Already tried our famous pizza? Tackled the toppings of our signature hot dogs? Then you’re ready to move on to the best burgers in Chicago. Leaning on its long-ago roots as the hub of the meatpacking industry, Chicago is recognized for having some of the most inventive, fresh, delicious burgers in the country. We’re going between the bun to give you our top choices on which burger shops reign supreme. Oh, and we haven’t forgotten about the fries and sides either…
Lockdown Bar and Grill
Heavy metal music and hamburgers never blended so well. Lockdown boasts some of the best burger creations around with heavy rock-n-roll flooded from their speakers. Try The Bootleg which is a Korean-style burger with kimchi, a fried egg, and some bacon, or The Green Mile which comes topped with aged Irish white cheddar, bacon & Guinness sauerkraut, shaved corned beef, stoned-ground mustard aioli, served on marble rye. Their handcut fries are a no-brainer to order, and you’ll need a kindle to read their huge beer list. Check them out at 1024 N. Western Ave. Avg. burger: $12.
The Bad Apple
The Bad Apple is one popular northside spot. Mostly cause they serve some of the best burgers in the city. Feeling adventurous? Go for the Wagyu Wednesday: 45 day dry aged prime rib wagyu, this unique creation goes for $26. Their regular menu not only has the tastiest sandwiches, but also has Wisconsin style cheese curds, and you get to pick your french fry seasoning- curry, firecracker, chipotle etc. Check it out at 4300 N. Lincoln Ave. Avg burger: $10.
Avoid the long lines at the original Kuma’s and get the same bang for your buck at Kuma’s Too. This sequel restaurant is only a 15 minute walk from our front door and their burgers can easily be listed among the top 3 in all of Chicago. It may be a bit dangerous, but we recommend the Slayer- a pile of fries topped with a 10 oz. burger, chili, cherry peppers, andouille, onions, jack cheese, and anger. Also, you can substitute any beef patty for a vegetarian garden burger option. Kuma’s Too is located at 666 W Diversey Pkwy. Avg burger: $13.
Have a taste for a fancier gourmet type of hamburger indulgence? Check out Acadia for their amazing take on beef in a bun- the patty consists of chuck and brisket with wagyu scraps, and the burger is topped with a combination of bacon onion jam and housemade pickles in an outcome nothing short of culinary triumph. Dine at 1639 S Wabash. Acadia burger: $16.
Head north to Andersonville for a good classic burger in a vibrant setting at Hamburger Mary’s. You can’t go wrong with the Barbara Q Bacon Cheeseburger: applewood bacon, onion rings, signature sauce on angus beef. Also, hit up Mary’s for weekend brunch and an incredible build-your-own bloody mary bar. Great bar and burgers at 5400 N Clark St. Avg burger: $12.