Caio’s Picanha Burger at Boteco In North Miami, Florida

I received an email from Caio informing me that he was serving a Picanha (pee-can-ya) Burger at the Brazilian Restaurant Boteco on Sunday afternoons. In the email he also mentioned that our paths had crossed twice. The first being when his dog Super Lance came in out in the Miami Herald on the same day the Herald did a piece on me. I responded to the email and asked when the second time was (since he didn’t mention it). The second time he claimed would be when I show up to Boteco to try his burger and fall in love with it. So I fell for his trick. I showed up at Boteco at 2pm when he begins to serve the burgers. The first thing he showed me was the menu.

Caio’s Extensive Burger Menu

The burger is $7.50. You can add a slice of Cheddar, Mozzarella or Swiss Cheese for an extra $1. Bacon will cost you another $1 but Lettuce, Tomato and Red Onion are on the house. He has a full time job on Monday through Friday but devotes his entire day Sunday to his burger, Caio’s Burger.

Caio wakes up early and grinds Picanha (which is part of the top Sirloin, actually here’s a cool chart with the explanation of different cuts of the cow and their names in their respective countries). The bun he has specially made at a bakery in Miami Beach. He chose this particular bun because the bottom bun was able to withstand the juices and weight of the burger.

I ask for my burger Medium and watch as Caio places the burger on the grill but not before brushing some oil on it and adding some Kosher salt to the patty. He warms the bun on the top level of the grill just prior to removing the patty and then adds the Cheddar Cheese and Bacon to the burger for the melting to begin. Once completed, he puts the Caio Burger together on a station near the BBQ Grill he has been using.

Caio’s Burger w/Bacon and Cheddar Cheese
Caio Burger Halves

The only thing I found odd was that he sliced the burger in half. I suggested that he not do that because #1 He would anger the burger gods and #2 He would anger some customers who don’t want all the juices seeping out (only into their mouths of course).  The burger is served with his mayo.

Mayo Based Sauce for Caio Burger

Caio asked that I don’t repeat the ingredients so I won’t. While the sauce was good, it would work better as a dipping sauce for fries than on the burger.

Caio and his Baby

Caio put a lot of thought into making this burger and the high quality of ingredients came through in the taste. The burger was crispy on the outside and very juicy. I loved the taste and Caio may have been right about falling in love with his burger. Although right now I’m at a strong like which is so high school of me.

Caio’s Burger at Boteco
Available only on Sunday after 2PM
916 N.E. 79th Street, Miami, FL

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27 thoughts on “Caio’s Picanha Burger at Boteco In North Miami, Florida

  • March 31, 2010 at 2:47 PM

    Caio's Burger is the best burger in town!. the best thing about it as that it doesn't feel heavy and the picanha burger is super juicy!

  • March 31, 2010 at 2:54 PM

    I would love to try it. My favorite cut of beef is picanha.

  • March 31, 2010 at 3:07 PM

    I've tried !!! is the best burger !!!!!!!
    you can't imagine the taste and "lightness"

  • March 31, 2010 at 3:14 PM

    Very good burger. Both times I've had it, it was really juicy and tasty!

    You should check it out!

  • March 31, 2010 at 3:54 PM

    Caio's burger is great! I've had it many times and it is consistently delicious! Definitely one of the best burgers I've ever had.

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  • March 31, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Love Caio's Burger!!! It's light, juicy and the medium rare is done to perfection. Its absolutely delicious!!!!!

  • March 31, 2010 at 7:13 PM

    Caio's burger is the best I've ever had, hands down.
    If you go to Miami, you HAVE to stop by Boteco to try it. It is full of flavour and has an amazing texture.

  • March 31, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    This burger left me wanting more for sure! I can't wait to get back there.

    Sandy G, Miami

  • March 31, 2010 at 8:13 PM

    I love that burger. Caio has found a great combination of juicy and tasty burger that doesn't fill you up. The texture is like nothing else and the burger is certainly worth the trip.

    I recommend it.

  • March 31, 2010 at 10:20 PM

    He's got the power suprese…behold the power of Caio's Burger…can I order now?

  • March 31, 2010 at 10:23 PM

    Sunday? I'm gonna lick my pattie tonight!!! It's the only safe reservation!!!

  • March 31, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    You know, any place that resorts to comment spam makes me question just how good it really is.

  • March 31, 2010 at 11:47 PM

    Not only has this article made me want to try this burger but it's got me interested in the culture behind it.

    The burger looks great, I will make sure to take my friends and family to Boteca this Sunday and enjoy this amazing looking piece of Brazilian culture!

    Thanks burgerbeast and thanks Caio!!

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:21 AM

    Caio's Burger is the best burger in Miami. I look forward to go to Boteco every Sunday just to eat the burger with the special green mayo.

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:51 AM

    I’ve been several times to the Boteco, and it’s what I call a gourmet burger at a very reasonable price. The blend of meats is impecable.

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:55 AM

    Fantastic burger, great place to go on sundays.
    This makes the top of my list on things I miss the most from Miami.

  • April 1, 2010 at 1:55 AM

    Still remember the first Picanha burger we enjoyed – delicious! Now that we live in Texas, we're missing out, but on any trip to Miami, you know where we'll be…

    Sarah & Evan

  • April 1, 2010 at 12:43 PM

    My husband and I go every time we get a chance. Delicious is an understatement! We never are satisfied with just one, we always order up 2, it's just that good and worth the trip. But don't take our word for it, go and try it yourself, you won't be disappointed!

  • April 1, 2010 at 1:35 PM

    Apparently, this dude also emailed all his buddies/family the blogpost – turns me off towards trying one. If this burger is truly good, word will travel on its own. No need to spam BB.

  • April 1, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Simple to explain, THE BEST! No other words needed to explain. Caio found the best recipe ! Congrats !

  • April 1, 2010 at 3:12 PM

    Simple to explain, THE BEST! No other words needed to explain. Caio found the best recipe ! Congrats !

  • April 3, 2010 at 6:53 AM

    the burger cut in half seems ridiculous. don't cut a burger. thats a no-no. other then that i gotta try it out.

    also, stop hating for all the love the burger is getting from his friends. its not spam, its love. your hating is more annoying then the praise whether its from family or friends. stop being an idiot. at least people care about him enough to post. hater!

    ps: this is coming from a person who has no clue who Caio is.

  • April 6, 2010 at 5:37 PM

    2 Questions:

    1) How do you pronounce this Dude's name?

    2) What is the U.S. equivalent to the cut of beef named Picanha?

  • April 6, 2010 at 11:50 PM

    Splendiferous burger at a great price. Keeps me coming back every Sunday.

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