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Guide: Where to Find Exotic Burgers

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The hamburger has come a long way since it's American beginning as carnival food. Nowadays the types of burgers, and the meats and toppings used, run the creative gamut. Chicago is no exception, see for yourself.


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The Peasantry

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Though not a beef alternative, the hanger steak and bone marrow burger at the Peasantry makes the list because of its sheer intensity of burger spirit. Served with pickled cauliflower, shallotmarmalade, arugula and manchego cheese, it may be nap-inducing in the best way.

Jerry's Sandwiches

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Nestled just off Damen on Division, Jerry's Sandwiches will satisfy any creole craving coming its way with its salmon and crawfish burger. The wide variety of accoutrements available like fried green tomatoes and country bacon add to the experience.

DMK Burger Bar

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There are so many options at DMK, it can be overwhelming. Those looking for something literally a little funky should go for the Bison Burger with goat cheese, pickled onion and blueberry BBQ sauce.

Vincent

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This Andersonville gem serves up a lamb burger with montchevre cheese and violet mustard. Sides of pleasant service and class are complimentary.

Wheel House

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Those with the desire for wild game in sandwich form can check out Wheel House. Grab a beer and an Elk Burger with caramelized onion aioli and pickled peppers and enjoy a game or some company.

The Gage

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A properly cooked burger dressed in a suit and tie can be a real treat. For that reason the Gage's venison burger, served with smoked gouda, fried jalapeño, and woodland mushrooms makes the list as an exotic burger.

The Local Chicago

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A lighter option can be found on the Gold Coast as The Local will be serving an Ahi Tuna Burger with pickled daikon and kimchi. Add some sesame-wasabe ailoi and it becomes an inviting reason to go outside of the box and into the ocean.

Duke's Bar & Grill

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Have a hankering for a classic burger alternative in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere? Duke's Bar and Grill will snag all that action with its choice of ostrich and bison (among many others) in various styles. Also worth mentioning is their $100 Kobe beef, truffle and lobster burger with gold leaf served on a pretzel bun.

Max's Take Out

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Get in and get out holding a lamb and beef burger with all the gyro accompaniments like tzaziki sauce, onions and tomatoes.

Burger Bar Chicago

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Certainly there should be lots of options at Burger Bar, but the exotic standout is the Banh Mi Burger with curried pork, crispy pork belly, bacon aioli, chickenliver pate and daikon slaw.

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The Peasantry

Though not a beef alternative, the hanger steak and bone marrow burger at the Peasantry makes the list because of its sheer intensity of burger spirit. Served with pickled cauliflower, shallotmarmalade, arugula and manchego cheese, it may be nap-inducing in the best way.

Jerry's Sandwiches

Nestled just off Damen on Division, Jerry's Sandwiches will satisfy any creole craving coming its way with its salmon and crawfish burger. The wide variety of accoutrements available like fried green tomatoes and country bacon add to the experience.

DMK Burger Bar

There are so many options at DMK, it can be overwhelming. Those looking for something literally a little funky should go for the Bison Burger with goat cheese, pickled onion and blueberry BBQ sauce.

Vincent

This Andersonville gem serves up a lamb burger with montchevre cheese and violet mustard. Sides of pleasant service and class are complimentary.

Wheel House

Those with the desire for wild game in sandwich form can check out Wheel House. Grab a beer and an Elk Burger with caramelized onion aioli and pickled peppers and enjoy a game or some company.

The Gage

A properly cooked burger dressed in a suit and tie can be a real treat. For that reason the Gage's venison burger, served with smoked gouda, fried jalapeño, and woodland mushrooms makes the list as an exotic burger.

The Local Chicago

A lighter option can be found on the Gold Coast as The Local will be serving an Ahi Tuna Burger with pickled daikon and kimchi. Add some sesame-wasabe ailoi and it becomes an inviting reason to go outside of the box and into the ocean.

Duke's Bar & Grill

Have a hankering for a classic burger alternative in a comfortable and inviting atmosphere? Duke's Bar and Grill will snag all that action with its choice of ostrich and bison (among many others) in various styles. Also worth mentioning is their $100 Kobe beef, truffle and lobster burger with gold leaf served on a pretzel bun.

Max's Take Out

Get in and get out holding a lamb and beef burger with all the gyro accompaniments like tzaziki sauce, onions and tomatoes.

Burger Bar Chicago

Certainly there should be lots of options at Burger Bar, but the exotic standout is the Banh Mi Burger with curried pork, crispy pork belly, bacon aioli, chickenliver pate and daikon slaw.

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