The burger boom has left Chicago with infinite choices and possibilities. Don’t even waste your time trying to name an ingredient that hasn’t found its way to onto a freshly grilled slab of ground beef. (nut burger
So, when my wife said that she found the best burger in Chicago, I was excited. We’ve had a lot of burgers, but apparently there was just something different about this one. The following week, we showed up at Au Cheval with some friends, ready to see what all the fuss is about.
The thing about Au Cheval’s burger is that it’s nothing special, but that’s what makes it the best burger in Chicago. Prime beef patties, topped with cheddar cheese, resting on a toasted bun with a little sauce. That’s it! But it is oh so good.
The Au Cheval burger is cooked to perfection, crazy juicy and lacking the overbearing element that “specialty” burgers never fail to deliver. The absolute key, however, to Au Cheval’s success is nestling that perfectly cooked meat inside the perfect bun. It’s large, but really light, soaking up those juices and accenting, not overshadowing the beefy cheesy goodness. I hesitate to even mention the sauce because while amazing, it fits so harmoniously with the other ingredients that you barely realize it is there.
Au Cheval Grade: Best burger in Chicago. A+ for nailing the elusive burger to bun ratio!