The burgers at Hamburger Mary’s in the Andersonville neighborhood of Chicago strike the difficult-to-achieve balance between indulgent and excessive. Some burger places use fancy toppings to disguise a tasteless, overcooked patty — this is not the case at Mary’s. The patty is both juicy and liberally spiced with salt and pepper, plus is has a crispy crust — another desirable trait in a burger that they deliver quite well.
Mary’s offers nearly a dozen original burger combinations. One of their most popular options is the Barbara-Q Bacon Cheeseburger, which has crispy bacon, onion rings, Mary’s original bbq sauce, Mary’s Special Sauce, and melted cheddar and jack cheeses.
Many burger aficionados would recommend straying away from those burgers boasting so many toppings on their first outing to a restaurant in order to really test the quality of the burger. However, the toppings at Mary's only add to the dining experience. The bbq sauce and onion rings make the Barbara-Q burger truly outstanding. The sweet and tangy sauce mingles with the burger and other condiments, achieving a dynamic balance of flavors.
When it comes to choosing sides to accompany their burgers, some of the highlights include the French fries and bacon-potato salad. For an extra $1 you can upgrade to sweet potato fries, onion rings, or soup.
Hamburger Mary’s is so popular that there is often a wait to get a table. Whether you are craving a creative twist on a delicious stand-by or a truly delicious classic, the burgers at this Andersonville spot are well worth the wait.