BGR, also known as “The Burger Joint” is a burger chain that was inspired from childhood neighborhood grill outs in Philadelphia. There are locations throughout the country, and a strong presence in the DC Metro area, possibly due to the corporate Headquarters being in Lansdowne, Virginia. BGR hopes to bring you back to those neighborhood grill outs, and claims “One Burger YOU MUST HAVE before you die”.
The menu is along the lines of what a burger joint should provide, burger options, some form of fries, and shakes. The burgers cover a variety of proteins, with “The Burger” being the standard, a “Veggie Burger” made of brown rice, black beans, and oats, and a “Turkey Burger”. The range doesn’t stop there as “The Cuban” is a burger topped with the makings of a Cuban Sandwich, while their “The Lobster” is considered the best lobster roll in Washington. Ahi Tuna and Lamb make appearances as well.
There are a variety of fries, such as thick cut Yukon Golds, Sweet Potatoes, and “The Green Standard” which is asparagus spears. If neither of those wet the appetite, large thick cut onion rings are available as well.
The shakes come in your standard flavors, and there is also a flavor of the month. If a shake is too much, you can get a float, which is two scoops of vanilla ice cream with root beer or coke. Fountain drinks are offered with one of the new Coke machines, which distributes a long list of coke products, and allow for custom syrup combinations. Beer and wine are also available.
The Burger has great grilled beef flavoring, creating a quick flashback to backyard bbqs. However the burger flavor manhandles the other toppings, rendering them almost pointless. Sometimes toppings help to keep the burger together and soak up the juice, however there is an overwhelming amount of grease in this burger (easily leaks through the foil and making the bag below transparent), and so, the burger becomes very sloppy and falls apart rapidly. Even with the addition pre-grilled onion and pickles on the bottom provided no assistance.
The large cut french fries are great, even if one portion could feed a small family. With the fear of disintegration while resting the burger, it becomes complicated for intermittent bites of fries. In addition, the lubricant options for the fries are limited, as packets of mayo, ketchup, and mustard are offered.
The burger truly comes off as pretty standard and definitely not considered a requirement before you die as claimed. The variety of other meat options is interesting, however they carry a hefty price tag, and one could walk out with having spent $20 at a burger joint. Even with the crazy amount of fries tossed in the bag, this still is a bit much to cover. If a change of pace in the burger world is desired, this could be a good stop, but if you want to have a great burger and still have change in your pocket, there are plenty of other great options in DC to consider.
Multiple locations nationwide