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The Burger Heatmap: 12 Philly Burgers To Eat Now

The newest burgers in Philadelphia

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It's barbecue season, which means that smoky, chargrilled smell is wafting from neighbors' backyards to trigger intense burger cravings.

The thing is, anyone can make a burger, but making it special is the real challenge — which could mean fancy beef blends, skipping the beef altogether, showing off local produce, or coming up with cheffy accoutrements. It's all about keeping it simple while still setting yourself apart, and it takes a skilled chef to really nail the balance.

Down below, Eater's put together a look at the newest burgers that have come onto the Philly scene and made a name for themselves in the past year or so, including new meat-focused restaurants, unexpected menu additions, and updated versions of tried-and-true favorites.

Have you tried something new this year that you'd like to nominate? Leave your suggestions in the comments or email us with your thoughts.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Blue Duck

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2859 Holme Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152
(267) 686-4687
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The pork roll burger (which brilliantly has pork roll ground right into the patty, along with beef) won a Burger Brawl title for Blue Duck before it even opened. But it's not the only burger that will be vying for your attention here: The new "Beast of Northeast Philly" is a blend of wild boar and beef, topped with smoked Gouda, sweet tomato jam, bacon, and crispy Sriracha fried onions, all on a brioche bun.

2. Restaurant Neuf

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943 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 309-5847
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Tucked away on Ninth Street, amongst the curiously charming grit and grime of the Italian Market, sits Restaurant Neuf, Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan's North African-French bistro. And while steamy tagines and hefty bouillabaisses take the main stage, the mutton-lovers of Philly finally have a place to call home. Topped with gooey brie, roasted tomatoes, and shallots, perched atop a fluffy bun, Neuf's mutton burger is worth the trip to the Italian Market's sleepy night scene, regardless of any preconceived notions you may have of the protein. Those fried fingerlings it comes with? They're tossed in an intensely green pistou — a perfect mid-chomp snack.

3. The Hungry Pigeon

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743 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 278-2736
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Scott Schroeder, who, for years, built his career around perfecting the gastropub burger, now owns and operates an all-day cafe in Queen Village. And while co-owner/pastry extraordinaire Pat O'Malley's pastries could be the sole reason to visit in the mornings, it's also a smart move to drop in during lunch hours — the only time you can get Hungry Pigeon's Rineer Farms 100-oercent grass-fed cheeseburger, styled like a McDonald's sandwich (complete with "burger sauce"), but with more considered ingredients.
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4. Kensington Quarters

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1310 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(267) 314-5086
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Kensington Quarters' burger draw is two-part. First, go because, at the moment, the burger might be the city's best (especially if you wash it down with a wine of beverage director Tim Kweeder's choice). And while lately thin patties and "backyard burgers" are all the buzz, KQ stuck with the steakhouse-style burger, fat and juicy, with melted cheddar, garlic aioli and pickled onions.

5. SpOt Gourmet Burgers

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2821 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(484) 620-6901
SpOt Burgers owner Josh Kim opened in Brewerytown with the same confidence someone might have opening in the middle of Rittenhouse Square. And he owes it all to his devout group of followers, burger disciples who've stayed faithful to Kim's creations while he chugged away, operating out of a tiny, yellow SpOt cart in University City. But there's a valid reason to his garnered reputation— his burgers are ground in-house with his own custom beef blend. Toppings range from classic to super creative, like the Umami burger.

6. Bar Hygge

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1720 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 765-2274
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Everything about Bar Hygge is intentionally cozy, and the same goes for its burger. A grass-fed beef patty gets topped with cheddar, onions braised in house-brewed beer and something called "awesome sauce," served on a omemade bun. It's easy, unassuming, and fits in seamlessly with the comfortable atmosphere Bar Hygge's owners pledged to create.
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7. The Good King Tavern

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614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 625-3700
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Chef Nicholas Bazik's burger stacks two medium-sized patties on top of each other, which then get draped with cured lardo and slathered with a cornichon aioli.

8. ROOT restaurant + wine bar

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1206 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
Root's duxelle burger is the veggie burger of your dreams. Its patty, made from dry-roasted mushrooms chopped with onions, herbs and whatever magic ingredient chef Nick Kennedy has in his kitchen, is just as meaty and with the same juicy bite you'd get out of an all-beef burger, but without any of the guilt.

9. Butcher Bar

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2034 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
Center City's new meat-centric restaurant has a burger, and boy is it a doozy. The Royale with cheese gets two thick patties double-layered with American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, and special sauce, all on a buttered potato roll — kind of like a Big Mac on steroids.

10. Craftsman Row Saloon

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112 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 923-0123
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The Jeweler's Row pub has every burger you could ever want: classic, veggie, barbecue, even chicken fried. But the must-try sandwich here is the "Stallone," a delightfully surprising marriage between hoagie and burger, packed with two smashed patties, ham, genoa salami, capicola and sharp provolone, all zipped up with red pepper relish.

11. Sketch Burger

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413 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125
(215) 634-3466
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Sketch Burger is thinking beyond the beef, with rotating short-term specials like a bison burger, or a lamb version slathered with mint-dill yogurt sauce.

12. P'unk Burger

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1823 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148
(215) 468-7865
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P'unk Burger’s “Double Decker” special was enough of a hit to earn a spot on the permanent menu. The burger doubles up on the organic beef patties and cheddar cheese, topped off with bacon, lettuce, tomato, bacon, caramelized onions and a fried egg, plus a drizzle of Sriracha mayo.
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1. The Blue Duck

2859 Holme Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152
The pork roll burger (which brilliantly has pork roll ground right into the patty, along with beef) won a Burger Brawl title for Blue Duck before it even opened. But it's not the only burger that will be vying for your attention here: The new "Beast of Northeast Philly" is a blend of wild boar and beef, topped with smoked Gouda, sweet tomato jam, bacon, and crispy Sriracha fried onions, all on a brioche bun.
2859 Holme Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19152

2. Restaurant Neuf

943 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Tucked away on Ninth Street, amongst the curiously charming grit and grime of the Italian Market, sits Restaurant Neuf, Joncarl Lachman and Bob Moysan's North African-French bistro. And while steamy tagines and hefty bouillabaisses take the main stage, the mutton-lovers of Philly finally have a place to call home. Topped with gooey brie, roasted tomatoes, and shallots, perched atop a fluffy bun, Neuf's mutton burger is worth the trip to the Italian Market's sleepy night scene, regardless of any preconceived notions you may have of the protein. Those fried fingerlings it comes with? They're tossed in an intensely green pistou — a perfect mid-chomp snack.
943 S 9th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. The Hungry Pigeon

743 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Photo by Hillary Petrozziello
Scott Schroeder, who, for years, built his career around perfecting the gastropub burger, now owns and operates an all-day cafe in Queen Village. And while co-owner/pastry extraordinaire Pat O'Malley's pastries could be the sole reason to visit in the mornings, it's also a smart move to drop in during lunch hours — the only time you can get Hungry Pigeon's Rineer Farms 100-oercent grass-fed cheeseburger, styled like a McDonald's sandwich (complete with "burger sauce"), but with more considered ingredients.
743 S 4th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

4. Kensington Quarters

1310 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Kensington Quarters' burger draw is two-part. First, go because, at the moment, the burger might be the city's best (especially if you wash it down with a wine of beverage director Tim Kweeder's choice). And while lately thin patties and "backyard burgers" are all the buzz, KQ stuck with the steakhouse-style burger, fat and juicy, with melted cheddar, garlic aioli and pickled onions.
1310 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

5. SpOt Gourmet Burgers

2821 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
SpOt Burgers owner Josh Kim opened in Brewerytown with the same confidence someone might have opening in the middle of Rittenhouse Square. And he owes it all to his devout group of followers, burger disciples who've stayed faithful to Kim's creations while he chugged away, operating out of a tiny, yellow SpOt cart in University City. But there's a valid reason to his garnered reputation— his burgers are ground in-house with his own custom beef blend. Toppings range from classic to super creative, like the Umami burger.
2821 W Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

6. Bar Hygge

1720 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Photo by Tessa Tintle
Everything about Bar Hygge is intentionally cozy, and the same goes for its burger. A grass-fed beef patty gets topped with cheddar, onions braised in house-brewed beer and something called "awesome sauce," served on a omemade bun. It's easy, unassuming, and fits in seamlessly with the comfortable atmosphere Bar Hygge's owners pledged to create.
1720 Fairmount Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19130

7. The Good King Tavern

614 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Chef Nicholas Bazik's burger stacks two medium-sized patties on top of each other, which then get draped with cured lardo and slathered with a cornichon aioli.
614 S 7th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

8. ROOT restaurant + wine bar

1206 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Root's duxelle burger is the veggie burger of your dreams. Its patty, made from dry-roasted mushrooms chopped with onions, herbs and whatever magic ingredient chef Nick Kennedy has in his kitchen, is just as meaty and with the same juicy bite you'd get out of an all-beef burger, but without any of the guilt.
1206 Frankford Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

9. Butcher Bar

2034 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Center City's new meat-centric restaurant has a burger, and boy is it a doozy. The Royale with cheese gets two thick patties double-layered with American cheese, lettuce, pickles, onions, and special sauce, all on a buttered potato roll — kind of like a Big Mac on steroids.
2034 Chestnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

10. Craftsman Row Saloon

112 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
The Jeweler's Row pub has every burger you could ever want: classic, veggie, barbecue, even chicken fried. But the must-try sandwich here is the "Stallone," a delightfully surprising marriage between hoagie and burger, packed with two smashed patties, ham, genoa salami, capicola and sharp provolone, all zipped up with red pepper relish.
112 S 8th St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

11. Sketch Burger

413 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Sketch Burger is thinking beyond the beef, with rotating short-term specials like a bison burger, or a lamb version slathered with mint-dill yogurt sauce.
413 E Girard Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19125

12. P'unk Burger

1823 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148
Official
P'unk Burger’s “Double Decker” special was enough of a hit to earn a spot on the permanent menu. The burger doubles up on the organic beef patties and cheddar cheese, topped off with bacon, lettuce, tomato, bacon, caramelized onions and a fried egg, plus a drizzle of Sriracha mayo.
1823 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19148

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