Where to Find the Best Burgers in Chicago

Chicago may be known for its hot dogs and deep dish pizza, but locals know that burgers are also the unsung food heroes of the city. You can get them grilled, charbroiled, wood-fired, smashed, griddled, and yes – even deep fried. In honor of National Burger Month, we’ve rounded up the places with the biggest, best and juiciest burgers to treat yo’ selves.


NOTE: Due to COVID-19 concerns, the following restaurants may have limited hours following the Illinois’ stay-at-home order. Please see each restaurant’s website for more information.


Single Cheeseburger at Au Cheval



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Au Cheval Diner (@auchevaldiner) on May 6, 2020 at 2:30pm PDT


Where: Chicago (West Loop)


Takeout options: Order pickup Toast or delivery via Caviar


You’ve likely passed this eatery on the corner of Randolph and Halsted, and wondered if, judging by the line, they are giving away food. Nope, just another average day for Au Cheval, which serves about 500 single and double-patty burgers a day. Named the best burger in America by Bon Appetite, these burgers are all about the way they are dressed: dijonnaise, house-made pickles and optional thick-cut peppered bacon, fried egg or three-ounce slab of foie gras.


The Famous Kuma at The Original Kuma’s Corner



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Jon Robertson (@jonjrobertson) on Jun 12, 2017 at 4:11pm PDT


Where: Chicago (Avondale & West Loop), Schaumburg and Vernon Hills


Takeout options: Order through the app at Chicago locations


It started as a small hole-in-the-wall burger joint with a cult following in Chicago’s Avondale neighborhood. Now that others have gotten wind of it, Kuma’s has spread throughout the city and to the suburbs with three additional locations. With more than 15 gourmet burgers with names like Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, it’s hard to choose just one. But simplicity shines in “The Famous Kuma,” topped with Applewood smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion and a farm fresh fried egg.


8oz Char Burger at Edzo’s Burger Shop



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Edzo’s Burger Shop (@edzosburgershop) on Mar 28, 2020 at 9:03am PDT


Where: Evanston


Takeout options: Order through their website


Made from chuck that is ground in-house every morning and cooked to your choice of doneness over a live fire, the 8oz char burger from Enzo’s packs the perfect punch. Regulars say the best way to order it is “with everything” — ketchup, mustard, pickle, onion, lettuce & tomato. Add ons include cheese (cheddar, American, Swiss, blue, pepper jack), jalapeños, giardiniera, garlic butter, bacon, sautéed mushrooms and a fried egg. Save room for parmesan and truffle salt fries and one of Enzo’s famous $5 milkshakes.


OIB Burger at Old Irving Brewery



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Chicago Burger Battle (@chicagoburgerbattle) on Feb 26, 2020 at 4:59pm PST


Where: Chicago (Old Irving Park)


Takeout options: Order via Upserve or call 773-916-6421


Also known as the “killer burger,” the OIB, made from a combination of chuck and brisket, is cooked to juicy perfection on a wood fire grill to enhance the smoky flavor. It’s topped with wood fire grilled onions, aged white cheddar, thick-cut wood fired bacon and beer vinegar aioli. Our favorite part? It’s sandwiched in a house made rosemary bun. Old Irving Brewery is also a great place to take kids, as the atmosphere is noisy and there are tons of board games available that can be played at the table.


The Black Hawk at VPT Grill



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Ariana, Leah, & Alyssa (@curethecrave) on Sep 8, 2017 at 9:52am PDT


Where: Chicago (West Ridge)


Takeout options: Call 773-274-7999 for delivery


The Black Hawk Burger was born in 2013 when the Blackhawks were in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The season was not just a win for the team, but also for VPT owner Ivan Resendiz, whose deep-fried burger became famous. Stuffed with American cheese, a secret spice blend and jalapeños, the burger is battered in a homemade beer batter before being dunked into the deep fryer. The patty is topped with avocado aioli, pickles and a bun stamped with the signature VPT logo.


5754 N. Western Ave., Chicago


Super Ooey Gooey Burger at Fatso’s Last Stand



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Fatso’s Last Stand (@fatsoslaststand) on May 27, 2017 at 10:42am PDT


Where: Chicago (Ukrainian Village & Lincoln Park)


Takeout options: Order curbside pickup and delivery via GrubHub


Open until 4 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, the Super Ooey Gooey Burger at Fatso’s Last Stand is arguably the best late night eat in the city. The Ukrainian Village outpost takes this burger seriously. Consisting of two smash patties stuffed with cheddar, bacon and giardiniera, it’s finished with lettuce, tomato, onion and Fatso sauce – a thousand island, mayo mixture that’s to-die-for. Insider tip: order a side of cheese spread and dump it on top of the burger.


Elvis’s Last Supper at The Bad Apple



View this post on Instagram


A post shared by Huge Galdones (@hugegaldones) on Sep 20, 2014 at 4:21pm PDT


Where: Chicago (North Center)


Takeout options: Order curbside pickup and delivery via DoorDash, UberEats or call 773-360-8406


Boasting the most unlikely topping for a burger, Elvis’s Last Supper at the Bad Apple features peanut butter. That’s right, a burger with peanut butter. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Featuring house-made peanut butter and thick-cut bacon, this combination is surprisingly delicious and hearty. A close second to this burger is the Even Cowgirls Get the Blues Burger, packed to the brim with malt vinegar and onion jam, bacon, arugula and triple crème blue cheese.



Follow Chicago Parent on Instagram



This article recently published on May 6, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information.


- Advertisement -


How to Get Your Child to Sleep Without a Nightlight

What to do when this habit becomes a problem.

Explore the Arts This Summer With ChiArts Camps

Brought to you by The Chicago High School for the Arts.

Cantigny Park Provides Enhanced Glasses for Colorblind Visitors

The enhanced glasses help guests with red-green colorblindness see the colors of the grounds with a greater range of variety.

Safe Edible Cookie Dough Recipe That Satisfies Your Sweet Tooth

Tips and recipes to enjoy dough straight from the bowl.

- Advertisement -