Review: BGR (and a little of BRGR)

*** Update (from Washington, DC-area burger restaurant chain BGR The Burger Joint thought their burgers needed to be a little more Jersey, and thus are introducing the Snooki Burger next month. After calling for suggestions online, responses included “stuffed with an Italian sausage” and “marinated in tequila and desperation.”

BGR - Dupont

BGR reminds me a LOT of BRGR in NYC. These slightly more high-end burgers are a noticeable step up from the ubiquitous Five Guys. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some Five Guys – with all the toppings, the deliciously seasoned burger, it’s a great place to pig out. But BGR and BRGR have (not only similar names) a slightly elevated set of burgers – even their menus are a little similar.

BGR’s location is pretty good, located right off Dupont Circle on Connecticut Ave. The inside is pretty straightforward, walk in, go to counter, order, then get food at the pickup counter when your buzzer goes off. The thing that sets this place apart from Five Guys is that their burgers are big, probably around 1/3 lb patties, and they ask you how you like it cooked. I ordered it medium and it came out a perfect medium. I cannot stress enough how hard it is to cook a burger to a perfect medium throughout the meat – the only grey was the very very outside with a delicious crust. I ordered the Wellington burger, which is described as:

This was by far our most popular burger of the month. Roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic with a touch of mustard seed and blue cheese all atop our burger. Served on a fresh, buttery-toasted brioche bun with our mojo sauce.

This is their most popular burger for very good reason – it’s delicious. The mushrooms are roasted with some black truffle (oil, presumably) which makes them sing. For me, I love my steaks and burgers with blue cheese – and they were definitely generous with the blue cheese. The bread was great, too – substantial enough to handle a burger of this size, but light and airy so you don’t feel like you’re eating a giant loaf of bread. I think this burger is definitely worth a try if you’re not afraid of mushrooms and blue cheese. I’d get this again if their other options didn’t look so damn good! I got my burger naked, but if you do order, remember to ask for lettuce, tomato, onion, etc if you so desire. I didn’t miss any of those toppings with my Wellington at all.

NYC 2010

As comparison, the burger I usually get from BRGR is the one with blue cheese and bacon – also quite excellent, but I think I like the BGR one more because of the mushrooms.

The dupont location also sells milkshakes from local dairies, they had a blueberry shake today, which I had to try. it was a very good shake that wasn’t too sweet, and didn’t overpower the blueberry flavor. they shakes are made to order, so it take a minute to come out, but it is well worth it! BRGR also gets their milkshakes from the local NY Ronnybrook Farms dairy – a most excellent shake, which BGR may need to learn from. I’d want to try the BGR vanilla bean shake next time I think.


So if you’re in Dupont, and are craving a great burger, go to BGR. hurry up and get your burger before the area gets saturated with more boutique/gourmet burger joints – rumor has it a Shake Shack is opening in DC soon. hopefully the SS line will be better than the 1+ hr wait in NY!

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  1. Posted August 24, 2010 at 6:49 am | Permalink

    So what you’re saying is that DC has stolen another food trend ides from NYC? Unpossible!

  2. Posted August 24, 2010 at 11:21 am | Permalink

    i actually didn’t really think of this as a food trend, but i guess Ray’s Hellburger, Five Guys, and the soon-to-be Shake shack are all contributing to this welcome trend!

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