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Updating The Eater Maine Burger Heatmap: May, 2013

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First presented during Burger Week last month, the Eater Maine Burger Heatmap is your guide to the best new burgers in the state. Some are from new restaurants, some are from older establishments that have added new burgers to their menus. Since its debut, more buzzed-about burgers have come on the scene, so it's time for an update. New to the Heatmap: the Fiery Calamari Burger from DiMillo's and the Patty Melt from The Porthole in Portland; the Fog House Burger from Fog Bar & Grill in Rockland. Here are ten smoking-hot burgers that are worth seeking out right now:


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DiMillo's

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Go to Portland's iconic floating restaurant for lunch to try chef Melissa Bouchard's Fiery Calamari Burger. It's an 8 oz. patty topped with cornmeal-dusted calamari, Sarachi aioli, lettuce, tomato, quick-pickled onion and pepper-jack cheese on a grilled challah roll.

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub

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Like everything else on the menu at the revamped waterfront icon, chef Jesse Poirier's burger is a twist on a classic. Budget-priced, it ($7) starts with a locally raised beef patty and choice of cheese on a homemade bun. Add avocado, bacon or fried egg to jazz it up for just $1 more. Photo: Facebook

Little Tap House

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The West End's newest watering hole serves Pinelands Farm beef ground in-house with lettuce, tomato, pickle onion and choice of cheese.

In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

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Portland's super hot waterfront brewpub has a burger as distinctive as its steampunk-style decor: with slow-roasted tomato, sweet chili aioli and Cambozola cheese. Photo: The Golden Dish

Walter's

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Jeff Buerhaus' new bar menu features Kufta Lamb Bites: Greek-style lamb burgers, orange gelee, shiracha mayo and brie on mini potato rolls
Grass fed beef makes the simple "Maine Burger" a favorite at Yarmouth's popular farm-style eatery. Photo: Cute Potato.

3CROW Restaurant and Bar

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From the people that brought you Camden's 40 Paper, 3CROW focuses on comfort food from the American South. They also serve a tasty Double Burger: ground in-house with sharp cheddar, local tomato and tobacco onions.

L & H Burgers

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This family friendly burger joint will celebrate its first anniversary in June. Among its "From the Masters" choices is the “Ragun Cajun: blackened smoked bacon, fried onion strings, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and buttermilk ranch. Photo: From Away.

Fog Bar & Cafe

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This recent addition to Rockland's kicked-up food scene gets raves for its House Burger - topped with bacon jam, Gruyere and Tabasco-soaked onion rings on a house-made potato stout roll. Photo: Foursquare

Fromviandoux

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The atmosphere is more afternoon tea than pub, but the burger, with caramelized red onions and aioli, is noteworthy nonetheless.

DiMillo's

Go to Portland's iconic floating restaurant for lunch to try chef Melissa Bouchard's Fiery Calamari Burger. It's an 8 oz. patty topped with cornmeal-dusted calamari, Sarachi aioli, lettuce, tomato, quick-pickled onion and pepper-jack cheese on a grilled challah roll.

The Porthole Restaurant & Pub

Like everything else on the menu at the revamped waterfront icon, chef Jesse Poirier's burger is a twist on a classic. Budget-priced, it ($7) starts with a locally raised beef patty and choice of cheese on a homemade bun. Add avocado, bacon or fried egg to jazz it up for just $1 more. Photo: Facebook

Little Tap House

The West End's newest watering hole serves Pinelands Farm beef ground in-house with lettuce, tomato, pickle onion and choice of cheese.

In'finiti Fermentation & Distillation

Portland's super hot waterfront brewpub has a burger as distinctive as its steampunk-style decor: with slow-roasted tomato, sweet chili aioli and Cambozola cheese. Photo: The Golden Dish

Walter's

Jeff Buerhaus' new bar menu features Kufta Lamb Bites: Greek-style lamb burgers, orange gelee, shiracha mayo and brie on mini potato rolls

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Grass fed beef makes the simple "Maine Burger" a favorite at Yarmouth's popular farm-style eatery. Photo: Cute Potato.

3CROW Restaurant and Bar

From the people that brought you Camden's 40 Paper, 3CROW focuses on comfort food from the American South. They also serve a tasty Double Burger: ground in-house with sharp cheddar, local tomato and tobacco onions.

L & H Burgers

This family friendly burger joint will celebrate its first anniversary in June. Among its "From the Masters" choices is the “Ragun Cajun: blackened smoked bacon, fried onion strings, cheddar cheese, shredded lettuce, and buttermilk ranch. Photo: From Away.

Fog Bar & Cafe

This recent addition to Rockland's kicked-up food scene gets raves for its House Burger - topped with bacon jam, Gruyere and Tabasco-soaked onion rings on a house-made potato stout roll. Photo: Foursquare

Fromviandoux

The atmosphere is more afternoon tea than pub, but the burger, with caramelized red onions and aioli, is noteworthy nonetheless.