Heavy Metal Burgers at Kuma’s Corner

a plate of food with fries and cheese on it

I first heard about Kuma’s Corner when it was on food- television show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives a few years back. Since then, they have been on a bunch of other shows.

I’m a huge fan of burgers so eating one at Kuma’s Corner was at the top of my list on my recent trip to Chicago. It was actually the first thing we did after checking in to our hotel!

I remembered that many of the burgers were named after heavy metal bands but forgot how huge they were. Some of the burger names are: Iron Maiden, Lair of Minotaur, Led Zeppelin, Megadeath, Metallica, Pantera and Slayer.

a close-up of a door
Enter at your own risk
a group of people sitting at a bar
Check out the small kitchen on the top right

I loved the vibe at Kuma’s Corner from the moment I walked in. They were busy and I thought we were going to have a bit of a wait, but luckily I was wrong. Heavy Metal was playing, not blasting and the aroma of awesome burgers filled the air. The crowd was mixed, there were many tattooed metal fans as well as many “clean cut” diners.

It took a while to decide on which burger to order. I had a problem- too many tasty sounding options.

I decided to go with the “Howl”, a 10 oz. burger topped with red wine braised skirt steak, caramelized onions, Merkts Cheddar & fried potato strings.

a man holding a burger

The burger was massive. It was so big that it definitely took two hands to hold onto it while taking a bite. However, it wasn’t just a huge burger- it also tasted awesome! All of the ingredients seemed to work together to create such a great flavor. Considering how big and loaded with toppings the Howl was, it actually held together pretty well.

a man holding a burger

There was one problem that I had with the Howl. It was so big and tasty, however I wish that I had either eaten half or shared it. By the mid-way point I was getting pretty full.
Unfortunately, since we were visiting Chicago and did not have a fridge in the hotel room, it had to be finished on the spot! Oh the problems we face…

a plate of food on a table
Remnants of the Howl

From what we could tell, almost everyone at Kuma’s Corner took half of their burgers home. I’m pretty sure that my brother and I were in the minority of those finishing off their meal!

If you have a trip planned to Chicago, I’d definitely recommend stopping by Kuma’s Corner for an amazing burger. I know that next time I am back in town I’ll be heading back!

Kuma’s Corner is located at 2900 W. Belmont Ave. Chicago, IL phone: 773-604-8769
Check them out online HERE

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