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The Classic cheeseburger with brown butter aioli from Mélange.
The Classic cheeseburger with brown butter aioli from Mélange.
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25 Outstanding Burgers to Try in D.C.

In a burger-loving town, these patties stand tall

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The Classic cheeseburger with brown butter aioli from Mélange.
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A naturally portable food item that’s affordable by design, the humble hamburger has been a big seller for D.C. restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. D.C. has long had a high-low love affair with ground beef patties from high-end hotels and steakhouses — Bourbon Steak’s lounge burger checks both boxes — to powerhouse chains with Mid-Atlantic roots (Shake Shack, Five Guys), pop-ups and food trucks done good (Mélange, Swizzler), and, more recently, cheffed-up ghost kitchens like Ghost Burger, Gee Burger, and ABC Guys Burger & Fries. Most restaurants on this updated map are hyper-focused on the quality of beef they use and which cuts they blend into patties. Gourmet condiments and interesting accents abound. This list is all about animal protein, but veggie burger fans can turn here.

Restaurants on this map may temporarily close due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, so check with a business before showing up. D.C. allows indoor dining at 25 percent capacity. Many restaurants offer outdoor seating, but this should not be taken as endorsement for dining out, as there are still safety concerns. The Washington Post is tracking coronavirus cases and deaths in D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. More information can be found at coronavirus.dc.gov. Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Avenue

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5540 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 244-4567
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This neighborhood spot in Chevy Chase tops certified angus beef patties — one or two — with all the traditional cheeseburger accoutrements (shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and American cheese) but swaps ketchup for its tangy house “Avenue” sauce, served between a potato bun. Order carryout, with dine-in across the patio or inside.

The Avenue’s cheeseburger
The Avenue [official photo]

2. Slash Run

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201 Upshur St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20011
(202) 838-9929
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The rock-n-roll dive in Petworth sends out a strong nine-burger lineup built with 6-ounce Creekstone Farms beef patties. The “straight up and to the point” classic comes with lettuce, tomato, and onion, while an offbeat “Barstool Rodeo” barbecue works with finely ground coffee. Order online or dine in on its pink-and-black patio.

3. Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

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3126 12th St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20017
(202) 636-0050
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The Brookland neighborhood mainstay is known for its beloved Colonel burger (certified Angus beef, pickled onions, Tillamook cheddar, applewood smoked bacon on a brioche bun). Served with hand-cut fries, chips or a side salad. Do pickup, delivery, or patio dining.

4. Primrose

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3000 12th St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20017
(202) 248-4558
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Brookland’s feather-lined French bistro serves a mean burger that became even more prominent during a temporary pandemic pivot into Larry’s Chicken and Cheeseburgers. Served with fries, the gloriously greasy hit that can be made a double that comes with caramelized onion jam, and mayo. A kid’s version is available too. Order carryout and delivery, or sit and stay inside or on its patio.

5. Lucky Buns (Multilpe locations)

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2000 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 506-1713
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Chef Alex McCoy’s Adams Morgan hangout (and Union Market stall) is devoted to burgers that top Creekstone Farms beef with globetrotting condiments like bacon XO jam, pickled beetroot, or a Thai chili take on D.C.’s beloved mumbo sauce. Dine on-site or order online for pickup or delivery at both locations.

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6. Sandi Buns

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926-928 U St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 462-7232
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This virtual burger and fried chicken sandwich shop is based out of Service Bar, the U Street NW hangout that has built a strong following of regulars for regularly overdelivering on value. Virginia-raised angus beef from Seven Hills Food goes into a menu of burgers like the Puff Puff, a bacon-and-blue cheese number with a smoked patty, or a Nashville hot riff with apple butter and caramelized onions to even out the spice-bombed beef. Order for pickup or DoorDash delivery.

7. garden district

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1801 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20009
(202) 695-2626
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The Logan Circle beer garden and barbecue joint is a low-key option for one the best cheeseburgers in town. Order a burger basket, and supplement it with fried onion rings, fired pickle spears, or hush puppies.

Garden District’s burger
Garden District’s burger 
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8. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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Le Diplomate’s Burger Americain is a French-ified take on a Big Mac, complete with two patties, American cheese, pickles, onion, special sauce and, of course, pommes frites. Order delivery, takeout, or snag a reservations in its snazzy new outdoor dining nooks (or inside).

9. Fedwich

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1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20036

Federalist Pig pitmaster Rob Sonderman made the sandwich menu for this virtual kitchen based out of Kramer’s bookstore/cafe in Dupont. That includes a Fedburger that doubles up on smashed 4-ounce patties interspersed with melty American cheese, special sauce, and the usual trimmings on a brioche bun. For particularly famished parties, a third patty with even more cheese costs $2 more. Order for pickup or delivery on third-party apps.

10. Duke's Grocery

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6230, 1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-5623
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The “Proper Burger” that carries a registered trademark (gouda, pickles, charred onions, sweet chile sauce, arugula, garlic aioli, brioche bun) at Duke’s has launched the East London-style pub from the original location in Dupont to outposts in Woodley Park and Foggy Bottom. All offer delivery, takeout, or dine-in indoors and out.

11. Ghostburger

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1250 9th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 827-5237
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This virtual restaurant from Espita Mezcaleria and chef Rob Aikens, a devout burger designer, has been such a hit that the the Southern Mexican restaurant in Shaw serves its burgers, cheesesteaks, and wings to sit-down customers. There’s a classic option and a “Reuben-esque.” La Hamburguesa comes with queso Oaxaca, Espita’s salsa macha, and smoked tomatillo relish. Order for pickup or delivery.

Ghostburger’s La Hamburguesa is topped with white queso Oaxaca, rust-colored salsa macha, and smoked tomatillo relish to the patty
Ghostburger’s La Hamburguesa is topped with white queso Oaxaca, rust-colored salsa macha, and smoked tomatillo relish to the patty
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12. Unconventional Diner

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1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 847-0122
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Chef-owner David Deshaies upholds the burger standards he learned from mentor Michel Richard at Central, where a prime beef burger continues to wow downtown diners. Deshaies’s version at his cheeky diner in Shaw is a classic double cheeseburger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onions. Dine in or order pickup or delivery.

13. 43 Burger

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3236 M St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20007
(202) 333-9180
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Capitals bruiser Tom Wilson is the face of this virtual burger kitchen from local bar and grill institution Clyde’s. Hefty, pink burgers designed by corporate executive chef Stephen Lyons hold up well in transit and feature flavor combos like truffle aioli, cremini mushroom spread, and truffle cheese (Willy’s Way) or kimchi, Sriracha mayo, and Monterey jack. Delivery-only.

A bacon blue burger from 43 Burger
A bacon blue burger from 43 Burger
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14. PogiBoy

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1100 Vermont Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20005
(202) 681-7516
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Griddle burgers from this Filipino-American fast food stall inside the Block’s downtown D.C. food hall shine bright. Chefs Tom Cunanan and Paolo Dungca make their Pogi burgers with beef from Maryland’s Roseda Farms, secret sauce, American cheese, caramelized onions, and pickles. A more inventive To “Chino” Burger features a patty formed out the sweet cured pork belly (tocino) and longganisa sausage, all topped with grilled pineapple and green papaya pickle. Walk in or preorder for pickup here.

A Pogi burger with caramelized onions, American cheese, and secret sauce.
A Pogi burger with caramelized onions, American cheese, and secret sauce.
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15. Mélange

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449 K St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 289-5471
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This may be the most diligently crafted burger in all of the District. Before chef Elias Taddesse opened his standout burger shop full of Ethiopian and French influences in Mt. Vernon Triangle, he honed his recipe for three years at an attention-grabbing burger pop-up out of Wet Dog Tavern. A buttery bun, a deepy beefy mix of Roseda Farms cuts, and brown butter aioli make the Classic a total knockout. Order for pickup online, and grab a pint of Taddesse’s toast-flavored ice cream while you’re at it.

The Classic cheeseburger with brown butter aioli from Mélange.
The Classic cheeseburger with brown butter aioli from Mélange.
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16. Present Company Public House

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438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 289-1100
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This converted firehouse pub is a laboratory of sorts for erstwhile fine dining chef Lincoln Fuge, whose dry-aged cheeseburger comes with cheddar, smoked onion jam, lettuce, tomato, and black pepper mayo. Complement it with one of his Hook and Ladder hot sauces (go for the smoked habanero rye) and a side of homemade tots. Kick back on the patio with a craft beer or eat indoors.

17. Gee Burger

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627 H St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001
(202) 847-4455
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Brendan L’Etoile, the chef behind the bistro burgers at H2 Collective properties Chez Billy Sud, Cafe Colline, and Parc de Ville, developed the menu for this ghost kitchen running out of sibling spots in D.C., Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax. There are classic double smash burgers with secret sauce, some more typical spins (Swiss mushroom, barbecue bacon), and a Gee Washington Carver, with fried shallots, bacon, and peanut butter. Order pickup or delivery here.

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18. Proper 21 (Multiple locations)

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1319 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 847-3674
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Downtown sports bar Proper 21’s Proper Burger is a 7-ounce Angus beef patty topped with white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, and caramelized onions on a potato bun. There’s also a District Burger with crunchy chicken skin, Mumbo sauce, and DC Brau pale ale aioli. A second location, Proper 21K, opened along the lobbyist corridor in Foggy Bottom.

19. Good Stuff Eatery

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303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003
(202) 543-8222
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The original outpost of Good Stuff, open since 2008, has a famous fan in Barack Obama. Less illustrious regulars return to the Mendelsohn family business for farmhouse burgers on potato buns accented with horseradish mayo, Emmental Swiss cheese, or Vidalia onion rings. The toasted marshmallow shake is a must-try. Order takeout online here.

Obama Takes Staff Members Out To Lunch At Local DC Restaurant
A file photo from 2011 shows then-President Barack Obama enjoying lunch at Good Stuff with members of his administration
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20. Tune Inn

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331 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-2725
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Locals swear by this Capitol Hill dive bar’s Patty Melt, which comes served on buttery bread and oozes with greasy goodness. Walk-ups welcome on a daily basis for patio seating and indoor dining.

21. Little Pearl

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921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003
(202) 618-1868
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The Michelin-starred Capitol Hill cafe offers its famed cheeseburger (brisket and dry-aged strip loin, cheddar, caramelized onions) out of a grab-and-go coffee window that operates Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

22. Red Apron Butchery (Multiple locations)

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1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003

Nathan Anda’s Red Apron whole-animal butcher shops have a trusted name in D.C., particularly when it comes to ground beef. Locations in Union Market and Fairfax’s Mosaic District offer up classic double smash burgers topped with “island sauce.” The newest outpost, located inside Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Capitol Hill food hall, the Roost, serves the original Red Apron burger and a maximalist Ginsburger with a beef patty, a chorizo patty, smoked pimento cheese, jalapeno relish, and cabbage slaw. Beef fat fries are available a la carte.

The Red Apron at the Roost sells a Ginsburger with a beef patty, a chorizo patty, smoked pimento cheese, jalapeno relish, and cabbage slaw
The Red Apron at the Roost sells a Ginsburger with a beef patty, a chorizo patty, smoked pimento cheese, jalapeno relish, and cabbage slaw
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23. ABC Pony

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2 I St SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003
(202) 913-8155
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While the public health crisis has forced restaurants to maximize creativity with lean staffs, Erik Bruner-Yang’s all-day cafe in Navy Yard has turned to a Five Guys-style burger menu full of eye-opening flourishes to get through. Chef Armani Johnson’s namesake creation, the AJ, tops a Creekstone Farms beef patty with a surprisingly light crab dip, Old Bay onions, and shredded lettuce. There’s also an EBY, with char siu-style bacon, smoked aioli, grilled onions, jalapeno, and cheddar. Build-your-own options include a chili crisp ranch, and one of ABC Pony’s opening hits, a Filipino-meets-Italian lumpia full of meatballs and burrata, is available as a stellar side. Preorder for pickup or Caviar delivery.

The AJ burger from ABC Pony has crab dip and Old Bay onions
The AJ burger from ABC Pony has crab dip and Old Bay onions
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24. Swizzler

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1259 First St SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003
(202) 930-1499
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The D.C. food truck known for environmentally conscious versions of American cookout classics opened its first standalone restaurant in Navy Yard. Pillowy bread from Pop’s Buns in Northeast hold grass-fed beef patties sourced from Joyce Farms, a regenerative agriculture co-op in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Single cheeseburgers described as a “snack” start at just $3.89 before add-ons. Swizzler is also indefinitely parked at NoMa’s WunderGarten.

Swizzler’s “Swizz Stack” (grass-fed beef, arugula, dill pickle, stack sauce) and Parmesan truffle fries.
Swizzler’s “Swizz Stack” (grass-fed beef, arugula, dill pickle, stack sauce) and Parmesan truffle fries.
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25. The Salt Line

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-2368
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The sprawling riverfront spot next to Nationals Park is known for its seafood towers and lobster rolls, but chef Kyle Bailey knows his way around a burger, too. The Salt Line’s version involves two ground chuck patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo, and a sesame bun. Go the takeout route, reserve a seat across its huge patio, or sit inside.

1. The Avenue

5540 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
The Avenue’s cheeseburger
The Avenue [official photo]

This neighborhood spot in Chevy Chase tops certified angus beef patties — one or two — with all the traditional cheeseburger accoutrements (shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and American cheese) but swaps ketchup for its tangy house “Avenue” sauce, served between a potato bun. Order carryout, with dine-in across the patio or inside.

5540 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

2. Slash Run

201 Upshur St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20011

The rock-n-roll dive in Petworth sends out a strong nine-burger lineup built with 6-ounce Creekstone Farms beef patties. The “straight up and to the point” classic comes with lettuce, tomato, and onion, while an offbeat “Barstool Rodeo” barbecue works with finely ground coffee. Order online or dine in on its pink-and-black patio.

201 Upshur St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20011

3. Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

3126 12th St NE, Washington, D.C., DC 20017

The Brookland neighborhood mainstay is known for its beloved Colonel burger (certified Angus beef, pickled onions, Tillamook cheddar, applewood smoked bacon on a brioche bun). Served with hand-cut fries, chips or a side salad. Do pickup, delivery, or patio dining.

3126 12th St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20017

4. Primrose

3000 12th St NE, Washington, D.C., DC 20017

Brookland’s feather-lined French bistro serves a mean burger that became even more prominent during a temporary pandemic pivot into Larry’s Chicken and Cheeseburgers. Served with fries, the gloriously greasy hit that can be made a double that comes with caramelized onion jam, and mayo. A kid’s version is available too. Order carryout and delivery, or sit and stay inside or on its patio.

3000 12th St NE, Washington
D.C., DC 20017

5. Lucky Buns (Multilpe locations)

2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Lucky Buns/Official

Chef Alex McCoy’s Adams Morgan hangout (and Union Market stall) is devoted to burgers that top Creekstone Farms beef with globetrotting condiments like bacon XO jam, pickled beetroot, or a Thai chili take on D.C.’s beloved mumbo sauce. Dine on-site or order online for pickup or delivery at both locations.

2000 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Sandi Buns

926-928 U St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001

This virtual burger and fried chicken sandwich shop is based out of Service Bar, the U Street NW hangout that has built a strong following of regulars for regularly overdelivering on value. Virginia-raised angus beef from Seven Hills Food goes into a menu of burgers like the Puff Puff, a bacon-and-blue cheese number with a smoked patty, or a Nashville hot riff with apple butter and caramelized onions to even out the spice-bombed beef. Order for pickup or DoorDash delivery.

926-928 U St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

7. garden district

1801 14th St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20009
Garden District’s burger
Garden District’s burger 
Garden District [official]

The Logan Circle beer garden and barbecue joint is a low-key option for one the best cheeseburgers in town. Order a burger basket, and supplement it with fried onion rings, fired pickle spears, or hush puppies.

1801 14th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20009

8. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Le Diplomate’s Burger Americain is a French-ified take on a Big Mac, complete with two patties, American cheese, pickles, onion, special sauce and, of course, pommes frites. Order delivery, takeout, or snag a reservations in its snazzy new outdoor dining nooks (or inside).

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

9. Fedwich

1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20036

Federalist Pig pitmaster Rob Sonderman made the sandwich menu for this virtual kitchen based out of Kramer’s bookstore/cafe in Dupont. That includes a Fedburger that doubles up on smashed 4-ounce patties interspersed with melty American cheese, special sauce, and the usual trimmings on a brioche bun. For particularly famished parties, a third patty with even more cheese costs $2 more. Order for pickup or delivery on third-party apps.

1517 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20036

10. Duke's Grocery

6230, 1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The “Proper Burger” that carries a registered trademark (gouda, pickles, charred onions, sweet chile sauce, arugula, garlic aioli, brioche bun) at Duke’s has launched the East London-style pub from the original location in Dupont to outposts in Woodley Park and Foggy Bottom. All offer delivery, takeout, or dine-in indoors and out.

6230, 1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Ghostburger

1250 9th St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001
Ghostburger’s La Hamburguesa is topped with white queso Oaxaca, rust-colored salsa macha, and smoked tomatillo relish to the patty
Ghostburger’s La Hamburguesa is topped with white queso Oaxaca, rust-colored salsa macha, and smoked tomatillo relish to the patty
Ghostburger [official]

This virtual restaurant from Espita Mezcaleria and chef Rob Aikens, a devout burger designer, has been such a hit that the the Southern Mexican restaurant in Shaw serves its burgers, cheesesteaks, and wings to sit-down customers. There’s a classic option and a “Reuben-esque.” La Hamburguesa comes with queso Oaxaca, Espita’s salsa macha, and smoked tomatillo relish. Order for pickup or delivery.

1250 9th St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

12. Unconventional Diner

1207 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

Chef-owner David Deshaies upholds the burger standards he learned from mentor Michel Richard at Central, where a prime beef burger continues to wow downtown diners. Deshaies’s version at his cheeky diner in Shaw is a classic double cheeseburger with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and caramelized onions. Dine in or order pickup or delivery.

1207 9th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. 43 Burger

3236 M St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20007
A bacon blue burger from 43 Burger
A bacon blue burger from 43 Burger
43 Burger [official]

Capitals bruiser Tom Wilson is the face of this virtual burger kitchen from local bar and grill institution Clyde’s. Hefty, pink burgers designed by corporate executive chef Stephen Lyons hold up well in transit and feature flavor combos like truffle aioli, cremini mushroom spread, and truffle cheese (Willy’s Way) or kimchi, Sriracha mayo, and Monterey jack. Delivery-only.

3236 M St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20007

14. PogiBoy

1100 Vermont Ave NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20005
A Pogi burger with caramelized onions, American cheese, and secret sauce.
A Pogi burger with caramelized onions, American cheese, and secret sauce.
Costa Dino Kirkwood/For Pogiboy

Griddle burgers from this Filipino-American fast food stall inside the Block’s downtown D.C. food hall shine bright. Chefs Tom Cunanan and Paolo Dungca make their Pogi burgers with beef from Maryland’s Roseda Farms, secret sauce, American cheese, caramelized onions, and pickles. A more inventive To “Chino” Burger features a patty formed out the sweet cured pork belly (tocino) and longganisa sausage, all topped with grilled pineapple and green papaya pickle. Walk in or preorder for pickup here.

1100 Vermont Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20005

15. Mélange

449 K St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001
The Classic cheeseburger with brown butter aioli from Mélange.
The Classic cheeseburger with brown butter aioli from Mélange.
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

This may be the most diligently crafted burger in all of the District. Before chef Elias Taddesse opened his standout burger shop full of Ethiopian and French influences in Mt. Vernon Triangle, he honed his recipe for three years at an attention-grabbing burger pop-up out of Wet Dog Tavern. A buttery bun, a deepy beefy mix of Roseda Farms cuts, and brown butter aioli make the Classic a total knockout. Order for pickup online, and grab a pint of Taddesse’s toast-flavored ice cream while you’re at it.

449 K St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

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16. Present Company Public House

438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001

This converted firehouse pub is a laboratory of sorts for erstwhile fine dining chef Lincoln Fuge, whose dry-aged cheeseburger comes with cheddar, smoked onion jam, lettuce, tomato, and black pepper mayo. Complement it with one of his Hook and Ladder hot sauces (go for the smoked habanero rye) and a side of homemade tots. Kick back on the patio with a craft beer or eat indoors.

438 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

17. Gee Burger

627 H St NW, Washington, D.C., DC 20001
Gee Burger [official]

Brendan L’Etoile, the chef behind the bistro burgers at H2 Collective properties Chez Billy Sud, Cafe Colline, and Parc de Ville, developed the menu for this ghost kitchen running out of sibling spots in D.C., Arlington, Falls Church, and Fairfax. There are classic double smash burgers with secret sauce, some more typical spins (Swiss mushroom, barbecue bacon), and a Gee Washington Carver, with fried shallots, bacon, and peanut butter. Order pickup or delivery here.

627 H St NW, Washington
D.C., DC 20001

18. Proper 21 (Multiple locations)

1319 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Downtown sports bar Proper 21’s Proper Burger is a 7-ounce Angus beef patty topped with white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, and caramelized onions on a potato bun. There’s also a District Burger with crunchy chicken skin, Mumbo sauce, and DC Brau pale ale aioli. A second location, Proper 21K, opened along the lobbyist corridor in Foggy Bottom.

1319 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

19. Good Stuff Eatery

303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., DC 20003
Obama Takes Staff Members Out To Lunch At Local DC Restaurant
A file photo from 2011 shows then-President Barack Obama enjoying lunch at Good Stuff with members of his administration
Roger L. Wollenberg-Pool/Getty Images

The original outpost of Good Stuff, open since 2008, has a famous fan in Barack Obama. Less illustrious regulars return to the Mendelsohn family business for farmhouse burgers on potato buns accented with horseradish mayo, Emmental Swiss cheese, or Vidalia onion rings. The toasted marshmallow shake is a must-try. Order takeout online here.

303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003

20. Tune Inn

331 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

Locals swear by this Capitol Hill dive bar’s Patty Melt, which comes served on buttery bread and oozes with greasy goodness. Walk-ups welcome on a daily basis for patio seating and indoor dining.

331 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

21. Little Pearl

921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., DC 20003

The Michelin-starred Capitol Hill cafe offers its famed cheeseburger (brisket and dry-aged strip loin, cheddar, caramelized onions) out of a grab-and-go coffee window that operates Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003

22. Red Apron Butchery (Multiple locations)

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, D.C., DC 20003
The Red Apron at the Roost sells a Ginsburger with a beef patty, a chorizo patty, smoked pimento cheese, jalapeno relish, and cabbage slaw
The Red Apron at the Roost sells a Ginsburger with a beef patty, a chorizo patty, smoked pimento cheese, jalapeno relish, and cabbage slaw
Rey Lopez/Eater D.C.

Nathan Anda’s Red Apron whole-animal butcher shops have a trusted name in D.C., particularly when it comes to ground beef. Locations in Union Market and Fairfax’s Mosaic District offer up classic double smash burgers topped with “island sauce.” The newest outpost, located inside Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Capitol Hill food hall, the Roost, serves the original Red Apron burger and a maximalist Ginsburger with a beef patty, a chorizo patty, smoked pimento cheese, jalapeno relish, and cabbage slaw. Beef fat fries are available a la carte.

1401 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003

23. ABC Pony

2 I St SE, Washington, D.C., DC 20003
The AJ burger from ABC Pony has crab dip and Old Bay onions
The AJ burger from ABC Pony has crab dip and Old Bay onions
ABC Pony [official]

While the public health crisis has forced restaurants to maximize creativity with lean staffs, Erik Bruner-Yang’s all-day cafe in Navy Yard has turned to a Five Guys-style burger menu full of eye-opening flourishes to get through. Chef Armani Johnson’s namesake creation, the AJ, tops a Creekstone Farms beef patty with a surprisingly light crab dip, Old Bay onions, and shredded lettuce. There’s also an EBY, with char siu-style bacon, smoked aioli, grilled onions, jalapeno, and cheddar. Build-your-own options include a chili crisp ranch, and one of ABC Pony’s opening hits, a Filipino-meets-Italian lumpia full of meatballs and burrata, is available as a stellar side. Preorder for pickup or Caviar delivery.

2 I St SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003

24. Swizzler

1259 First St SE, Washington, D.C., DC 20003
Swizzler’s “Swizz Stack” (grass-fed beef, arugula, dill pickle, stack sauce) and Parmesan truffle fries.
Swizzler’s “Swizz Stack” (grass-fed beef, arugula, dill pickle, stack sauce) and Parmesan truffle fries.
Rey Lopez/Eater DC

The D.C. food truck known for environmentally conscious versions of American cookout classics opened its first standalone restaurant in Navy Yard. Pillowy bread from Pop’s Buns in Northeast hold grass-fed beef patties sourced from Joyce Farms, a regenerative agriculture co-op in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Single cheeseburgers described as a “snack” start at just $3.89 before add-ons. Swizzler is also indefinitely parked at NoMa’s WunderGarten.

1259 First St SE, Washington
D.C., DC 20003

25. The Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

The sprawling riverfront spot next to Nationals Park is known for its seafood towers and lobster rolls, but chef Kyle Bailey knows his way around a burger, too. The Salt Line’s version involves two ground chuck patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo, and a sesame bun. Go the takeout route, reserve a seat across its huge patio, or sit inside.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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