It’s no surprise that burgers dominate the comfort food landscape during lunch and dinner, but why wait more than an hour after waking up to indulge your cravings? Breakfast burgers have been on the rise in Chicago lately, and we’ve mapped out several spots where you can scratch that itch in the a.m.
Cochon Volant: The decadent “Les Cheeseburger Royale” gets a serious breakfast upgrade at the Loop’s Cochon Volant Brasserie. It’s a dish that has amassed considerable renown in the downtown area, thanks to chef Matt Ayala’s culinary dexterity and talent. Now he’s adjusted it for the morning set by offering it on an English muffin for a bun, piling it all up with two patties, thick-cut bacon, onion confit, American cheese, Dijonnaise, and house pickles. An over-easy egg can be added for a supplemental charge.
Grange Hall Burger Bar: Not surprisingly, this places knows burgers. While it tends to be more popular and crowded at night, burgers dominate the breakfast menu of this pastoral West Loop haven as well. Try the open-faced breakfast burger, an unusual and wholly individual creation that consists of grass-fed beef served atop cinnamon-raisin French toast with Canadian and applewood bacon, maple syrup, sharp cheddar and a sunny-side up egg.
Rockit Burger Bar: (Will reopen soon) The maple aïoli is the thing that really seals the deal and puts this breakfast burger over the top. Available at brunch (the restaurant reopens for the season early April), the decadent sweet-and-savory creation contains double quarter pounder black Angus patties, two over-easy eggs, slab bacon, cheddar cheese and that creamy maple aïoli, all heaped on a fluffy brioche bun.
Latinicity: One of the coolest, most unique, breakfast-iest burgers in town can be found at Latinicity. The massive Latin food hall also serves Sunday brunch, which includes the end all-be all of breakfast burgers served on Belgium-style waffles in lieu of buns. The patty itself is a choriburger, adjoined by bacon, chipotle cheese sauce, fried egg, crema fresca and pico de gallo.
Butcher & the Burger: While this Lincoln Park eatery is almost entirely customizable with its grab bag assortment of burgers, buns, spices, sauces and toppings, it’s got the fixings to make one of the mightiest, breakfast-iest burgers in Chicago. Start with your choice of patty, which for all intents and purposes should be a house blend prime beef burger (or a sirloin steak burger if you want to create steak and eggs on a bun, essentially). Then opt for your spice blend of choice. Simple salt and pepper works well, as does the umami combo of garlic, ginger, scallions and sweet soy glaze. You can use a croissant as a bun, top it with caramelized onions, a fried egg (or even a duck egg) and thick-cut bacon and any kind of cheese imaginable.