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This local restaurant is top 5 for best burgers in Illinois, beef group says

A Mascoutah restaurant’s burger selection is top five in Illinois, according to the Illinois Beef Association.

Mascoutah Steak House was chosen out of more than 100 Illinois restaurants in the battle for the best burgers.

With burgers like the COBB Burger — topped with caramelized onions, bacon and blue cheese — and other toppings inspired by owner Fred Hannan’s trips across the world while he was in the military, Hannan said their burgers are special.

“We’re proud of the half-pounder — really juicy and really good,” Hannan said. “We’re able to top it with same toppings we use on our steaks.”

The steakhouse previously made the Illinois Beef Association’s top 10 steaks list in 2015 and top 5 steaks list in 2016.

“Celebrating Illinois’ best burgers is a subtle way to say ‘thank you’ to our hardworking cattlemen and women across the state and a way to tip our hats to those restaurants for putting great beef on the menu,” Joni Bucher, Illinois Beef Association president, said in a news release.

Also making the top five this year were: Gillerson’s Grubbery in Aurora, Ridott Corners in Ridott, Route No. 73 Brew & Chew in Pearl City and Small Town Saloon in Elizabeth.

Burger fans can vote online for their favorite restaurant of the top five. Votes can be cast at Illinois Beef Association’s website or on their Facebook page. Voting closes Aug. 7, and each voter will be entered to win one of three $50 gift certificates from the Illinois Beef Association.

The winning restaurant will take home a $1,000 grand prize.