You've Been Waiting Your Whole Life to Face San Diego's The Kraken Burger
Duke's GroceryAddress and Info
Recently dubbed No. 5 on that list of 100 best burgers in the nation, this double-patty pleasure is swimming in accolades AND sweet chili sauce. Also topping your Creekstone Farms beef is Gouda cheese, charred red onions, dill pickles, arugula, and garlic aioli. Don’t stop there -- pay a little extra for both a fried duck egg and chicken liver pâté.
Oak-fired prime steak burger
Bourbon SteakAddress and Info
Another member of the national Thrillist burger Hall of Fame, this juicy steak burger is as upscale as the swanky lounge that serves it. It’s draped in Cabot clothbound Cheddar and secret sauce, providing enough naughtiness to amp up the prime meat, but not too much to overpower it.
Le DiplomateAddress and Info
The final DC entry in the top 100, this double-decker beauty is dressed up in a creamy sauce most akin to Thousand Island dressing (which, let’s face it, is still a mystery), plus pickles, red onion, and American cheese. It’s all stuffed into a home-baked bun, and we all know how good the bread department is at Le Dip.
Ray's Hell BurgerAddress and Info
Mount Vernon Square
This unpretentious yet mouthwateringly delicious burger also made Kevin’s list of burger beasts. The meat is from Ray’s the Steaks, meaning it’s some of the best quality around, expertly butchered in-house. The Mack is just the right combination of lettuce, tomato, Ray’s heck sauce, pickles, cheese, and onion.
New England smash burger
The Salt LineAddress and Info
You might not expect much from a New England seafood joint’s burger, but this Navy Yard newcomer slings some mean meat. The down-to-earth Smash Burger is two ground chuck patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mayo on a sesame bun. So simple, so satisfying.
Prez Obama burger
Good Stuff EateryAddress and Info
POTUS 44 loves burgers so much that Spike Mendelsohn named one for him. Actually, there’s more to the story behind the Prez Obama burger, which is covered in horseradish mayo and adorned with applewood bacon, onion marmalade, and Roquefort cheese.
MirabelleAddress and Info
Beef eaters across the DMV let out a collective cheer (and their arteries a collective squelch) when burger whisperer Frank Ruta opened Mirabelle with one of the most coveted stacks in the city. The sloppy but beautiful Belleburger is French onion soup in burger form, with melted cave-aged Gruyère cheese and Madeira caramelized onions, served wet or dry. (Choose wet.)
Double pimento cheeseburger
EatbarAddress and Info
Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s ode to all things meaty and beasty (with a few green things thrown in for good measure) has a positively indulgent burger mounded with pimento cheese, spicy San Marzano tomato jam, and bacon. Come hungry, because this big daddy is not for the faint of heart.
Red Apron Burger BarAddress and Info
As if Chef Nate Anda of NRG didn’t have enough spots to hone his meatcraft, now he’s got a joint solely dedicated to burgers. The best part? You can feel less guilty about chowing down on red meat because he uses exclusively sustainable Virginia cattle. Opt for grass-fed, heritage-breed Ancient White Park patties in The Standard and let the robust beef speak for itself.
The jalapeño burger
The Black SquirrelAddress and Info
This burger den cranks out deceitfully decadent whoppers: they use gourmet Creekstone Farms beef that's ground in-house and blended with duck fat. Then, the burgers are cooked in a cast-iron pan (with more duck fat!) forming a crispy-on-the-outside, juicy-on-the-inside bite. Opt for the jalapeño burger because it comes with guacamole and two fried jalapeños stuffed with goat cheese.