Top 5 Burgers in Chicago

written exclusively for Everything Delish

Check out some of my favorite burgers from all around chicago!

Brgrbelly’s is located in Portage Park (Northwest Chicago).  With 10 different specialty burgers on their menu, they truly have something for every palate. They grind the meat for their burgers in house and use a combination of ground chuck and smoked pork belly, creating a juicy, flavorful burger! From the homemade buns, house-made Sriracha pickles, and hand cut fries they really go the distance and have recognized that the small details really do make a big difference. Some of my favorite burgers included the “Easy Rider” (made with bourbon bbq, cheddar cheese, bacon, and Sriracha pickles) and the “House of the Rising Sun” (made with a fried egg, smoked bacon, Sriracha pickles, and homemade Bloody Mary sauce). In addition to burgers, they also serve a variety of signature fries and adult, boozy milkshakes! All burgers are also served with a homemade butter cookie! 

M Burger has six locations in the Chicago area. The original location is at 161 E Huron St, right off of Michigan Ave. With a wide variety of burgers on their menu, you’re sure to find a burger that you’ll enjoy. M Burger is proud to use only local, Midwest products, and cook each order fresh! Trying to cut carbs or eat gluten free? No problem.. ALL burgers and sandwiches are also available “salad style”, wrapped in lettuce, rather than on a bun! In addition to their standard menu, M Burger also has a secret menu that you can only view on their website! Some of my favorite options from the secret menu included the “Roman Style” (switch out the buns with two grilled cheese’s) and the “Dr. Betty” (made with lettuce, pickles, onions, tomato, avocado, pepper jack cheese and sauce). In addition to burgers, they also serve fries, sandwiches, and a variety of shakes and other ice cream treats.

25 Degrees in located in the River North neighborhood of Chicago. With 6 different specialty burgers (plus the option to build your own), and an array of toppings from jalapeño bacon, fried eggs, and even roasted red peppers, they certainly have something for everyone to enjoy. I tried their take on a classic, or as they call it the Number Six, which is piled high with two, 4 oz. beef patties, American cheese, pickles, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomatoes, mustard, and thousand island dressing. This burger was beyond amazing.. it was huge.. But I was somehow left wanting more. The second one I tried was their Number One Burger. This one was made up of a beef patty, blue AND park fontina cheese, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, arugula, and Thousand Island dressing.  In addition to burgers, 25 Degrees is also serving up a variety of out of the ordinary appetizers like deviled eggs with bacon bits and a parmesan crisp, sandwiches, fries, and boozy shakes. I highly recommend the PB&J! You can thank me later.

 Located in Wicker Park, Small Cheval is a burger joint opened by the restaurant Au Cheval. The only thing included on their menu is burgers, fries, and milkshakes. They do one thing and they do it right. It astonishing that they can pack so much amazing flavor into this seemingly standard burger. I highly recommend ordering your burger “house style” which includes onions, pickles, and this amazing sauce. If you’re looking for a quick spot for lunch, they also have a great patio and serve a pretty large assortment of alcohol. 

Little Bad Wolf is located in the northern Chicago neighborhood of Andersonville. Although they only have three variations of burgers on their menu, they’ve mastered the art of creating the perfect burger.  I tried the “Bad Burger” that was made with two patties, American cheese, house-made pickles, and mayo. Upon first glance it looked like your typical, classic double cheeseburger, but once I bit into I knew I was wrong. This was one of the juiciest and most flavorful burgers I have had in my life! The meat was seasoned and cooked perfectly. The second burger I tried was the “Wolf Burger”. This monster was loaded with THREE burger patties, bacon, American cheese, fried onion straws, house-made pickles, mayo, and a fried egg.  Everything about this burger was over the top, especially the way it tasted. I also recommend you get a side of their amazing mac and cheese with your burgers. You won’t be disappointed. Little Bad wolf is doing comfort food right.