Richmond, Virginia has TONS of fantastic places to eat. It’s a city that’s always popping up on some foodie list or another. Sometimes that overwhelming amount of choice can be debilitating. If you’ve decided a burger is what you’re after, these are the 5 best burgers in Richmond!
Carytown Burgers & Fries
Carytown Burgers & Fries isn’t just in Richmond’s Carytown neighborhood (although that is the original). They have a location in Lakeside too. Carytown has more seating than Lakeside, but they both have delicious burgers. In 2019, Carytown Burger & Fries was voted the best burgers in Richmond from the Richmond Times Dispatch.
Each burger is a 1/3 pound patty with some serious volume. I always leave feeling like I’ll never eat again. With an extensive list of crazy toppings & combinations you could come in every week and get something different. My absolute favorite is the Flying Squirrel (peanut butter, bacon, & cheddar on a burger on Texas toast). I have two super crazy weekends a year at work, and this burger is always my Sunday night “I made it through” reward.
Instead of beef you can get turkey, grilled chicken, mock chicken, black bean, portobello, housemade vegan, Beyond or Impossible burgers. Hello options! Carytown also has a variety of sides & apps. There are pimento cheese fries and poutine. Both are favorites of mine.
Hutch Bar & Eatery
Hutch is located in a Food Lion shopping center, but don’t let that fool you. This place has some seriously delicious eats and awesome cocktails. The cocktail menu changes, but I always find one that’s well suited to me and executed perfectly. Hutch has an enclosed patio, and is a great date night spot.
In addition to Southern favorites like Nashville hot chicken and shrimp & grits, there are a few burgers on the menu. My favorite is the Thai Salmon Burger, that’s covered in edamame, carrots & Thai chili. It’s flavorful and nutritious. How often do you get a few vitamins in a burger? Also you can get mashed potatoes as a side. Burger + mashed potatoes is always a winning combo for me.
Hutch is a great option if you want options. Since it’s not a burger only spot, everyone can find something they want. They also are particularly kid friendly. Kids eat free at Saturday brunch, and there’s a monthly themed Silly Supper focusing on the kiddos.
Jack Browns Beer & Burger Joint
While Jack Brown’s isn’t a Richmond original (try Harrisonburg for that), it’s quickly been adopted by Richmond locals in the few years its been open. Inside there are a few tables and some bar seating. If it’s decent out, the patio adds to their seating capacity. Boasting an extensive cans & bottle list and 8 rotating taps you’re sure to a beer or cider right up your alley. This is our default spot for burgers and we’re never disappointed.
All burgers are 100% wagyu beef and there’s a selection of sinful topping combinations. My favorite is the Greg Brady (mac & cheese + cheese + BBQ potato chips). On Saturdays check their Instagram for their freestyle special. If you see the poutine freestyle listed, haul your hind parts there. And come say hi. Chances are I’m sitting at the bar devouring one.
JBs has fries and sweet potato fries as side options, and I could drink their secret sauce. For dessert they have fried oreos. If you’re looking for vegetarian or vegan options this is not your spot. You come here for fantastic beef burgers & beer because that’s what they have.
Park Lane Tavern is an English style pub that has a couple of Virginia locations, with a relatively new one in Short Pump. While much bigger than the pubs I’ve been to in England, it does feel the same. Dark walls & furniture are cozy and inviting. There are lots of draft beer options from England and other countries in Europe. There’s a solid Scotch & bourbon list as well. All of these can be sampled as flights.
Park Lane isn’t a burger joint. They specialize in English & European dishes like fish & chips, beef Wellington, & shepherd’s pie. However, the Bacon Stuffed Gouda Burger might just blow your mind. Bacon + gouda stuffed in a quality burger. Topped with cheddar, fried onions, bacon & BBQ aioli. Did I mention you can get it on a pretzel bun?! A pretzel bun.
On Thursdays this burger + fries + a beer is $13 (regular burgers are $10). I’ve never been able to bring myself to order anything else, the bacon gouda burger is so good. I have stolen bites of other dishes though and they were excellent. Oh and the Guinness brownie with ice cream is worth it if you still have room.
Station 2 is located in an old Richmond fire station in Shockoe Bottom. With a big list of draft beers, most of which are local, there’s lots of options. If beer isn’t your fancy, they have a cocktail selection as well as some alcoholic milkshakes. Diary + booze doesn’t work well for me, but everyone I’ve ever been to Station 2 with has enjoyed them.
This is another Richmond burger spot with lots of burger toppings and combos. My go to is the Beerfest (beer cheese + bacon + onion straws). Who can resist beer cheese? While those are my go to toppings, sometimes I get a beef burger, sometimes I get an edamame burger. They’re both mighty tasty.
Station 2 has a selection of protein options: beef, grilled chicken, turkey, cheddar bratwurst, black bean patty, or an edamame patty. You can also choose your bread and your side. Parking sometimes is hard to find, but walking an extra block or 2 is totally worth it!