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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 (5450)
$30 and under
American
Downtown / Loop

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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.


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courtneybvip
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
I celebrated my birthday with you all and I’m so happy for the gluten free caramel brownie ice cream!
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4.3
4.3 (463)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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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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JLDCG
Dined on Feb 14, 2024
WE had an excellent experience at Adorn! The atmosphere was superb, no noise because of where it sits inside the hotel, and the service and food was great!
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4.5
4.5 (2565)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
River North (Chicago)

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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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ScottD
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
Everything was awesome, the service, the food and the ambience. Would highly recommend this place if you are in town.
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4.2
4.2 (998)
$30 and under
French
Downtown / Loop

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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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AmandaD
Dined on Feb 15, 2024
One of the things that I absolutely loved about this restaurant is that they allow for reservations of one on Valentine’s Day, which I appreciate immensely about them because they don’t force you to have to be with the significant other to enjoy yourself on a holiday
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4.6
4.6 (5093)
$30 and under
American
River North (Chicago)

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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
Awesome first experience dining! I’ve gotten the coffee but had never dined in. Ethan was beyond helpful and very attentive . My girlfriend has a gluten allergy and doesn’t really drink and Ethan was super accommodating with both aspects and gave her a blueberry mocktail on the house which she loved! Awesome experience. Shout out, Ethan!
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4.8
4.8 (3162)
$30 and under
Unspecified
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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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 2 days ago
Outstanding location, food and service. They took care of our large group wonderfully.
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4.7
4.7 (1745)
$31 to $50
American
Lincoln Park

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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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LarryD
Dined 1 day ago
We loved everything about Willow Room. We've enjoyed brunch many times, but this was our first chance for dinner. The food, drinks, service and vibe were all pitch perfect. Willow Room is a neighborhood gem that is worthy of much more recognition in Chicago.
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4.6
4.6 (742)
$30 and under
American
Gold Coast / Streeterville

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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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MichaelH
Dined 7 days ago
Blue Door Farm Stand was excellent. The ambiance was warm and welcoming. The food was excellent and the nose level was perfect. I could talk to my date.
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4.6
4.6 (597)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Pilsen

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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 Dinervip
Dined on Jan 1, 2023
Andy was amazing as were his colleagues. We came for the mussels which were not on the menu due to the holiday but they magically appeared at our table. Thank you Andy! Our water glasses were never empty, the old fashions were delish, burgers, vermicelli, and espresso martinis made for a perfect evening!
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