Chicago is Filled With Bustling Burger Joints, But Only These Restaurants Can Vie for Serving the Best Burgers in the City
Burgers are a staple of American cuisine. They are the perfect comfort food after a long day at work. A convenient meal when you need something to eat on the go. A customizable option that can be catered to any taste bud. Luckily, Chicago is home to a wide array of burger shops and restaurants. Whether you are in the mood for a casual eatery or an upscale dining experience, you will likely find a savory burger waiting for you on the menu. The perfect burger is hard to find, but here are the top restaurants with the highest chances of serving the best burger in Chicago.
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2954 North Sheffield Ave.
Lakeview | dmkburgerbar.com
Customers love DMK Burger Bar’s 100% grass-fed beef patties, bison, and all-natural turkey burgers on artisanal buns. DMK Burger Bar’s burgers were even named one of the 10 Best Burgers in America by Fox News, one of the 5 Best New Burger Concepts in America by Bon Appetit, and Chicago’s Most Iconic Burger by Eater.
All burgers are served on baked buns with artisan cheese. Everything from French Dip to Patty Melts are featured on the menu. Gluten-free? No worries, you can substitute your bun with lettuce. Burgers can also be switched into a turkey, bison, or veggie. Add a side salad or fries to finish off your meal.
“Love these burgers and fries and so do all my friends!! Can't go wrong with anything at DMK! The Mac and cheese was tasty too! The Milkshakes are boss! Always have some tasty beers in stock also! Never had a bad burger or fries!” - Yelp Review
1150 S Michigan Ave.
South Loop | burgerbarchicago.com
Big-flavor burgers, fried pickles, hand-spun milkshakes, and over 100 craft brews await you at Burger Bar Chicago. All burgers are served a la carte, with a choice of sides including fresh-cut fries, sweet potato fries, homemade chips, house salad, parmesan truffle fries, triple cheesy mac, and blue cheese mashed potatoes. Choose from one of the stackers, including the Smokehouse Burger or the Al Pastor, or just build your own burger.
“Fantastic burger cooked medium-rare. Generous portions. This can easily be a go-to burger place among too many options in the city.” - Yelp Review
2258 W Chicago Ave. Ukrainian Village,
West Town | fatsoslaststand.com
Fatso’s Last Stand can be considered a restaurateur’s take on your local neighborhood snack bar. Since it is open until the late hours of the night, customers can stop by Fasto’s at any time. Chow down on a chargrilled or griddle smashed Fatso Burger serves on a toasted bun. All burgers come with Fatso’s sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, and onions. They are also all cooked medium. If your stomach is really growling, we recommend the Samuel’s Double Fatso Extreme. Served with cheese, Applewood smoked bacon, and a fried egg, your stomach will feel full and satisfied for the rest of the day.
Fatso’s is also famous for its homemade mac and cheese. You can add a Fatso burger, char dog, Applewood smoked bacon, fried shrimp, or giardiniera if you are in the mood to mix things up. Chicken tenders, homemade chili, fries, and fried pickle chips are also featured on the menu. Customers also love Fatso’s Shakes. Choose from Banana, Chocolate, Mint Chip, Oreo, Reese’s Peanut Butter, Strawberry, and Vanilla flavors.
“This is everything I ever wanted out of a burger. Lots of meat, lots of cheese, sturdy bread. Nothing. Else. Required. Onion and a bit of ketchup is just icing.” - Yelp Review
1571 Sherman Ave.
Evanston, IL | edzos.com
According to Eater, Edzo’s Burger Shop serves the best burgers in Evanston. This no-frills, no BS restaurant offers everything from BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burgers to a Classic Chicago Dog. Pair a Triple Griddled Burger with one of their Famous Hand-Dipped Milkshakes. Or munch on some Cajun Fries with a Classic Chicago Dog. They have every combination you could possibly crave. Not to mention, they also offer delivery and carry-out along with their dine-in option.
“I ordered the 4-ounce patty melt and garlic fries. Before the garlic fries were even on the table, I had professed my love for them. The fries were crisp and hot; the smother of garlicky goodness only made them better. The patty melt was really good. The rye bread was fresh and the onions were grilled to perfection.” - Yelp Review
2116 W 95th
St. Beverly | facebook.com/topnotchbeverly
Still looking for the best burger in Chicago? This place might be just what you need. Since 1942, Top-Knotch has served the best fresh handcrafted traditional beef burgers in the city. The restaurant grinds its own beef and cuts its own fries to give customers a truly fresh, unique eating experience. Customers can choose from a variety of burgers, such as the Turkey Burger or the Deluxe Mexican Burger. Choose a Regular, Super, or Super King size.
“I'm always on the hunt for a good burger. I have to say it was pretty good. We were trying to go to that's a burger on 83rd and Stoney Island but as usual it was closed on a day it should've been open. I was looking for something comparable. My son suggested Too Notch and we were very pleased. - Yelp Review
1541 W Bryn Mawr Ave.
Andersonville, Edgewater | littlebadwolfchicago.com
Sit down and enjoy a beer with one of Little Bad Wolf’s famous burgers. Customers can choose from a platter of three Little Burgers, the Bad Burger, or the Wolf Burger. All burgers are served with either a side of fries or a salad. Don’t forget to order a salad or fries to go with your burger! Little Bad Wolf also houses an extensive cocktail, beer, whiskey, and wine menu.
“My main mission was the burger and it was great. I'm not a "two patty" fan, but this one was really tasty. Not in a grilled kind of way - more so in that the meat, cheese, mayo-red onion spread, and the bun all came together and had great flavor. Fries were pretty good as well.” - Yelp Review
2900 W Belmont Ave.
Avondale | kumascorner.com
The original Kuma’s Corner, located in Chicago, offers the finest burgers in the city. Try the Black Sabbath burger, filled with chili, pepper jack, red onion, and blackening spice. Or the Goatsnake, which is stacked with herb goat cheese, poblano sweet corn relish, Cholula lemon vinaigrette, and buttermilk breaded deep-fried red onions.
Kuma’s Corner is also known for supporting the heavy metal music community in Chicago. Russian Circles, Ledge, The Swang King, and Bloodiest are just a few heavy bands the restaurant supports.
“Every single meal I have ever eaten here has knocked it out of the park. My favorite burger is the Sourvein, hands down. The Mac and cheese is customizable and a great split for a whole table. ” - Yelp Review
1401 N Ashland Ave.
Wicker Park, West Town | mottstreetchicago.com
As an Asian American restaurant, Mott serves more than just burgers. It also offers delicious Asian-inspired dishes such as Crispy Tofu, Crab Roe Fried Rice, and Boat Noodles. But if you are here for just the burger, don’t worry. You won’t be disappointed. The famous Mott Burger is stacked with double chuck patties, sweet potato shoestrings, hoisin aioli, pickled jalapenos, dill pickles, miso butter, and American cheese -- making this one of the best, and unique burgers you could ever have.
“The Mott burger is damn good...and the mango sticky rice is exciting and untraditional. Get both and settle in. Your life on Mott Street is about to unfold.” - Yelp Review
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