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18 Burgers to Order for Takeout and Delivery Around D.C.

Prime to-go options for the comfort food classic

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Order Little Pearl’s famous burger early before it sells out.
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Beef is an elusive commodity at grocery stores these days, which means going the restaurant route may be the best way to feed a burger craving.

Plenty of Eater D.C.’s essential burgers are still available on menus around town while the coronavirus crisis has limited restaurants to takeout and delivery. More restaurants are also hopping on the burger bandwagon leading into Memorial Day weekend. There’s a burger in Alta Strada’s new weekday lunch menu, Dupont’s SaufHaus has a $10 “Captain Ovi” Burger on its brand new takeout menu, and Petworth’s Pom Pom just rolled out an at-home burger box option with two bottles of wine from its online store, Seco.

Here are 18 superior burgers to order right now:

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1. Quarry House Tavern

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8401 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 844-5504
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The beloved basement bar sells takeout burgers — with tots, of course — and 32-ounce beers during the pandemic. Choose from over a dozen options, like Netflix & Chili Burger, Kraut-burg, or the Morning Glory (with a fried egg). On Mondays, buy a burger and get the second half-off.

2. The Avenue

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5540 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015
(202) 244-4567
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The upper Northwest staple combines with sister spot Capital Crab for a surf-and-turf takeout menu that features its hit burger. Certified Angus beef patties join all the traditional cheeseburger accoutrements (shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and American cheese) but swaps ketchup for its tangy house “Avenue” sauce.

3. Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

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3126 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 636-0050
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The Brookland neighborhood mainstay reopened for takeout and delivery, bringing back 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.

4. Primrose

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3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017
(202) 248-4558
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Brookland’s French wine bar has flipped into a new carryout operation dubbed Larry’s Chicken and Cheeseburgers. Phone in orders for the familiar “Larry Burger” (white American cheese, onion jam, mayo, steak fries). Make it a double for $6 more.

5. Mintwood Place

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1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732
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Recently installed executive chef Harper McClure frequently switches up the to-go dinner menu at the Adams Morgan brasserie, but Mintwood’s longstanding burger stays put. His is topped with applewood-smoked bacon, Marie Rose sauce, pickle roulade, and cheddar, accompanied by French fries.

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6. Lucky Buns

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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 is devoted to burgers that top Creekstone Farms beef with international condiments like bacon XO jam or pickled beetroot. An expanded lineup of burgers are available at 5 p.m. for takeout or delivery.

7. garden district

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1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

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. — Gabe Hiatt

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8. Annabelle

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2132 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008
(202) 916-5675
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Chef Frank Ruta, who crafted a legendary D.C. burger during his Palena days, now makes a Barlow burger that riffs on a Reuben with Angus beef, pastrami and kraut that are cured in house, gruyere, and “Two Thousand Island” dressing. Available for takeout and delivery nightly.

9. Le Diplomate

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1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333
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The signature Burger Americain made the cut on the condensed takeout menu at Stephen Starr’s Logan Circle brasserie. The French-ified take on a Big Mac comes with two patties, American cheese, pickles, onion, special sauce, and pommes frites.

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10. Duke's Grocery

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1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 733-5623
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The East London-style pub’s three D.C. locations offer its popular Proper burger (gouda, pickles, charred onions, sweet chili sauce, garlic aioli, brioche bun) for pickup or delivery. Duke’s is also auctioning off bottles rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, with all proceeds to benefit local pandemic relief efforts for SOME (So Others Might Eat).

11. Reverie

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3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007
(202) 808-2952
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Chef Johnny Spero has kept his modern gastronomy burger on rotating pick-up menus during the pandemic. It features ground dry-aged ribeye, a square of molded, smoked cheddar, smoked special sauce, onions stewed in butter, and miso pickles. Zapp’s Voodoo potato chips come on the side.

12. The Capital Burger - To Go Available

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1005 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 638-0414
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The Capital Grille’s offshoot burger joint has a lunch and dinner takeout menu in Mt. Vernon Triangle. The signature Capital Burger is dubbed “a take on French onion soup you can hold in your hands,” topped with caramelized onions, gooey Wisconsin Grand cru gruyère, and shallot aioli.

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13. A Baked Joint

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430 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 408-6985
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La Betty, the comfort food spot from the owners of the Baked & Wired bakery, is temporarily closed, but Mt. Vernon Triangle regulars order its cast iron-seared burgers on pan de mie buns from A Baked Joint next-door. Fries and special sauce come on the side. — G.H.

14. Proper 21

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1319 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 847-3674
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The downtown sports bar just reopened for takeout and delivery with to-go cocktails, beer, wine, and its eponymous Proper Burger: a 7-ounce Angus beef patty topped with white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, and caramelized onions on a potato bun. Each to-go order comes with a surprise “thank you” gift.

15. Red Apron Butcher

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709 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004
(202) 524-5244
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Find Nate Anda’s Red Apron burgers on to-go menus in Mosaic District and Penn Quarter. For the burger purist, it’s hard to beat the Red Apron original with cheddar, shredded iceberg lettuce, island sauce, onion, pickles, and a tomato. 

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16. Good Stuff Eatery (Multiple locations)

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303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 543-8222
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Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn’s family-run chain offers pickup and delivery for farmhouse burgers and toasted marshmallow shakes in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Crystal City. — G.H.

17. Little Pearl

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921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, 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) for takeout and frequently sells out night to night. Round out the meal with a bottle of wine or a batch of cocktails.

18. The Salt Line

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79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 506-2368
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Navy Yard’s acclaimed raw bar just reopened as “TSL To-Go,” which means chef Kyle Bailey’s destination smash burger is back for takeout and delivery. His version involves two ground chuck patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo, and a potato bun.

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1. Quarry House Tavern

8401 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The beloved basement bar sells takeout burgers — with tots, of course — and 32-ounce beers during the pandemic. Choose from over a dozen options, like Netflix & Chili Burger, Kraut-burg, or the Morning Glory (with a fried egg). On Mondays, buy a burger and get the second half-off.

8401 Georgia Ave
Silver Spring, MD 20910

2. The Avenue

5540 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015

The upper Northwest staple combines with sister spot Capital Crab for a surf-and-turf takeout menu that features its hit burger. Certified Angus beef patties join all the traditional cheeseburger accoutrements (shredded lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, and American cheese) but swaps ketchup for its tangy house “Avenue” sauce.

5540 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, DC 20015

3. Brookland's Finest Bar and Kitchen

3126 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

The Brookland neighborhood mainstay reopened for takeout and delivery, bringing back 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.

3126 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

4. Primrose

3000 12th St NE, Washington, DC 20017

Brookland’s French wine bar has flipped into a new carryout operation dubbed Larry’s Chicken and Cheeseburgers. Phone in orders for the familiar “Larry Burger” (white American cheese, onion jam, mayo, steak fries). Make it a double for $6 more.

3000 12th St NE
Washington, DC 20017

5. Mintwood Place

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
Mintwood Place/official photo

Recently installed executive chef Harper McClure frequently switches up the to-go dinner menu at the Adams Morgan brasserie, but Mintwood’s longstanding burger stays put. His is topped with applewood-smoked bacon, Marie Rose sauce, pickle roulade, and cheddar, accompanied by French fries.

1813 Columbia Rd NW
Washington, DC 20009

6. Lucky Buns

2000 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Chef Alex McCoy’s Adams Morgan hangout is devoted to burgers that top Creekstone Farms beef with international condiments like bacon XO jam or pickled beetroot. An expanded lineup of burgers are available at 5 p.m. for takeout or delivery.

2000 18th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

7. garden district

1801 14th St NW, Washington, 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. — Gabe Hiatt

1801 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

8. Annabelle

2132 Florida Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Chef Frank Ruta, who crafted a legendary D.C. burger during his Palena days, now makes a Barlow burger that riffs on a Reuben with Angus beef, pastrami and kraut that are cured in house, gruyere, and “Two Thousand Island” dressing. Available for takeout and delivery nightly.

2132 Florida Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008

9. Le Diplomate

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Facebook/Le Diplomate Le Diplomate/official photo

The signature Burger Americain made the cut on the condensed takeout menu at Stephen Starr’s Logan Circle brasserie. The French-ified take on a Big Mac comes with two patties, American cheese, pickles, onion, special sauce, and pommes frites.

1601 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

10. Duke's Grocery

1513 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The East London-style pub’s three D.C. locations offer its popular Proper burger (gouda, pickles, charred onions, sweet chili sauce, garlic aioli, brioche bun) for pickup or delivery. Duke’s is also auctioning off bottles rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon, with all proceeds to benefit local pandemic relief efforts for SOME (So Others Might Eat).

1513 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036

11. Reverie

3201 Cherry Hill Ln, Washington, DC 20007

Chef Johnny Spero has kept his modern gastronomy burger on rotating pick-up menus during the pandemic. It features ground dry-aged ribeye, a square of molded, smoked cheddar, smoked special sauce, onions stewed in butter, and miso pickles. Zapp’s Voodoo potato chips come on the side.

3201 Cherry Hill Ln
Washington, DC 20007

12. The Capital Burger - To Go Available

1005 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

The Capital Grille’s offshoot burger joint has a lunch and dinner takeout menu in Mt. Vernon Triangle. The signature Capital Burger is dubbed “a take on French onion soup you can hold in your hands,” topped with caramelized onions, gooey Wisconsin Grand cru gruyère, and shallot aioli.

1005 7th St NW
Washington, DC 20001

13. A Baked Joint

430 K St NW, Washington, DC 20001

La Betty, the comfort food spot from the owners of the Baked & Wired bakery, is temporarily closed, but Mt. Vernon Triangle regulars order its cast iron-seared burgers on pan de mie buns from A Baked Joint next-door. Fries and special sauce come on the side. — G.H.

430 K St NW
Washington, DC 20001

14. Proper 21

1319 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004

The downtown sports bar just reopened for takeout and delivery with to-go cocktails, beer, wine, and its eponymous Proper Burger: a 7-ounce Angus beef patty topped with white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, and caramelized onions on a potato bun. Each to-go order comes with a surprise “thank you” gift.

1319 F St NW
Washington, DC 20004

15. Red Apron Butcher

709 D St NW, Washington, DC 20004

Find Nate Anda’s Red Apron burgers on to-go menus in Mosaic District and Penn Quarter. For the burger purist, it’s hard to beat the Red Apron original with cheddar, shredded iceberg lettuce, island sauce, onion, pickles, and a tomato. 

709 D St NW
Washington, DC 20004

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16. Good Stuff Eatery (Multiple locations)

303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

Celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn’s family-run chain offers pickup and delivery for farmhouse burgers and toasted marshmallow shakes in Capitol Hill, Georgetown, and Crystal City. — G.H.

303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

17. Little Pearl

921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE, Washington, DC 20003

The Michelin-starred Capitol Hill cafe offers its famed cheeseburger (brisket and dry-aged strip loin, cheddar, caramelized onions) for takeout and frequently sells out night to night. Round out the meal with a bottle of wine or a batch of cocktails.

921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003

18. The Salt Line

79 Potomac Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
The Salt Line/official photo

Navy Yard’s acclaimed raw bar just reopened as “TSL To-Go,” which means chef Kyle Bailey’s destination smash burger is back for takeout and delivery. His version involves two ground chuck patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, mayo, and a potato bun.

79 Potomac Ave SE
Washington, DC 20003

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