In Chicago, a good burger and beer equates to a good time in the summer. With many local breweries and great burger joints, this should come as no surprise. However, not all burgers are created alike. Some imitation knock-offs will use frozen burgers, while others put no time and attention into their burger creations lumping on a bit of ketchup and withered pickles. Shocking, yet true!
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However, we can help you find the top burgers in Chicago. To do this, we produced our burger hit list of places you need to check out.
7 Top Burgers in Chicago
Billy Goat Tavern– When you want to talk about traditional Chicago “cheezborgers” then this is your place. The Billy Goat is the home of the cheezborger, and the legendary home of Murphy the goat. The goat singularly known for cursing the Chicago Cubs since 1945. Go there as much for the history as the great burgers. The tavern is a tribute to Chicago’s colorful, culinary history.
Epic Burger– These burgers are just… Epic. What an apt name for this burger franchise. Even better is how they have every type of great burger imaginable. One of my personal favorites is the portabella mushroom burger. I had to double check that there was no meat inside, because it was so tasty.
H Dogs– Ok! So this might be a gourmet hot dog joint. They also create excellent gourmet burgers that are almost too big for you to wrap your hands around. Fresh ingredients, and playful combinations make this a hot place for hamburgers as well as hot dogs.
Kumas Corner– This legendary Avondale bistro burger joint has attracted a huge amount of attention in its short history. The restaurant opened in 2005, but in this time Kumas has impacted Chicagoans ideas of a burger forever. Lines as long as three hours are not unheard of to taste their burgers. In fact, celebrities like Lady Gaga will even stand in line to eat their burgers.
Burger Bar-Locally crafted beers and great burgers; what else can you ask for in a burger joint? With Burger Bar, you get the traditional pub drinks with modern twists on your favorite foods.
Au Cheval– Without including Au Cheval, this list might not be complete. This loop burger joint is more sophisticated than most. Instead of a beer and burger, maybe a burger and shot of whiskey works for you. A professional crowd, looking for a classy burger.
Portillos-Sometimes you forget that Portillos has great burgers. After all, they are the home of the amazing hot dogs, beef sandwiches, crazy good salads, and a host of other amazing delights. Not to mention a chocolate cake that is out of this world. However, if it were not for the rest of the great food at Portillos more people would be discussing their burgers. Let’s start that conversation today.
Appreciating the Burger in Chicago
Chicago has some amazing burgers from your traditional grease spots to modern, luxury burgers. The key here is to find the right one for you. Then you can feel confident you are getting the top burger in Chicago.