In Washington, the reign of stodgy, stuffy steakhouses is thankfully a thing of the past. There’s never been a better time to opt for something more casual and the burgers on offer in the nation’s capital stack up against the best anywhere in the country. No matter your mood or budget, here are the eight spots to find patty perfection in D.C.
This D.C. chain has successfully capitalized on the fast-casual concept by doing as much as possible in-house. Meaning: The ground beef, buns, pickles and even the ice cream in the milkshakes are produced under one roof. The house burger, the “Six Buck Chuck,” proves how satisfying simplicity can be, especially if the ingredients are of top-notch quality. You’ll also want to put their signature “AP sauce,” a savory blend of mayo, ketchup, mustard and chipotle, on everything. Everything.
Leave it to chef Michel Richard to add his signature French flair to the classic American burger. His version sears locally sourced, grass-fed beef from the Shenandoah Valley in a cast-iron skillet with salt and pepper to develop a rich, dark crust. He then drapes it with confit tomato, ginger mayo, caramelized onions and a potato tuile, before all getting tucked into a house-baked buttery brioche bun.