Best Creative Burgers in Washington, D.C.

February 19, 2014 8:00 AM

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Burgers are the quintessential American indulgence for eating on the go or for simply slowing down and biting into a handful of beefy goodness. A single, double, quarter, half or full pound patty between two soft or toasted, buttery buns is always a mouth-watering prospect. Here’s an update on where you can find some of the most creative and tasty burgers in the D.C. area.

Mike’s Smokehouse Ribs & Pizza
3609-B St. Barnabas Road
Suitland, MD 20746
(301) 899-0833

Mike’s is a local spot that has the community buzzing about its homemade, southern dishes with a modern flair. Just about everything on the menu tastes out of this world, and the burgers are no exception. The husband-and-wife duo who run the establishment, Mike and Twanda, put homemade touches into all of their dishes including an out-of-this-world Big Daddy’s NC Burger comprised of a seasoned five-ounce cheeseburger topped with tender pulled pork that’s drenched in Mike’s secret BBQ sauce. Mike, whose nickname in high school was “cheeseburger,” says his patties are marinated before preparation to give them that extra “umph.” Not to be outdone, the restaurant’s tasty Pizza Burger is a close second to the Big Daddy and is comprised of a cheeseburger enhanced to pizza-like perfection with pepperoni, mozzarella and a zesty marinara. A buttery toasted bun acts as the perfect crust.

TDB—Timothy Dean Burger

801-G Shoppers Way
Largo, MD 20774
(301) 808-2433

250 K St. N.E.
Washington, DC 20002
(202) 546-2433

Timothy Dean of “Top Chef” fame works his burger brilliance with a selection of grilled bi-partisan burgers named after Washingtonians old and new. Patrons can enjoy a Sonia From the Bronx (named after Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor)—a burger dressed with avocado and roasted mushrooms. Then there’s the Thomas Jefferson which comes topped with a fried egg. Those seeking slightly lighter fare can try the RGIII—seared ahi tuna accompanied by fried onions and chili aioli. Burger lovers can, of course, also choose their own toppings. Brioche buns top off all of the savory goodness.

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Beef N’ Buns N’ Paradise
1201 E. Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
(301) 631-0188

Beef N’ Buns N’ Paradise boasts burgers that are made from 100-percent local, fresh ground chuck with no fillers or preservatives. The restaurant offers a slew of quarter-pound and six-ounce burgers in a variety of creative flavors. One of the standouts is its Hawaiian Burger which is topped with smoky-sweet grilled pineapple, ham and cheese. Patrons can choose the rest of their toppings. Another mouth-watering option is the Cape Maye Burger which comes crowned with a freshly made two-ounce crab cake, ham, provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar.

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Founding Farmers
1924 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 822-8783

Founding Farmers is a deliciously organic and environmentally conscious restaurant that features a huge cheeseburger that nearly swallows up the entire plate. A toasted bun provides firm handles for the quarter pound of free-range beef which rests on a bed of organic lettuce, tomatoes and onions, and is topped with a crisscross of crispy bacon. This burger is best tackled with wide-mouthed bites. But don’t worry, the relaxed atmosphere in the Certified Green Restaurant that’s equipped with a knowledgeable wait staff—dressed in comfortable jeans and plaid shirts—makes you feel right at home and gives you permission to get down and dirty.

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