Holy Cow burger, photo credit: Chris Militzer

Road Trip Worthy Virginia Burger Spots

We’ve rounded up favorite Virginia burger spots serving the delicious, juicy patties that call meat-lovers back time after time. And since we’re always on the hunt for new destinations, we’ve asked our travel friends to contribute their favorite Virginia burger recommendations too.

May is National Burger Month—a perfect time for a patty-focused road trip. But honestly, these Virginia burger spots are a great choice all year long, so bookmark our list for future treks.

Holy Cow, Del Ray, Alexandria

Holy Cow burger, photo credit: Chris Militzer

Holy Cow burger, photo credit: Chris Militzer


“One great burger in Northern Virginia is The Steak House from Holy Cow in Del Ray Alexandria. It’s a little different with the patty covered with Bleu Cheese, creamed spinach, mushrooms, fried onions, and a wine reduction on a toasted bun. It’s like a juicy handheld steak dinner.”

Plan a side-trip to nearby Old Town Alexandria for a tour of the quirky Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary, home  to unicorn root, dragon’s blood, and much more.

Burger recommendation and photo by Chris Militzer, Miliman12 Photography. Follow Chris on Instagram and Twitter.

Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers, Leesburg

tall Melt burger Leesburg VA

Tall Melt burger Leesburg VA


Melt embraces, then pushes beyond the beef with exotic burgers made with crab, lamb, bison, turkey, and more. We’re fans of the comical yet yummy effect of adding onion rings to the Fire Roasted Green Chile Cheeseburger (disclosure: we remove then before attempting to eat).

Leesburg is a fun getaway destination for foodies, craft beer fans, history buffs, and nature lovers. Melt is just one of many tasty Leesburg restaurants worth a visit.

Blu1681, Occoquan

Blu1681 Angus Burger with Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Blu1681 Angus Burger with Chipotle BBQ Sauce


“The Bridge Burger at Blu1681 is a unique take on an American classic, always made to order from locally sourced ingredients. It’s a delicious burger served up with a side of the Chef’s secret recipe chipotle barbeque sauce, giving this savory dish a surprising kick.”

Historic Occoquan is a fun destination for shopping and should be part of any Prince William County getaway.

Burger recommendation and photo by Nicole Warner, Discover Prince William & Manassas, VA CVB. Follow Discover PWM on Facebook and Twitter.

The Main Street Pub, Clifton

Main St Pub burger Clifton VA

Main St Pub burger Clifton VA


The bacon cheeseburger at Main Street Pub is a classic Virginia burger and a frequent centerpiece of our trips to the quaint town of Clifton. They get all the essentials right, from the juicy beef to the crisp bacon on top (tip: they also make a great BLT.)

Zinburger, Charlottesville

Zinburger with bacon Charlottesville

Zinburger with bacon, Charlottesville VA

We’ve become Zinburger regulars since our daughter started school at UVA. Go classic with the Samburger (a bacon chesseburger) or spice it up a little with the El Diablo. Whichever burger you choose, wine pairing or no, you’re going to leave satisfied.

Citizen Burger Bar, Charlottesville

Citizen Burger Charlottesville VA

Citizen Burger Bar Charlottesville VA


Charlottesville’s downton shopping area is full of dining spots, but Citizen Burger calls us back with big, juicy locally-sourced patties, buns, and toppings. We usually build our own (don’t forget the bacon) but there are several combos on the menu if you want to leave the building to someone else. The fries are really good too!

Charlottesville was the home of three US Presidents, and is the only UNESCO World Heritage sight in Virginia. Give yourself time to enjoy all the history, natural beauty, and foodie fun that the area offers on a Charlottesville getaway.

Stable Craft Brewing, Waynesboro

Virginia burger spots Stable Craft Brewery

Virginia burger spots, Stable Craft Brewery


Perhaps the prettiest brewery setting we have even been to, Stable Craft is a horse farm turned brewery and restaurant. The chef owner keeps the burgers simple and yummy, a perfect side to the delicious brews.

Waynesboro’s central location between Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Parkway makes it the perfect spot to start a road trip through southern Shenandoah Valley. Or use it as the jumping off point for a trip through the northern Shenandoah Valley.

Commune, Virginia Beach

Commune burger, photo credit: Brianna Simmons

Commune burger, photo credit: Brianna Simmons


“A few blocks from the Virginia Beach Boardwalk you’ll find Commune, a farm-to-table restaurant with a focus on sourcing as locally as possible.While everything on their creative menu is good, their burger is especially addictive. With a baked in house brioche bun, pickled mustard seeds and scratch made pimento cheese, this is a burger you can feel good about.”

Burger recommendation and photo by Brianna Simmons, the Casual Travelist. Follow Brianna on Facebook and Instagram.


All this Virginia burger talk has us craving a meal and we’d love to grow our list of burger favorites. Please share your favorite Virginia burger spots in the comments below. Thank you and happy dining!

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We've rounded up favorite Virginia burger spots that call meat-lovers back for delicious, juicy patties, fresh buns, and tasty toppings, all year long.

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8 Responses to “Road Trip Worthy Virginia Burger Spots”

  1. Stephanie | Adventures in Aussieland May 1, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    Oh my goodness! This was the wrong post for me to read while being nil by mouth. All those burgers look incredible! YUM!!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA May 2, 2017 at 7:46 am #

      They made me hungry writing about them Stephanie! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by,

  2. Miranda | UK Family Visas May 4, 2017 at 4:09 am #

    Burger made me feel hungry now, They look so delicious.

    • Fun in Fairfax VA May 4, 2017 at 10:23 am #

      Agreed, the burger pictures make me hungry too. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Susan @ Culinary Envy May 12, 2017 at 12:59 pm #

    I love a great burger and am very excited to try each of these. I am still finding my way around VA, so I will be mapquesting each of these to see what’s closest to me in Reston! So happy!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA May 12, 2017 at 1:08 pm #

      That’s great Susan. Sometimes a lunch destination is a nice excuse for a road trip to explore new areas. Happy burger! 🙂

  4. anintrovertedblogger June 9, 2017 at 6:43 am #

    We will visit Charlottesville over the summer. Can’t wait to try out these suggestions!

    • Fun in Fairfax VA June 9, 2017 at 6:01 pm #

      C’ville is a great foodie town. Hope you have time for burgers and more. Have a wonderful trip!

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