Texture is an important part of the perfect burger. At least one ingredient needs some backbone as a counterpoint to melted cheese or goopy ketchup. That’s the role of the fried tempura onion – a fancy way of saying “onion ring” – on the DC Burger ($12.95) at Chef Geoff’s. Atop gooey Monterey Jack cheese and a tangy steak sauce, the onion ring offers a bold flavor — and snap — when bitten into.
Chef Geoff’s, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. 202-464-4461; 3201 New Mexico Ave. NW. 202-237-7800; 8045 Leesburg Pike, Vienna. 571-282-6003; 12256 Rockville Pike, Rockville. 240-621-3090.