A good hamburger is a culinary work of art, with layers of flavors, quality meat and a worthy bun. For diners in Washington, D.C., the options for a good burger are nearly overwhelming. Luckily, when it comes to find an exceptional burger, the options are much more clear. Here are five of the city's best bets:
While D.C.'s fancy Four Seasons Hotel might not seem like the place to go for a good old-fashion burger, the hotel's Bourbon Steak restaurant is not to be missed. Celebrity chef Michael Mina and his team offer the Oak-Fired Prime Steak Burger with sour pickles, Cabot clothbound cheddar and a secret sauce. What's not a secret is that this burger is amazing.
Hamburgers are nearly as popular in the U.K. as they are in the U.S., so it makes sense that the East London-themed Duke's Grocery would have a burger on its menu. Despite a menu that changes daily, it's Proper Burger has become a staple. The burger is two Creekstone Farm angus beef paddies, Gouda cheese, housemade garlic-dill pickles, sriracha, garlic aioli, charred red onions and rocket (arugula).
Stoney's One Eye Burger has been credited with curing many a hangovers. The usually named burger consists of a fried egg on top of a Swiss cheeseburger. While its healing powers have not been scientifically proven, it is one of Stoney's more popular burger options, Other hits include the Texas Burger (bacon, cheddar cheese, BBQ sauce, grilled onions, and cole slaw) and the Black & Bleu Burger (a blackened paddy topped with red onion and crumbled bleu cheese.
The selection of burgers at Ted's Bulletin range from the Tzatziki Greek Burger with grilled naan, feta cheese, pepperoncini and tzatziki sauce, to Drew's Peanut Butter Bacon Burger with a sesame seed bun, peanut butter, applewood smoked bacon and a side of sweet tomato jam. Both Ted's Bulletin locations in D.C. (14th Street, NW, and 8th Street, SE) offer a specially priced burger, fries and shake combo on Tuesday nights.
Located directly behind 930 Club, Satellite Room has a west-coast, 1960's diner vibe with boozy milkshakes, beer and comfort food. Of course, what could be more comfortable than a really good burger -- and Satellite Room has a bunch. Nine different burgers to be exact. A recent edition that has become a fast favorite is the Chuck Brown Burger with roasted poblano, chipotle aioli, avocado, and pepperjack cheese.