Illustration by Stephanie Rudig
Illustration by Stephanie Rudig

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They’re there for you after you run a marathon. They call your name after you finish off three beers. Brunch, lunch, and dinner—they tempt you away from everything else on the menu, acting as tractor beams on your hungry stomach. We’re talking about hamburgers. D.C. menus are full of creative new patties that push the limit of what’s possible when it comes to toppings, as well as old faithfuls that keep it simple.

But what’s the current going rate for a burger in the District? We averaged the prices of the cheapest burger option at 75 sit-down restaurants across all four quadrants of the city. Fast food and chains like Five Guys and Shake Shack, while tasty, were omitted. Find the mean price below, plus some highlights to try during National Burger Month and beyond. 

Average price: $13.75

Median price: $13.00

Range: $7.49 to $28.00

Some highlights: 

Le Burg-aire au Poivre at The Big Board ($9) with black pepper, Wisconsin blue cheese, cognac cream sauce

Scion Burger at Scion ($13) with ground Wagyu and sirloin, smoked mozzarella, sautéed onions, fried pickles, peach ketchup

NoPa Burger at NoPa ($14) with Roseda Angus beef, pimento cheese “whiz,” bacon jam, Kewpie aioli

Ambar Burger at Ambar ($8) with beef and veal patty, lettuce, smoked mayo, tomato 

Macon Burger at Macon Bistro & Larder ($21) with pimento cheese, collards, pork belly

Diplomat Burger at Post Pub ($9.50) with cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato

Boundary Stone Burger at Boundary Stone ($14) with pickled beet, blue cheese, bacon jam, balsamic onions 

Big Punisher at Ray’s Hell Burger ($9.99) with Cajun spice, diablo sauce, provolone, pico, jalapenos 

Belleburger at Mirabelle ($28) with Madeira caramelized onions, melted cave aged gruyere

Apache Sweat Lodge at Burger, Tap & Shake ($8) with fire-roasted green chilies, pepper Jack cheese, smoked onions, XXX Sauce