15 local burgers to cure even the worst hangovers

Expecting St. Patrick’s Day to take a toll on you this weekend? From a classic, crispy bacon burger to a patty topped with spicy chili, these restaurants in NoVA are here to help.

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St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, which means many Northern Virginians over the age of 21 are most likely going to celebrate with Guinness, green-tinted cocktails and Irish whiskey. For those needing a pick-me-up after a night (or day) of drinking, we’ve gathered a comprehensive list of hangover-friendly burgers throughout Northern Virginia. No thank yous needed.

The Hot Mess
While it doesn’t have a typical name, The Hot Mess from Del Ray-based Holy Cow will definitely do the trick for your groggy head, as it features a natural beef patty with Gouda, bacon, macaroni and cheese, crispy onions and sriracha aioli on a brioche bun. // Holy Cow: 2312 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; $8.95-$11.95   

The Brunch Burger
Sunday morning calls for brunch, but sometimes you need something more than just eggs and bacon. At Big Buns Damn Good Burger Co., find a fried egg atop Angus beef, pimento cheese, applewood-smoked bacon, pickles and the unique finishing touch, apple butter. // Big Buns Damn Good Burger Co.: 4401 Wilson Blvd., Arlington & 4251 Campbell Ave., Arlington; $12

For the morning after, we tend to need a jump-start to increase our energy. With the All-Nighter from Bar Louie, boasting a sunny side up egg, house-made spicy candied bacon, white cheddar and garlic aioli, you’ll get just that. // Bar Louie: 320 23rd St. S., Arlington; prices vary 

From three locations in Northern Virginia, The Burger Shack is serving up the perfect beef-centered breakfast. With the Sunrise option, you’ll get a burger paired with egg, bacon, cheddar and Thousand Island dressing wedged between Texas toast. // The Burger Shack: locations vary, $9.79

Mini Walk of Shame Burgers
The name says it all with these tiny, flavorful bites from Matchbox’s brunch menu. You’ll be more than ready to take on the day after inhaling these mini burgers topped with bloody mary mayo, cheddar and hollandaise sauce. // Matchbox: locations vary; prices vary

Brunch Burger
The classic bacon, egg and cheese gets a meaty twist with the Brunch Burger from Fairfax-based Artie’s, featuring applewood-smoked bacon, American cheese, a fried egg and the restaurant’s signature wicked sauce. // Artie’s: 3260 Old Lee Highway, Fairfax; $16

Hangover Burger
Bacon-infused habanero sauce on a burger? Yep, that sounds like just what the doctor ordered after the celebrations of the weekend have come to an end. Plus, Black Bear Bistro’s Hangover Burger comes with bacon, a fried egg and cheddar cheese too. // Black Bear Bistro & Brick Oven: 32 Main St., Warrenton; $12.95

Hangover Burger
This specialty burger comes with all the usual fixings of cheddar cheese, bacon and a fried egg atop a meat patty, yet it has a twist: It’s topped with the restaurant’s signature eclipse sauce and a thin piece of ham to ensure you get your greasy fix. // The Eclipse Bar and Billiards: 5615 Wellington Road, Suite 101, Warrenton; $15

The Hangover
Simple and to the point, The Hangover from burger chain Fuddruckers will fill your heart with joy thanks to smokehouse bacon, cheddar cheese and a fried egg. // Fuddfuckers: 1400 Foulger Square, Woodbridge & 44036 Pipeline Plaza, Ashburn; $7.89-$8.89

Hangover Burger
While most hangover-friendly burgers are topped with bacon, this one from Preston’s Pub features a sausage patty instead, paired with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and a fried egg. Still craving more food? Don’t worry, this meal comes with your choice of sides, including house-made, beer-battered French fries. // Preston’s Pub: 9103 Andrew Drive, Manassas; $13.99

Hangover Burger
Fredericksburg residents surviving the morning after will delight in Sedona Taphouse’s wagyu beef Hangover Burger, as it’s topped with American cheese, bacon, an over-easy egg, house-made special sauce and caramelized onions. What’s more? It’s served in a warmed, crispy potato bun. // Sedona Taphouse: 591 William St., Fredericksburg; prices vary 

While it primarily serves tacos, burritos and other Mexican-inspired fare, Austin Grill has specialty burgers on the lunch menu too. Among them is the Hangover, featuring a combination of spice-filled items like Texas chili, chile con queso, bacon, onion straws, roasted jalepeños and a fried egg. // Austin Grill: 8430-A Old Keene Mill Road, Springfield; $15.75  

Bacon-Stuffed Gouda Burger
Anything with bacon is good, and anything with cheese is better. So put the two together and you’re sure to find something special. This signature burger from Park Lane Tavern is made of a ground burger stuffed with bacon and Gouda cheese, then topped with cheddar, crispy applewood-smoked bacon, fried onion and a barbecue aioli on a brioche bun. // Park Lane Tavern: 1 Towne Centre Blvd., Fredericksburg; prices vary

Calories don’t count when you’re hungover, right? We think so, and that’s why you should try the Egg-Streme from NoVA’s Burger 21. The ingredient-heavy burger combines normal breakfast bites (think egg, bacon, cheese) with scallions, cilantro cream, a cheese and ale sauce and even French fries within a toasted brioche bun. // Burger 21: 43800 Central Station Drive, Ashburn & 21305 Windmill Parc Drive, Suite 160, Sterling; prices vary

Morning Glory Burger and Waffle Brunch Burger
You’ll find two hangover-friendly burgers at Woodbridge-based Smokey Bones: The Morning Glory Burger and the Waffle Brunch Burger. While the first features the usual toppings of American cheese, bacon, chipotle ketchup and a fried egg, the latter is one for the bold. You’ll find a Belgian waffle, as well as cheese, bacon, a fried egg, sweet potato fries, maple syrup and even powdered sugar on a beef patty squished between warm bread. // Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill: 2601 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge; prices vary

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