The Bold and the Beautiful: Chicago’s Best Burgers


Hot weather just requires a juicy burger on your plate and Chicago has no shortage of some good ones – trust me, I’m on a mission to try them ALL. Drippy cheese, bold seasoning, and topped with everything from standard L-T-O to apples and prosciutto, these restaurants are some top picks for a brilliant burger:

RPM Steak

RPM Steak is known for, well, steak, but their burger is something dreams are made of. This juicy burger comes with an onion bun, fried onion strings, the perfect amount of dijon mustard, and deliciously melty cheddar. Don’t miss out on a perfect pairing with RPM‘s incredible Old Fashioned.

Mott Street

There’s a reason the Mott Street burger keeps popping up on “best of” lists – it’s insanely good. Simple, to-the-point, the Mott Burger features pickled jalapenos, shoestring potatoes, hoisin aioli, cheese, and BUTTER. Pair this beauty with one of Mott Street’s refreshing cocktails like the Mass Appeal or the Roasted & Toasted.

The Moonlighter

Home to one of the coolest patios in Logan Square, The Moonlighter is also home to some pretty amazing double burgers. Sink your teeth into the aptly-named The Moonlighter – a to-the-point culinary extravaganza of American cheese, lettuce/tomato/onion, pickles, and a special sauce that you’ll love. BONUS: The Moonlighter also offers a vegan burger!

Casa Indigo

This Pilsen staple boasts a burger that you’ll remember forever; the Jalapeno Bacon Cheddar Burger isn’t just a burger – it’s an EXPERIENCE. Comprised of a housemade jalapeno patty, bacon, Wisconsin cheddar, grilled jalapenos and onions, lettuce, tomato, mayo, habanero mustard, and ketchup, this is a burger that should appear on everyone’s foodie bucket list.

The Delta

The Delta only has one burger on their menu, but really that’s all they need. Dry-aged beef piled high with bacon, American cheese, onion, pickle, and special sauce, this burger packs a savory and uber-flavorful punch that will have you coming back for more. Make sure to wash it down with DAF Whiskey Sour or a Smashley.

Good Measure

An onion bun. Smoked American cheese. Aioli. LTO. This burger has everything you need to wake up those taste buds. The best part? If you so choose, you can add caramelized onions, a farm egg, or a whole burrata to this beast. This Rockabilly/Punk inspired River North bar is home to some super cool cocktails too, so pair that burger with a Toki Highball or a Gibson Martini.

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