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(Big Buns Gourmet Grill; Photo by Richard A. Lipski)

Best burgers

The Washington Post Staff  |  Updated 07/16/2013

Five Guys started a burger boom. Here are some top spots that aren't on every corner. Yet.

 

BGR: The Burger Joint

+ Multiple Locations

The lines at these rock-and-roll-themed shops can be maddening, but the burgers with "mojo sauce" and sweet potato fries are worth the wait. For something a little different, try the Greek, a lamb burger with tzatziki sauce and feta.

 

Big Buns Gourmet Grill

Arlington, VA

Tucked into a courtyard in Ballston, this fast-casual joint asks for orders in stages to ensure the complete customization of your burger experience. Choose a beef, chicken or fish burger and add toppings such as mango-black bean salsa, fried egg, grilled pineapple and chipotle-pesto aioli. Maybe not all at once.

 

Black & Orange

Washington, DC

At the burger joint formerly known as Rogue States, chef Raynold Mendizabal's beef patties are more likely to be studded with seasonings than bathed in unctuous toppings. There's no fried egg option or "special sauce" here (though there are four types of seasoned mayonnaise for your fries).

 

Black Squirrel

Washington, DC

Got to Adams Morgan's Black Squirrel for the amazing beer selection. Stay for the amazing burger. This is one to keep simple. The kitchen uses pure Hereford beef, and the naturally beefy flavor needs no adornment other than what it comes with: lettuce, tomato and a sesame-seed bun. Well, okay, maybe you can splurge on a slice of cheese.

 

Central Michel Richard

Washington, DC

Not your average burger place, Michel Richard's swanky bistro offers lobster and tuna burgers in addition to the beef standard. The rich buns complement but don't overshadow the prime ingredients within.

 

Elevation Burger

+ Multiple Locations

With its burgers' big flavor and modest prices, the eatery is reminiscent of In-N-Out Burger, the much-loved, no-frills West Coast chain. It's becoming just as ubiquitous, with as many as five locations scheduled to open this year.

 

Good Stuff Eatery

Washington, DC

Run by Spike Mendelsohn of "Top Chef" fame, the Capitol Hill joint lives up to the hype that preceded its arrival. The juicy burgers are served on buttery buns. The fries are well seasoned. And the toasted marshmallow milkshake spins the taste of the campfire into a thick dessert-worthy drink.

 

Kangaroo Boxing Club

Washington, DC

This Columbia heights neighborhood restaurant may focus on barbecue, but it also has a killer burger. In fact, its focus on barbecue is why it has a killer burger. Confused? Kangaroo Boxing Club offers two burgers, and both include the restaurant's smoked meats in the mix. The Costanza combines ground beef with smoked pastrami, while the Vandelay (yes, Seinfeld references both) enhances fresh ground Angus with 18-hour smoked Angus.

 

Palena's Dining Room

Washington, DC

The decadent sandwich is one of the best treats on the restaurant's cafe menu. The almost half-pounder is cooked to order and topped with a slice of Italian cow's-milk cheese infused with black truffles. This is a classy joint; ketchup comes in a little dish on the side.

 

Shake Shack

Washington, DC

You might have to wait in a long line, but this sufficiently juicy patty tucked into the lightly crisped bun is (fairly) fast food that pays a compliment to the genre.

 

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