Food & Drink

Chicago's 10 best stuffed cheeseburgers

Published On 04/18/2014 Published On 04/18/2014
best cheeseburgers chicago stuffed
Ashleigh Dye
Lockdown Bar & Grill
Old Town Burger Saloon
Bar Toma
The Anthem
Squared Circle
PT Bacon Burger
Flickr/Jamie Newman
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1. Hackney's 733 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60605

Founded in 1939, Hackney’s is an iconic family-run tavern chain known for its burgers. Made with beef ground by the in-house butcher, the Hackneyburger is served on dark rye bread and tastes best when ordered with a towering side of the signature deep-fried onions. The rest of the menu features an array of classic American comfort food and a rotating selection of draft beer.

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2. Old Town Burger Saloon 1208 N Wells St, Chicago, IL 60610

Bleu cheese stuffed burgers sidle up beside chicken marsala entrees and chicken tender starters fon eclectic menu that is part Italian, part South Western and part pub-food at this saloon and grille - try the Taco on a Bun to see those parts fused into one dish.

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3. Bar Toma 110 E Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611

James Beard Award-winning Chef Tony Mantuano's Bar Toma in Near North Side is an Italian neighborhood restaurant with open brick walls covered in chalk murals and big leather booths that provide a familial feeling, just like it's classic fare. The mozzarella bar, espresso bar, and gelato are all merely a backdrop to the wood-fired pizzas, the recipe for which Mantuano crafted himself from imported Italian ingredients and are topped with basil, prosciutto, Calabrian chiles, and truffle oil.

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4. Lockdown Bar & Grill 1024 N Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

Lockdown's a compact, steel caged, prison-themed temple to hard rock, outfitted with metal bars, smoke machines, skulls, and wall-to-wall flat-screens billing itself as a "virtual venue".

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5. Dusek's 1227 W 18th St, Chicago, IL 60608

Helmed by Longman & Eagle's Jared Wentworth, this Michelin-starred restaurant in Pilsen serves upscale American pub food. Dusek's takes everything you love and makes it better, whether that's cooking French fries in beef fat or topping a juicy hamburger with bacon marmalade and serving it on a house-baked pretzel bun. There are more than two dozen beers on tap -- some are from Chicago, others are from abroad -- and daily beer specials. The late-night menu serves the aforementioned burger and fries until 1am every night.

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6. The Anthem 1725 W DIvision St, Chicago, IL 60622

Because sports and nostalgia are natural companions so long as you aren't a Cubs fan, the folks behind Bangers & Lace are opening The Anthem, a retro-themed athletics bar decked with a 19thC American flag, reclaimed school lockers, and station-wagon-esque wood paneling along the L-shaped bar, which is presided over by a mere four flats and a couple of projectors, though just tell those bitter dudes to shut up and confront their dad, already!

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7. Squared Circle 2418 N Ashland Ave, Chicago, IL 60614

Likely the only restaurant where the owner can just as easily serve you a pizza as a standing moonsault, Squared Circle's owned by pro wrestling’s vicious vixen, Lisa Marie Varon. The Lincoln Park pizza & burger joint’s walls are filled with WWE and TNA memorabilia and enough wood paneling to make Hacksaw Jim Duggan mildly aroused, setting the stage for you to down craft brews while taking in a pay-per-view event.

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8. Park Tavern Chicago 1645 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60612

Park Tavern is a double-decker sports bar well-suited to watching the game thanks to the well-placed flat-screens and a mighty 14ft projection setup. Try not to get sauce all of your face while munching on fried egg 'n pulled pork-laden Animal Tots sporting cheese curds, grainy mustard, and gravy spiked with Bell's Kalamazoo Stout. Beer is obviously aplenty.

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9. Vincenzo's Pizzeria 1104 W Madison St, Chicago, IL 60607

Kick back and watch a local game on one of many televisions and while enjoying your choice out of 60 beers(about half are craft) at this sports bar. If you're going for the pizza - and trust us, you probably should - give heavy consideration to the Diavola which comes topped with salami, crushed red pepper, mozzarella and roasted garlic. For those erring on the side of the burger, the signature Vincenzo Stuffed Burger with it's cheddar cheese stuffing and Chipotle BBQ smothered bacon, is what will set the experience apart.

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10. The Fifty/50 2047 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60622

The 50's a tri-level sports temple serving gluttonous fare like in-house smoked meats (ribs, pulled pork, wings), mac 'n' cheese toppable with everything from chicken to chili, and the "Double-Secret Probation"-esque "Triple Secret:" a tri-meat fatburger with a classified recipe.