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Six Of Chicago’s Best Burgers

September 24, 2010 11:47 AM

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The Grafton

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Chicago may be best known for its Italian beef and hot dogs, but the city is also home to some mean burgers. Here are some prime examples:

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Kuma's Corner

Kuma’s Corner

2900 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago
(773) 604-8769

Heavy metal pulses over the sound system at this popular divey joint, where the creations are named after bands like Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath. The showcase Kuma Burger is topped with bacon, cheddar and a fried egg. Rock on!

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The Grafton

The Grafton

4530 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
(773) 271-9000

This cozy Lincoln Square spot has above-average pub grub and an excellent selection of draft and bottled beer. And then there are the well-seasoned burgers, including the Beckett, which is gripped by a pretzel roll and topped with cheese, an onion ring and curry sauce.

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4337 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago
(773) 935-2255

This old-school North Center neighborhood tavern has surprisingly elegant dining and great burgers. “The Judge” is a half-pound patty, topped with cheddar, bacon, sliced avocado, raw onion, Roma tomatoes and Romaine lettuce.

Hamburger Mary’s

5400 N. Clark St., Chicago
(773) 784 6969

Campy ambience aside, this in-your-face Andersonville restaurant and bar serves just about every kind of burger you can think of. Our recommendation: The Meaty Mushroom Burger, which features three kinds of mushrooms held in place by melted cheese. Side-dish choices include a mildly spicy veggie slaw and bacon potato salad. And the home brews are pretty good, too.


5910 N. Broadway Ave., Chicago
(773) 275-2696

During the winter, it’s a rather primal experience, eating beef in a cave-like dining room, around fire pits. But when it’s warm outside, you can spread out into the expansive beer garden. Either way, the burgers are particularly hearty.

Hop Haus

7545 N. Clark St., Chicago
(773) 262-3645

Diners have a seemingly endless choice of toppings to put on their burgers, and there are more than beef patties; ostrich, kangaroo, vegan, wild boar and lamb are some of the alternatives. And — maybe not so suprising for a restaurant with “haus” in the title — there are lots of beer options.

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  • paul

    Definite North Side Bias

  • Dr. Reality

    Come on, a fried egg on a burger is California not Chicago. You might want to find a new sample group.

  • Susan

    What about Monk’s Pub in the Loop?!?!?

  • Scotch

    Geez, not a single burger joint south of Belmont? Talk about lazy reporters, and its only infotainment!

  • elginman

    How come McDonald’s was not mentioned??

  • Big Sam

    Nickson’s Eatery in LaGrange has 3 different burgers that are all better than anything in the city.

  • PJ

    It’s like the dude who wrote this article didn’t want to leave his neighborhood and stuck to all North side joints.

    For the record, Nickson’s Eatery definitely does up some fantastic burgers and fantastic food in general. Way better than the dried out imitators that infest the Chicago’s pubs and restaurants.


    top notch burgers baby, love that place…

  • Steve

    Prime Burger House in Elgin………….great!!

  • Waldo

    Lazy north side reporter. Top Notch better than any of em.

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