There is something uniquely satisfying about biting into a thick, crunchy, and slightly spicy bratwurst sandwich. A good bratwurst sandwich will level the flavors so that each movement of your tongue brings you something new and delicious. Chicago is a blue collar city where hard workers want to eat something filling, so filling is what we found. We hunted out five of the best bratwurst sandwiches in all of Chicago for you so now it's your turn to take in that information, make a hard decision, and go out and to grab a fantastic lunch.
Our search to find the perfect bratwurst sandwich in Chicago would start out at the intersection of West Washington and Wells inside of little Hannah's Bretzel. Walking into Hannah's Bretzel is like walking back in time to a small German bakery where everything is fresh and everything is delicious. Here you'll find their legendary Bavarian Octuberfest Sandwich. This crunch, juicy little meal features chicken bratwurst covered in onions, honey, and Bavarian sauerkraut. Hannah's Bretzel prides themselves on offering largely organic meals served in a location that has a minimal carbon footprint thanks to their use of solar and wind energy.
Let's grab an Uber and head across town to North Lincoln Ave for some authentic Chicago-German fare. We are, of course, talking about grabbing a bite to eat at the famous Chicago Brauhaus. The Chicago Brauhaus has been serving locals for over 40 years now with their comfortable food and authentic German atmosphere. Our favorite bratwurst sandwich here, of which there are many, is the Sheboygan Bratwurst. The Sheboygan Bratwurst is spicy, grilled, and packed with two pork sausages and a pair of beef sausages. Yum! If this place doesn't do the trick you can head down to West Belmont Ave to grab a bite at Murphy's Red Hots. Known as one of the best hot dog spots in town, Murphy's also offers a delicious bratwurst sandwich. Murphy's has been serving up great food since the mid '80s in a small location on the north side of the city. The Usinger Bratwurst is served on top of a pretzel bun and topped with horseradish mustard, grilled onions, a pickle and a tomato.
Our final stop in town will lead you to the Berghoff. If you've been around Chicago before then you've no doubt heard about the Berghoff. Built by immigrants in 1898, the Berghoff has been serving up classic German fare for over 100 years. You can eat fancy here but you don't have to as their Bratwurst is delicious and affordable. The bratwurst served at the Berghoff is veal, covered in sauerkraut, and served on a classic and crispy pretzel roll.