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Big Buns

Big Buns

Burger Joint and American Restaurant$$$$
Ballston - Virginia Square, Arlington
  • Ranked #2 for burger joints in Arlington
  • This place is famous for their burgers. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Sara M.
    "The chipotle pesto aioli is great on fries and burgers!"(4 Tips)
    "The fish burger is fantastic."(6 Tips)
    Washington Post
    "mango-black bean salsa"(2 Tips)
    NOM NOM Boris
    "best French Fries and Sweet Potatoes Fries with Herb Ranch sauce."(7 Tips)
70 Tips and reviews
  • burgers
  • french fries
  • chipotle pesto aioli
  • milkshakes
  • bean salsa
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  • Washington Post
    Washington PostMarch 11, 2013
    Here they ask for orders in stages to ensure complete customization. Choose a beef, chicken or fish burger and add toppings like mango-black bean salsa, fried egg, and grilled pineapple. Not at once. Read more
  • Melissa
    MelissaMarch 19, 2014
    The fish burger is fantastic. All of the toppings are top notch, especially the mango black bean salsa. Great sweet tater fries and cheap draft beers. Best burger place around
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisApril 16, 2013
    stop by for some of the most nomnom Onion Rings (5/5 NOMs) and dip into Herb Ranch sauce goodness. Ask for them off their Secret Menu. More tips & pics @
  • Matthew M.
    Matthew MartinDecember 29, 2015
    Veggie burger and quinoa on the side. Tastes good, filling. Tastes like they make them on site. Even if you suffer from veggie burger fatigue this one feels new and fresh.
  • Meags
    MeagsJune 29, 2015
    Their gluten free buns are fantastic and the fryers are now gluten free because they stopped serving onions rings and other breaded fried foods.
  • Abrar A.
    Abrar AlsuwainaJune 15, 2015
    I really love this place! Try the beef bowl and add your own toppings, or portobello Mushroom instead of beef for vegetarians
  • Veronica S.
    Veronica SlobodianNovember 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    It's just a pity they took the best burger out of the menu! R.I.P The Magic Mushroom! (Even though, all burgers are awesome)
  • Jen F.
    Jen FDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The peanut butter shake is amazing. The burgers are delicious too (great topping options).
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisApril 16, 2013
    go half and half and enjoy some of the best French Fries and Sweet Potatoes Fries with Herb Ranch sauce. More tips & pics @
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundyAugust 7
    Wow! Nutella shake and chocolate peanut butter shake were good, but the concrete was the star.
  • Liz E.
    Liz EvansOctober 17, 2015
    Build your own burger with so many options! Also sweet potato fries. Also beer. Also it's called big buns.
  • aro
    aroSeptember 1, 2011
    the burgers are big & juicy, even when cooked well done! the honey mustard & aioli sauces are great and the fries are mmmm! you can't lose!
  • Feats With F.
    Feats With FriendsNovember 15, 2012
    Can you beat the record for fastest burger at Big Buns on Feats With Friends? Here's a link to the Feat:
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisApril 16, 2013
    Make sure to ask for Nutella Milkshake (6/5 NOMs) off their secret menu!
  • Lacey
    LaceyNovember 13, 2011
    This place has excellent service! The people here couldn't be nicer. I came for the first time tonight and will definitely be back
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinApril 17, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Be sure to use the 4sq deal from 2-6- 2 burgers for $8. Great "make your own burgers" and shakes.
  • Bryan W.
    Bryan WynkoopApril 25, 2015
    The best fries I've ever had. Make sure you dip them in the chipotle pesto aioli.
  • Sara M.
    Sara MillerJuly 29, 2013
    The chipotle pesto aioli is great on fries and burgers!
  • NOM NOM Boris
    NOM NOM BorisApril 16, 2013
    go meaty goodness with Angus Beef Burger $8 (5/5 NOMs) with amazing toppings. More tips & pics @
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.March 19, 2015
    They stopped offering fried onion rings as a topping because the gluten free people ruin everything good
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshAugust 11, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best beef and salmon burgers in Arlington VA. If on diet try the kids meal too.
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundyAugust 7
    If I had to choose to eat one thing for the rest of my life - it'd be their truffle park fries.
  • John B.
    John BakerMarch 24
    The boozy milkshakes are delicious! Get the Oreo and me
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Burgers in Arlington. Try Salmon Burger too. Super nice staff indeed.
  • Nick D.
    Nick DotyNovember 18, 2015
    Burger on top of greens is delicious! Great for people who can't do a bun.
  • Mimi (Lothie) H.
    Mimi (Lothie) HerrmannJune 10, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Best ever burgers and sides. And the adult shakes are awesome.
  • Red B.
    Red BeardApril 22, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Sit outside in the sun... Good times... Great place to eat!!! My favorite burgers in the DC Metro area!!!
  • Dahianna S.
    Dahianna SalazarJune 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Burgers are juicy and delicious. Definitely worth it!
  • Raquel I.
    Raquel ImesOctober 23, 2012
    If the usual batch of sweet potato fries is too big for you, ask for a half order.
  • Alan L.
    Alan LeeApril 11, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great burgers, though sometimes, they can get a little too big and fall apart in your hands. They have good fries here too.
  • Max I.
    Max ImusSeptember 16, 2012
    They'll happily bring your burger to their outdoor seating!
  • DaByrdman33
    DaByrdman33October 24, 2014
    The burger was good but better with bacon. The onion rings are awesome when they're hot.
  • Brooke H.
    Brooke HardisonMarch 13, 2011
    Food was amazing. My white sweater was, admittedly, a mistake. It gets messy -- dress accordingly.
  • John B.
    John BakerMarch 24
    Get the Oreo and Jameson milkshake. Trust me....
  • Akshay A.
    Akshay AnikhindiJanuary 19, 2015
    Really don't see the hype about the place. Burgers are just ok. Beer selection is fantastic.
  • Ryan B.
    Ryan BartholomewMay 30, 2011
    The milkshakes are incredible, but watch out for the milkshake farts that night.
  • Jim F.
    Jim FarisJanuary 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing just order it with everything.
  • Ruben M.
    Ruben MuscaSeptember 18, 2012
    This place has $11 pitchers of Fat Tire...that's a steal!
  • Melissa
    MelissaMarch 19, 2014
    Fish burger, loaded
  • Kara M.
    Kara MundyAugust 7
    Boyfriend said he like his Long Island double shot.
  • Brett G.
    Brett GarwoodJuly 11, 2015
    Eat here now! Get anything.
  • Red B.
    Red BeardJune 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The BBQ sammich is amazing!!!
  • Red B.
    Red BeardOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    The best burgers in the area!!!
  • Vadim B.
    Vadim BichutskiyApril 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken bowl w/ eggs! Yum!
  • Doug G.
    Doug GrayFebruary 27, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The salmon burger is awesome!
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshJuly 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    2nd time and the burgers are really good
  • Jen F.
    Jen FDecember 8, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Seriously Big Buns!
  • David B.
    David BudimirJuly 17, 2010
    Burgers? Great, but the peanut butter malt is unbeatable.
  • David C.
    David ConnellOctober 8, 2010
    Get the chipotle pesto aioli on your burger. It rocks.
  • CaraMari
    CaraMariDecember 28, 2014
    Coffee & Nutella FTW
  • Katie S.
    Katie S.September 23, 2015
    WiFi password for BigBuns1 is DamnGoodBurgers
  • Chris ℳ.
    Chris ℳiddleton😈August 11, 2014
    The milkshakes rock:-)
  • Meredith E.
    Meredith EnsleyAugust 1, 2011
    Nice sized birger with a large bun. Would have been better if the hamburger wasn't so dry.
  • Travis V.
    Travis ValentineOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    It's a shame they close at 9. I'd love to come in late night for some sweet potato fries and a shake.
  • OMAR M.
    OMAR MukhareshJune 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Excellent burgers
  • David M.
    David McGrawAugust 12, 2010
    Best sweet potato fries..make sure you get some
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Lots of variety of burgers&milkshakes
  • DC After Five
    DC After FiveMay 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    $1.50 PBR to go with your lunch
  • J F.
    J FooJanuary 23, 2012
    great burgers :)!
  • Daniel S.
    Daniel SanchezDecember 22, 2010
    Three words Chipotle Pesto Aioli!!!
  • Mike H.
    Mike HoffMarch 15, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Get the sweet potato fries. I swear they are laced with something...
  • Eng. Yazeed
    Eng. YazeedOctober 8, 2015
    Lamb Burger 👌
  • Craig C.
    Craig CareyApril 1, 2011
    Look out for real time offers for Big Buns on
  • John M.
    John MastersFebruary 24, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The Mahi is great, even better with honey mustard
  • Beth L.
    Beth Lawton BartelsNovember 11, 2009
    Love the mahi and the sweet potato fries. :)
  • Red B.
    Red BeardJune 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    The best BURGERS on the Planet!
  • Keith W.
    Keith WJuly 2, 2012
    they don't take Amex here
  • GMU D.
    GMU DuckmanSeptember 17, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I like big buns and I cannot lie
  • Heather V.
    Heather VJuly 18, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Mahi Mahi blows my mindi.
  • Kelly O.
    Kelly O'KeefeSeptember 19, 2012
    Wait, this place isn't a strip club?
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