Where (and How) to Get the Best Burgers in DC

Duke’s Grocery Proper Burger (credit Duke’s Grocery Twitter)

Last Updated May 30, 2021

Fresh off my chicken sandwich post, I thought it would be even better to create another mostly crowd-sourced post of best burgers, and even better, generated from my content rather than someone else’s. This directory tells you where to order, how to order, cost of burgers, and what’s on them. Any spots that were recommended multiple times made this list. The spots aren’t listed in any particular order within each category

Note that a lot of people feel that burgers don’t travel well via delivery, so try either do pickup (eat in your car if you have one) or deliver from places within a couple miles.

The Best in Town

  • Duke’s Grocery (Dupont/Foggy Bottom); Duke’s Counter (Woodley Park)
    • Pickup (online/ToastTab, Caviar, Doordash)
    • Delivery (Caviar, Doordash)
    • Open daily for lunch/dinner
    • $14 (+$4 fries, n/a in Dupont)
    • Proper Burger (two ¼ lb. Creekstone Farms angus, gouda, pickles, charred red onion, sweet chili sauce, arugula, garlic aioli on brioche)
  • Lucky Buns (Adams Morgan, Union Market)
    • Pickup (Online/Chownow)
    • Delivery (Chownow/Ubereats)
    • dinner daily, brunch weekends (Adams Morgan); lunch/dinner daily  (Union Market)
    • $15-16 (+$6 fries – serving for 2)
    • 4-5 options (all with Creekstone Farms beef, gouda cheese and Gordy’s Pickles)
      • Lucky Bun: lucky sauce, grilled red onion, arugula
      • OG Bun: shaved lettuce, raw red onion, yellow mustard, mayo
      • El Jefe Bun: hatch green chili relish, shaved lettuce, raw red onion, yellow mustard, cotija crema
      • Belly Bun: smoked bacon, lucky sauce, arugula, grilled red onion.
  • Le Diplomate (14th Street)
    • Pickup (Call, Caviar, or Doordash)
    • Delivery (Caviar or Doordash)
    • Open daily for lunch/dinner
    • $20 (includes fries)
    • $90 kit to make 4 burgers and dilly potato salad
    • Burger Americain (Cheeseburger w/ mayo)
  • The Salt Line (Navy Yard)
    • Pickup (Caviar)
    • Delivery (Caviar)
    • dinner weekdays, lunch/dinner weekends
    • $16 New England Smash burger (w/ side- fries, mac/cheese, broccoli rabe, slaw, salad options)
      • 2 ground chuck patties, American cheese, LT, pickle, mayo on potato bun
  • Bourbon Steak (Georgetown):
    • Dine-In at bar/lounge
    • Pickup (Tock)
    • $21 (+$10 duckfat fries) Prime Steak Burger (cabot clothbound cheddar, secret sauce)

Worth Venturing Out

  • Ghostburger (Shaw)
    • Pickup (Online/GoTab)
    • Delivery (DoorDash)
    • lunch/dinner weekends, dinner weekdays
    • $14-15 for 8 oz burgers (+$4 for fries). $9-10 for 4 oz burgers
      • Ghostburger ($14)  – American Cheese, Red Onion, Dill Pickles, Spooky Sauce
      • La Hamburguesa ($15) – Queso Oaxaca, Salsa Macha, Smoked Tomatillo Relish, Cilantro
      • The Frenchie ($15) – Champignon de Paris (Bougie Shrooms), Fourme d’Ambert (Bougie Blue Cheese), Onion Confit, Garlic Aioli
  • Primrose  (Brookland)
    • Pickup (Online/Chownow)
    • Tues-Sun dinner/ weekend brunch
    • $17 ($10 for Kid’s, $22 for double) w/ fries & mixed greens
    • Primrose Burger (caramalized onion jam, gruyere, mayo)

Good Neighborhood Spots

  • Brookland’s Finest (Brookland)
    • Pickup (online)
    • Delivery (UberEats)
    • dinner W-Sat, 11a-8p Sun (Closed M-Tue)
    • $15.50 Colonel Burger (w/ fries, chips, or house salad)
      • Angus beef, pickled onions, cheddar, applewood smoked bacon on brioche
  • The Big Board (H Street)
    • Pickup (Call)
    • Dinner M-Th, Lunch & Dinner F-Sun
    • for LTO only; $7.75 (6 oz), $9.75 (8 oz) (+$5.50 fries, $6.50 onion fries, $7.50 sweet potato fries)
    • 8 other options: $10.25 (6 oz), $12.25 (8 oz) comes with LTO and pickles plus charges for toppings
      • Port D’Amsterdam: sautéed mushrooms, port reduction, aged swiss
      • Ciao Bella: sliced prosciutto, aged mozz, roasted red pepper, sweet red pepper aioli
      • Le Burg-Aire au Poivre: seared w/ cracked black pepper, topped with Wisconsin blue cheese, cognac cream sauce
      • The Big Apple: Applewood smoked bacon, American cheese, tomato, pickles
      • Memphis Blues 2.0: Monterrey jack cheese, house bbq sauce, crispy steak cut onion rings
      • The Great Chicago Fire: chipotle-dusted burger, fire-roasted chili/mango salsa, pepper jack cheese, chipotle aioli. Side of spicy mango-habanero sauce
      • Quebec City: crispy hand-cut French fries, brown gravy, melted cheese curds
  • Slash Run (Petworth)
    • Pickup (Online/Chownow)
    • Delivery (Online/Chownow)
    • 3-11p M- F, 11a-11p Sat, 11a-9:30p Sun
    • $15-16 (+$2 (small) $5 (large) waffle/shoestring fries) (1/2 priced Mondays?)
    • 9 options (7 oz local beef patty on lyons bakery brioche bun unless stated, upcharges for vegan or gluten free)
      • Classic ($11): LTO
      • Slash Supreme: cheddar, bacon, LTO on pretzel bun
      • Morning Glory: applewood smoked bacon, sunny side-up egg, jalapeno cream cheese, maple syrup aioli
      • South of the Burger: avo, pico de gallo, jalapenos, pepperjack, tortilla chips
      • Rockaway Beef: American cheese, cherry peppers, slash sauce, bacon
      • Barstool Rodeo: bbq sauce, fried onion rings, cheddar, fine ground coffee
      • Otto’s Shrunken Head: Korean bbq, pork rinds, avo, pineapple relish
      • I’ll Have What She’s Having: sunny side up egg, shaved-fried Brussel sprouts, siracha aioli on pretzen bun
      • Le Petit Mort: arugula, red wine sautéed mushrooms, blue cheese crumbles, aioli
  • Swizzler (Navy Yard, truck at Wundergarten)
    • Pickup (order online or walkup)
    • Navy Yard lunch/dinner Tues-Sun. Wundergarten usually dinner weekdays and lunch/dinner weekends
    • $6.85 ($2.85 for fries, +$4 for meal w/  fries/drink, +4 for truffle fries)
    • Swizz Stack (100% grass-fed double cheeseburger with cheddar cheese, arugula, shallots, dill pickles, stack sauce)
    • Several options include veggie burger (sweet potato-tahini, or beet). Classic singles ($3.89), doubles ($5.99), bacon cheddar jalapeno ($9.89
    • Wundergarten: $11.50-$14.50 meals with fries only

Never Had, Recommended

  • Reverie (Georgetown)
    • Possibly TBD availability or only with prix fixe, originally did cost $22 w/ bag of Zapp’s Voodoo Chips (no fries)
    • Ground dry aged ribeye, smoked cheddar, smoked special sauce, onions stewed in butter, and miso pickles
  • The Capital Burger (Mt Vernon Square)
    • Pickup (Online)
    • Delivery (Postmates)
    • open daily lunch/dinner
    • $15-17 (+$5 hand-cut french fries, multiple fancy dipping sauces)
    • 5 Options
      • The Capital ($17): french-onion style w/ caramelized onions, gruyere, shallot aioli
      • Bacon Cheeseburger ($17): candied smoked bacon, cheddar, tomato jam
      • Classic Cheeseburger ($15): choice of cheese
      • Roasted Wild Mushroom & Swiss Burger ($16): portobello mushrooms, swiss, 15-year aged balsamic, truffle aioli
      • Blue cheese & truffle ($16): Black truffle, blue cheese, cabernet-braised sweet onions
  • Mélange (Mt Vernon Square)
    • Dine-In/Patio
    • Pickup (Online Ordering has been available, otherwise walkup)
    • Delivery (UberEats, DoorDash, Grubhub)
    • lunch/dinner daily
    • $13-17 (+$4 fries w/ sea salt)
    • 4 Kinds
      • The Classic ($13) – American cheese, LTO, brown butter aioli
      • The Italian ($14) – smoked mozz, tomato confit, arugula, spicy basil aioli
      • The Double Decker ($16) – American cheese, pickles, onions, shrettuce, special sauce
      • The Butcher’s Burger ($17) – Sharp white-cheddar, pastrami, colossal pickles, roasted garlic-parsley aioli
  • Red Apron Butchery (Capitol HIll/The Roost;  Union Market)
    • Pickup (Online or Counter service)
    • Delivery (Online, possibly in-house)
    • 11a-7p Union Market; dinner Wed-Sun, lunch wknds The Roost
    • $15-18 (w/  fries at The Roost); $10.50 (+$4 for fries) at Union Market
      • Red Apron Burger ($10.50 only at Union Market):
        6oz Smash Burger, American Cheese, LTO, Pickle, Island Sauce, Challah Bun
      • Red Apron Original: ($15 only at The Roost) 2 patties, American cheese, island sauce, house pickles, shrettuce.
      • Ginsburger: ($18 only at the Roost) Red Apron Beef Patty, Chorizo Patty, Smoked Pimento Cheese, Jalapeno Relish, Cabbage Slaw;
  • Chef Geoff’s (AU Park, West End)
    • Pickup (Online/ToastTab, Call)
    • Delivery (Doordash)
    • dinner M-Th, lunch/dinner Fri-Sun
    • $17 (choice of fries, sweet potato fries, or greens)
    • CG Burger (bacon, cheddar, LTO, chipotle aioli)
  • Pearl Dive Oyster Palace (14th/Logan)
    • Pickup (Online/GoTab)
    • Delivery (DoorDash)
    • dinner daily. Brunch Fri-Sun
    • $17 w/ extra crispy fries
    • Dive Burger (roasted green chilies, pepperjack cheese, bacon, LTO, cayenne aioli, house sesame bun)
  • Convivial (Shaw)
    • Pickup (online/Tock)
    • Delivery (Caviar)
    • dinner weekdays, brunch/dinner weekends
    • $17 (w/ fries)
    • Cheeseburger (double patty, cheese LTO, pickle)
  • DC9 (Shaw)
    • Pickup (Online/GoTab)
    • dinner W-Sun
    •  $12 or 14 (w/ garlic fries)
    •  varieties
      • Plain Jane: lettuce/tomato
      • South By: pepper jack, avocado, pickled jalapeno, garlic cilantro mayo
      • Slawter: coleslaw, Applewood smoked bacon, BBQ sauce
      • other rotating/seasonal versions

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