Today is the day that you thank all of your vegetarian and vegan friends, as they sit down for a couscous hummus wrap with a wheatgrass chaser, for they have made the right choice: leaving more red meat for you to devour like the ravenous carnivore that you are. With our fair city being a slaughterhouse hub, we’ve parsed through Chicago’s top hamburgers to give you the five you can't miss in our Burger Power Rankings.
These are Chicago's 5 best burgers
Named partly for the owner's nephew and partly for the four cask engines pouring small-batch beers, O&E's a 60-seat Anglopub covered wall to wall in dark wood & leather and serving flavors from all corners of the Isles, from England, to Scotland, to Ireland.
Leadbelly is an inventive burger joint, taking its name from legendary bluesman Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter. The burgers are meant to give you your own lead belly and include patties topped with crab cakes, slathered in bearnaise sauce, fries topped with pork belly, and 40+ craft beers.
Edzo's isn't the name of a creepy clown, but of an awesome burger joint with a serious 70s vibe. The patties are made from house-ground chuck, then pressed and griddled (you can throw on fancy extras like a fried egg or giardiniera). There are nine different varieties of french fry combos and $5 milkshakes (that are actually $4).
Kuma's does burgers, and a lot of them. With its bloodthirsty bear paintings and Slayer-grade metal on repeat, you’ll know you’ve stepped into carnivorous territory long before a tatted waitress brings you one of several hunks of meat like the Neurosis, a massive, juicy beef patty smothered with sharp cheddar, Swiss, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, and horseradish mayo.
Au Cheval is one sparkling spoon. Like, it's your grandma's sterling silver soup ladle. With an open kitchen and a bar hugging it, this European-flared diner-style grubspot is doling out impressive meals and Chicagoans are lapping it up.