Fan Favorites: Best Cheeseburgers in Lake County

People are passionate about their food. Some foods are polarizing, like the never-ending debate over the best kind of pizza: deep dish or East Coast (by the way, the answer is deep dish). Some foods are unifiers, like cheeseburgers. We all know a good cheeseburger when we see one, even if we don’t all like the same fixings. There’s no shortage of places in Lake County to grab a good burger. We’ve asked our fans to share their go-to places to grab burger in Lake County. From hole-in-the wall establishments to new franchises, Little Lake County has you covered.

best cheeseburger in lake county

45 North
43441 N. Rt. 45, Antioch  | 847-838-7004

The Claim Company
506 Hawthorn Center, Vernon Hills | 847) 247-1973
2000 Northbrook Court, Northbrook | (847) 291-9111
Maureen recommends the burgers at The Claim Company. Be sure to check out the Motherlode challenge!

Prairie Grass Cafe
601 Skokie Blvd., Northbrook | (847) 205-4433

 Blue cheese crust, charred tomato and romaine on top…And yes, leave off the bun!–Jessica

Moretti’s
164 S. Route 12, Fox Lake | (847)973-1800

Firkin
515 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville  |  847-367-6168

Firkin in Libertyville has a good one that is made from certified, grass-fed beef. –Jennifer and Jaime

Bulldogs Grill
122 S. Main St., Wauconda | 847-526-8234
Read Kristy’s review of Bulldogs.

Photo Source Portillo's on Facebook
Photo Source Portillo’s on Facebook

Portillo’s
6102 W. Grand Ave., Gurnee  |  847-264-5060
221 Townline Rd., Vernon Hills  |  847-367-7260
Read our story on the Grand Opening of Portillo’s in Gurnee.

Chessie’s Restaurant
200 Applebee St., Barrington | (847) 382-5020

Chessie’s in Barrington has amazing burgers. –Kari

Rita’s
13744 Rockland Rd., Lake Bluff | 847-362-0157

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Photo Source Twisted Burger on Facebook

Twisted Burger
217 Center St., Grayslake | 847-223-2388

Emil’s
604 N. Lake St., Mundelein | 847-566-8879
161 Center St., Grayslake | 847-543-8879

Jake Moran’s
57 S. Lake St., Mundelein | 847-566-5152

The Lodge
899 Main St., Antioch | 847-395-3373

Burgers and fries are great! And seriously–don’t skip the fries here, they’re awesome. While I have brought my kids here, keep in mind that it’s a pub. We tend to stick to lunch hours and eat on the back patio when weather permits.–Holly

Where is your favorite place to get a cheeseburger in Lake County? Tell us in the comments section.

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Stay-at-home mom who works! On again/off again work in family real estate business, babysitter, dog rescue and historical society volunteer all while chasing my new-found dream to be a writer.I live in Antioch with my husband, Jake, and kids, Cecilia (5) and Mark (3), and our dog Isabella. I'm an aspiring vegan (I cheat a lot), Jazzercise addict and runner. As a family, we love to travel and spend time outdoors. I love to go antique shopping and garage sale-ing, cook, and read in my (rare) free time.

1 Comment

  1. I went to the Claim Company just for the burger, which I found to be okay, nothing that great. I like my actual burger meat seasoned, not bland. I find that makes for a good starting base. In my personal opinion I find the best burger to be at 17 North in downtown Waukegan. It is a bar/pub so not the most kid friendly, but it has my all time favorite burger: Bacon, egg and cheeseburger!

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