We’ve enjoyed foie gras-laced burgers at Daniel Boulud’s db Brasserie in Vegas, but simplicity is surely the best way to highlight a hamburger’s high-quality ingredients. Eddie Lakin of Edzo’s has been kicking it old school since 2010, and though we’re almost abashed to ladle another plaudit upon him, his hamburger leverages house-ground beef (locally sourced, grass-fed, hormone-free, of course) to strike a satisfying balance between fine-dining finesse and drive-thru minimalism. If this powerfully primal sandwich is not fancy enough for you, upgrade with an order of truffle fries.
2218 N. Lincoln, 773.697.9909 and 1571 Sherman, Evanston, 847.864.3396, edzos.com
Audience Choice: Au Cheval, 800 W. Randolph, 312.929.4580, auchevalchicago.com
Best of Chicago 2014