The ideal cheeseburger is a culinary unicorn: legendary, beautiful and totally theoretical. We set out to find it, but quickly realized it would be more fun to build it from scratch, using key ingredients from the Washington area's most popular burgers.
We asked readers to pick the bun, burger patties, cheese, toppings and sauce to build what we're calling the People's Burger -- with fries and a shake on the side for good measure. You can't find this creation on any menu, but the excellent burgers that produced this beast are worth celebrating on their own.
Click each ingredient to see which real burger it comes from:
Our cardiologists thank you.