Drawing inspiration from the modest origins of the hamburger, chef Jorge Kauam’s German-American concept offers a variety of smashed creations that blend the comfort of familiarity with striking inventiveness. Options include the namesake Gutenburg Burger and the indulgent Guten Belly Burger, which comes adorned with luscious caramelized pork belly.
Chicago has a reputation for pizzas of all styles and hot dogs, but locals know the city excels at burgers as well. Nearly every restaurant and bar has one on its menu these days, from no-frills stands to neighborhood taverns. You can order your burger with thin and smashed or big and beefy patties plus a variety of indulgent toppings like caramelized onions, thick-cut bacon and giardiniera. We've scoured the city in search of the finest offerings, rating burgers on quality, creativity, value and more. The list features several of the more popular spots in town, such as Au Cheval and the Loyalist, alongside some under-the-radar gems. And you don’t have to spend too much either, as the options are wholly affordable—Redhot Ranch’s double cheeseburger is $7 and change. So prepare to get messy in the most satisfying way by checking out our guide to the best burgers in Chicago.
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