After careful research, I give to you my picks for the 10 Best Burgers Chicago has to offer, accessible via mass transit. Get out, hit the rails and grab these tasty bites!
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If you are in Lincoln Park and you’re craving some custom-made burgers, I suggest you head to Butcher & the Burger. This place makes its own spice blends for the burgers, it’s a BYOB and it has a butcher shop. So, grab some burgers (or breakfast) and do some food shopping for the week.
Start off with a cup of chili!
I loved their salmon burger.
9. 25 Degrees
While this River North joint serves breakfast, craft beers, and boozy milkshakes, you don’t want to miss the burgers. They are all pretty tasty but I really dig
the #4 – yellowfin tuna with crispy, red onions and spicy aioli. Light and lovely!
Corridor Brewery & Provisions, along Southport Corridor, is a sister-restaurant to DryHop Brewers in Lakeview. It is a homey, rustic pub serving up great burgers, flatbreads, pizza, salads, and brunch. The beer selection is wonderful.
I love their wasabi tuna burger with seaweed.
This Lakeview neighborhood spot is serving up heavy-metal themed burgers with beats to match them. I am very partial to this boldly spiced “Plague Bringer” burger with enough garlic and peppery punch to combat the flu!
This Lakeview brewery and kitchen has a great menu which includes this bacon cheeseburger dressed with ancho-chili tomato jam, pickled sweet onions, arugula, and raw-milk cheddar cheese.
Located in the North Center neighborhood, this is one of the absolute best bars in Chicago. No pretense. No bullshit. Just a super chill hangout with an extensive beer list and great burgers. This “The Fig Is In” burger is not only gorgeous but oh-so tasty! It’s made with Tyranena Blackhawk porter, fig & bacon relish, goat cheese and smoked onions. Wowsa! Oh, yeah! They have vegan and vegetarian menu options as well.
Chef Ken Carter has got it going on at this super cute and homey Lincoln Square spot which is serving up quality fare, including masterfully crafted veggies and this outstanding burger made with so much love and attention. Swoon! Can you say house-smoked bacon, caramelized onions, and red pepper aioli? I just know you can!
This French-inspired brasserie is located inside The Hyatt Centric hotel in The Loop. The “Les Cheeseburger Royale” is a thing of beauty. It’s made with prime, dry-aged beef, crispy bacon, confit onions, American cheese, Dijonnaise and house pickles. The bun which holds it all together is soft but is more than capable of supporting all the ingredients and juice without falling apart. A true feat of engineering 🙂 Don’t eat anything before you get this. It will carry you through the day 🙂
2. Au Cheval
This may not come as any real surprise to all of you foodies who have been living above the rocks. After all, the much-lauded burger in this West Loop diner also won the #1 spot from Food Network this a couple of years ago. Although labeled a double cheeseburger, it’s really made with 3 thin beef patties and topped with cheddar cheese, maple-glazed bacon and Dijonnaise. I believe the ingredient that makes Au Cheval’s burger sing are the housemade pickles. I don’t know what fairy dust was sprinkled on those pickles, but I certainly approve.
And, coming in at #1 (drumroll, please)…
As of 2017, I can say that the best burger in The Windy City belongs to Acadia in Chicago’s South Loop. This burger won a Michelin award and it was well deserved. The chef will cook the burger to your liking. Then, he tops the burger with Gruyere cheese, Mornay Sauce and bread and butter pickles. Acadia’s burger looks heavier than it actually is. I think its decadence belies its weight.
So, there you have them, the 10 Best Burgers Chicago has accessible via mass transit. You’re welcome! Now, hit the rails and go get ’em!
In keeping with the spirit of Feeding Off The Rails, I encourage you to leave your car at home and take the CTA trains and buses to get the the 10 Best Burgers Chicago has to offer. Save on gas. Avoid traffic, road rage and parking. Reduce pollution. Don’t drink and drive!