Hot dogs often get the most love during summer in Chicago, but don’t overlook their grill companion especially during May which is National Burger Month. Whether you’re looking for a sit-down gourmet experience or something quick and casual, these restaurants do burgers right. Satisfy your burger craving at any of these popular restaurants.
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Au Cheval
800 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60607
(312) 929-4580
www.auchevalchicago.com

This popular West Town restaurant is perhaps known best for two sandwiches. The first is it’s gooey, mouthwatering baloney sandwich and it’s perfectly executed burger. There aren’t many options, but it’s simplicity is a further testament to just how perfect this cheeseburger is. You can choose between one patty or two. Add egg or bacon if you’d like. That is it. You really don’t need anything else. Other than their awesome fries and root beer float, of course.

Kuma’s Corner
2900 W. Belmont Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618
(773) 604-8769
www.kumascorner.com

No list of best burgers is ever complete without a mention of Kuma’s Corner. Now with two locations, both Avondale and Boys Town, all the burgers on this menu are inspired by hard rock bands. Popular choices include the slayer which is a 10 oz. patty that resembles nachos more than a burger. Their burgers are so popular, due to the patty’s crazy toppings. This head banging joint offers a burger of the month, and all beers on tap are craft brews.

Lockdown Bar & Grill
1024 N. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 451-5625
www.lockdownbar.com

Zagat’s has named the burger from this Ukrainian Village restaurant the best in town. This prison-themed restaurant has also been featured on Check, Please! to great acclaim. Lockdown stands all on its own with its delicious burgers, most of which that are piled high with a great array of toppings. While you really can’t go wrong with anything off the menu, start with their signature Lockdown Warden, which is made with leeks, bacon, shallots, garlic, and perhaps best of all, stuffed with Merkts cheddar and topped with fried leeks.

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Butcher & The Burger
1021 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 697-3735
www.butcherandtheburger.com

For a great burger with a wonderful array of options, look no further than this award-winning butcher and burger joint in Lincoln Park. The key to the success here is the grass-fed beef and other farm-to-table ingredients. Patrons have their choice of 10 different patties, as well as four different kinds of buns. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to options at this counter-service restaurant, because you can even choose your spices, with options ranging from Grandma’s onion soup to curry coconut honey. With these kind of ingredients, expect to pay at least $9 per burger, depending on everything you choose to top it with.

Epic Burger
517 S. State St.
Chicago, IL 60605
(312) 913-1373
www.epicburger.com

With seven locations throughout Chicagoland, Epic Burger must be doing something right. It all starts with the hand-crafted patty here, which is made with all natural beef. It is clear that nothing is ever frozen at this restaurant. They also offer plenty of options and all serve to make your burger even more delicious. Round out your meal with perfectly crisp fries and use the malt vinegar if you’re dining in house.

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Elizabeth SanFilippo is a freelance writer, who enjoys trying new foods from all over the world. But her favorite city for culinary treats will always be Chicago. When not blogging about food, she’s working part-time at a culinary vacation company, The International Kitchen, based in the Windy City, as well as repping Younique cosmetics and skincare products. Some of her writing can be found at Examiner.com.