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There’s nothing quite as satisfying as biting into a juicy, perfectly cooked burger topped with melted cheese and a dollop of tangy ketchup. If you’re craving this classic American meal, check out our recommendations for where to eat.

Mintwood Place: Wood-Grilled Bacon Cheeseburger

This French-American spot in Adams Morgan serves a wood-grilled, dry-aged, bacon-topped meal that regularly makes appearances on lists of Washingtonians’ favorite burgers. Skip the fries and pair your meal with one of the restaurant’s famously eclectic sides.

1813 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 234-6732

Le Diplomate:  Burger Americain

This French bistro with an Old World wine list on DC’s sophisticated Logan Circle stretch cooks a delicious burger. Order the restaurant’s Burger Americain, which comes with heaping Thousand Island sauce and pickles, and make sure to ask for it rare with a side of French fries.

1601 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009
(202) 332-3333

Brine: Beef Burger

Alexandria seafood emporium Brine just happens to have one of the juiciest, best-loved burgers in town. Come here for a slaw-topped patty, served with red onion jam, a mouth-puckering pickle and thick-cut French fries.

Mosaic District, 2985 District Ave, Fairfax, VA 22031
(703) 280-1000

Z-Burger: Bacon Cheeseburger

DC-based chain Z-Burger serves handcrafted patties topped with deliciously crispy bacon that’ll keep you fueled for a busy day. Head here for a quick meal on your way to sightseeing or museum-hopping (and don’t forget to pick up a side of the fried onion rings).

2157 P St NW, Washington, DC 20037
(202) 792-2777

Shake Shack: ‘Shroomburger

Proving that even non-carnivores can enjoy a delicious burger, Shake Shack rounds out the top five with the ‘Shroomburger. The portobello mushroom patty from the New York-based burger chain, which has a Dupont Circle location only steps from the St. Gregory, will show you exactly what has the crowds talking

1216 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 683-9921