We’ve rounded up favorite Virginia burger restaurants 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
“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.
Melt Gourmet Cheeseburgers, Leesburg
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).
Grafton Street Restaurant & Irish Pub, Gainesville
“G Street” Burger offers a modern twist on a classic Irish cheese burger. This delicious burger is piled high with apple-wood bacon, Vermont cheddar cheese, crispy fried onions, a healthy bit of their secret recipe house burger sauce and is served on a warm toasted Brioche Roll. Gainesville should be a stop on any Prince William County getaway.
The Main Street Pub, Clifton
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.)
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
Charlottesville’s downtown 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
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
“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.”
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!
This article was published in 2017 and updated on 2019.