Tuesday, Sept. 18 is National Cheeseburger Day, and if anyone knows how to celebrate, it's Chicago.
Sure, we may get more attention for our deep-dish pizza and our stacked Chi-style hot dogs, but this city's beef patties pack a powerful punch, too.
Last year, we surveyed our Facebook fans about their top picks for the city's best burger. We think the list is still pretty irrefutable.
While we focused on the city, some readers shared their picks for best burger in the 'burbs. Here are a few honorable mentions: The Clubhouse, 298 Oakbrook Ctr., Oak Brook, Ill.; Edzo's Burger Shop, 1571 Sherman Ave., Evanston, Ill.; Bill's Drive-In, 120 Asbury Ave., Evanston, lll.; Strat's Hamburgers, 231 E. North Ave., Villa Park, Ill.; Ubaa Old Crawford Inn, 9956 Crawford Ave., Skokie, Ill.
Hitting up Five Guys, which made our list, to celebrate the holiday? Top off that burger with some philanthropy: for the next two weeks, the chain will donate the equivalent of one meal to food charity Feeding America every time a customer checks in on Foursquare at the restaurant.
Heading to Sidebar Grille to celebrate? They're offering $1 burgers in honor of the occasion.
Check out some of our reader's favorite burgers, and share your local faves in the comments. Don't eat meat? Try some of the city's best veggie burgers instead.
Kuma's Corner, 2900 W. Belmont Ave.
<a href="http://www.kumascorner.com/about/" target="_hplink">Kuma's</a> is a burger fan's paradise--and you can tell by the sometimes 2+ hour wait for a table. The burgers are named after metal bands, and the are quite accurate. The Slayer features a pile of fries topped with a half-pound burger, chili, cherry peppers, andouille, onions, jack cheese and anger, of course. They also have delish waffle fries, tasty mac and cheese and lots of beer. HuffPost reader Antaash U. called the burgers a "work of art that you can eat."
The Grafton Pub & Grill, 4530 N. Lincoln Ave.
Come in to <a href="http://www.thegrafton.com/" target="_hplink">the Grafton</a> this month and order up a Hot Mess. An all-beef patty smothered in beef chili, topped with American cheese and served on a pretzel roll. <em>Time Out Chicago</em> named the Grafton burger #2 in Chicago, and it was picked by WGN viewers as the city's best burger as well. The Beckett is also a customer favorite, a half-pound burger topped with cheddar, a fried onion ring and curry mayo.
Billy Goat Tavern, 430 N. Michigan Ave.
Known for the <a href="http://www.hulu.com/watch/3533/saturday-night-live-the-olympia-restaurant" target="_hplink">famous SNL skit</a>, the Billy Goat is a Chicago staple. Their simple and tasty burgers are perfect with an ice cold American beer--and remember: No Coke, Pepsi.
Longman & Eagle, 2657 N. Kedzie Ave.
<a href="http://longmanandeagle.com/" target="_hplink">Longman & Eagle</a> might be known for their less conventional options (roasted bone marrow, wild boar sloppy joe, grilled pork cheek) but their burger option shines as well. The Slagel Family Farms burger with aged Windmer's cheddar, Neuske's bacon, beef fat fries and brioche is HuffPost reader Tracey G.'s fave, but she wants to keep it on the down low: "The wait is too long as it is," she said. Oops.
Choppers, 1659 N. Ashland Ave.
Many love to stop in and have the Choppak which is a double cheeseburger that comes with fries and coleslaw. HuffPost reader Nabor G. said Choppers has "one of the best [burgers] in Chicago."
Five Guys, 2140 N. Clybourn
With more than 250,000 possible ways to order a burger, how can you go wrong? HuffPost Reader Paul R. like Five Guys because they have a "really simple, to-the-point menu and amazing cajun fries."
DMK Burger Bar, 2954 N. Sheffield Ave.
DMK has downright <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ecc0nbg9m-8" target="_hplink">tasty burgers</a>. Their burgers feature grass-fed meat, artisan cheeses and, of course, love. They also have a <a href="http://www.dmkburgerbar.com/DMK_BurgerMenu_DEC_round3.pdf" target="_hplink">very impressive menu</a> of fries, including parmesan fries with truffle cream and fries covered with Amish blue cheese and smoked bacon. Yum.
Illinois Bar & Grill On 47th, 4135 W. 47th St.
Known for their delicious half-pound cheeseburger, HuffPost reader Alicia D. thinks, "their burgers are just awesome!"
M Burger, 161 E. Huron St.
M Burger has two downtown locations, prices that are easy on the pocket and delicious food. Reader Monica P. says, "simple menu, amazing burger!"
The Bad Apple, 4300 N. Lincoln Ave.
The Bad Apple's burger menu <a href="http://www.badapplebar.com/burgers/" target="_hplink">is extensive</a> and packed with all-natural ingredients. HuffPost reader Vanessa F. says, "I had the Black 'N Blue, blackened burger with Belgian Ale blue cheese sauce, lettuce, pickle, onion, tomato it was made medium rare, tender, juicy and the blue cheese sauce added a perfect kick of flavor in my mouth."
Portillo's Hot Dogs, 100 W. Ontario St.
Sure, they're known for their hot dogs, but don't overlook the burger! With a few locations around town, find out if you agree with HuffPost reader Mark W., who is a big fan of the double bacon cheeseburger.
Cobra Lounge 235 N Ashland Ave Chicago, IL
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Moody's Pub Burger
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sola wagyu burger
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Rootstock Wine & Beer Bar, 954 N. California Ave
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Owen & Engine Burger
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The " AMERICAN DREAM " Square Bar and Grill
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The Famous Motherlode Burger from the Claim Company
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Faux Poutine Burger with Bacon, Wiener and Still Champion
<a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Champion_Wiener"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/631612805/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Champion_Wiener">Champion Wiener</a>:<br />Burger topped with Garlic Aioli, Cheddar Cheese, Fried Gravy Patty and Fries
Bobby's Big Bacon Burger by Butch McGuire's in the Gold Coast
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