Sometimes, all you crave is a mouthwatering burger, and Alexandria has seemingly endless options to hit the spot with an array of burger joints and restaurants with delicious specialty burgers throughout the city. Keep reading for our roundup of the best burgers in Alexandria, including vegan and vegetarian options.
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BurgerFi is the newest addition to Alexandria’s burger scene, opened this fall in Old Town. BurgerFi is a fresh take on classic burger joints, serving a variety of specialty burgers including the Breakfast Burger with bacon, cheese, maple syrup, a fried egg, a hash brown, onions and ketchup. Their veggie burger is so good, you don’t have to be a vegetarian to love it, and the sides, custards and sauces make BurgerFi a special treat for kids and adults alike.
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Del Ray’s Holy Cow is a locally-owned burger joint that hits the spot and gives you something to feel good about. 25 cents of every burger sold goes towards the ACT for Alexandria charity of your choice. You can build your own burger or choose from over a dozen specialty options like the Sacré Bleu topped with Brie, caramelized onions, applewood bacon & truffle honey on a toasted brioche bun. They’ve also got turkey, veggie, fish, and chicken burgers in the rotation that are all worth a try and perfectly paired with a milkshake and fries.
BGR: The Burger Joint
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BGR won Best Burger in the Best of D.C. 2016 Reader’s Choice from Washington City Paper, and they definitely won’t disappoint. Located in Old Town, you can build your own burger or try a specialty burger including classic recipes and new twists like the Greek Burger with a ground leg of lamb, Tzatziki, feta, cucumber, red onion, lettuce and tomato. You can also miniaturize any order into 2 sliders—perfect for sharing. They also serve up a veggie burger made from a blend of brown rice, black beans, molasses and oats.
Five Guys is known nationally, but got its start in the D.C. region. The Alexandria locale is moving a few blocks away from N. Fayette Street to King Street this winter, making it more convenient than ever to pick up their classic burger and fries with customizable topping options and free peanuts in the shell as a bonus.
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Old Town’s Columbia Firehouse is a great place to find sumptuous comfort foods and craft beers, and their burgers are no exception. The Firehouse Burger with crispy bacon and pimento cheese is a new twist on the classic bacon cheeseburger and is a must-try for lunch or dinner.
City Kitchen in Alexandria’s West End is the ideal neighborhood bar, where the food is delicious and the staff and patrons know each other by name. The City Burger with 8 oz. of Angus beef seasoned with the house steak rub and topped with bourbon barrel glaze, melted provolone, bacon and fried onion strings with spicy honey mustard is heavenly. City Kitchen comes from the Fat City Restaurant Group, which also owns Ramparts and Shooter McGee’s in the West End and T.J. Stone’s in Old Town. All four of their locations are perfect for a burger and a pint while you catch the big game, with weekly burger night specials and more.
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Near the waterfront in Old Town, Chadwicks is a fun place that has something for everyone. If you’re looking for a casual spot to grab a burger, their upstairs bar is open 7 nights a week and for weekend brunch. Their burgers are build your own, starting with a black Angus patty, a chicken breast, turkey, or black bean burger with seemingly endless toppings and sauces to add on. They also feature a new and Special Burger each week with fun toppings like the Mama Mia! topped with thick cut pepperoni, fresh mozzarella and marinara. Stop in on Mondays for half-priced burgers all day if you dine-in and order a drink.
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Mason Social in the Parker-Gray/Braddock neighborhood has one of the most unique (and delicious) takes on the classic American burger with their Marrow Burger, marrow-infused beef topped with sautéed onion, provolone, lettuce, and marrow mayo on a grilled brioche bun.
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Daniel O’Connell’s combines two great things, beer and hamburgers, with their Guinness Burger. The burger is topped with melted Guinness porter cheese on a bed of mash with onion rings and Guinness gravy. They also serve a flavorful lamb burger with goat cheese.
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On King Street, Mackie’s is a cozy and convenient place to grab a burger with friends. Try the Dry-Aged Burger with hand-formed 100% dry-aged beef, aged white cheddar, sautéed onions and mushrooms.
Jackson 20 on King Street is one of the best spots in town for tavern-style BBQ, smoked meats and comfort food. The New Frontier Bison Farm Burger on the dinner menu is topped with Amish cheddar, garden tomato, a hen egg, and thousand island dressing on a brioche bun.
Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar
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Theismann’s Restaurant & Bar has been a local favorite for over 40 years, and their burgers are some of the best in town. Special burgers include a BBQ Bacon Bison Burger with Wisconsin cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, fried onion straws, lettuce and tomato and the Turkey Burger with cajun seasoning, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, lettuce, tomato, onions, pickles and chive aioli.
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RT’s Restaurant is a staple in the Arlandria neighborhood. Even Kevin Bacon likes to stop by RT’s while he’s in town for a show at The Birchmere. It’s the perfect spot to grab dinner before a show, and if you like things hot, try the Zydeco Burger with Cajun spices, Sriracha mayo, cheddar cheese, dill pickle and Cajun onion straws.
Ted’s Montana Grill
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Ted’s Montana Grill in the Carlyle neighborhood has over 15 specialty burger recipes that can all be beef or bison with a special veggie burger on the menu. Specialty burgers include the Canyon Creek with cheddar, bacon, jalapeño, blackberry jam, fried egg and the No. 11 with slow-braised bison, horseradish cheddar, mushroom, horseradish sauce.
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