The city of Chicago is well known for its several varieties of pizza and its hot dogs, but residents are well aware that the city also offers some of the best burgers in the country. These days, you can find it on the menu of virtually any restaurant or bar you visit, from simple food stands to dive bars in your neighborhood.
You have the option of ordering your burger with thin and crushed patties or large and beefy patties, in addition to a wide variety of decadent toppings such as caramelized onions, thick-cut bacon, and giardiniera. On the list are several of the most well-known establishments in the city, such as Au Cheval and the Loyalist, in addition to several hidden treasures that are less well-known.
In addition, you won’t need to spend an excessive amount of money because all of the available selections are reasonably priced; for example, the price of a double cheeseburger at Redhot Ranch is less than $7. Check out our list to the most fulfilling burgers in Chicago to be ready to get your hands dirty in the most enjoyable way possible.
1. The Loyalist Original Cheeseburger at the Loyalist
The burger is what keeps us going back to this sultry and dark basement pub, even if it also serves foie gras eclairs and mussels in brandade cream. However, the atmosphere is what really draws us in. A juicy burger is placed in between two soft buns that are studded with sesame seeds, and it is then topped with melted American cheese and a jumble of pickled and charred onions.
On a first date, it’s probably not the best idea to gorge yourself on something like this, but if you want to, no one will stop you. The only thing that will prevent you from devouring this hand-held item in under a minute is if you follow it up with a side of garlicky aioli and thick-cut fries.
2. RHR Double Cheeseburger at Red Hot Ranch
This hot dog and fried shrimp restaurant is a popular destination for greasy late-night food, and their double cheeseburger is widely considered to be the greatest value in town. For about seven dollars, you can have flawlessly melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, and special sauce on griddled patties that are perfectly thin, and they come with free fries.
3. Burger at Owen & Engine
While you peruse the menu at Owen & Engine, you might give some thought to ordering the haddock fish and chips or the bangers and potatoes with cider onion sauce. Nevertheless, we both know that the reason you’re here is for the burger.
This burger is made with a rich blend of chuck, short rib, and brisket from Slagel Farm. It is topped with a nest of caramelized onions and served with malt vinegar mayo and house fries. This patty is lightyears superior to its fast food equivalents.
4. Single Cheeseburger at Au Cheval
We know, we know. Your feelings for Au Cheval swing wildly from one extreme to the other. The restaurant in West Loop is famous for both its double-decker burger, which has won multiple awards, and its long wait times.
The truth is that going to Au Cheval is a hassle, but that won’t prevent us from praising the establishment’s most famous offering. The meat here is topped with Kraft singles, Dijonnaise, and house-made pickles, regardless of whether you buy a single (which consists of two patties) or a double (which consists of three). If the wait has left you feeling particularly hungry, you can choose to add a fried egg or thick-cut bacon to your order.
5. Mott Burger at Mott Street
The enormous response to Edward Kim’s burger secured it a permanent spot on the menu, despite the fact that it had initially been conceived of as a limited-time special. The signature dish features two chuck patties, sweet potato shoestrings, and American cheese that have been melted to a stringy consistency.
Pickled jalapenos, dill pickles, miso butter onions, and hoisin aioli are some of the toppings you can choose from. When you are finished eating, the umami flavors will be clinging to your fingertips, and we won’t even bat an eye if you lick them clean. After 7 o’clock, the bar is the only place where you can get the burger, so make your plans accordingly.
6. Wolf Burger at Little Bad Wolf
If you ever find yourself in a position where you want to burn off the calories equivalent to an entire week in a single sitting, head over to Little Bad Wolf in Andersonville, grab a seat, and order the Wolf Burger with a side of mac and cheese.
This mouthwatering behemoth features three patties, hefty slices of bacon, molten American cheese, onion straws, house-made pickles, a swath of mayonnaise, and a fried egg crown on top. Because it will take you a moment or two to figure out how to get your tongue around the item, you should order a pour of bourbon to help you get everything down your throat.
7. Single Cheeseburger at The Region
The smash burger, which the Region is famous for, is reminiscent of the old-school burger establishments found in Northwest Indiana. It features a distinctive patty that is cut with lacey edges and goes well beyond the bun.
Each and every square inch of the fried beef is covered in American cheese, a house sauce made with mayonnaise, bright green relish, and raw onion. To tell you the truth, this is the only burger we’ve ever had that made us want to get in the vehicle and drive all the way to Indiana.
8. Double Cheeseburger at Community Tavern
This one is for all of you carnivores out there. The two enormous patties covered in cheese that are housed within the robust but fluffy bun take center stage and absolutely overwhelm the weight of the bun. Pickles and onions that have been caramelized put in some effort to bring a sense of freshness to each bite, but the beef easily outshines both of them. You can skip this step if you’re only interested in the toppings.
9. Who Betta” Burger at Can’t Believe It’s Not Meat
The name of this restaurant in Hyde Park makes perfect sense as you watch the meal being prepared and brought out to the dining room. The “flexitarian” menu elevates plant-based items to a prominent position, paving a scrumptious way forward for customers who are exploring the possibility of adopting a vegan or vegetarian way of life.
You could be sidetracked by the loaded Philly cheesesteak and the meatless Chicago dog, but you came here for the “Who Betta” burger. This burger features a quarter-pound Impossible patty that is served with fresh greens, tomato, pickles, grilled red onions, Epitome sauce, and cheese (vegan or dairy). This iconic burger holds its own against every other option on this list, regardless of whether or not it contains meat.