Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the best affordable burger sources in Chicago, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to venture next time you're on the hunt.
1. Portillo's Hot Dogs
Topping the list is Portillo's Hot Dogs. Located at 100 W. Ontario in River North, the spot to score hot dogs, salads and burgers is the most popular low-priced burger spot in Chicago, boasting four stars out of 5,526 reviews on Yelp. The spot also offers chicken sandwiches.
"Founded as a hot dog stand outside Chicago in 1963 by Dick Portillo, Portillo's has grown to 40 restaurants across the country," per the history section of its Yelp profile.
Furthermore, we found this about the business's signature items: "Home to America's favorite Chicago-style hot dogs, Italian beef, burgers, salads and chocolate cake," it notes on Yelp in the section highlighting specialties.
2. Flub A Dub Chub's
Next up is Lake View East's Flub A Dub Chub's, situated at 3021 N. Broadway. (between Wellington and Barry avenues). With 4.5 stars out of 670 reviews on Yelp, the spot to score hot dogs and burgers has proven to be a local favorite for those looking for an inexpensive option. The spot also offers milkshakes on the menu.
Ed. C. noted, "Great find today. This is a great burger joint!"
Yelper Trevor B. wrote, "Great place to grab a Chicago dog and some burgers."
3. UB Dogs
The Loop's UB Dogs, located at 185 N. Franklin St. (between Lake and Adams streets), is another top choice, with Yelpers giving the affordable spot to score hot dogs and burgers 4.5 stars out of 495 reviews. Try a chili cheese dog.
Yelper Kevin K., who reviewed UB Dogs on Jan. 20, wrote, "Great place for a quick cheap lunch. Classic Chicago dogs are done well and other options as well."
4. Superdawg Drive-In
Superdawg Drive-In, a spot to score hot dogs and burgers in Norwood Park East, is another high-traffic, inexpensive go-to, with four stars out of 1,557 Yelp reviews. Head over to 6363 N. Milwaukee Ave. (between Nagle and Highland avenues) to see for yourself. The spot was established in 1946, according to the website.