There are burgers… and then there are restaurant burgers: those over-the-top concoctions built for maximum wow and deliciousness. To find the best of this special breed, we tapped the country’s top chefs— all recent regional winners of prestigious James Beard Awards—to share the burgers they devour most on their home turf. Then we tracked down the recipes, cooked up a storm and cast our votes. The result: Our (slightly simplified) recipe for the best burger in America, plus 51 more of the coolest, craziest, most crave-worthy burgers to ever grace a bun— and how you can make your own burgers better!
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CHEF BRUCE SHERMAN
of North Pond, Chicago, IL
Find out more about this James Beard award-winning chef at jamesbeard.org.
Bruce Sherman’s Top 4 Favorite Burgers in the Great Lakes region
1. VIE BURGER Vie, Western Springs, IL
A 21-day dry-aged beef patty grilled over a wood fire with aged Wisconsin cheddar, homemade pickles, bacon and tempura mushrooms on the side.
2. JAMBURGER Jam, Chicago, IL
Two beef patties paired with mild local butterkase cheese, a fried egg and smoked tomato sauce.
3. PIMIENTO CHEESE BURGER Big Jones, Chicago, IL
A double stack tricked out with griddled onions and homemade pimento cheese on a squishy steamed bun.
4. DOUBLE CHAR BURGER Edzo’s, Evanston, IL
Hand-ground chuck grilled with cheddar, mushrooms, bacon and onions.