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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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BurgerFi

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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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Chao Ku

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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).

Dirty Habit

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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.

Duke's Counter

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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.

Owen's Ordinary

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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.

Proper 21

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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.

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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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Slim's Diner

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This new Petworth diner has a few burger options, from classic and veggie options to a patty melt.

Tasty Burger

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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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Tchoup's

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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.

The Haymaker Bar

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This replacement to the Atlas Room is trying to keep things low-key. The burger is simple with bacon, cheese, and KP barbecue sauce.

BurgerFi

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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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Chao Ku

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).

Dirty Habit

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.

Duke's Counter

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.

Owen's Ordinary

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.

Proper 21

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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.

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Shouk

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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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Slim's Diner

This new Petworth diner has a few burger options, from classic and veggie options to a patty melt.

Tasty Burger

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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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Tchoup's

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.

The Haymaker Bar

This replacement to the Atlas Room is trying to keep things low-key. The burger is simple with bacon, cheese, and KP barbecue sauce.

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