Chicago restaurants serve 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. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.
© 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
2.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
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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
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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
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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
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6.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
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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
8.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
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
© 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
11.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
© 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
10 Best Burgers in Chicago
- Au Cheval, Photo: Au Cheval
- DMK Burger Bar, Photo: DMK Burger Bar
- Boeufhaus, Photo: Boeufhaus
- bopNgrill, Photo: bopNgrill
- BRGRBELLY, Photo: BRGRBELLY
- Butcher & the Burger, Photo: Butcher & the Burger
- Cindy's, Photo: Cindy's
- Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery, Photo: Forbidden Root Restaurant & Brewery
- Choppers, Photo: Choppers
- Marc Burger, Photo: Marc Burger
- Max's Take Out, Photo: Max's Take Out
- ROCKS Lakeview, Photo: ROCKS Lakeview
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