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The Burger Heatmap: New D.C. Burgers To Eat Now

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Whether they come from new burger joints, expanding chains or restaurant chefs just stretching their burger-making muscles, plenty of new burger varieties are popping up around town. Some are topped with distinctive toppings like pimento cheese, others keep it simple.

It's been six months since Eater updated its Burger Heatmap, so the map is fresh off a complete reset from the old version. This map represents a mix of new burger chains (like Tasty Burger and BurgerFi), burger offerings at new restaurants (from Duke's Counter to Slim's Diner), and particularly newsworthy burger additions to existing restaurant menus (including Shouk's new veggie burger). Independent and local restaurants are favored over out-of-town chains here, though a few notable examples of the latter made the cut. Vegetarians, take note — Eater will highlight more new veggie burgers later this month. More interested in overall great burgers in D.C.? Check out our map of local essentials.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. BurgerFi

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111 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 746-9242
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This local chain serves up more traditional quick service-style burgers (and they're good ones), and Alexandria is its latest location.
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2. Chao Ku

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1414 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(301) 233-3072
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Want to see what a Chinese burger is all about? Try this one, with flavors of cumin lamb (Sichuan standard-bearer Panda Gourmet has a similar menu item as well).

3. Dirty Habit

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700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-6060
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Find this new addition to the Hotel Monaco's burger at lunch and dinner. The DHDC burger features fried egg, kewpie mayo, lettuce, onion, and teriyaki sauce.

4. Duke's Counter

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3000 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
(202) 905-2903
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This new neighborhood favorite near the National Zoo has the same beloved Proper burger as the Dupont Circle original location, with gouda, pickles and more.

5. Owen's Ordinary

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11820 Trade St
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 245-1226
Find several burger varieties on this new addition to Pike & Rose. Since it's Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Owen's benefits from the use of Red Apron products, including its new sausage burger. But there's a vegan burger on the menu as well, along with more classic offerings.

6. Proper 21

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1319 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
It's probably not surprising D.C.'s newest sports bar has a burger. It's topped with white cheddar, bacon, and caramelized onions right now. There's a salmon burger here, too.
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7. Shouk

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655 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 652-1464
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Vegans are chatting about this new menu addition at Shouk. The Shouk Burger is made from chickpeas, black beans, lentils, oats, flax seed, cauliflower, mushrooms, beets, red onion, parsley, and scallions, as well as the restaurant's seasonings.
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8. Slim's Diner

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4200 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011
(202) 783-0699
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This new Petworth diner has a few burger options, from classic and veggie options to a patty melt.

9. Tasty Burger

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2108 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 768-9292
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This burger chain comes to D.C. out of Boston and has been drawing in customers with carryout sacks of burgers, spicy jalapeno burgers, and more.
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10. Tchoup's

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3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
Burgers are a full section on Tchoup's menu (not a surprise since chef Alex McCoy is known for them) with offerings like a royale with cheese, a patty melt, and a bacon stack burger.

11. The Haymaker Bar

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1015 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002
This replacement to the Atlas Room is trying to keep things low-key. The burger is simple with bacon, cheese, and KP barbecue sauce.

1. BurgerFi

111 N. Pitt Street, Alexandria, VA 22314
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This local chain serves up more traditional quick service-style burgers (and they're good ones), and Alexandria is its latest location.
111 N. Pitt Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

2. Chao Ku

1414 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Want to see what a Chinese burger is all about? Try this one, with flavors of cumin lamb (Sichuan standard-bearer Panda Gourmet has a similar menu item as well).
1414 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

3. Dirty Habit

700 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Find this new addition to the Hotel Monaco's burger at lunch and dinner. The DHDC burger features fried egg, kewpie mayo, lettuce, onion, and teriyaki sauce.
700 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

4. Duke's Counter

3000 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20008
This new neighborhood favorite near the National Zoo has the same beloved Proper burger as the Dupont Circle original location, with gouda, pickles and more.
3000 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20008

5. Owen's Ordinary

11820 Trade St, North Bethesda, MD 20852
Find several burger varieties on this new addition to Pike & Rose. Since it's Neighborhood Restaurant Group, Owen's benefits from the use of Red Apron products, including its new sausage burger. But there's a vegan burger on the menu as well, along with more classic offerings.
11820 Trade St
North Bethesda, MD 20852

6. Proper 21

1319 F St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
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It's probably not surprising D.C.'s newest sports bar has a burger. It's topped with white cheddar, bacon, and caramelized onions right now. There's a salmon burger here, too.
1319 F St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

7. Shouk

655 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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Vegans are chatting about this new menu addition at Shouk. The Shouk Burger is made from chickpeas, black beans, lentils, oats, flax seed, cauliflower, mushrooms, beets, red onion, parsley, and scallions, as well as the restaurant's seasonings.
655 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

8. Slim's Diner

4200 9th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20011
This new Petworth diner has a few burger options, from classic and veggie options to a patty melt.
4200 9th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20011

9. Tasty Burger

2108 8th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
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This burger chain comes to D.C. out of Boston and has been drawing in customers with carryout sacks of burgers, spicy jalapeno burgers, and more.
2108 8th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

10. Tchoup's

3301 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Burgers are a full section on Tchoup's menu (not a surprise since chef Alex McCoy is known for them) with offerings like a royale with cheese, a patty melt, and a bacon stack burger.
3301 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

11. The Haymaker Bar

1015 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
This replacement to the Atlas Room is trying to keep things low-key. The burger is simple with bacon, cheese, and KP barbecue sauce.
1015 H St NE
Washington, DC 20002

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