The Best Burgers in Chicago for Takeout & Delivery
All available for pickup and delivery.
Hot dogs, Italian beef, and deep-dish might get all the hype, but true Chicagoans know that the City of Big Shoulders is a burger town through and through. And while the statewide shutdown has kept many of us confined to our homes, nothing comes between us and our beef patties -- especially when takeout and delivery services are standing by to help. Here’s where to find the city’s greatest and greasiest.
Sure chilling at the dimly lit bar and rubbing elbows with the West Loop’s hungriest tattooed hipsters after a two hour wait has its charms, but if this whole shut down has one silver lining, it’s definitely Au Cheval delivery. The much-lauded star of the show is undoubtedly the burger, two four-ounce patties griddled to perfection and topped with American cheese, a smear of piquant dijonnaise, pickles, and onions. And -- surprise, surprise -- it travels quite nicely.
Order takeout from Toast or delivery from DoorDash or Caviar
This Michelin Bib Gourmand joint’s unique Asian-accented Mott Burger has become something of a city staple -- and for good reason. Tender double chuck patties, sweet potato shoestrings, tangy hoisin aioli, pickled jalapenos, dill pickles, miso butter, and ooey gooey American cheese comes together to form a zesty, spicy, and totally craveworthy pile of deliciousness. Pair that with an order of Everything Wings and a bottle of takeout sake and dinner is served.
Order takeout and delivery online or from DoorDash or Caviar
Named Chicago’s best burger pretty much everywhere that matters, this upscale West Loop spot’s once-mythical Dirty Burg can now be yours whenever you please. The thick and juicy OG comes loaded with pickles, two slices of American cheese, and saucy onion-infused mayonnaise on a sesame seed while the Dirty Diane Burg steps it up a notch with maitake mushrooms, capers, black pepper, and a douse of Cognac for good measure. Try your hand at greatness with the Dirty Burg at Home Kit, a lovingly organized package outfitted with everything you need to DIY eight of your very own Dirty Burgs. Try and remember to share.
Order takeout and delivery from Tock to Go or Caviar
In the age of super-thin smash burgers and old-school griddled patties, a good steak burger truly stands out. And this polished River North chophouse serves up one of the city’s finest, now available for at-home consumption. A sizable hunk of dry-aged beef gets the sharp cheddar, horseradish cream, and plump onion roll treatment, completed by a side of French fries and the glib satisfaction of power lunching in your sweatpants.
Order takeout from ChowNow or Tock to Go or delivery from Caviar, DoorDash, Uber Eats, or GrubHub
This Southside stalwart has been keeping UChicago students, staff, and Hyde Park locals alike in quality all-day fare since 1962. Among the cinnamon rolls, salads, deep dish pizza, and milkshakes that make up its impressively large menu lurks a handful of decadent burger options. The pick of the litter is the Garbage Burger: a half pound of 100% Angus beef layered with cheddar, bacon, sautéed onions, and jalapeños, finished with a side of zesty BBQ sauce.
Call 773-667-7394 for takeout, or order delivery from ChowNow, BringMeThat, or GrubHub
An homage to Indiana’s paper-thin smash burgers, this three-year-old Roscoe Village cult favorite has captured the heart of Chicagoans the Northside over with mountains of crispy-edged patties ordered by the single, double, or triple and stacked with pickle relish, onion, and the ever-addictive mayo-based Region Sauce. Simple, delicious, and delivered to your door with lickity split precision -- what’s not to love?
Order takeout and delivery from DoorDash, GrubHub, Caviar, Postmates, or Uber Eats
Avondale & West Loop
This hard-rocking Chicago-based mini-chain has blossomed into a veritable burger empire since opening its Avondale flagship in 2005, serving carnivorous heavy metal fans in locales as far reaching as Indianapolis and Vernon Hills. And thankfully, now us urbanites don’t even have to leave the house to get our meaty fix. Of the zillion or so burgers to choose from, you can’t go wrong with the signature Famous Kuma, a fist-sized patty topped with applewood smoked bacon, Cheddar, lettuce, tomato, red onion, and a bright and sunny fried egg.
Call 773-604-8769 for takeout, or order delivery online or from PostMates, BringMeThat, or DoorDash
Westside night owls know all too well the joys of a 3am Fatso’s run. There’s nothing quite like perching on a rickety picnic table along Chicago Avenue while devouring a Super Ooey Gooey (two smash patties bursting with bacon, Cheddar, and spicy giardiniera) and wiping Fatso sauce from your chin -- ah, the Before Times. These days you can recreate the gut-busting madness from the safety of your living room with a few simple clicks, just don’t forget the cheesy tots.
Call 773-245-3287 for takeout, or order delivery from GrubHub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, or BringMeThat
This swanky cocktail lounge has hit the road with its Signature Swill Burger, one of Chicago’s most coveted late night bites. Two succulent 80/20 ground chuck patties are complemented with a hearty scoop of house-made pimento cheese and pickles before being plopped onto a buttery soft brioche bun. Feeling ambitious? Grab a copy of accomplished founding partner Dustin Drankiewicz’s Cocktails for Ding Dongs and mix up your own Swill Sour for the full experience.
Order delivery and takeout from Caviar or GrubHub
This Logan Square sandwich specialist excels at just about everything you can fit between two slices of bread. Case and point? The humble burger: twin dry-aged Slagel Farms beef patties blanketed in dill pickles, cheddar cheese, bibb lettuce, grilled onion, and palate-pleasing confit garlic aioli and cradled in a pillowy brioche bun. A complimentary side of housemade cool ranch potato chips seals the deal.
Order delivery and takeout from Caviar, GrubHub, or PostMates
Near South Side
You still have to make your way over to this two Michelin-starred Near South Side standout to cop one of Chef Ryan McCaskey’s nationally celebrated House Provisions Burger but trust us, the extra effort is extra, extra worth it. Pop the trunk and ready yourself for sublime curbside pickup bliss in the form of a griddled proprietary beef blend dressed with caramelized onions, Duke’s mayonnaise, and bread and butter pickles and served in a generously buttered brioche bun.
Call 312-360-9500 or order from Toast for takeout
16” On Center’s Pilsen gem is back in action with a full bill of hangover-curing standbys available for takeout and delivery. Chief among them is the cheeseburger, a patriotic assemblage of tender beef patties, beer pickles, American cheese, lettuce tomato, and special sauce piled onto a classic sesame seed bun. A side of beef fat fries and it’s a wrap (well, technically it’s more of a sandwich, but you get it).
Order takeout from Upserve or delivery from Caviar
It’s all about the beef at this Westside Gastropub, specifically dual griddled four-ounce patties, outfitted with fried onions, dreamy bacon and onion Jam, cheddar cheese, pickles, and dijonnaise and served on a toasted potato bun alongside a heap of duck fat fries. Too basic for your sophisticated palate? Don’t fret -- there are six other varieties on the menu including a particularly handsome Swiss cheese and black truffle pesto-topped number crowned with 1.5 ounces of foie gras. Bon appetit.
Call 312-766-2727 for takeout, or order delivery from Caviar or DoorDash
This Southside sleeper hit might just be Chicago’s best kept culinary secret. Tucked away inside a nondescript storefront near Oak Woods Cemetery, this literal mom and pop shop hawks both half- and quarter-pound cheeseburgers garnished with onions and bread and butter pickles just like Wesley’s Momma used to make ‘em. (We assume?)
Call 773-324-2237 for takeout, or order delivery from GrubHub.
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