Food & Drink

Best Burgers in DC You Can Order For Takeout and Delivery

Get your burger fix this Memorial Day.

It might be a few more weeks before we are able to sit out on a patio and enjoy a meal. Dining rooms and restaurant patios will continue to remain closed in DC for the next few weeks, at least, to mitigate the spread of coronavirus. But with the weather warming up, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t feel some sense of normalcy that summer is almost here. That’s where these burgers come in. Here are some of the best spots to get plump patties of meat -- and even some cocktails to-go -- that are open for takeout/delivery right now. These burgers run the gamut from comfort classics to swanky versions, and even vegetarian-friendly. As always, remember to tip well before you dig in.

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Duke’s Grocery 

Multiple locations
All three locations of this East London style pub-eatery are offering the popular Proper Burger for delivery and takeout. It comes with Gouda, dill pickles, charred red onions, sweet chile sauce, and garlic aioli on a brioche bun. Add on options include a runny egg, avocado, bacon, and more. Don’t stop there -- pay a little extra for both a fried duck egg and chicken liver pâté. 
How to order: Order takeout and delivery online.

Convivial 

Shaw
At Shaw’s French bistro Convivial, it’s hard to go wrong with the burger -- a double patty topped with American cheese, bacon, and fries. It’s a classic. 
How to order: Order delivery and pickup through Caviar

Annabelle

Kalorama
Chef Frank Ruta is known for a legendary burger from the old Palena days. At the new Annabelle, he has created a Barlow Burger with Angus beef, pastrami, and kraut that is cured in house, gruyere, and “Two Thousand Island” dressing.
How to order: Curbside takeout or delivery is available Wednesday - Sunday.

Primrose

Brookland
This French wine bar and bistro has temporarily switched to a new takeout operation featuring chicken and cheeseburgers. Be sure to order the Larry Burger, which combines white American cheese, onion jam, and mayo or a Little Larry for its mini version. Steak fries come with. 
How to order: Call 202.248.4558 between 12-4pm for takeout.

Lucky Buns

Adams Morgan
The specialty burgers at this popular eatery are inspired by flavors from around the globe. Burgers come in options such as the popular Bogan with gouda and bacon jam and the El Jefe with hatch green chili relish and queso fresco. A vegetarian mushroom and lentil burger is also available -- and most of their burgers can be made with an Impossible patty as well. 
How to order: Call 202.506.1713 for takeout and order delivery through Uber Eats

Little Pearl

Capitol Hill
The Michelin starred eatery offers its popular cheeseburger for takeout -- the brisket and dry-aged strip loin patty with cheddar and caramelized onions sells out almost every night, so order early. 
How to order: Order takeout online.

Reverie

Georgetown
Currently offering a preset menu and weekly special, the folks at Reverie want to assure its customers that its burger is always available. The famed burger features ground dry-aged ribeye, smoked cheddar, smoked special sauce, onions stewed in butter, and miso pickles and a side of Zapp’s Voodoo potato chips. 
How to order: Order takeout online.

Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Logan Circle
If you are looking for something with a kick, the Dive Burger from this seafood sanctuary is the way to go. Topped with roasted green chilies, pepper jack cheese, and a cayenne aioli, the burger packs some serious heat. 
How to order: Order for delivery or takeout on DoorDash.

Swizzler cheeseburger burger
Courtesy of Swizzler

Swizzler Burger Truck

Various locations
Although the opening of its first storefront has been delayed due to the shutdown, this popular food truck continues to make its rounds through the city. Keep an eye on its schedule and locations to pick up the “Swizz Stack,” a double cheeseburger with grass-fed beef, arugula, shallots, dill pickles, and dijonnaise. 
How to order: Follow along on social media for weekly location info.

Quarry House Tavern

Silver Spring
This suburban dive bar is offering up a menu of customized burgers that come on a potato bun along with a side of  tater tots. Choices run the gamut from a basic version with LTO, a spicy option with jalapeño cream cheese, jalapeño jelly, and fresh jalapeños. Other toppings range from grilled pineapple to pork belly to roasted poblano peppers. 
How to order: Order pickup through ChowNow.

Mintwood Place

Adams Morgan
This French-American bistro that serves up classics with a spin is usually thought of as an ideal date-night spot. Bring some of that romance home with the Mintwood Burger -- a wood-grilled, dry-aged patty topped with applewood smoked bacon and cheddar. This comfort classic remains one of the most satisfying options in town. 
How to order: Order takeout or delivery through Caviar.

Le Diplomate

Logan Circle
Le Diplomate’s Burger Americain is a fancy-ish take on a Big Mac, complete with two patties, American cheese, pickles, onion, “sauce mayonnaise” and accompanied by pommes frites. It’s all stuffed into a home-baked bun, and we all know how good the bread department is at Le Dip. Easily one of the most popular choices around town, and once you’ve had it, you’ll know why. 
How to order: Call 202.332.3333 for takeout between 1-8pm and order delivery through Caviar or DoorDash.

The Imperial

Adams Morgan
This new hotspot from the owner of Jack Rose just started takeout and we couldn’t be happier. Try its namesake burger, which is topped with gruyere, caramelized onion and roasted tomato and comes with a tomato cucumber side salad or Old Bay Fries for an upcharge. The burger is only available on weekends, so plan accordingly.
How to order: Order takeout Wednesday through Sunday online.

Good Stuff Eatery

Multiple locations
President Obama loved 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. You can now get that, along with three other options, for takeout.
How to order: Order takeout online.

Chef Geoff’s

Cathedral Heights
Aside from offering meal kits and grocery items, Chef Geoff’s is also featuring its popular bacon-topped cheeseburger for takeout. The reliable CG Burger -- topped with bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, onion, and chipotle aioli -- has been a happy hour favorite in the city for years. Sides include a choice of fries, sweet potato fries, or mixed greens. 
How to order: Order takeout and delivery online.

The Salt Line 

Navy Yard
The Salt Line’s to go menu includes the down-to-earth Smash Burger consists of two ground chuck patties, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mayo, on a sesame potato bun. Side choices include fries, kale slaw, or street corn salad. So simple, yet so satisfying. 
How to order: Order delivery and pickup through Caviar.

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Aparna Krishnamoorthy is a freelance food and travel writer based in Washington DC. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter for more dining and wanderlust adventures.