Best burger restaurants in Chicago

From hamburgers to fries and onion rings, these are the best burger restaurants in Chicago for your burger fix

1/5
Photograph: Martha Williams

Butcher and the Burger

2/5
Photograph: Martha Williams

Edzo's

3/5
Photograph: Sarah Lawhead

Onion rings at Indie Burger

4/5

5/5
Photograph: Martha Williams

M Burger

Chicago may be known as a hot dog city, but here's a secret—our burgers are just as good as our sausages. The best burger joints offer everything from thick burgers with a side of heavy metal at Kuma's Corner to to-die-for milkshakes from M Burger. Plus there's a build-your-own burger menu and great fries at Butcher & the Burger and all kinds of fries (think buffalo sauced and Italian beef gravy-laden varieties) to accompany the griddled patties at Edzo's. Here are the best burger restaurants in Chicago.

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Best burger restaurants in Chicago

Butcher & the Burger

Critics' pick

Allen Sternweiler’s adorable burger joint doubles as a butcher shop. It’s a DIY affair: Customers pick their meat, their bun, their spice rub and their toppings before the burger is made to order. It’s possible to make mistakes (we found the pork patty a little lackluster) but if you stick to beef, go with “Grandma’s onion soup” rub and flank your burger with an order of the accomplished fries, you’ll be happy. Tack on a scoop of the housemade custard, and you’ll be even happier.

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Lincoln Park

Edzo’s Burger Shop

Critics' pick

Uncommonly thick Nutella shakes, fries with truffle salt—where does the low-brow end and high-end begin at Eddie Lakin’s burger shop? The answer is that it’s intertwined, because the most crucial, highfalutin things Lakin does—grinding his own meat and hand-cutting the potatoes for his fries—pervade almost every dish. The burgers actually taste beefy, and the fries are textbook examples in frying. So while we’re happy Lakin took those surly, greasy Vienna shops as his inspiration, we’re equally stoked he chose not to follow their practices.

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Evanston

Kuma’s Corner

The servers here sport more ink than a Bic factory, and the metal is cranked up so loud you can’t hear yourself talking, but therein lies the charm. Squeeze through the ass-to-elbows crowds and up to the long bar, where you might be in for a lengthy wait. What’s the draw? Well, the Slayer burger, for one—a pile of fries topped with a half-pound burger, chili, cherry peppers, andouille, onions and Jack cheese on a pretzel bun. That, and the extensive menu of craft beers, including plenty of limited-edition local brews to get before they’re gone.

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Avondale

M Burger

Critics' pick

Ultimately, this place isn’t about the burgers. It’s more about the shakes—specifically, the off-menu shake-of-the-month, which rotates among addictive flavors like double espresso and hot fudge (and less exciting flavors like caramel-pumpkin). As companions to those shakes, the burgers are perfectly nice. But no burger here can compete with the chicken sandwich, which is topped with a creamy avocado spread and sweet grilled onions.

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River North

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