Who doesn't love the mouthwatering flavor of a good ol' burger? America's favorite food has taken many different forms - whether it be the classic cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato or unconventional toppings such as fried eggs and guacamole. Regardless of your style, you're bound to meat your match at one of these top-rated Fairfax County restaurants. Their burgers will win your heart - and your tastebuds!
The Burger Shack
In just seven years since opening, The Burger Shack has made quite a name for itself - snagging a Top 10 position in Tripadvisor's list of Best Burgers In Northern Virginia AND receiving a nomination for Best Burgers in the DMV from WTOP. Boasting a "feel of timeless Virginia history, along with some uniquely American flavors," the Burger Shack has become a local favorite for lunch and dinner dates. Plus, all their specialty burgers are under $11! They also now have locations in Alexandria and Loudoun County.
Dogfish Head Alehouse
If your perfect burger checklist has "wood-fired taste" on it, look no further than Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax! Their wood-fired grill and fresh buns are the signature qualities of their gourmet burgers. All their "Dogfish Burgers" have a juicy, half-pound of meat! If you're looking for variety, each week they have a new "Burger of the Week" as well.
Single patties. Double patties. Black bean patties. Fried chicken patties. Turkey patties. Patties galore! All-natural, local, no hormones, and dry-aged. Social Burger is a family-owned restaurant that proudly supports the Vienna community. Don't want the bun? They even sell "burger bowls!" Order your favorite selection, and top it off with one of their Banana Pudding Milkshakes. Yum!
The Auld Shebeen
The Auld Shebeen is Fairfax City's only authentic Irish Pub and Restaurant, combining traditional Irish recipes with American cuisines. From the Guinness BBQ Double Cheeseburger topped with crispy pork belly and fried onions to their Pepper Jack Burger with chipotle mayonnaise, they've got the burger game down pat. Rumor has it, you can't take your first bite without an audible "mmmm."
Mike's American Grill
If you lean more toward a classic burger, you'll love the grilled-to-perfection burgers at Mike's American Grill in Springfield. Each one is made from juicy, flavorful, Certified Angus Beef and served with Great American Fries. Which one would you pick - cheddar, bacon, or Hickory BBQ?
Burgers Grilled Right (BGR)
If you have an adventurous palette, BGR is for you! Truffle-infused burgers? Check. Bison burgers? Check. Lamb burgers? Check. Sushi-grade tuna steak burgers? Yep. With locations in Reston and Springfield, BGR is located on both sides of Fairfax County.
If non-organic ingredients are a deal-breaker, you've come to the right place! Burger7 only serves 100% USDA Certified Organic Grass-fed Beef, in what they call their "Quality Stack" commitment. Does the idea of nachos on a burger excite you? Try "El Matador." If you're a macaroni and cheese lover, their "Mac" burger is topped with "mac n cheese bites!" With locations in both Falls Church and Merrifield, there are certainly some unique selections at this spot!
Charred Wood Fired Oven & Craft Bar
For Charred, the creativity for hamburgers knows no bounds! Just look at the “Mac-Chi-Con” pictured above! Don't forget to grab a malted milkshake to make your classic combination complete on your visit to this Herndon spot.
The Capital Burger
What's better than a cocktail? A cocktail pretending to be a milkshake! The Capital Burger at Reston Town Center offers up "luxury burgers, spiked shakes, and world-class wines" - making it a revolutionary fine dining experience favoring bare hands over forks. Sounds good to me!
If you like big buns and you cannot lie, head over to Vienna, Reston, McLean, Fairfax, or Herndon (on both Elden St and Franklin Farm) to get a taste of Big Buns - a fun-casual restaurant specializing in good burgers, burger bowls, shakes, craft beer and booze. The menu is a balance of tradition and innovation, comprised of different styles of burgers from all over the world. With the simple goal of making guests happy, Big Buns serves made-to-order, crave-worthy burgers using only the highest quality ingredients.
Which local burger spots do you think should be added to the list? Let us know in the comments! Don't forget to tag us in your adventures on social media using #FXVA and @VisitFairfax. Happy eating!