#1. The Ace Burger from Three Aces
Thanks to the bone marrow salt, this one was exceptionally beefy and salty. Devouring an entire one of these probably would have been a bit overwhelming, and there is no doubt that it was excessive, but at least it was tasty excess. It was easy to see why this was the winner of the People's Choice Award.
#2. Wagyu Burger with Smoky Asian BBQ Sauce from Yoshi's Café
There's a lot here, but it's all surprisingly balanced and restrained, allowing the beef to still shine through. This picked up the "judge-selected Allen Brothers Award."
#3. Allium Burger from Allium at Four Seasons Chicago
Straightforward, but satisfying. Of course, I already knew that this burger was good.
The Rest, Part Two: Palmer Place, Benny's Chop House, Jake Melnick's Corner Tap, III Forks
Top Right: Benny's Burger from Benny's Chop House
Bottom Left: BB&Q Burger from Jake Melnick's Corner Tap
Bottom Right: The Conquistador from III Forks Chicago
The Rest, Part 3: Henri/The Gage, Rockit, Mity Nice, Gene & Georgetti
Top Right: Saltimbocca Burger from Rockit Bar & Grill/Rockit Burger Bar
Bottom Left: French Onion Burger from Mity Nice
Bottom Right: The Classic G&G Burger from Gene & Georgetti