Michael Jordan’s Steak House burgers are a slam dunk

Michael Jordan’s Steak House burgers are a slam dunk
Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

For the past three years, Michael Jordan’s Steak House has been celebrating the month of May, National Hamburger month, with a different burger for each day.

The burgers are named after various Chicago neighborhoods like the Pilsen Burger (May 9), the Taylor Street burger (May 29) and others; or famous people and politicians such as the Madigan vs. Rauner burger, that may just be a budget buster (May 27). They are also named for former employees such as Jocelyn Molina (May 16) and of course there's one for the man himself, MJ, The Big Mike--a winner just like its namesake.

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Michael Jordan's executive chef Craig Couper talks about some of his favorite burgers. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Tuesday evening at a "Burger Bootcamp" hosted by MJ's executive chef Craig Couper, the man behind the burgers, we were treated to a crash course in burger creation.

In addition to the burgers and the steak (it's a steakhouse so steak is a given) and the seafood, two must-trys at Michael Jordan's are Nueske’s Double Smoked Bacon drizzled with Burton's maple glaze ($15) and the Garlic Bread topped with a Wisconsin Roth Kase blue cheese fondue drizzle ($9).

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The Garlic Bread. Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

After those must-trys, out came the burgers. We tasted three burgers from the May menu:

  • The Patty Melt served on Marble Rye with Gruyere cheese, Caramelized Onions & Mustard Crème Fraiche (May 23);
  • the Black and Blue Burger with Cajun Seasoning SalemVille Blue Cheese & Balsamic Onions on a pretzel roll (May 15);
  • and the Big Mike Burger--kind of an upscale Whooper--served on a Sesame Bun with Special Sauce, Sweet Onion, Pickle & American Cheese.

All three burgers were moist, tender and had just the slightest tinge of pink when bitten into making them the perfect base for the toppings.

The outstanding wine, beer and spirits that accompanied our burger bash were embellished by a conversation with MJ's mixologist. mjmixologisthector1-1

Among the beverage offerings were a lager and and a stout--both made by local breweries, both very good. But the showstopper was the Perfect Pear, served in a martini glass--shaken, not stirred. The cocktail is a twist on the traditional martini made with a combination of Hendricks gin, pear, elderflower and black walnut bitters that are used to draw the jump man on top (15). mjcocktailperfectpear-1
Michael Jordan's Steak House spans two floors of the InterContinental Hotel (505 N. Michigan). It has a clubby intimate vibe with its rich woods and leathers, Cognac and bronze tones, subdued lighting and comfortable spaces from the welcoming bar area (on your left when you enter) to the main dining room and smaller dining areas upstairs.

Michael Jordan’s Steak House is open for lunch, dinner, drinks and late night. 505 N. Michigan  Avenue, Chicago.

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