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Your Guide to the North Shore’s Best Burgers 

From its meteoric rise to fame at the 1904 World’s Fair, the seemingly humble hamburger now inspires cravings that put us on the hunt to find the best between the bun. Thick or thin patties of juicy perfection, toasted brioche or pretzel variations and a dizzying range of toppers and condiments, the heavenly combos created by North Shore restaurants beckon. Sample from stand-outs on the list below or branch out with Where to Eat on Chicago’s North Shore.
 

Edzo's Burger Shop, Evanston
Edzo's Burger Shop, Evanston

Edzo’s Burger Shop
1571 Sherman Ave., Evanston 
Edzo’s in Downtown Evanston is a destination for burger aficionados. Pair the BBQ Bacon Cheddar Burger with Crazy Fries or The Spicy Sconnie with a Chocolate Milkshake, half the fun is switching up your combos. Upgrade your burger to grass-fed and Single, Double or Triple Griddled …or even Double-Double Animal-Style with two two-ounce, mustard-grilled freshly-ground beef patties, American cheese, grilled onions, Edzo sauce, pickles, lettuce and tomato. Name your fresh-cut fries style: cheesy, garlicy, crazy, loaded, truffled, Cajun or angry?
 

Bar Louie, Skokie
Bar Louie, Skokie

Bar Louie
5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie
The chef-inspired food at this original gastrobar culminates in their Craft Burgers with Louie's custom-blended patty on a toasted brioche bun with pickles and fries or tots (loaded or not) or a salad. The All-Nighter earns its name with garlic aioli, white cheddar, house-made spicy candied bacon and sunny egg. Or test drive the new Gastroburger, with shaved sirloin steak, garlic aioli, Provolone, queso and caramelized onions. Join Burger Nation any time every Tuesday with a Craft Burger with fries or tots for $5.
 

Hangar Two, Glenview
Hangar Two, Glenview

Hanger Two by Tangled Roots Brewing Co.
1100 N. Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
The new kid on the culinary block, Hangar Two is putting as much style and care into their menu as they did with their aviation-inspired design in tribute to the local naval airbase. Two 100% all-beef patties fly high with aged cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, house pickles and frites aioli. Vegetarians should sample the Roasted Cauliflower Burger: a chickpea and cauliflower creation with Swiss cheese, green goddess dressing, arugula, tomato and thin onions. Pair it with their English Mild, Pale Ale or Golden Ale. 
 

Peckish Pig, Evanston
Peckish Pig, Evanston

Peckish Pig
623 Howard St., Evanston
True to their pork-driven focus, Peckish Pig offers a spiced contender in their Beef & Chorizo Burger with Port Onions covered in your choice of goat cheese or smoked cheddar and their pub-style fries. You can also branch out with their Lamb Burger, Blackened Salmon Burger and Beyond Burger to give other flavors of wow their due. Their legendary Wednesdays get you Burger, Beer & Bourbon for just $15. Make that draft beer choice one of their seasonal suds from the adjacent brewery. 

 

Spears, Wheeling
Spears, Wheeling

Spears
723 N. Milwaukee Ave, Wheeling
Spears Bourbon Burgers Beer is a hip, all-natural, gourmet burger eatery with a sophisticated bourbon and craft beer bar. Their beef is 100% grass-fed, grass-finished and antibiotic/growth hormone-free. The eponymous Spears Burger dazzles with toppings of bone marrow, Merkts cheddar cheese, crispy onions and parsley vinaigrette on a brioche bun. Or catch a buzz on the Bacon Coffee Burger where the beef is coffee rubbed and topped with bourbon bacon, cheddar cheese, homemade Dr. Pepper BBQ sauce, arugula, onions and tomato on a pretzel bun.
 

Epic Burger, Evanston & Skokie
Epic Burger, Evanston & Skokie

Epic Burger
1622 Sherman Ave., Evanston & Old Orchard Rd. & Skokie Blvd., Skokie
Epic Burger is on a mission to offer non-processed, all-natural food at a reasonable price for “A More Mindful Burger.” The Epic BYO is a classic build-your-own opportunity with your choice of patty, cheese and toppings on brioche, wheat bun or bed of lettuce. So terrifically tasty they named it twice, the Epic Epic stacks Double Black Angus beef, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, pickle grilled onion with Epic sauce on a brioche bun. Add-ons are primo, too, with premium Wisconsin cheese, thick-cut bacon, fried egg or avocado.
 

The Happ Inn, Northfield
The Happ Inn, Northfield

The Happ Inn
305 Happ Rd., Northfield
Customize to your heart’s content with The Happ Inn Build a Burger on your choice of brioche, pretzel or wheat oat bun. Their Pick a Half Pound Patty can be Prime Beef, Mexican Turkey, Grass-fed Beef or Roasted Veggie & Black Bean. Select from five cheeses and inspired toppings like Applewood-smoked bacon, sunny side up egg, guacamole, grilled serranos or jalapenos or giardiniera. Then ponder which sauce will crown your dream burger: Horseradish, Blue Cheese Dressing, Chipotle Mayo, Poblano Crema or BQ. 
 

Fred's Garage, Winnetka
Fred's Garage, Winnetka

Fred’s Garage
574 Green Bay Rd., Winnetka
Hailed as a top outdoor dining spot, Fred’s Garage boasts a drool-inspiring Griddle Burger of a double patty, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle and remoulade on a brioche bun. Must-try specials crop up regularly like the Bacon & Blue Cheese Burger with sauteed mushrooms and onions, crispy onions, Dijon aioli and fries. The Salmon Burger stacks a house-made Atlantic salmon patty, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion and grain mustard aioli on a brioche bun. Side up with fries, Mixed Greens or Fred’s Slaw.
 

Grill House, Northbrook
Grill House, Northbrook

Grill House
3061 Dundee Rd., Northbrook
Armed with a super fresh focus of homemade recipes and an extensive menu for the whole family, popular Grill House makes all their burgers with 100% certified Black Angus Beef. The Grill House Burger sports Merkts cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, award-wining Nueske’s applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions and pickle. Definitely leave room for the Hand Spun Milk Shakes (Nutella, Vanilla, Oreo, Strawberry or Chocolate), Saganaki Cheese Curds and your pick of four (four!) kinds of Waffle Fries. 
 

Guildhall Restaurant, Glencoe
Guildhall Restaurant, Glencoe

Guildhall Restaurant
694 Vernon Ave., Glencoe
Working with local and artisanal purveyors to source the highest quality ingredients, Guildhall raised the bar for the American bistro experience channeling a European flair. Enjoy their crisp, modern dining room, greenhouses or patio with the Guildhall Burger, a juicy prime beef (or Impossible Burger) garnished with Havarti, grilled onion, house pickles and a legendary roasted garlic aioli on toasted brioche with house-made chips, fries or salad. Get some Avocado Dip for the table, too, with crudites and taro chips.
 

BurgerFi, Glenview
BurgerFi, Glenview

Burger Fi
1735 Milwaukee Ave., Glenview
BurgerFi has pledged that they are “RedeFining” the way we eat burgers. The star is their 100% natural American Angus beef with no steroids, antibiotics or growth hormones. The Ultimate Bacon Cheeseburger is crispy, cheesy perfection. The premium CEO Burger doubles down with a double Wagyu and brisket blend tricked out with homemade candied bacon-tomato jam, truffle aioli and aged Swiss cheese. Try one in a crisp lettuce cup with the Cry + Fry: fresh-cut fries AND double beer-battered onion rings.
 

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