Best 15 Burgers in Washington, DC

Best Places to Enjoy an All American Hamburger in the Nation's Capital

Burger with bacon and onions
••• Courtesy Good Stuff Eatery

Looking for a great burger in Washington, DC? Whether you prefer a plain patty on a bun or a fancy burger with the works, there are plenty of restaurants that serve the all American hamburger. Here’s a guide to some of the best places to get a burger in the nation’s capital. (In Alphabetical Order)

Billy Goat Tavern
500 New Jersey Ave, NW Washington, DC (202) 783-2123. The tavern is considered a Chicago tourist landmark best known for its breakfast and burgers.

There are several locations in Chicago and one in Washington, DC.

BGR: The Burger Joint
4827 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, Maryland (301) 358-6137. Like the name suggests, this place serves a variety of burgers – prime beef, veggie, Cuban, Greek, Burger of the Month and much more. Also serves great shakes and coke and rootbeer floats.

Cheeburger Cheeburger
14921 Shady Grove Rd., Rockville, Maryland (301) 309-9555.
18163 Village Center Dr. Olney, Maryland (301) 774-7015.
22000 Dulles Retail Plaza Sterling, Virginia (703) 421-2766 Franchise with many locations across America. The family friendly diner-style restaurant offers a huge selection of burgers, sandwiches and great milkshakes.

Clydes
The Washington-DC restaurant group owns 13 restaurants throughout the region. Each has a unique setting and menu featuring American favorites such as burgers, ribs, seafood, salads and more.

Elevation Burger
442 S.

Washington St. Falls Church, Virginia (703)-237-4343.
108 Waterfront St. National Harbor, Maryland (301)749-4014.
This fast food restaurant specializes in higher quality burgers. Veggie burgers are available as well.

Five Guys Famous Burgers
This expanding franchise has many locations around the Washington, DC region and across the country.

The menu includes hamburgers, cheeseburgers, bacon burgers, little burgers, and Five Guys style fries or Cajun.

Fuddruckers
Make your own gourmet burger at the home of the “World’s Greatest Hamburger” at this national chain restaurant with locations in Washington, DC, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Alexandria, Annandale, Fairfax, Herndon, Vienna and Woodbridge. Menu also includes chicken, soups and salads.

Good Stuff Eatery
303 Pennsylvania Ave. SE Washington, DC. (202) 543-8222. Located on Capitol Hill, the family-owned business serves handcrafted burgers, handcut fries, handspun shakes and farm fresh salads. A variety of burgers are available made from farm raised beef and free range turkey.

Old Ebbitt Grill
675 15th St., NW Washington, DC. (202) 347-4800. Want to enjoy a great burger in a swanky, Washington, DC landmark restaurant? Old Ebbitt Grill is the oldest saloon in Washington, DC, dating back to 1856.The menu features upscale American cuisine including a wide variety of dishes from burgers to elegantly prepared shellfish.

Red Robin
Gourmet hamburger restaurant with 250 locations in the U. S. and Canada. Local location include Gaithersburg, Germantown, Columbia, Waldorf, Fairfax, Dulles, Chantilly and Woodbridge.

Kid-friendly menu, decor and balloons.

RFD
810 7th St. NW Washington, DC (202) 289-2030. American restaurant with “cuisine a la biere,” beer inspired recipes and more than 300 bottled brews and 30 beers on-tap. Same owner as the Brickskeller. Menu includes a variety of sandwiches, salads and great burgers.

Shake Shack
Three locations: 1216 18th Street NW Washington, DC; 1500 South Capitol Street, SE Washington, DC and 800 F Street NW Washington, DC. The menu features Shake Shack classics including burgers, fries, and frozen custard. Burgers are made of 100 percent all-natural Angus beef.

Smashburger
The fast growing “burger” chain, with more than 200 restaurants operating in 29 states and in four countries, offers premium “smashed to order” burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, signature side items and hand-spun Haagen-Dazs shakes.

Local restaurants are located in Dupont Circle in DC, Germantown in Maryland and Fairfax in Northern Virginia. The company plans to expand and open many new locations over the next two years.

TKO Burger
Rhode Island Row, Washington DC (202) 733-1216. TKO Burger features old fashioned burgers made of certified Angus-beef plus unique items such as the Brunch Burger, Mac N Cheese Burger, Soft Shell Crab Burger, and more. The locally owned restaurant is expanding and opening additional locations in the Washington DC area.

Urban Burger
5566 Norbeck Rd. Rockville, Maryland. The neighborhood fast-food restaurant specializes in burgers made to order with a variety of topping choices. Other items available include salads, hotdogs, chili, crab-cake sandwiches and a variety of side dishes.