Where the Burgers Are

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Big Buns Gourmet Grill

4401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, 703-276-3032, http://www.eatbigbuns.com

Price and weight: $5.95 for regular (going up to $6.09 late this month); 7 ounces.

Meat: Certified Angus chuck, with 20 percent fat, from Maryland Quality Meats in Baltimore.

Bun: A custom-made egg bun from a local bakery. Wheat buns are available.

Atmosphere: Eco-hipster.

Verdict: The burger is big, messy and delicious. It has everything you need. Grill flavor? Check. Meat juices? Check. Loosely formed patty? Check. Lusty, crusty char? Check. Deep, beefy flavor? Check.

BGR: The Burger Joint

4827 Fairmont Ave., Bethesda, 301-358-6137, http://www.burgerjointdc.com

Price and weight: $7.49 for regular; 6 ounces.

Meat: A blend of hormone-free, dry-aged chuck, sirloin, hanger and brisket, with at least 20 percent fat. The meat comes from a Midwestern farm where the feed is strictly controlled.

Bun: A sesame-seed potato brioche bun produced by a small local bakery.

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