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The Top 10 Best Cheeseburgers in Chicago

BY: SAMANTHA KRAMER | 1.9.2015 |
The Top 10 Best Cheeseburgers in Chicago

One thing everyone always craves is a cheeseburger. With so many fantastic restaurants in Chicago, it’s hard to narrow down your choices. I have rounded up the best of the best of what I believe to be the most mouth-watering, creative, and down right delicious burgers to try.

1. THE RESTAURANT: Luxbar  
THE LOCATION: 18 East Bellevue Place  
THE BURGER: This downtown favorite is modern, cozy, and located right in the heart of Streeterville. Their Lux Royal burger is a personal favorite of mine and is layered with american cheese, sautéed onions, pickles, and a pretzel bun. Upgrade your fries to truffle {they are out of this world amazing and it will be the best decision you have ever made!}.

2.THE RESTAURANT: Au Cheval  
THE LOCATION: 800 West Randolph Street  
THE BURGER: No this place does not take reservations, but I promise you it is well worth the wait. This cute little diner is known for their cheeseburgers {with an egg and bacon strips of course}.

3.THE RESTAURANT: Umami Burger  
THE LOCATION: 1480 North Milwaukee Avenue  
THE BURGER: I was super excited when I heard Umami Burger was making its way to Chicago. I first had the chance to try them out in California, and they did not disappoint. Located in Wicker Park, each burger is served with their signature master sauce + Umami “dust”. You can’t go wrong with ordering the Umami {aka the original} served with parmesan frico, shiitake mushrooms, a roasted tomato, caramelized onions, and Umami house ketchup. Love all things truffle like me? I am also a huge fan of the Truffle Burger. It comes with truffled aioli, house truffle cheese, AND a truffle glaze. Yum!

4.THE RESTAURANT: The Gage  
THE LOCATION: 24 South Michigan Avenue  
THE BURGER: This classic American pub comes with great food and Millennium Park views. I always like to order “The Regular Burger” with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a fried egg of course! It’s delicious and a place to try.

5.THE RESTAURANT: Kuma’s Corner  
THE LOCATION: 2900 West Belmont Avenue  
THE BURGER: Another no reservations kind of place {which could be a bummer}, but a total must. If it is your first time, order The Famous Kuma, served with bacon, cheddar cheese, a fried egg, lettuce, tomato, and onion. Also don’t forget to save room for their amazing sides. I know we are talking burgers over here, but they have the most delicious build your own Mac and Cheese. It is to die for and you have your choice of adding a wide selection of proteins or veggies {which makes it healthy right?}. Also those BBQ Pork Fries are another amazing show stopper, served with shredded Monterrey jack cheese and green onions.

6.THE RESTAURANT: Epic Burger  
THE LOCATION: All over Chicago  
THE BURGER: Epic Burger is a great chain that focuses on the “more mindful burger”. They really center around all natural, organic, no hormones, and humanely raised products that keep their food fresh + tasty. It’s a build your own burger kind of place that provides fun add-ons like avocados, cage free organic fried eggs, and thick cut nitrate free bacon. Their skinny shakes are great too and made with fat free yogurt and organic fat free milk.  

7.THE RESTAURANT: Rosebud Steakhouse  
THE LOCATION: 192 East Walton Street  
THE BURGER: If you are going for the classic steakhouse burger, then Rosebud is the place for you. The Rosebud Burger is 12oz. of beef and one of the best in town. This award winning burger is served with thick sliced tomato, onions, pickles, and lettuce, all on a pretzel bun. Want to know something even better? At lunchtime these amazing sammies are only $5! Everybody wins!

8.THE RESTAURANT: 25 Degrees  
THE LOCATION: 736 North Clark Street  
THE BURGER: This River North restaurant is a fan favorite. You are able to craft your own burger {what fun!} and choose from a wide range of meats, cheeses, extras, and sauces. Not in the mood to build? That’s ok. Try the Number Two with roasted tomato, burrata, crispy prosciutto, and pesto.

9.THE RESTAURANT: RJ Grunts  
THE LOCATION: 2056 North Lincoln Park West  
THE BURGER: This comfort-food classic has been around for years, and really must be doing something right. Although they are known for their massive salad bar, they have quite the selection of world famous burgers. You really can’t go wrong with any of the menu options here, but if you are asking, the Gruntburger is pretty fantastic. Created in 1971, this burger comes with fried onions and blue cheese, and like all sandwiches, served with cottage fries and pickles.

10.THE RESTAURANT: M Burger  
THE LOCATION: All over Chicago  
THE BURGER: What is so spectacular about this Lettuce Entertain You chain is their secret menu. They have 14 off-menu burgers, fries, and shakes that will have you keep going back for more! The Roman Style Burger is a super fun one to try and comes with buns made of grilled cheese {I’m not kidding here folks}. It was named after a guy named Roman who created it during his lunch break at the original Mag Mile location.

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