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Eat These 11 New Burgers Before the Hordes Gobble Them Up

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Chefs have been rapidly unveiling beefy behemoths across Portland in 2017, and that means it's time to update the Burger Heatmap: the map featuring the best new burgers in the city. This month, say "So long" to the burgers at Little Bird, La Moule, Home Bar, Smokehouse Tavern, and Tryst. (Looking for the long-running burgers that make Portland Portland? Head to the essential burgers map.)

Taking their places? Burgers at Bless Your Heart Burgers, Parasol, Jackrabbit, Guero No. 1 Tortas, Superbite, and Ray. Plus an oldie returns, as the cult burger at now-shuttered Club 21 has reared its head at the new Lay Low Tavern.

Happy teeth-sinking, Portland. (Note the points on this map are not ranked; rather, they are organized geographically.)

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Burger Stevens

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6238 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239
(971) 279-7252
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Don Salamone sure has made a splash on Portland’s dining scene, all the way from his Burger Stevens food cart in Hillsdale. He applies his fine-dining experience to some mean-eating cheeseburgers, and his signature burger comes with special sauce, lettuce cheese, pickles, onions, and Tillamook cheddar cheese on a Franz roll, for $7.  

[Photo: Facebook/ Burger Stevens]

2. Expatriate

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5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211
(503) 805-3750
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Remember when you were a teenager and one McDonald’s cheeseburger just didn’t cut it, so you always ordered two? Naomi Pomeroy's “American Standard dish” tickles that nostalgic sweet spot, plating two quarter-pound cheeseburgers with ketchup, mustard, raw onion rings, and good old American cheese.  

[Photo: Facebook/Expatriate]

3. Pastrami Zombie

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5429 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218
Pastrami Zombie’s Melissa McMillan knows her way around a burger. The Chicago native’s Sammich burger packs a mighty flavor-punch with special sauce, Swiss and American cheeses, and a heaping mound of shredded lettuce to keep it all in place. For a pair of Washingtons, she’ll throw on some of her house-smoked bacon. And when you see her, tell her “Go Cubbies!” It will make you her lifelong friend.  

[Photo: Facebook/Pastrami Zombie]

4. PDX Sliders

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1605 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, OR 97202
(971) 717-5271
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PDX Sliders started as a food cart, and now, following a short stint running the kitchen at Sellwood’s Ancestry Brewing’s taproom, it landed its very own digs on SE Bybee Boulevard. Creative burger specials drop every week, and now those sliders come full-sized, too. Pork, chicken, and veggie burgers are on the menu, but your best bet is still the classic double beef-American cheese-and-caramelized onion “Steel” burger.  

[Photo: PDX Sliders]

PDX SliderS

5. Lay Low Tavern

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6015 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206
Club 21 may be a thing of the past, but thanks to owners Warren Boothby and Marcus Archambeault, its burger is definitely a thing of the present. The duo resurrected this juicy Lucy at Lay Low Tavern, the new bar that replaced longtime dive, Coasters. The burgers come with the usual fixins—lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, and ketchup and mustard—but its that molten cheese-and-bacon mixture buried in the center of each patty that gives this burger its oomph, making an old burger new again.

6. Güero No. 1 Tortas

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200 SE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232
(503) 887-9258
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With a larger kitchen, this food cart turned brick and mortar has a bigger menu too—one that now includes a hamburguesa, made with Painted Hills beef, American cheese, chicharrón queso, jalapeños, habanero slaw, guacamole, and mayo. It’s complicated and messy (a fork and knife will help you see this through), but it’s worth every penny.

[Photo: Yelp]

7. Parasol

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215 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214
(503) 239-8830
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Parasol is Biwa’s new kid sister restaurant, and when it opened, it borrowed a bona fide ringer from its sibling: the formerly elusive Biwa burger. The Parasol burger is very similar. It still has pork (crispy pork belly) but has added pickles and swapped out the kimchi mayo for a new special sauce. The Parasol burger can be ordered at any time of the night.
3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227
(503) 288-6200
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When Jenn Louis transformed Lincoln into the Israeli restaurant Ray, she made room for a burger on the menu. Her shawarma burger comes with a pair of lamb patties, harissa, and iceberg lettuce, and for extra, you can add bacon, a fried egg, or foie gras.  

[Photo: Twitter/Jenn Louis]

Ray

9. Bless Your Heart Burgers

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126 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 719-4221
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John and Renee Gorham relocated their Shalom Ya'll and bequeathed the coveted space within Pine Street Market to Bless Your Heart Burgers (BYH Burgers for short). Since then, comparisons with the beloved, now-closed All-Way have run rampant, for these Southern-inspired classics. The burgers are simple (in a good way), served with ketchup, mayo, brown mustard, lettuce, onions, homemade pickles, and American cheese on none other than a Martin's potato bun.  

[Photo: Bless Your Heart Burgers/David Reamer]

Bless Your Heart Burgers

10. Jackrabbit

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830 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 412-1800
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Chris Cosentino’s new altar of meat does braised rabbits and pig heads, but it also does a burger that ought to win him some Portland street cred. The “ham” burger comes with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and homemade pickles, but the surprise twist—well, you probably can actually see this coming—is that the patty is made from ground deli ham in lieu of beef.

11. Superbite

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527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205
(503) 222-0979
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When Metrovino shuttered many years ago, Portland lost Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton's superlative cheeseburger. Well, last month, they brought it back, and upgraded it to meet their Superbite standards. In all, the burger comprises two four-ounce beef-and-shiitake mushroom patties, cheddar and fontina cheeses, fancy sauce, and minced McDonald’s-like onions, sandwiched on a ground-sesame seed bun. The result is a more umami-driven burger—one that now rivals any burger in town.  

[Photo: SuperBite ]

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1. Burger Stevens

6238 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97239
Don Salamone sure has made a splash on Portland’s dining scene, all the way from his Burger Stevens food cart in Hillsdale. He applies his fine-dining experience to some mean-eating cheeseburgers, and his signature burger comes with special sauce, lettuce cheese, pickles, onions, and Tillamook cheddar cheese on a Franz roll, for $7.  

[Photo: Facebook/ Burger Stevens]

6238 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97239

2. Expatriate

5424 NE 30th Ave, Portland, OR 97211
Remember when you were a teenager and one McDonald’s cheeseburger just didn’t cut it, so you always ordered two? Naomi Pomeroy's “American Standard dish” tickles that nostalgic sweet spot, plating two quarter-pound cheeseburgers with ketchup, mustard, raw onion rings, and good old American cheese.  

[Photo: Facebook/Expatriate]

5424 NE 30th Ave
Portland, OR 97211

3. Pastrami Zombie

5429 NE 42nd Ave, Portland, OR 97218
Pastrami Zombie’s Melissa McMillan knows her way around a burger. The Chicago native’s Sammich burger packs a mighty flavor-punch with special sauce, Swiss and American cheeses, and a heaping mound of shredded lettuce to keep it all in place. For a pair of Washingtons, she’ll throw on some of her house-smoked bacon. And when you see her, tell her “Go Cubbies!” It will make you her lifelong friend.  

[Photo: Facebook/Pastrami Zombie]

5429 NE 42nd Ave
Portland, OR 97218

4. PDX Sliders

1605 SE Bybee Blvd, Portland, OR 97202
PDX SliderS
PDX Sliders started as a food cart, and now, following a short stint running the kitchen at Sellwood’s Ancestry Brewing’s taproom, it landed its very own digs on SE Bybee Boulevard. Creative burger specials drop every week, and now those sliders come full-sized, too. Pork, chicken, and veggie burgers are on the menu, but your best bet is still the classic double beef-American cheese-and-caramelized onion “Steel” burger.  

[Photo: PDX Sliders]

1605 SE Bybee Blvd
Portland, OR 97202

5. Lay Low Tavern

6015 SE Powell Blvd, Portland, OR 97206
Club 21 may be a thing of the past, but thanks to owners Warren Boothby and Marcus Archambeault, its burger is definitely a thing of the present. The duo resurrected this juicy Lucy at Lay Low Tavern, the new bar that replaced longtime dive, Coasters. The burgers come with the usual fixins—lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, and ketchup and mustard—but its that molten cheese-and-bacon mixture buried in the center of each patty that gives this burger its oomph, making an old burger new again.
6015 SE Powell Blvd
Portland, OR 97206

6. Güero No. 1 Tortas

200 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR 97232
With a larger kitchen, this food cart turned brick and mortar has a bigger menu too—one that now includes a hamburguesa, made with Painted Hills beef, American cheese, chicharrón queso, jalapeños, habanero slaw, guacamole, and mayo. It’s complicated and messy (a fork and knife will help you see this through), but it’s worth every penny.

[Photo: Yelp]

200 SE 28th Ave.
Portland, OR 97232

7. Parasol

215 SE 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97214
Parasol is Biwa’s new kid sister restaurant, and when it opened, it borrowed a bona fide ringer from its sibling: the formerly elusive Biwa burger. The Parasol burger is very similar. It still has pork (crispy pork belly) but has added pickles and swapped out the kimchi mayo for a new special sauce. The Parasol burger can be ordered at any time of the night.
215 SE 9th Ave
Portland, OR 97214

8. Ray

3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Ray
When Jenn Louis transformed Lincoln into the Israeli restaurant Ray, she made room for a burger on the menu. Her shawarma burger comes with a pair of lamb patties, harissa, and iceberg lettuce, and for extra, you can add bacon, a fried egg, or foie gras.  

[Photo: Twitter/Jenn Louis]

3808 N Williams Ave
Portland, OR 97227

9. Bless Your Heart Burgers

126 SW 2nd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Bless Your Heart Burgers
John and Renee Gorham relocated their Shalom Ya'll and bequeathed the coveted space within Pine Street Market to Bless Your Heart Burgers (BYH Burgers for short). Since then, comparisons with the beloved, now-closed All-Way have run rampant, for these Southern-inspired classics. The burgers are simple (in a good way), served with ketchup, mayo, brown mustard, lettuce, onions, homemade pickles, and American cheese on none other than a Martin's potato bun.  

[Photo: Bless Your Heart Burgers/David Reamer]

126 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204

10. Jackrabbit

830 SW 6th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Chris Cosentino’s new altar of meat does braised rabbits and pig heads, but it also does a burger that ought to win him some Portland street cred. The “ham” burger comes with gruyere cheese, caramelized onions, and homemade pickles, but the surprise twist—well, you probably can actually see this coming—is that the patty is made from ground deli ham in lieu of beef.
830 SW 6th Ave
Portland, OR 97204

11. Superbite

527 SW 12th Ave, Portland, OR 97205
When Metrovino shuttered many years ago, Portland lost Greg Denton and Gabrielle Quiñónez Denton's superlative cheeseburger. Well, last month, they brought it back, and upgraded it to meet their Superbite standards. In all, the burger comprises two four-ounce beef-and-shiitake mushroom patties, cheddar and fontina cheeses, fancy sauce, and minced McDonald’s-like onions, sandwiched on a ground-sesame seed bun. The result is a more umami-driven burger—one that now rivals any burger in town.  

[Photo: SuperBite ]

527 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97205

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