For Franchise Info: 720.710.1790


Now’s the time to join DMK Burger Bar and be a part of the burger revolution.


Now’s the time to join DMK Burger Bar Franchising and be a part of the burger revolution.



David Morton and Michael Kornick have had a love for food and the experience of sharing food with others, for as long as they can remember. Beginning as childhood friends, both remained immersed in the food world; Kornick taking over the kitchen and Morton making entrepreneurial strides. After earning many accolades and awards for their distinct skill sets within the restaurant industry, the duo formed a dynamic partnership known as, DMK.

Today the restaurant-scene powerhouse, DMK, is on a mission to take Chicago’s top burger franchise business – fries, shakes, and all – global!

Following a yearlong expedition across America to find the best burgers, David Morton (of Morton’s Steakhouse family) and Chef Michael Kornick (5-time James Beard Award nominee) noticed that America’s favorite food, the burger, had never truly received the respect it deserved.

In 2009, they took on the opportunity to infuse the burger with true culinary passion, created the most unparalleled gourmet burger dining experience, and opened their first DMK Burger Bar in Lakeview, located in Chicago, IL. In that first year, their location exceeded even David’s and Michael’s high expectations for financial performance, becoming a top burger business in the area, so the decision was quickly made to add a second, third, and eventually a fourth location.

DMK Burger Bar began to receive widespread media attention with a feature on, the Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. The burger business went on to claim awards and mentions for Best Fries in Chicago by Chicago Magazine, Best Veggie Burger in Chicago by the Chicago Tribune, one of the 10 Best Burgers in America by Fox News, and highlighted as one of the 5 Best New Burger Concepts in America by Bon Appetit.  

With continued national coverage, it was evident that David and Michael’s franchise burger concept would succeed in new markets across the country.

So, in 2017 DMK partnered with fellow Chicago native, David Grossman, to launch a national DMK Burger franchise program.

As a lifelong player in the franchise side of the restaurant industry, Grossman has helped open more than 1,000 franchise locations and has helped dozens of entrepreneurs find success as Franchise Partners. His expertise will help to mentor new DMK Burger Franchise Partners, as the trio continues to establish DMK as the top burger franchise brand in America.

Hear From David Grossman and Chef Michael Kornick Talk About the History of DMK Burger Bar

Hear From David Grossman and Chef Michael Kornick Talk About the History of DMK Burger Bar



DMK Burger Bar was founded in an effort to not only fill the gap that exists between fast-food burgers and fine-dining restaurant burgers but to also create an atmosphere that invites people to enjoy themselves and keep coming back.

Here are a few other ways that we stand out:

Chef Designed Menu

Our entire menu was designed and created from scratch by our five-time James Beard Nominated Chef, Chef Michael Kornick. Chef Kornick’s menu is built around 100% grass-fed beef patties and bison, as well as all-natural turkey, sustainable seafood, and organic produce. We use only the finest russet potatoes that we hand-cut, daily, and we top our fries with aged parmesan and truffle cream. All of our ingredients are thoughtfully sourced and our gourmet combinations make us exquisitely unique and one of the top burger franchises there is.

Award-Winning Concept

Opening a DMK Burger Bar Franchise means bringing an award-winning menu and concept to your communities. Our burger restaurants have been featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, and has been awarded the “Best Fries in Chicago,” by Chicago Magazine, named one of the “10 Best Burgers in America,” by Fox News, highlighted as one of the “5 Best New Burger Concepts in America,” by Bon Appetit, and named “Chicago’s Most Iconic Burger,” by Eater.

THE Superior Experience

At DMK Burger Bar, we’ve moved away from the typical burger restaurant. Here, we are committed to not only crafting the best burger that our customers have ever had but to also create a high-quality dining experience that would normally be expected in an upscale steakhouse. We care about every aspect of your experience, so hospitality is just as important as the food we create and our employees are the kind of people who take real joy in their extending this service to our customers. To us, our guests are more than just a number- they’re family.

Beer, Wine, and Cocktails

A carefully curated wine list, beer list, and delicious cocktails are of vital importance for our premier burger experience. We actually work with the local breweries in your community, as well, to bring a unique, local flavor to all of our DMK Burger Bar restaurants.




Fill out our form below to learn more about DMK Burger Bar.

First Name*

Last Name*


Mobile Phone*


Zip Code*