It may be peak grill season, but with this week's oppressive heat, do you really want to stand in front of a hot grill just to get your burger fix on? Didn't think so. When it comes to finding good burgers, there's no shortage in D.C., but there's only a handful that are truly, remarkably great. As such, DCist writers highlight their favorite burgers in the city. Read this, eat them, and then go to the gym, because these burgers aren't exactly light on calories.
MICHELLE MELT AT GOOD STUFF EATERY: One could make the argument that any one of Good Stuff Eatery's devilishly designed mega-burgers should deserve their own spot on this list, but as someone that favors turkey burgers over beef ones (sorry/not sorry), I've got to single out the Michelle Melt. A free-range turkey patty is topped with caramelized onions, swiss cheese, ruby tomatoes, lettuce, and tangy southlawn herb garden mayo on a wheat bun. Look, this may be more of a "healthy" option or whatever, but it's still damn delicious, OK? — Matt Cohen
SPIKE'S SUNNYSIDE AT GOOD STUFF EATERY: My all-time favorite Washington-area burger was the huge, juicy slab from the The Quarry House, Tavern before the Silver Spring institution changed management in the mid-aughts and when they were still a real dive bar. It was a burger I used to look forward to with drooling anticipation. In the absence of a present-day equivalent, I sort of look forward to this artery-clogging sandwich, with an egg fried sunnyside-up plopped on top of an applewood bacon cheeseburger. The yolk may burst in the burger's paper wrapper before you get a chance to eat it, but you can always mop up the cholesterol with your fries. — Pat Padua
Good Stuff Eatery has locations in Capitol Hill (303 Pennsylvania Avenue), Georgetown (3291 M Street NW), and Crystal City (2110 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.)