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9 Bucket-List Burgers in Chicago

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by Annie Lin
Updated December 15, 2023

Deep-dish pizza and loaded hot dogs might be what the Windy City is known for, but Chicago knows how to make a damn good burger. The city is jam-packed with restaurants presenting their takes on the ground meat sandwich. Think Venteux’s chuck patty topped with raclette and crispy shallots, Adorn’s dry-aged prime beef burger, or Blue Door Farm Stand’s vegan quinoa burger with mango chutney. Here are the best burgers you do not want to miss in Chicago.

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4.6
4.6 (5452)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant

Sisters Clodagh and Amy Lawless team up with executive chef Aaron Cuschieri to create a burger with versatility and numerous customizations to make it your own. The base of the burger is an 80/20 (80 percent lean meat and 20 percent fat) blend of local CDK Farm Angus beef, topped with Wisconsin cheddar, special sauce, dill pickles, and bibb lettuce on a brioche bun. The special sauce is a mix of mayonnaise and ketchup, cornichons, red onions, dijon mustard, onion, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and lemon juice. Cue the add-ons: caramelized onions, Baker’s bacon, wild mushrooms, and a lavish $21 foie gras option.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Highly recommended for brunch. The fish and chips were the best I’ve ever had and the alcohol free “mocktails” were very welcome after a fun NYE. Fabulous service and ambiance; we will definitely be back!
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4.4
4.4 (477)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant

James Beard award-winning chef Jonathon Sawyer takes the reins at the stunning internationally inspired new American restaurant in the Four Seasons hotel. He whips up two stellar burgers: a dry-aged prime beef burger and a vegan option. The beef option comes with crispy bacon, American cheese, and secret sauce on potato buns with double-cooked fries on the side, while the lunchtime-only vegan burger takes Beyond Meat patty and tops it with house pickles, American cheese, and the same secret sauce also on a potato bun. Pair either with one of four Adorn signature cocktails or choose from an extensive wine list.


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ELISABvip
Dined 3 days ago
Stacy the Waitress is Always Excellent. The food is delicious and served in a timely manner .
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4.3
4.3 (2573)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant

Known as a River North staple steakhouse that has been around for 30 years, Kinzie Chophouse whips up a mean burger for lunch. The burger patty consists of a secret recipe of freshly ground beef, topped with vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, lettuce, and a choice of cheddar, Swiss, mozzarella, or Monterey jack, served with thick-cut fries. For dinner, grab a dry-aged steak or try the signature 30th anniversary cut of 21-day dry-aged lamb chops.


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travelingmikevip
Dined on Apr 5, 2024
Excellent food and very friendly service. Good price and nice ambience
A photo of Venteux Brasserie, Cafe, & Oyster Bar restaurant
4.2
4.2 (1045)
$30 and under
French
Downtown / Loop
About the restaurant

Paris meets Chicago at Venteux, meaning “windy” in French — a nod to the city’s infamous nickname “Windy City.” The brioche burger by executive chef Donald Young, the youngest chef in Chicago to run a MICHELIN-star kitchen during his time at Temporis, is an 80/20 chuck blend (80 percent lean meat and 20 percent fat) — the ratio equivalent of a sweet spot for a moist, juicy burger. Raclette cheese is melted atop the patty, finished with fried crispy shallots, pepper butter, charred leek relish, and a herb mix of mint, Thai basil, and cilantro for a kick of flavor. If that’s not enough, add bacon for extra texture and smokiness.


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Alli
Dined 3 days ago
Great breakfast, the duck/waffle had really interesting flavors, and the dessert was great too.
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4.6
4.6 (5129)
$30 and under
American
River North (Chicago)
About the restaurant

A Lettuce Entertain You restaurant — the gold standard of Chicago hospitality — with four locations and a fifth opening in spring 2022, Beatrix consistently churns out top-notch food, burgers included. At breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’ll find the prime burger with house-made giardiniera (Italian pickled vegetable relish), and your choice of aged white cheddar, Wisconsin swiss, or havarti cheese. Plus, get it on whole-grain toast or a burger bun. Find the vegetarian option at lunch or dinner, made with a mushroom and quinoa patty, Swiss cheese, baby kale, and sriracha aioli. Both burgers come with Kennebec potato fries.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Lovely way to spend a weekend morning. Good food and very kind service!
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4.8
4.8 (3227)
$31 to $50
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant

The interior store RH (formerly Restoration Hardware) makes sure everything in its historic 3 Arts Club, set in the 1914 women’s club landmark building of the same name, is immaculate. That includes its classic, straightforward burger, made with a beef patty, sharp American cheese, pickles, onion, dijonnaise, and the option to add avocado or thick-cut pork belly bacon to the mix. RH recently opened up a second Illinois location in Oak Brook, with a rooftop restaurant and wine bar that has the same ritzy feel as all of its dining establishments. The Oak Brook menu mirrors that of the 3 Arts Club, RH burger included.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
We had excellent service in a beautiful atmosphere!
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4.7
4.7 (1769)
$31 to $50
American
Lincoln Park
About the restaurant

Tucked away in the historic neighborhood of Lincoln Park, Willow Room is a new American restaurant led by chef Roldan Flynn. He serves a no-frills, but popular burger with a double patty, American cheese, bread and butter pickles, red onion, and dijonnaise between brioche buns with a side of fries. On Mondays, catch the burger on a three-course menu with your choice of a salad and dessert.


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Lisavip
Dined 2 days ago
Wonderful food! My husband and I both tried the kale salad (delicious and unusual!), then he tried the beef short rib and I tried the pork schnitzel. We finished it off by splitting a piece of key lime pie. Everything was excellent! Very nice beer selection too!
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4.6
4.6 (761)
$30 and under
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville
About the restaurant

Walk through the eponymous blue door to find farm-to-table dishes at this Lincoln Park restaurant. The farmstand burger is a standout with an Angus beef patty, caramelized onions, housemade pickles, cheddar cheese, and hand-cut fries. But don’t sleep on the veggie burger, made from quinoa, beans, breadcrumbs, and a mix of spices and accompanied by mango chutney, crushed avocados, arugula, spicy garlic aioli, and a salad of mixed greens with apple cider vinegar.


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BobM
Dined 3 days ago
We found this place searching online for "good salads in Chicago" and were not disappointed! The entrées, appetizers, and dessert were great as well, and we were happy to see non-alcoholic options on the menu.
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$30 and under
Contemporary American
Pilsen
About the restaurant

The old-school tavern’s griddled double cheeseburger is a winner, landing a spot on Chicago magazine’s best burger list. The double patty is a blend of dry-aged chuck, short rib, sirloin, and round, all from Slagel Farms, all smothered in “special sauce” consisting of mayo, ketchup, garlic powder, diced white onion, diced pickles, and hot sauce. It’s topped with American cheese and lettuce and served with a side of fries. Wash it down with one of Dusek’s draft beers.


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OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Always a warm, comfortable, and thoroughly enjoyable experience. A go-to for a nice night out.
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