Best Burgers in Chicago: Honorable Mentions

By Sarah Freeman  |  August 26, 2014
Credit: Sarah Freeman

We just released the results of our big Burger Survey. However, there are tons of other worthy contenders — here are three that were just few points shy of making our top ten. 

  • Runner Up: Topolobampo

    This burger was inspired by classic queso fundido, which is served with a side of chips or bread. This hand-held version is served on the same bread used next door at XOCO. The patty is a blend of house-ground rib-eye and short-rib and is topped with roasted poblanos and chorizo. The star is the queso sauce made with Otter Creek organic cheddar with a bit of masa for texture.

    Price: $19

  • Runner Up: Edzo’s

    This Evanston burger shop has become the golden standard for griddled burgers, and now there's a second location in the city serving the same pressed meat, fresh-cut fries and thick milkshakes. Each burger is offered as a single, double or triple with the option to upgrade to Slagel Farms or Rain Cow Ranch beef. The carefully crafted burger, topped only with ketchup, mustard, onions and pickles, is simplicity at its finest.

    Price: $4.39

  • Runner Up: Acadia

    This fine-dining destination in the South Loop, known for its elegant tasting menus, might not be the most obvious options for a crave-worthy burger, but chef Ryan McCaskey’s creation is no stranger to many a top-10 list. House beef patties topped with housemade bacon. Available as a single, double or triple, the stack of meat is covered in melted Gruyere cheese as well as smoked cheddar mornay, garlic dill pickles and special sauce.

    Price: $18

  • Write-In: Hackney’s

    This long-standing local chain is chock-full of iconic dishes from the onion rings served in a tangled heap of onions and crispy batter to the Hackneyburger. This “no frills” burger has been served the same way since 1939. House-ground beef patties are seared and served on rye bread or a rye bun with lettuce, tomato, raw onion and pickles. Add cheese or fries or just have it as is: “just plain good.”

    Price: $9.95

  • Under the Radar: Scofflaw

    Modeled after the beloved In-n-Out burger, this thin, griddled patty is topped with cheese, crunchy lettuce, tomato, secret sauce, pickles and a side of grilled onions. Says one voter: "It's completely delicious and tastes how you always dream a McDonald's burger will taste...Right before you actually eat it and are immediately filled with shame, disgust and disappointment."

    Price: $8