Where to find the best burgers in Schaumburg
There aren’t that many places in the northern suburbs where you can find a really great hamburger. There’s the reliable Hackney’s. And there’s Jameson’s on Dundee in Arlington Heights, which is my personal favorite for burgers.
But now there’s a new restaurant to join the big-league burger ranks: Big Chef Burgers in Schaumburg and not far from Woodfield. Located in a strip-mall, the eatery has a contemporary feel and is bright and airy thanks to floor to ceiling windows in the front and the side.
Big Chef is actually owned by a well, big–6′ 6” chef, Cristiano Bassini. Bassini also owns the popular Italian Bapi Ristorane in Arlington Heights.
The burgers are fresh-ground and made from hormone-free, 100% Angus beef. They’re enormous too–1/2 pound.
I had the excellent Italian burger, which was topped with fresh, melted buffalo mozzarella and piled high with sun-dried tomatoes.
A mountain of fresh-cut fries come with the burgers (or other options such as sweet potato fries). The fries had the skin still on them and were a stand-out, near perfect–crunchy on the outside and soft and pillowy inside.
My husband had the brick-oven vegetarian pizza, a gorgeous and crispy specimen topped with roasted pepper and grilled eggplant along with zucchini and spinach. It was not only delicious, but a bargain at $8.
Actually right now, the pizzas are an absolute steal–half price when you eat-in Monday-Thursday from 4-7 p.m. Reason enough to try Big Chef!
We split the lentil salad–a healthy and tasty combination of lentils, roasted beets, baby greens, crumbled bleu cheese and asparagus with a balsamic dressing. The portion was more than big enough to split if you’re having a burger or pizza with it.
Word is that the gelato shakes and the desserts are divine, but the truth is we were too full to try them. Definitely next time.