BGR – THE BURGER JOINT
Address: 8420 Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield, VA 22152
BGR was a place that I found out about after we got food from there several times at work. I remember the first time that I read over their menu, I found it difficult to choose what to order since everything just sounded so tasty! In the three opportunities that I’ve had to try their food, I’ve sampled three different types of their burgers. Each time, I haven’t been let down.
My friends Kyle and Kathryn came into town this past week, so we made the trip out to the restaurant for them to try out the burgers. After all, nothing beats a hearty order of a burger and fries after walking around D.C. for several hours!
This particular location is a little bit of a ways out west from where I live, over in the quieter residential side of west Springfield. The interior of the restaurant has a bit of dimmed lighting, with enough seating to accommodate a good-sized crowd. The decorations up on the wall were pretty neat and a number of the tables had different square tile designs embedded into them. The food ordering system is very similar to Five Guys, where you go up to the counter to order your food, after which they give you a restaurant pager to let you know when your food is ready.
The three burgers that I’ve tried so far are: The Wellington (roasted mushrooms, caramelized onions, garlic, and mojo sauce), The Burger (original cheeseburger with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and mojo sauce), and The Southwestern (chipotle and poblano peppers, onions, black bean salsa, and mojo sauce). Each burger has its own flavor profile, with the sauces and toppings all mixing together really well. The fries are also quite exceptional, as well. Their Gold Standard (Yukon potato fries) always comes out really crisp and with the right amount of salt on them. The Orange Standard (sweet potato fries) were okay in taste and kind of soft, but I still prefer the regular fries. Ask for them double-fried to get them even crunchier.
BGR is a great place to try if you’re looking to explore the new fast-casual burger scene that is already populated by chains like Five Guys, In-N-Out, or Shake Shack. Everything tastes really fresh, and they offer a great set of burgers to choose from that manage to leave you satisfied, but yet wanting another at the same time.
* Fun Fact: *
The 9 Pounder that you see pictured above is a burger that needs to be ordered 24 hours in advance because the restaurant staff need to custom-order the bun to be baked for it. What goes on it you ask? Straight from their website: Actual weight including bun and condiments is 15.4 pounds. Two heads of lettuce, eight tomatoes, three red onions, four whole pickles and a river of our mojo sauce.
Here are my rankings for BGR – The Burger Joint:
Food: 5 / 5
There is a wide selection of burgers to choose from, and the food quality has always been great for the times I have been there.
Atmosphere: 4.5 / 5
The wall and table decor gave the place a bit of character, and the dimmed lighting also helped to set the tone a little bit.
Service: 5 / 5
The employees are really enthusiastic and will certainly help you out with a recommendation if you’re in between some of their menu items. They give off the impression that they genuinely want you to have a great dining experience, and it certainly shows. The food is also served up pretty quickly, with you waiting no more than 6 – 8 minutes.
Price: 3.5 / 5
The prices for a meal can run a bit on the higher side, hovering right around $13 – $15.
Overall: 18 / 20 (90%)