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Seems like almost everyone agrees that the bar at Avance is a must-hit burger destination.
Seems like almost everyone agrees that the bar at Avance is a must-hit burger destination.
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9 New Burgers Eater Readers Love

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Seems like almost everyone agrees that the bar at Avance is a must-hit burger destination.
| Photo: Eater Philly

12355134111232008_10_hasmaps%20%283%29%20%281%29%20%281%29.jpgLast week, we asked Eater Philly readers to share the best new burgers they've found around town over the past year or so. Now, with responses culled from the comments, social media, and the tipline (shunning any uncorroborated shill-y responses, of course) and conveniently mapped, we present to you the nine burgers you need to run out and try right now.

With no limitations imposed except that the burgers be reasonably new, beef burgers still predictably reigned supreme. One vegetarian patty made the cut, and lamb is clearly the current non-beef meat of choice, with multiple ovine entries on the list. In a surprising (though very welcome) Southern twist, the roster also features two pimento cheese burgers.

Check out the map below to see who made the cut — and as always, if you don't see your favorite, sound off in the comments or via the tipline.


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While the forward-looking fare being served in the dining room at Avance racks up the accolades, the lamb burger available only at the downstairs bar is capturing a hefty share of the buzz. It's made with Border Springs lamb, feta, onion marmalade, and a brioche bun that even the anti-brioche-bun contingent has gotten behind, and comes with a side of chickpea fries. (Of course, not everyone thinks it quite lives up to the hype.)

Border Springs Lamb Farm

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Border Springs lamb also features in the burger at the bar at Avance, but you can try this one out in a much more casual setting. The man behind the menu is Nick Macri, formerly of Southwark, who knows his meat - he's one of the city's most skilled charcutiers and took home 2013 Hop Chef gold with a meat salad.

BurgerFi

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BurgerFi is a convention center-adjacent, fast-casual chain that seems to roll all the other chains' signatures and gimmicks into one. (Officially published 'secret menu'? Check. Concretes? Check. Ubiquitous bun-brand? You betcha.) But the fact remains, the early word on these burgers has been strongly positive. No specific burger gets the nod here; options run classic and you can tweak the build to your heart's content.

The Gaslight

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Jason Cichonski and James Fujioka's menu at this newly revamped Old City bar features a beef burger and a veggie burger with the same set-up (aged cheddar, creamy-spicy sauce, smoked pickles). And it's the veggie burger — built on a smoked paprika-spiked farro and quinoa patty — that got the specific nod from the Eater audience.

REX 1516

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The awesome house burger at Rex 1516 has pimento cheese, bacon, crispy fried red onions and bibb lettuce. Even more awesome: on Monday nights, you can opt for the 'burger citywide' and nab the burger with a pint and a shot for just $15. (On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the same deal applies but with a special burger that changes weekly and has included variations like a poutine burger and a general tso's pork belly burger - follow chef Justin Swain on twitter for food porny updates.)

Tap Room on 19th

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Chef Jennifer Choplin makes her patties with a custom LaFrieda blend and offers plenty of decadent options for topping, including a variety of cheeses, bacon, eggs, and — this hits us where it hurts — pork roll. (We've also heard great things about their lamb burger, which would make three lamb entries here, for anyone keeping score at home.)

The Fat Ham

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Kevin Sbraga's tiny new Southern spot recently launched lunch, and the pared-down menu has one lunch-only special: the pimento cheese burger. It's served about as simply as it gets, though you can add bacon if you so choose, with a side of sweet potato chips on the side.

The Avenue Delicatessen

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The Americana burger comes about as classic as you'd expect from the name: LTO, bread and butter pickles, and Russian dressing, all perched on a LaFrieda patty. (Though with optional toppings like smoked mozzarella and pancetta, you're welcome to take your burger in another direction entirely.) While Craig LaBan knocked them down a peg for the "big and squishy" bun, the general consensus is that this burger is worth your time (and the fries are definitely no joke).

Blackfish

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"I don't know if this qualifies as new," writes one reader, "but after a several-year absence Blackfish in Conshy has brought back lunch service and it features their 'Big 'Burb' burger, which is excellent." We'll allow it, especially for a burger topped with the over-the-top classic combo of blue cheese, fried onions, and bacon.

Avance

While the forward-looking fare being served in the dining room at Avance racks up the accolades, the lamb burger available only at the downstairs bar is capturing a hefty share of the buzz. It's made with Border Springs lamb, feta, onion marmalade, and a brioche bun that even the anti-brioche-bun contingent has gotten behind, and comes with a side of chickpea fries. (Of course, not everyone thinks it quite lives up to the hype.)

Border Springs Lamb Farm

Border Springs lamb also features in the burger at the bar at Avance, but you can try this one out in a much more casual setting. The man behind the menu is Nick Macri, formerly of Southwark, who knows his meat - he's one of the city's most skilled charcutiers and took home 2013 Hop Chef gold with a meat salad.

BurgerFi

BurgerFi is a convention center-adjacent, fast-casual chain that seems to roll all the other chains' signatures and gimmicks into one. (Officially published 'secret menu'? Check. Concretes? Check. Ubiquitous bun-brand? You betcha.) But the fact remains, the early word on these burgers has been strongly positive. No specific burger gets the nod here; options run classic and you can tweak the build to your heart's content.

The Gaslight

Jason Cichonski and James Fujioka's menu at this newly revamped Old City bar features a beef burger and a veggie burger with the same set-up (aged cheddar, creamy-spicy sauce, smoked pickles). And it's the veggie burger — built on a smoked paprika-spiked farro and quinoa patty — that got the specific nod from the Eater audience.

REX 1516

The awesome house burger at Rex 1516 has pimento cheese, bacon, crispy fried red onions and bibb lettuce. Even more awesome: on Monday nights, you can opt for the 'burger citywide' and nab the burger with a pint and a shot for just $15. (On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the same deal applies but with a special burger that changes weekly and has included variations like a poutine burger and a general tso's pork belly burger - follow chef Justin Swain on twitter for food porny updates.)

Tap Room on 19th

Chef Jennifer Choplin makes her patties with a custom LaFrieda blend and offers plenty of decadent options for topping, including a variety of cheeses, bacon, eggs, and — this hits us where it hurts — pork roll. (We've also heard great things about their lamb burger, which would make three lamb entries here, for anyone keeping score at home.)

The Fat Ham

Kevin Sbraga's tiny new Southern spot recently launched lunch, and the pared-down menu has one lunch-only special: the pimento cheese burger. It's served about as simply as it gets, though you can add bacon if you so choose, with a side of sweet potato chips on the side.

The Avenue Delicatessen

The Americana burger comes about as classic as you'd expect from the name: LTO, bread and butter pickles, and Russian dressing, all perched on a LaFrieda patty. (Though with optional toppings like smoked mozzarella and pancetta, you're welcome to take your burger in another direction entirely.) While Craig LaBan knocked them down a peg for the "big and squishy" bun, the general consensus is that this burger is worth your time (and the fries are definitely no joke).

Blackfish

"I don't know if this qualifies as new," writes one reader, "but after a several-year absence Blackfish in Conshy has brought back lunch service and it features their 'Big 'Burb' burger, which is excellent." We'll allow it, especially for a burger topped with the over-the-top classic combo of blue cheese, fried onions, and bacon.

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