Food & Drink

5 burger & shake combos to pound this weekend

Published On 07/24/2014 Published On 07/24/2014
Laura Hayes

Washington DC Any plans you had to get in shape this Summer might as well be abandoned at this point, as the season is rapidly drawing to a close. Might as well go the complete opposite direction. Your weapon of choice? The best burger and shake combos this city has to offer. See if you can work your way through these five.

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BGR: The Burger Joint
Dupont Circle/Bethesda/Alexandria/Arlington and Beyond
Wanna feel like Summer just punched you straight in the gut, but in the best possible way? Get in on these BGR monthly specials: a BBQ pulled pork and creamy coleslaw-topped prime, dry-aged beef patty paired with a super-thick peach shake. Whipped cream is optional. So, yeah, it's topped with whipped cream. Continue Reading

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Shake Shack
Dupont Circle/Union Station/F Street and Beyond
This combo goes out to the King of Rock and Roll. Order the SmokeShack Cheeseburger topped with all-natural applewood-smoked bacon, chopped cherry peppers, and ShackSauce. Then, if you haven’t guessed, tack on a peanut butter shake. It tastes like a REESE'S Peanut Butter Cup got hot and melty with some milk. Elvis loved his bacon & peanut butter. This is BYO banana, though.

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Satellite Room
U Street
The Satellite Room kicks the previous shake up a notch by adding alcohol. The Linus Van Pelt at The Satellite Room combines peanut butter with George Dickel No. 12 Tennessee whisky. It’s unreal when sipped alongside their Smoke Stack Burger. The patty is dressed in chipotle BBQ sauce, smoked bacon, and blue cheese. They have a mean patty melt too, if you’re sick of all this bacon business.

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Burger Tap & Shake
Foggy Bottom
You want the Apache Sweat Lodge when you come here, trust us. It’ll clear the Summer haze right from your head with its fire-roasted green chilies, pepper jack cheese, smoked onions, and spicy XXX sauce. Cool down with the Stag Party, a boozy shake made with Jim Beam Red Stag bourbon, Leopold’s Michigan Tart Cherry liqueur, and vanilla ice cream. This is one of those instances where it’s completely encouraged to drink pink drinks.

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Good Stuff Eatery
Capitol Hill/Georgetown/Crystal City
This burger and shake is spiked in a different sense, thanks to Chef Spike Mendelsohn. His burgers are bomb -- especially the Prez Obama burger, because it’s a night out at a fancy steakhouse between buns. A hockey puck-sized patty is topped with applewood bacon, onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese, and horseradish mayo. Try it with their signature toasted marshmallow shake.

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1. BGR: The Burger Joint 1514 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

BGR's got a delicious formula for creating a classic burger -- use prime, dry-aged beef and cook it to order over an open flame. That, or offer a 9lb behemoth that you have to order 48 hours in advance.

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2. Shake Shack 1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036 (Dupont Circle)

It's a widely known fact that Shake Shack flips some of the best burgers in the nation. It's a straightforward, near-perfect creation: a Black Angus beef patty topped with American cheese, tomato, lettuce, and "Shack Sauce," served on a grilled potato bun -- for $5. The burgers are the true stars here, but don't overlook their fries, dogs, and especially their shakes. It's in the name, after all.

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3. Shake Shack 800 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 (Penn Quarter)

The F St outpost of the tasty burger chain serves up the addicting burgers, dogs, shakes, and concretes you know and love.

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4. Satellite Room 2047 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001 (Shaw)

This diner-bar has some classic American favorites with a Mexican flair. There's chorizo and potato hash, build-your-own burgers, and spiked shakes, like the Hollywood-inspired Vincent Vega, a creamy vanilla and Bulleit bourbon fusion that should become a routine nightcap.

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5. Burger Tap & Shake 2200 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20037 (Foggy Bottom)

A Washington Circle counter-orderer describing itself as "no-nonsense", BT&S eschews rubber chickens and flower lapels that shoot water at you in favor of rough-hewn reclaimed wood, a giant multi-color wall with George Washington's portrait (by noted urban street artist Jazi Rock), and tabletops made from sugarcane.

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6. Good Stuff Eatery 303 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003 (Capitol Hill)

This family-run restaurant specializes in American fare done right, including handmade burgers, fries, and ice cream shakes. They also utilize biodegradable products whenever possible, and almost the whole restaurant was constructed from recycled materials.