It’s not every day that we indulge in a cheeseburger. But when we do, we’re sure to do it up with one of Chicago’s best. From Restaurant Row hot spots to suburban holes-in-the-wall, here they are in all their juicy glory.
The 12 Best Burgers in Chicago
Brendan Sodikoff’s burger has been named best in the U.S. by Bon Appetit. That’s pretty impressive for a patty that gets humbly topped with Kraft American cheese. But trust us, it’s next-level, especially when you have it “au cheval” (read: with a fried egg on top).
800 W. Randolph St.; 312-929-4580 or auchevalchicago.com
Swift & Sons
Yes, you’re at a swanky West Loop steakhouse, but we dare you not to order the Fulton Burger. The 10-ounce patty is made with ground chuck, brisket and short rib and served with bacon, caramelized onion and Dijonnaise. Beats a filet any day if you ask us.
1000 W. Fulton Market; 312-733-9420 or swiftandsonschicago.com
Billy Goat Tavern
The icon. This burger launched John Belushi’s career on SNL decades ago. It’s also quite tasty with its all-natural seared patties, Kaiser bun and pickles made exclusively for Billy Goat.
Multiple locations; billygoattavern.com
This decadent variation consists of a grass-fed beef patty on a brioche bun with truffle aioli, red onion jam and (yep) a puck of foie gras butter. Yeah, sometimes we like to get dressed up and eat lavish burgers.
66 W. Kinzie St.; 312-284-4990 or rpmrestaurants.com
From the heavy metal-inspired names (Lamb of God, anyone?) to the cult following that frequently shows up in lines out the door, this burger joint is intense. But relax, with toppings like Applewood-smoked bacon and buttermilk-fried red onion, its bark is much worse than its bite…well, the bite is pretty delicious.
Multiple locations; kumascorner.com
Edzo’s Burger Shop
Breakfast burger? Yes, please. Start your day off right with a sausage patty, fried egg, bacon and maple mayo on a biscuit bun, because you never really know when your next meal is coming.
1570 N. Sherman Ave., Evanston; 847-864-3396 or edzos.com
It should come as no surprise that this spin-off of the Fulton Market nose-to-tail purveyor makes one mean burger. Five ounces of Slagel Family Farm beef gets sprinkled with porcini mushroom powder and herbes de Provence—oh, you fancy.
1576 N. Milwaukee Ave.; 773-904-1121 or publicananker.com
This burger tastes so good, you’ll forget your manners. With onion-infused mayo and American cheese, it can get a little sloppy, but you’ll be too absorbed by the combo of short rib and ground bacon to care.
175 N. Ada St.; 773-913-3774 or smythandtheloyalist.com
As much as we love a burger topped with truffle aioli and onion jam, sometimes we just need a classic. That’s when we head to this 30-plus-year-old suburban icon.
1724 S. River Rd., Des Plaines; 847-699-8590
They call it “The Burger” for good reason. A 10-ounce steak burger topped with onion marmalade, porcini dust and cheese—a more descriptive title just wouldn’t do it justice.
707 N. Wells St.; 312-600-6305 or gtprimerestaurant.com
Mindy’s Hot Chocolate
The combo of Slagel Family Farm beef, brioche bun and aged cheddar sends us straight to that happy-sleepy level of fullness. But don’t worry, we always save room for Mindy’s unbelievable desserts.
1747 N. Damen Ave.; 773-489-1747 or hotchocolatechicago.com
It’s hard to argue with 67 years of slinging burgers. All that experience (plus crinkle-cut fries and weirdly amazing shrimp cocktail) must be why this suburban hole-in-the-wall has such a devoted following.
290 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook; 847-291-0420 or charliebeinlichs.com