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The Burger Heatmap: 15 New Burgers to Eat Right Now

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Map12212312123123112008_10_hasmaps-thumb%20%281%29%20%281%29_burg.jpgWelcome back to the Eater Burger Heatmap, your guide to the best new burgers in this city. Since January, a few exciting burgers have been added to the menus at some terrific restaurants, both old and new. Here's a guide to 15 new burgers that are worth seeking out right now:

New to the list: The Marrow, El Toro Blanco, La Vara, Little Prince, Tertulia.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Griddled TM Burger at The Marrow

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99 Bank St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 428-6000
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Harold Dieterle waited a few months before unleashing this meaty monster upon the innocent people of New York City. The brunch-only burger at The Marrow is a thick, griddled beef patty (the meat is mixed with marrow), topped with sherried onions and gooey Emmental cheese. This fantastic beef bomb comes with thick steak fries for $17. [Photo]

2. The Smokeshack at Shake Shack

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11 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10010
(212) 889-6600
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Every so often, the Shack surprises its fans with a new menu item. The SmokeShack, which debuted last spring, is basically a Shackburger (griddled patty with cheese and Shack sauce) with cherry pepper relish and applewood-smoked bacon (and the Shackmeisters do not skimp on that smoky bacon). A single patty burger is $6.25, and a double is $8.80. In-N-Out wishes it served a burger this good. [Photo: Foodspotting]

3. The Perla Burger at Perla

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24 Minetta Lane
New York, NY 10012
(212) 933-1824
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Chef Michael Toscano's burger is a fat patty of griddled La Frieda beef topped with caciocavallo cheese, roasted tomatoes, and escarole. The funky beef flavor is the thing you notice first and foremost, but the tomato adds brightness and the greens add bitterness the proceedings. This is a crazy-toppings burger that works very well. Served at lunch and brunch for $18.

4. The Rarebit Burger at Murray's Cheese Bar

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264 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(646) 476-8882
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This might be New York's best new crazypants burger. It's a large, seared patty on a thick piece of buttered grain bread, smothered in rarebit (cheddar and beer) sauce. This is basically beef fondue. Use a knife and fork, then go home and take a nap. $17. [Photo: Glenwood]

5. The ETB Burger at El Toro Blanco

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257 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014
(212) 645-0193
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Burger guru Josh Capon recently added a hefty burger to the lunch and brunch menus at Village hot spot El Toro Blanco. It's a thick grilled beef patty topped with bacon, pico de gallo, zesty chipotle aioli, and shredded Oaxaca cheese. This could have been a mess, but Capon builds the burger so that it's easy to eat. The ETB Burger comes with a side of fries for $16. [Photo]

6. The Burger at Reynard

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80 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 460-8000
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The Reynard burger is made with a grass-fed beef patty that's topped caramelized onions. The meat is slightly rich, with a pronounced beef flavor. If you're on the fence about Reynard, just order this at the bar with a beer or a glass of Champagne. It comes with fries for $14. [Photo: Foodspotting]

7. The French Onion Soup Burger at Little Prince

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199 Prince St
New York, NY 10012
Paul Denamiel's new Soho French restaurant offers a "secret" French onion soup burger. It's a large grilled patty of Pat LaFrieda beef with caramelized onions, and a magic mix of Bechamel sauce and melted Gruyere cheese, served on a toasted English muffin. [Photo: Zagat]

8. Hamburguesa de Tertulia at Tertulia

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359 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014
(646) 559-9909
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Seamus Mullen recently started serving a version of the burger that won him the gold at last year’s SUPERBURGER bash. It’s basically a Spanish riff on a classic American fast food burger. The Hamburguesa De Tertulia is made with a patty of smoked Pat LaFrieda beef, cheddar cheese, pickles, and homemade ñora ketchup. Available at lunch and brunch. [Krieger]

9. Swine's Brisket and Bone Marrow Burger

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531 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-7675
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This is a real splurge dish. The marrow adds a wallop of umami that you just don't find in most pub burgers. The patty is smothered in melted Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions, and it comes on a brioche bun that catches all those juices. Served with a side of potato wedges for $18. [Photo: Foodspotting]

10. La Vara Burger at La Vara

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268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 422-0065
La Vara's brunch-only burger is one of New York's best kept burger secrets. Chef Alex Raij recently snuck it on the menu — she started with beef, but recently she's been using lamb. The patties are spiked with nora peppers, and the meat is topped with charred onions and Tetilla cheese. Although it's not a traditional burger, this dish has those savory and creamy notes that you find in a great cheeseburger.

11. The Cheeseburger at Pork Slope

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247 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 768-7675
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At his casual bar Pork Slope, Dale Talde wanted to create a high-quality version of the McDonald's cheeseburger. And that's exactly what this is — a ball of fresh-ground beef that's smashed and grilled so that the edges get a nice crisp. It's topped with chopped onions, American cheese, mustard, and ketchup. $11. [Photo: Foodspotting]

12. The Burger at The Toucan & The Lion

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342 E. 6th St.
New York, NY 10003
(212) 375-8989
The burger at The Toucan & the Lion is not for everyone. This meaty monster is made with a nicely seared beef patty that is served on a toasted bao with bacon and cashew butter. It's sweet, creamy, and salty, all at the same time. Served with fried pickles for $17. [Photo: Foodspotting]

13. Joe's Burger at The Library at The Public

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425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003
(212) 539-8777
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Andrew Carmellini's new restaurant inside the Public Theater serves a burger made with a 50/50 mix of brisket and chuck. The meat is moist and pleasantly funky. It comes topped with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onions. In theory, there's a lot going on here, but the toppings don't overpower the flavor of the beef. $17.

14. The Jack's Burger at Jack's Wife Freda

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224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012
(212) 510-8550
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This hip new Soho cafe serves a burger made with a thin patty that has a good crust. It comes on a Martin's potato roll with grilled tomatoes and crispy onion strips. This is basically like the best version of a burger that you'd make at a bakyard barbecue, but with fried onions. $12. (Photo: Foodspotting)

15. The Cheeseburger at Blue Collar

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160 Havemeyer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(347) 725-3837
The next time any of your friends whine about the fact that there are no In-N-Out Burgers in NYC, send them to this new Williamsburg restaurant. Blue Collar serves a smashed burger that rivals the one served at the West Coast fast food favorite, and it's only $4. (Photo: Yelp)

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1. The Griddled TM Burger at The Marrow

99 Bank St, New York, NY 10014
Harold Dieterle waited a few months before unleashing this meaty monster upon the innocent people of New York City. The brunch-only burger at The Marrow is a thick, griddled beef patty (the meat is mixed with marrow), topped with sherried onions and gooey Emmental cheese. This fantastic beef bomb comes with thick steak fries for $17. [Photo]
99 Bank St
New York, NY 10014

2. The Smokeshack at Shake Shack

11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010
Every so often, the Shack surprises its fans with a new menu item. The SmokeShack, which debuted last spring, is basically a Shackburger (griddled patty with cheese and Shack sauce) with cherry pepper relish and applewood-smoked bacon (and the Shackmeisters do not skimp on that smoky bacon). A single patty burger is $6.25, and a double is $8.80. In-N-Out wishes it served a burger this good. [Photo: Foodspotting]
11 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10010

3. The Perla Burger at Perla

24 Minetta Lane, New York, NY 10012
Chef Michael Toscano's burger is a fat patty of griddled La Frieda beef topped with caciocavallo cheese, roasted tomatoes, and escarole. The funky beef flavor is the thing you notice first and foremost, but the tomato adds brightness and the greens add bitterness the proceedings. This is a crazy-toppings burger that works very well. Served at lunch and brunch for $18.
24 Minetta Lane
New York, NY 10012

4. The Rarebit Burger at Murray's Cheese Bar

264 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014
This might be New York's best new crazypants burger. It's a large, seared patty on a thick piece of buttered grain bread, smothered in rarebit (cheddar and beer) sauce. This is basically beef fondue. Use a knife and fork, then go home and take a nap. $17. [Photo: Glenwood]
264 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014

5. The ETB Burger at El Toro Blanco

257 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014
Burger guru Josh Capon recently added a hefty burger to the lunch and brunch menus at Village hot spot El Toro Blanco. It's a thick grilled beef patty topped with bacon, pico de gallo, zesty chipotle aioli, and shredded Oaxaca cheese. This could have been a mess, but Capon builds the burger so that it's easy to eat. The ETB Burger comes with a side of fries for $16. [Photo]
257 6th Ave
New York, NY 10014

6. The Burger at Reynard

80 Wythe Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11211
The Reynard burger is made with a grass-fed beef patty that's topped caramelized onions. The meat is slightly rich, with a pronounced beef flavor. If you're on the fence about Reynard, just order this at the bar with a beer or a glass of Champagne. It comes with fries for $14. [Photo: Foodspotting]
80 Wythe Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11211

7. The French Onion Soup Burger at Little Prince

199 Prince St, New York, NY 10012
Paul Denamiel's new Soho French restaurant offers a "secret" French onion soup burger. It's a large grilled patty of Pat LaFrieda beef with caramelized onions, and a magic mix of Bechamel sauce and melted Gruyere cheese, served on a toasted English muffin. [Photo: Zagat]
199 Prince St
New York, NY 10012

8. Hamburguesa de Tertulia at Tertulia

359 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014
Seamus Mullen recently started serving a version of the burger that won him the gold at last year’s SUPERBURGER bash. It’s basically a Spanish riff on a classic American fast food burger. The Hamburguesa De Tertulia is made with a patty of smoked Pat LaFrieda beef, cheddar cheese, pickles, and homemade ñora ketchup. Available at lunch and brunch. [Krieger]
359 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10014

9. Swine's Brisket and Bone Marrow Burger

531 Hudson St., New York, NY 10014
This is a real splurge dish. The marrow adds a wallop of umami that you just don't find in most pub burgers. The patty is smothered in melted Gruyere cheese and caramelized onions, and it comes on a brioche bun that catches all those juices. Served with a side of potato wedges for $18. [Photo: Foodspotting]
531 Hudson St.
New York, NY 10014

10. La Vara Burger at La Vara

268 Clinton St, Brooklyn, NY 11201
La Vara's brunch-only burger is one of New York's best kept burger secrets. Chef Alex Raij recently snuck it on the menu — she started with beef, but recently she's been using lamb. The patties are spiked with nora peppers, and the meat is topped with charred onions and Tetilla cheese. Although it's not a traditional burger, this dish has those savory and creamy notes that you find in a great cheeseburger.
268 Clinton St
Brooklyn, NY 11201

11. The Cheeseburger at Pork Slope

247 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
At his casual bar Pork Slope, Dale Talde wanted to create a high-quality version of the McDonald's cheeseburger. And that's exactly what this is — a ball of fresh-ground beef that's smashed and grilled so that the edges get a nice crisp. It's topped with chopped onions, American cheese, mustard, and ketchup. $11. [Photo: Foodspotting]
247 5th Ave.
Brooklyn, NY 11215

12. The Burger at The Toucan & The Lion

342 E. 6th St., New York, NY 10003
The burger at The Toucan & the Lion is not for everyone. This meaty monster is made with a nicely seared beef patty that is served on a toasted bao with bacon and cashew butter. It's sweet, creamy, and salty, all at the same time. Served with fried pickles for $17. [Photo: Foodspotting]
342 E. 6th St.
New York, NY 10003

13. Joe's Burger at The Library at The Public

425 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Andrew Carmellini's new restaurant inside the Public Theater serves a burger made with a 50/50 mix of brisket and chuck. The meat is moist and pleasantly funky. It comes topped with bacon, cheddar, and caramelized onions. In theory, there's a lot going on here, but the toppings don't overpower the flavor of the beef. $17.
425 Lafayette Street
New York, NY 10003

14. The Jack's Burger at Jack's Wife Freda

224 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012
This hip new Soho cafe serves a burger made with a thin patty that has a good crust. It comes on a Martin's potato roll with grilled tomatoes and crispy onion strips. This is basically like the best version of a burger that you'd make at a bakyard barbecue, but with fried onions. $12. (Photo: Foodspotting)
224 Lafayette St
New York, NY 10012

15. The Cheeseburger at Blue Collar

160 Havemeyer Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
The next time any of your friends whine about the fact that there are no In-N-Out Burgers in NYC, send them to this new Williamsburg restaurant. Blue Collar serves a smashed burger that rivals the one served at the West Coast fast food favorite, and it's only $4. (Photo: Yelp)
160 Havemeyer Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211

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