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Where to Find Burgers in Unexpected Places

These burgers go beyond the beef patty.

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| Tim Ebner

Eammon's might be known for their fish and chips, but they're deep frying burgers, too. Meanwhile, people flock to Panda Gourmet for Schezuan food, but their cumin burger is also a top favorite.

Sure, the burger is an American invention, but it's also a globally-accepted classic. In fact, many D.C. restaurants have put their own local or ethnic style on this classic dish.

Look closely and it's not hard to spot burgers that are creative and different. Here's a guide to some of the standout sneak-attack burgers around town, found everywhere from nightclubs to teahouses.

What's the weirdest place you've seen a burger in D.C.? Share in the comments.

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Balkan Grill

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Looking for a Balkan burger? Balkan Grill serves a Bosnian burger with tomatoes, onions and kaymak, a creamy cheese.

Daikaya

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Daikaya is the place for a Japanese-style beef hamburger. The dish comes with a red wine-Worcestershire sauce and a sunny-side egg for $1 extra.

DC9 Nightclub

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This music venue also serves quality burgers. Order "The Herbert" — a fried green tomato, applewood bacon burger with Tabasco aioli for $12.

Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

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Deep fried burgers are served alongside fish and chips and other popular pub favorites.

Grand Trunk

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Naan burgers are on the menu at Grand Trunk. These burgers come in the form of a veggie patty with with spinach, peppers, peas, and garam masala.

Impala Cantina

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For a vegan-friendly Mexican burger, try the Chorifu burger at Impala Cantina. This is a marinated chorizo spiced tofu burger with lettuce, tomato and avocado for $10.

Burgers are tapas at Jaleo. These mini "hambugesas" are $7 each, and the patties are made from Spanish ibérico and come topped with ibérico bacon.

Mitsitam Cafe

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The Smithsonian might be the last place to think of for a burger craving, but Mitsitam Cafe inside the National Museum of the American Indian has a buffalo green chile burger that pays homage to the great state of New Mexico.

Panda Gourmet

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Next to the Days Inn on New York Avenue, NE sits Panda Gourmet. The restaurant is straight Schezuan with popular items like dan dan noodles, but equally as popular is their burger. It's referred to as the Chinese burger and packs a one-two punch of cumin and spice.

This new Spanish restaurant in Arlington serves its own spin on a burger, complete with Spanish cheese and a side of patatas bravas.

There's more than tea at Teaism. A vegetarian-friendly favorite is the organic tempeh burger, served on focaccia with lettuce, mayo and green chutney. Multiple locations.

Zaytinya

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The lunch-time favorite at Zaytinya is the falafel burger. This Lebanese-style burgers come with lemon-dressed cucumbers, tomatoes, hummus and garlic yogurt.

Balkan Grill

Looking for a Balkan burger? Balkan Grill serves a Bosnian burger with tomatoes, onions and kaymak, a creamy cheese.

Daikaya

Daikaya is the place for a Japanese-style beef hamburger. The dish comes with a red wine-Worcestershire sauce and a sunny-side egg for $1 extra.

DC9 Nightclub

This music venue also serves quality burgers. Order "The Herbert" — a fried green tomato, applewood bacon burger with Tabasco aioli for $12.

Eamonn's, A Dublin Chipper

Deep fried burgers are served alongside fish and chips and other popular pub favorites.

Grand Trunk

Naan burgers are on the menu at Grand Trunk. These burgers come in the form of a veggie patty with with spinach, peppers, peas, and garam masala.

Impala Cantina

For a vegan-friendly Mexican burger, try the Chorifu burger at Impala Cantina. This is a marinated chorizo spiced tofu burger with lettuce, tomato and avocado for $10.

Jaleo

Burgers are tapas at Jaleo. These mini "hambugesas" are $7 each, and the patties are made from Spanish ibérico and come topped with ibérico bacon.

Mitsitam Cafe

The Smithsonian might be the last place to think of for a burger craving, but Mitsitam Cafe inside the National Museum of the American Indian has a buffalo green chile burger that pays homage to the great state of New Mexico.

Panda Gourmet

Next to the Days Inn on New York Avenue, NE sits Panda Gourmet. The restaurant is straight Schezuan with popular items like dan dan noodles, but equally as popular is their burger. It's referred to as the Chinese burger and packs a one-two punch of cumin and spice.

Ser

This new Spanish restaurant in Arlington serves its own spin on a burger, complete with Spanish cheese and a side of patatas bravas.

Teaism

There's more than tea at Teaism. A vegetarian-friendly favorite is the organic tempeh burger, served on focaccia with lettuce, mayo and green chutney. Multiple locations.

Zaytinya

The lunch-time favorite at Zaytinya is the falafel burger. This Lebanese-style burgers come with lemon-dressed cucumbers, tomatoes, hummus and garlic yogurt.

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