It seems only fitting to list down the best burger places in Washington, DC this 4th of July especially since DC is the capital of the United States and burgers are quite possibly, the most American of all food items. If you happen to be visiting and staying in Washington this Independence Day holiday, one might suggest that burger consumption is almost inevitable and if you’re counting calories, you definitely want to indulge on something worthwhile. With that in mind, here are the 8 best burger places in Washington, DC.
8 Best Burger Places in Washington, DC
1513 17th St., NW
Don’t come here with your recyclable bags expecting to buy bulk produce and organic milk, eggs and cheese because despite the name, it’s far from a grocery. The main draw at Duke’s Grocery is the Proper Burger, made with two tender beef patties, topped with Gouda cheese, house pickles, sweet chili sauce, fried red onions, and arugula. Some of DC’s devout burger enthusiasts claim that to miss eating it is equivalent to sacrilege.
Green Pig Bistro
1025 N. Fillmore St., Arlington, VA
A friend told me once that he was perplexed why it took so long before someone thought to mix bacon with the ground beef patty. When the folks at Green Pig Bistro in Arlington finally came up with the offering, he couldn’t help but gush about it. A self-proclaimed carnivore, he maintains that Clarendon eatery just topped the list of best burgers in Washington, DC thanks to its unconventional bacon cheeseburger.
Ray’s Hell Burger
1650 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA
If Washingtonians were ever asked to name the area’s best burger joint, I’m sure that Ray’s Hell Burger will be one of the top contenders especially since President Obama is one of its loyal customers. POTUS has been sighted at the Arlington location at least twice since in his eight years living in Washington, bringing with him heavyweight guests the likes of Vice President Joe Biden and then Russian president Dmitry Medvedev. Whether you get the plain “The Mack” or the fancy “B.I.G. Poppa”, you’re guaranteed to be pleased.
1601 14th St., NW
The French bistro Le Diplomate might be known for it’s sumptuous French cuisine but what many folks don’t realize is that it also serves a wicked “burger Americain” made with skinny double patties and garnished with red onions, pickles, American cheese and a slather of that creamy special sauce on its freshly made sesame brioche bun. It’s an indulgence at $17 per order but it does come with those addicting fries, so porquoi pas?
Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave., SE; 3291 M St., NW; 2110 Crystal Dr., Arlington, VA
It’s no secret that America’s first family likes their burgers and Good Stuff Eatery, a burger chain owned by Washington’s own Spike Mendelsohn, is one of the few places in the District where both the president and first lady can indulge on burgers; his, a traditional beef with crumbles of Roquefort cheese, thick and crisp bacon, and sweet onion marmalade aptly named the Prez Obama, and hers, a juicy turkey burger topped with caramelized onions, swiss cheese, ruby tomatoes, lettuce, and tangy south lawn herb garden mayo called the Michelle Melt.
Four Seasons Hotel Georgetown, 2800 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
The burgers at Bourbon Steak might seem a bit much in comparison to others on this list but it’s almost impossible to say no. The selection of patties range from 100% wagyu beef to lamb sourced from local farms. Don’t make the mistake of sitting down in the main dining room though because these scrumptious burgers are only available at the Lounge. Bourbon Steak deserves to be added to this list of best burger places in Washington, DC when the word on the street says that their burgers are even better than their fillet.
2312 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA
You can rationalize that eating at Alexandria’s Holy Cow burger joint is a good deed even though it’s probably not good for your heart simply because the place donates a quarter for every burger you order. You’ll even get to choose which local charity benefits. Thankfully, their burgers are very, very good so coming back for more is a very likely scenario. Try the Steak House, made with Angus beef and topped with truffle-creamed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, onions crisps & a Cabernet reduction.
Burger, Tap, Shake
2200 Pennsylvania Ave, NW; 4445 Wisconsin Ave, NW
The giant fresco of George Washington’s face welcomes fans of Burger, Tap & Shake, definitely one of the best burger places in Washington, DC. The original location in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood has always been popular with the nearby George Washington University students, thanks in part to their “Six Buck Chuck”. If you’re looking for great gourmet burgers at a value price, look no further.