Throw a stick in this town, and diners can hit upon some pretty great meat and bun combinations. Add cheese, and the trifecta is complete.

Before heading out to celebrate, here are the best of the bunch:

Kuma’s. Enough said.

• Zagat’s ranks Kuma’s Corner among top restaurants in Chicago

• Kuma’s ‘Ghost Burger’ named one of TIME’s most influential burgers of all time

Umami Burger opens today, in honor of the holiday.

• Umami Burger picks Wicker Park for first Chicago restaurant

But Zagat is also a fan of the Lockdown Bar’s offering. So much so, the restaurant rating guide named it the best burger.


• Eater Chicago: Where to Find the Hottest Chicago Burgers Right Now

• Time Out Chicago: Best burgers in Chicago

• Chicago Magazine: The New Whoppers: Five Extreme Burgers to Eat in Chicago

• Christian Science Monitor: National Cheeseburger Day is here: 20 ways to celebrate

• Chicagoist: The 12 most distinct burgers in Chicago

Zagat names Lockdown Bar & Grill burger best in Chicago