As if we needed another reason to go out and indulge in all of the amazing juicy, rich and innovative burgers that Washington has to offer, today happens to be National Cheeseburger Day. In the DMV area and around the country, chefs are constantly trying to hatch the latest indulgent burger creation, and we don't hate it. With such a simple base — the bun, the patty — there is so much space to grow and create, and that's exactly what these local businesses have done. Your classic beef patty with LTO has no place here; These seven burgers are redefining what it means to be a burger and delighting even the most devout burger traditionalists everywhere. In honor of National Burger Day, go out and try one (or seven) of these crazy different "burgers."
The Prez Obama Burger, at Good Stuff Eatery
In honor of our nation's president (and D.C.'s biggest burger fan) finishing out his last few months in the White House, we'll start with the Prez Obama Burger, a burger Top Chef and creator Spike Mendelsohn introduced during the 2008 presidential election. This burger is topped with applewood bacon, an onion marmalade, Roquefort cheese and a homemade horseradish mayo. While we may be saying goodbye to Prez Obama soon, his burger is here to stay.
Location: 775 G Street, NW Washington, D.C.
Burger Americain, Le Diplomate
You may think this burger would be french-inspired like the rest of Le Diplomate's upscale authentic French menu, but in fact the Burger Americain takes hints from none other than the Big Mac itself- the iconic representation of happiness and fulfillment in America birthed by the infamous Golden Arches. The Burger Americain is complete with two skinny beef patties, onions, pickles, American cheese, and of course, a "special sauce" all atop a brioche bun topped with a tiny American flag. It's basically your duty as an American citizen to consume this burger.
George Washington University: 800 22nd St. NW Washington, D.C.
Tenleytown: 4531 Wisconsin Ave NW Washington, D.C.
Dupont Circle: 1528 Connecticut Ave NW Washington, D.C.
Montgomery Mall: 7101 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, Maryland
The Jalapeño Burger, The Black Squirrel
The Black Squirrel has a name after our own hearts, reminding us of those furry little nightmares that will haunt University of Maryland's campus and our dreams long after we have graduated, and they have a burger as feisty as the squirrels themselves. Their Jalapeño Burger topped with guacamole and fiery flash-fried jalapeños stuffed with goat cheese packs some major heat. Be sure to try this burger if you're feeling nostalgic about watching abnormally obese black squirrels sift through last night's Slices in Route 1 trashcans.
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Foggy Bottom: 2200 Pennsylvania Ave, N.W. Washington, D.C.
Tenleytown: 4445 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C.
The Grand Trunk Naan Burger, Grand Trunk
Rounding out the list is this incredible mediterranean-inspired beef burger marinated with ginger, black cumin, green chillies, onions and fresh cilantro, and topped with a mint chutney served in a freshly baked hot tandoori naan. With a side of curry fries, nothing beats this perfectly spiced burger for a taste of the middle east that still delivers the satisfaction of biting into a rich juicy burger.
Location: 641 Indiana Avenue NW Washington, D.C.