Blanchard

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»Blue Frog's Local 22

Blue Frog's Local 22

Blue Frog's Local 22 is a vibrant bar with an outdoor patio and large screen HDTVs and a casual, tavern-style menu of pub grub. Open Monday through Sunday from lunch until late, the restaurant has a menu with hearty fare such as mac and cheese, pork sliders, quesadillas, and flatbreads as well as well-stacked burgers served with golden French fries and other sides.

Signature burgers include the Praise Cheesus with a signature blend of meat stuffed with cheese curds, smokey bacon, mozzarella and a sticky seven-cheese beer brat sauce to top it off, while the Southside Irish, which calls to mind home with Irish porter cheddar, corned beef, and homemade bacon-fennel kraut. Enjoy live karaoke on Tuesday through Saturday nights.

22 E Hubbard Street, Chicago, IL 60611, Phone: 312-527-1200 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Blue Frog's Local 22

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»Choppers

Choppers

Choppers is a classic family-friendly burger spot that serves scrumptious all-American-style burgers, specialty sandwiches, meatballs, fresh salads, and an array of sides, along with thick and creamy milkshakes. The fast food spot features retro-inspired décor with indoor-outdoor seats and boasts a comfortable ambiance. It is open Monday through Sunday with an all-day menu.

Choppers burgers are served on a toasted bakery bun with a selection of toppings and trimmings, including tomato, onion, pickles, lettuce, ketchup, and mayo, and extras such as bacon and cheese can be added for an additional cost. Specialty sandwiches include an All-Beef Steak Hoagie, a Char-Broiled Chicken Breast Sandwich, and a Boneless BBQ Rib Sandwich, all served with French fries and coleslaw.

1659 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60622, Phone: 773-227-7800 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Choppers

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»Grill Inn?

Grill Inn?

The Grill Inn is a casual restaurant in Morse Avenue that specializes in burgers and grilled meat sandwiches served in a casual, relaxed setting with sidewalk seating. Grill Inn burger patties are made from 100% USDA choice beef and seasoned to perfection. They are topped with a variety of toppings and trimmings and crispy salad, and they are served on fresh buns.

The signature Morse burger is a one-pound, triple-stacked monster topped with bacon, cheddar, and grilled onions, which can be served with Blazz Inn fries smothered with buffalo and ranch sauce and extra cheese for diners with “monster” appetites. Non-burger-lovers can tuck into freshly prepared salads, and there is a choice of other entrées that include Chicken Kabob, Gyros Plate, and oven roasted potatoes.

1422 W Morse Ave, Chicago, IL 60626, Phone: 773-465-8080 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Grill Inn?

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»Marc Burger

Marc Burger


Based on the 7th floor at Macy's on North State Street, Marcus Samuelsson's Marc Burger is a casual counter-serve café that features gourmet burgers and golden fries, along with specialty sandwiches, sides, thick shakes, and sweet desserts.

Burgers include cheese, turkey, and pesto burgers, as well as signature burgers like the Buffalo Burger, which is rubbed with mild chili and topped with spicy salsa. The Verde Kobe Sliders comes with two U.S. Kobe beef burgers topped with creamy truffle aioli. Put the finishing touch on a traditional all-American meal with thick milkshakes, root beer floats, ice cream cups, and fountain sodas.

Macy's, 111 N State Street, Chicago, IL 60602, Phone: 312-781-2955 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Marc Burger

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»Max's Take Out

Max's Take Out

Established in 1984, Max's Take Out has been serving renowned made-to-order hot dogs, juicy burgers and sausages, Italian beef, gyros, and the like for 55 years. The oldest location in the Loop, Max's has a menu with a variety of char hot dogs made from Vienna beef, including the heart-stopping chili cheese dog and the classic Maxwell Street Style Polish with mustard and grilled onions.

The Gyro Burger is filled with sliced meat off the spinning grill and topped with cheese, lettuce, and tzatziki. Other tempting delights include cheese fries and stuffed tamales. Max's serves a range non-alcoholic beverages and sodas.

20 East Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60603, Phone: 312-553-0170 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Max's Take Out

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»Parts & Labor

Parts & Labor


Parts and Labor brings a taste of a Southside legacy to the area. It is located in Logan Square with a menu of classic griddle burgers, specialty sandwiches, freshly made salads, choice sides, and decadent desserts. Owned and operated by Russ Grant, of Boiler Room and East Room fame, Parts and Labor boasts an industrial-style interior with creative décor and a relaxing ambiance.

The classic menu is accompanied by a soda program, an extensive list of beers that range from cult favorites to craft brews, and a carefully curated spirit selection, including vodka, whiskey, and bourbon.

2700 N Milwaukee, Chicago, Phone: 773-360-7840 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Parts & Labor

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»Rockit Burger Bar

Rockit Burger Bar


Located across from historic Wrigley Field, Rockit Burger Bar is a rustic-industrial eatery and bar with a traditional pub-style menu of beef, turkey, and bean burgers and house-made flatbread pizzas, along with an extensive selection of craft beer and other beverages.

Home to the popular Mac & Cheese Attack Burger, Rockit Burger Bar hosts nightly events or specials, including Hoo Ha Comedy Night on Tuesdays and Trivia on Thursday nights. Saturday nights feature #BurgerLab nights where diners can create their own gourmet burger creations with a selection of gourmet buns, exotic meats, delicious toppings, and fresh sauces. Rockit Burger Bar also serves weekend brunch, which includes Bloody Marys and Mojitos.

3700 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60613, Phone: 773-645-4400 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: Rockit Burger Bar

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»ROCKS Lakeview

ROCKS Lakeview


If you love burgers, then ROCKS is your kind of place. This friendly, inviting local bar has a simple pub-style menu along with an extensive selection of craft beers and brews, whiskeys, and bourbons. ROCKS boasts comfortable indoor and outdoor seating along with large televisions and serves a menu of eleven creative and innovative burgers, specialty sandwiches, salads, entrées, and desserts.

Signature burgers include a choice of side, cup of chili, or soup of the day, and beef patties can be substituted for chicken or vegetarian patties at no extra charge. ROCKS also serves a special kid's menu with smaller portions and a laid-back weekend brunch, and they offer takeaway service.

3463 N Broadway St, Chicago, IL 60657, Phone: 773-472-0493 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: ROCKS Lakeview

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»The Squared Circle

The Squared Circle


Owned By Former WWE and TNA Wrestler Lisa Marie Varon, the Squared Circle is a unique bar serving classic tavern-style fare and craft beers in a casual, wrestling-themed setting. Named after the ring in which wrestlers fight each other, the bar features a menu of starters of pizza wontons, five cheese mac and cheese, parmesan truffle fries, and Jonny corn.

Main dishes include stuffed burgers and sandwiches served with a choice of pretzel, brioche, potato, or waffle bun and a variety of sides, including French fries, garlic mashed potatoes, or Jonny corn. You will also find a selection of freshly prepared salads. Diners can also design their own pizzas and calzones and top it all off with a thick and creamy milkshake or mouthwatering dessert.

2418 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60614, Phone: 773-904-8170 25 Best Burgers in Chicago - Photo: The Squared Circle

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