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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Peasantry

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2723 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 868-4888
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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.

2. Jerry's Sandwiches

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1938 W Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
(773) 235-1006

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.

3. DMK Burger Bar

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2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 360-8686
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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.

4. Vincent

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1475 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
(773) 334-7168
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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.

5. Wheel House

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3553 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657
(773) 325-0123
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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.

6. The Gage

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24 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 372-4243
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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.

7. The Local Chicago

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198 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611

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.

8. Duke's Bar & Grill

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2616 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614
(773) 248-0250
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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.

9. Max's Take Out

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20 E Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603
(312) 553-0170
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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.

10. Burger Bar Chicago

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1578 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 255-0055
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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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1. The Peasantry

2723 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60614

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.

2723 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60614

2. Jerry's Sandwiches

1938 W Division St., Chicago, IL 60622

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.

1938 W Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622

3. DMK Burger Bar

2954 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

2954 N Sheffield Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

4. Vincent

1475 W Balmoral Ave, Chicago, IL 60640

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

1475 W Balmoral Ave
Chicago, IL 60640

5. Wheel House

3553 N Southport Ave, Chicago, IL 60657

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.

3553 N Southport Ave
Chicago, IL 60657

6. The Gage

24 S Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60603

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.

24 S Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603

7. The Local Chicago

198 East Delaware Place, Chicago, IL 60611

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.

198 East Delaware Place
Chicago, IL 60611

8. Duke's Bar & Grill

2616 N Clark St., Chicago, IL 60614

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.

2616 N Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

9. Max's Take Out

20 E Adams St, Chicago, IL 60603

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

20 E Adams St
Chicago, IL 60603

10. Burger Bar Chicago

1578 N Clybourn Ave, Chicago, IL 60642

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.

1578 N Clybourn Ave
Chicago, IL 60642

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