5 Best Burgers in Richmond, Virginia

The capital city of Virginia is famously home to many great breweries. The city also has a number of restaurants serving great burgers. Carytown, in particular, is a top spot for Richmond restaurants serving excellent burgers.

Many of the burger restaurants feature burger delivery and pick-up options as well, which is a great bonus.

Below are my top recommendations for the best burgers in Richmond, Virginia.

I dare you to read this post without drooling over the incredible burgers!

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Carytown Burgers & Fries

Location

3449 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Hours

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Description

Carytown Burgers & Fries is definitely one of the top burger restaurants in town. They’re located in a historic building dating back to 1841.

They have a huge menu full of, of course, burgers and french fries! In fact, you may just be overwhelmed by the enormous number of burger choices available. They have the classic cheeseburger, hamburgers, and bacon cheeseburgers. But even these can come with add-ons like chili and gravy.

Their specialty burgers include Mushroom Swiss, The Dude (Bacon, Cheddar Cheese, BBQ Sauce, and Crispy Fried Onion Straws), Barnyard Brawl (Bacon, Fried Egg, Chicken Tender, and American Cheese), The Big Kahuna Burger (Grilled Pineapple, Jalapenos, Bacon, and Swiss Cheese), Portobello Brie Burger, and much more.

Carytown Burgers & Fries also has vegetarian burgers such as The Impossible Burger and Black Bean Burger.

For Appetizers, they have plenty of amazing options as well, including Sweet’n’Salty Fries, Poutine, and Pimento Cheese Fries.

Beyond burgers and fries, they have many other options, including Corn Dog Basket, BLT, BBQ Sandwich, and Chicken Sandwich.

If all of that wasn’t enough, they have milkshakes and an assortment of cakes, pies, cookies, and brownies for dessert.

You can find their full menu here.

You can also check out Carytown Burgers & Fries merchandise, such as hats and shirts, at their online store.


Boulevard Burger & Brew

Location

1300 N Arthur Ashe Blvd, Richmond, VA 23230

Hours

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Description

Boulevard Burgers & Brew is another great place to get an excellent burger in Richmond. At the Richmond restaurant you can get, as the name suggests, a great burger, craft beer, and even a boozy milkshake.

Their burgers include the classic Kelly’s Classic (American Cheese and Mayo), as well as more creative options like California (Kale, Avocado, Tomato, Granny Smith Apples and Apple Preserves), Belgian (Beer Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese, Apricot Jam), and the loaded Parker Field (Burger Patty topped with Split Chorizo Links, VA Ham, Fried Egg, Cilantro, Lettuce, Tomato, Chipotle Mayo and Pickled Jalapeño).

Boulevard Burger also has a Build Your Own Burger option, which is always nice. Plus you can get a veggie or vegan burger.

They have a number of non-burger options as well, including BLT, Grilled Cheese, Hot Dogs, Blackened Chicken Sandwich, and a Wild Turkey Burger.

To satisfy your sweet tooth, they have a wide selection of milkshakes, including Vanilla, Chocolate, Banana, Peanut Butter, Oreo, Coconut, and Caramel.

Another huge draw at Boulevard Burger & Brew is their wide selection of Boozy Shakes. They come in a large variety of fancy flavors, including Wake ‘N Bacon (Jameson, Buttershots, Maple Syrup and Bacon Pieces in Vanilla), Chocolate Sea Salt Caramel (Toasted Caramel Whisky, Crème De Cacao, Chocolate, in Vanilla with a Salted Rim), Bailey’s Banana-Colada (Bailey’s, Bacardi Rum, Coconut & Banana Syrup in Vanilla), and much more.

You can find their full menu here.


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Citizen Burger Bar

Location

2907 W Cary St, #3515, Richmond, VA 23221

Hours

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:30 am – 12:00 am

Description

Citizen Burger Bar is one of the best restaurants for burgers in Richmond. They teamed up with local farms for the freshest ingredients, with grass-fed local beef and free-range chicken. Even the buns are sourced from local Albemarle Baking Company. 

You can order custom burgers and then choose a bun (brioche bun, multi-grain roll, lettuce wrap, potato bun, and more), choose a cheese (American, cheddar, provolone, jalapeño jack, and more), and choose a premium topping (bacon, local mushrooms, blue cheese dressing, garlic aioli, sriracha mayo, and more.)

Specialty burgers include Wild Mushroom and Swiss, The Hotness (jalapeño jack, sriracha mayo, chili and onion), and the intense The Executive (pork belly, Swiss cheese, fried farm egg, and garlic aioli.)

You can find their full menu here.


Galaxy Diner

Location

3109 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Hours

  • Monday to Friday: 11:00 am – Midnight
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am – Midnight

Description

Galaxy Diner is a decadent favorite. It has a fun old-fashioned diner aesthetic and great burgers. Many of their drinks and dishes are appropriately inspired by galactic names. It’s even open till midnight, which makes it a great destination for late nights.

Galaxy Diner has a Build Your Own Burger option, as well as specialty burgers. Some of their gourmet burgers include the Bleu Moon Burger (with Crumbled bleu cheese, caramelized onions, bacon), Fried Pluto (Fried bologna, coleslaw and barbeque sauce), Nuclear Waste Burger (American cheese, bacon, chili, and pineapple), and the cleverly named Boba Feta Burger (Feta, cheddar, and jalapeños). 

Beyond burgers, they offer quesadillas, hot sandwiches like the Black and Bleu Tuna Steak, Aloha Chicken (chicken breast, pineapple, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayo), and Philly Style Hoagie (which is like a Philly Steak with mushrooms, onions, green peppers, provolone cheese).

They also have full dishes like Meatloaf with Gravy or Marinara and Chili Mac (cheesy macaroni, chili, caramelized onion, and stewed tomatoes with Parmesan cheese). 

You can even order three-egg omelettes, fancy pancakes, and French toast all day and night. 

They also feature a robust selection of craft beers, famous martinis (such as the Van Gogh Mocha Tini and the Pluto with Amaretto, Banana Liqueur and Irish Cream), and cocktails like the Peachy Mimosa, Gin Cucumber Cooler, and Martian Merlot (with Merlot, Ginger Ale, and Lime). 

Galaxy Diner has a rich selection of boozy liquid desserts, such as the Lumberjack (Peanut Butter, Jack Daniel’s, and Maple Syrup), Galaxy Grasshopper (Vodka, Chocolate Liqueur, Peppermint Patties), and Drunken Banana Split (Stoli Vanil, Chocolate Liqueur, Bananas, and Strawberries.)

For dessert, definitely check out the Fried Oreos A La Mode (Fried oreos drizzled with chocolate, topped with whipped cream and a cherry.)

You can find their full menu here.


Burger Bach

Location

3426 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Hours

  • Sunday to Thursday: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm
  • Friday and Saturday: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm

Description

Burger Bach is one of the best places for artisan burgers in Richmond. It’s actually a New Zealand-inspired gastropub located in Carytown. They feature New Zealand grass-fed beef and lamb plus fresh-cut fries.

Their specialty beef burgers include Auklander (with guacamole, mayo, uncured bacon, mixed greens, New Zealand Egmont cheese, tomato, and dijonnaise), New Plymouth (fresh tarragon sauce, sautéed wild mushrooms, Brie cheese, uncured bacon, and caramelized onions), and Wellington (New Zealand triple cream blue cheese, HP Sauce, caramelized onions, brown sauce, sautéed wild mushrooms, and garlic aioli). 

Burger Bach also has lamb burgers like Queenstown (with grass-fed New Zealsnd lamb, caramelized onions, Gruyère cheese, sautéed wild mushrooms, and fresh tarragon sauce), and Kiwi Chicken (organic, free-range chicken, chipotle BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, turkey bacon, organic New Zealand cheddar, and roasted jalapeño remoulade). 

They also have a seafood and raw bar with mussels, shrimp, and oysters. 

You can find their full menu here.


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