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Bite into the Best Burgers

Some of the city's best meal are two-hand burgers

Prime & Provisions Double Burger

The hamburger is a no fail meal option. No matter what toppings you pick, what breads you sandwich it with, or what spreads you use to finish it off with, you know you’re heading for a real feast for your taste buds. May is National Hamburger Month, and if you haven’t taken advantage of the holiday yet, we’ve rounded up the best places to satiate your burger cravings. Read on, and dig in!

Prime & Provisions

Warm weather brings alfresco dining, patio cocktails, and most importantly, grilling. For one of Chicago’s favorite burgers, head to Prime & Provisions for The Prime Burger. This double patty burger is topped with sharp Wisconsin American cheese, beefsteak tomato, house pickled onions, and dill pickle, all resting between a buttery brioche bun with house made dijonnaise served on the side. Top off the patty with a slab of thick cut bacon or a farm egg for an added touch of excellence.

Michael Jordan’s Steak House {505 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago; 312.321.8823}

Burgers, burgers, and more burgers! Featuring a unique burger for each day of the month, the best place to celebrate Hamburger Month is at Michael Jordan’s. The options are limitless thanks to the menu created by Executive Chef Craig Couper. Stop in for some seriously creative creations including The Patty Melt, The Greek Town Burger, and Rudy’s Revenge made with a Cemitas-style bun, Don Pedro carnitas, adobo, avocado, and Chihuahua cheese.

Photo via Jeremy Jacobowitz of @BrunchBoys

Cochon Volant {100 West Monroe Street, Chicago; 312.754.6560}

France might not be your first thought when it comes to great burgers, but if you overlook Cochon Volant, you will most certainly be missing out. Try the Le Cheeseburger Royale made with prime dry-aged beef, thick-cut bacon, confit onion, American cheese, dijonnaise, and house made pickles. The bacon and pickles give a much-needed crunch to this juicy, cheesy, messy burger so bring a big appetite … and extra napkins.

Photo via Neil Burger

Baptiste & Bottle {101 East Erie Street, Chicago; 312.667.6793}

If you need a mid-week burger break from work, the Conrad Hotel is the perfect escape. Their restaurant, Baptiste & Bottle, features a bad mamma jamma burger, The B&B Burger, topped with bread and butter pickles, American cheese, and a specialty remoulade that will put you in the best kind of food coma.

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Fremont {15 West Illinois Street, Chicago; 312.874.7270}

Part American restaurant, part dance club, Fremont is two levels of swanky fun in River North. Before you put on your dancing (or drinking) shoes, tuck into the Prime Burger, crafted with crispy pickled fresno and jalapeño peppers, fried Vidalia onion, and their special “burger sauce” on a brioche bun. If you want more of a shareable plate, there is also the option of their Brisket Sliders.

Public House {400 North State Street, Chicago; 312.265.1240}

It is only appropriate for a classic gastropub like Public House to have a big ole’ burger on its menu. Fittingly named The Burger, this classic take on an American favorite includes toppings like American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and garlic mayo bookended between a Hawaiian sesame bun. Public House also gives the option to add smoked bacon or a fried egg to your burger. While you’re downing this delicious hunk of meat, we recommend also washing it down with one of the many rotating brews on draft.

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Arabella {112 West Grand Avenue, Chicago; 312.846.6654}

If you love fancy, inventive cocktails but also want to get your burger on, Arabella has you covered. Their Frenchman Burger is a perfectly portioned 7-ounce beef patty topped with pan-seared provolone cheese, béarnaise sauce, and crispy shallots. Steak fries come on the side, and we also recommend pairing it with one of the restaurant’s cocktails. Broken out by the country of influence, you can’t go wrong with anything on their United States of America menu, including The Gentlemen’s Agreement of bourbon, Amaro, sweet vermouth, and Gran Classico.

By Kaleigh Glaza, Online Editor