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The 25 Best Burgers In Illinois, USA

The humble-but-heroic hamburger is one of the world’s great dishes, so after picking the 50 best burgers in America, we wanted to go that little bit further and help our readers find the best Illinois Burgers.

From the huge stacks to simple cheeseburgers, there are some incredible options for you to work your way through. Grab a buddy and start eating these amazing burgers all across the state… You might also want to check out the 7 most Instagrammable spots in Chicago.

The judging criteria:

  • Finalists were selected from across Illinois
  • Votes were cast in poll of Big 7 readers, across our 1.5million community on social media and by a panel of food experts
  • Online reviews, previous media coverage and notable blogs were also included in the overall rating
  • The final list is subjective – if we’ve missed out on any must-try burger places across Illinois please do let us know

Best Illinois Burgers

1. Little Bad Wolf – Chicago

You simply have to try the Wolf Burger at this trendy restaurant. With three beef patties, creamy melted American cheese, onion straws, house-made pickles, mayo and a fried egg, it’s an absolute beast.

2. Kuma’s Corner – Chicago

Founded in 2005, Kuma’s Corner now has five locations, which is a good thing because it means you are never too far away from on of their amazing burgers. Big, thick, juicy patties with perfect pickles.

3. Farren’s Pub & Eatery – Champaign

Located underground and tucked behind Nitaya Thai, the restaurant may be hard to find at first – just follow the “Burgers & Beer” arrow – for signature burgers and an extensive selection of micro-brewed beers.

4. Bulldogs Grill – Wauconda

All their meat is ground fresh daily to guarantee the highest quality burgers and they pile the toppings super high with lots of imaginative flavours. Make sure to come with a serious appetite.

5. The Loyalist – Chicago

By developing a relationship with a 20-acre farm an hour south of the city they are able to source and create the very best produce from scratch. Their burger is simple and classic, but it ticks every single box for perfection.

6. Wally’s – Breese

A classic drive-in joint that feels like taking a step into the past, but in the very best way possible. Quality burgers and super friendly staff mean that once you discover the place you’ll become an instant regular.

7. McCormick and Schmick’s – Rosemont

While they are best known for their seafood and steaks, the burger shouldn’t slip under your radar because it is quite simply sensational. The perfect size to hold in one hand and devour in one go.

8. Ludy’s Kickapoo Creek Saloon – Edwards

The restaurant has been going strong since 1986 which tells you everything you need to know. Locals have been coming for generations to eat a burger that is classic in style and consistently delicious.

9. Edzo’s Burger Shop – Chicago

They use only American beef– USDA choice chuck. It’s never frozen and they cut and grind it fresh every morning in the restaurant. They also say that “we handle it gently and don’t over-work it.  Nothing’s added to it until we shake some salt and pepper onto the meat as it cooks.  That’s it.” The end result speaks for itself.

10. Goose Island – Clybourn

A wonderful brew house that has a huge selection of beers both on tap and by the bottle or can. We all know what the best thing to eat with good beer is and that’s a burger. Once you taste this you are never going to want to leave.

11. Honest Abe’s Tap and Grill – Morris

An old school honest sports bar where the service is terrific, the beers super cold and crucially the burger is big. So, you’ll have plenty of sustenance to keep you going for the rest of the day’s sport games.

12. Mott Street – Chicago

High end dining done without all the pomp and ceremony that some places insist on. That extends to the burger. so although everything on the menu looks amazing you’d be foolish to look beyond this classic.

13. Tracks Bar and Grill – Cary

 Trackd Bar and Grill has been located across the street from the Cary train station for over 40 years, which is a serious achievement for a burger restaurant. They have perfected their menu to over 30 famous burgers which are all utterly delicious. 

14. Moonshine Store – Martinsville

This historic country store serves up classic burgers and sandwiches that are worth the drive from miles in any direction. Paper plates, no fuss and just really good, simple honest food.

15. DMK Burger Bar – Chicago

Following a year long expedition across America to find the best burgers in the USA, restaurateur David Morton Chef Michael Kornick opened the first DMK Burger Bar in 2009. 100% grass-fed beef patties, bison, and all natural turkey burgers paired with its legendary artisanal buns make for a sublime combination.

16. Vie – Western Springs

Named for the French word for life, Vie offers contemporary American cuisine and has been wowing their loyal customers since 2004. Their burger is a beast that you’ll need a serious appetite for – it’s always cooked to absolute perfection.

17. Durty Gurt’s Burger Joint – Galena

Durty Gurts Burger Joynt was founded in 2007 to fill what they thought was the need for a great burger in downtown Galena. The prices are reasonable, the portions huge and the service world class. What more could you ask for from a local burger joint?

18. Owen and Engine – Chicago

One of the great Chicago restaurants in general, Owen and Engine do everything great from Sunday lunch through to cocktails and an extensive beer menu. Their burger is something that as soon as you try it you’ll already be planning your next visit.

19.  Meatheads – Bloomington

With 16 locations in the Chicagoland area, Meatheads is always there on hand when you want a simply perfect beef burger. Their high-end hamburgers come at a super reasonable price – this is clean, honest food.

20. Hot Chocolate – Chicago

This hip American eatery does all the best treats for your tastebuds, from lush hot chocolates and pastries to brunch, as well as a seriously delectable burger. The flavour comes from the oozing pile of Char Valley Cheddar cheese. Go wild and add bacon and a sunny side egg.

21. Au Cheval – Chicago

Au Cheval have restaurants in two of the world’s great cities: Chicago and New York, both of which serve elegant and wonderfully sourced food. Their cocktails and beers are impressive and the food menu extensive but c’mon, it’s the burger you want.

22. Gross’ Burger- Danville

Gross’ Burger is a must-try when driving through the area – diner food done perfectly. Burgers are griddle smashed and super juicy, the buns are fresh and soft and the fries just the right amount of crisp.

23. Davanti Enoteca – Chicago

A swish Italian eatery with locations in Chicago city and Western Springs, the burger here is the wild card on the otherwise all-Italian menu. And what a wonderful wild card it is: the Davanti Burger comes with bacon jam, roasted tomatoes, cheese curd, arugula, roasted garlic aioli and parmesan fries.

24. Burger Barge – East Peoria

Burger Barge is a family favourite, with three handy locations in central Illinois. Their burgers are absolute beasts – thick, juicy patties smothered in homemade sauce and sandwiched between freshly baked buns. Keep an eye out for creative daily burger specials.

25. Nicky’s The Real Mccoy – Chicago

A proper old school fast food joint that do great burgers, ribs, hot dogs and shakes. The fried onions on their classic burger are what make it special. You can smell the pure goodness the second you walk in the door.

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Three that should be considered.
Maple Park Pub & Grill, Maple Park, IL
Green Gables Bar & Grill, Lake Bloomington, Hudson, IL
The Shanty, Wadworth, IL

Del Guymon
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Del Guymon

You all need to check out The Eagle’s Nest in Addeville Illinois! Tucked away in this very small Southern Illinois town, amongst the grain elevator approximately 40 miles southeast of St. Louis. They grind their burger fresh everyday! Add in their delicious homemade onion rings at all super reasonable prices! This bar and grill also serves up great fried chicken and grilled steaks!

Sharon
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Sharon

I’d add Crusade Burger Bar in Yorkville to this list.

John
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John

The original Burger King in Mattoon IL

Veronica Taylor
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Veronica Taylor

Why is everything in the Chicago area? The best burger is in Decatur Illinois at Kreckels. I never get to the area past Decatur.

Diane
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Diane

You should have tried Ulrich’s in Peoria, IL. It would have been in your top ten!

Brenda Krumwiede
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Best burgers in McHenry

Bob
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Bob

The best burger I ever ate was at Cerno’s in Kewanee, Illinois.

patricia balentyne
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Did you forget Rockford, IL…15th and Christ. Several other great places. It isn’t all about the Chicago area or Galena which has lots of shop owners from Chicago.