Top 25 Burgers in Miami & South Florida

Top 25 Burgers

Yes, this is the first time I make a list of what I believe are the Top 25 Burgers in Miami/South Florida. How did I decide? Well, it took me a few weeks of arranging and re-trying some Burgers I was unsure of. Some Burgers were added and others were removed multiple times. Fritas were excluded from the list as were any “Burgers” that are more of a “Meatloaf”.  Pork Burgers, Lamb Burgers, or Chicken Burgers were not considered because well, they’re not Burgers as far as I’m concerned. And of course the Burgers had to be fresh Burgers, no frozen fellas.

At the very bottom is a list of Burgers that I will hopefully try for the 1st /2nd time and be under consideration for the updated Top 25 Burgers list in early 2014.

Please leave your thoughts in the comments area. I know that Burger discussions can get heated but I’d love to hear your Top 25s.

Top 25 Burgers in South Florida:

25) Sakaya Kitchen (Downtown Miami, Midtown & a Food Truck): How dare I place the Double Bulgogi Beast (named after me) all the way at 25. It’s a different kind of Burger with Spicy Cheese, Spicy Tots, Ssamjang, Pork & Spicy Mayo. It’s really great but not for everyone’s tastes.

Sakaya Kitchen's Double Bulgogi Burger

Sakaya Kitchen’s Double Bulgogi Burger

24) Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill (Ft. Lauderdale): There are plenty of Burgers on Gilbert’s menu but the Havarti Burger served on a toasted Garlic buttered English Muffin is the one to get.

Gilbert's 17th Street Grill's Havarti Bacon CheeseBurger

Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill’s Havarti Bacon CheeseBurger

23) The Rolling Stove (Food Truck): What a great crust this burger has on it. When you add the Cheese Spread (Yes, Cheese Spread), Grilled Onions, Ketchup and Mayonnaise it’s a masterpiece. I did really say Ketchup & Mayonnaise. What, you got a problem with that?

The Rolling Stove's Stove Burger

The Rolling Stove’s Stove Burger

22) MEAT Eatery & Taproom (Islamorada): A solid Burger with extra melty American Cheese and homemade Bacon.

MEAT Eatery & Taproom's Cheeseburger

MEAT Eatery & Taproom’s Cheeseburger

21) JR’s Gourmet Burger (Miami Springs): I’m partial to the Ouside Is In (Juicy Lucy) Burger or the Sliders but their regular Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions is very good too.

Jr's Gourmet Burgers' Cheeseburger

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers’ Cheeseburger

20) Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue (Downtown Miami): Imagine the Best Chargrilled Burger you’ve ever had then add Cheese, for extra credit get the homemade Bacon.

Sparky's Roadside BBQ's Bacon CheeseBurger

Sparky’s Roadside BBQ’s Bacon CheeseBurger

19) LoKal Burgers and Beer (Coconut Grove): I’ve had all the Burgers on the menu but the Classic is where’s its at. Who said Grass Fed Burger are flavorless? Not me.

LoKal's Bacon CheeseBurger

LoKal’s Bacon CheeseBurger

18) A&G Burger Joint (Sweetwater): There are so many different Burger concoctions on A&G’s menu I’d have to be crazy to list them all here. Instead, I’ll tell why you should eat the A&G Burger Melt. Number 1 is that it’s an upgraded Patty Melt and number 2, the bread reminds of the old Sizzler’s Cheese Bread, ’nuff said.

A&G Burger Joint's Burger Melt

A&G Burger Joint’s A&G Burger Melt

17) PB Steak (Miami Beach): “a supremely decadent Burger of epic proportions,” yes, I’m quoting myself. The PB Burger has a slab of housemade Bacon topped with Gruyere Cheese and a Bordelaise drizzle.

PB Steak's PB Burger

PB Steak’s PB Burger

16) Umami Burger (Miami Beach): I absolutely love the grind they use on Umami Burgers. The flavors might be a little overwhelming for some on the Royale but I find it to be right on point.

Umami Burger's Royale Burger

Umami Burger’s Royale Burger

15) Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers (Food Truck & With A Restaurant Coming To North Miami Soon): If I could marry a Burger this might be the one. And if you’re lucky enough to catch Jefe’s when they’ve got the Patty Melt on the menu, don’t resist. Give in and order, or you’ll regret it. Big time.

Jefe's Double Cheezer

Jefe’s Double Cheezer

14) Burger & Beer Joint (Brickell, Pembroke Pines, South Beach & a Food Truck): A few years back Burger & Beer Joint was “The” Burger to eat in South Florida. It’s still very much worth eating. If you can handle some heat in your life, try the Sympathy for the Devil Burger with Jalapeños, Buffalo Chili and Habanero Sauce.

Burger & Beer Joint's Sympathy For The Devil Burger

Burger & Beer Joint’s Sympathy For The Devil Burger

13) Bread + Butter Counter (Coral Gables): When Chef Alberto Cabrera (owner of Bread + Butter Counter) was the Chef at the Local in the Gables I loved the Baconator Burger there. Then he went out on his own to open a Cuban Gastropub and I was scared I’d never have one of his Burgers again. I was wrong. They’re available only on the lunch menu and I’ve had the Un MacDona Burger and the Bacon Double Cheeseburger. It’s tough to choose between both but I think the Un MacDona is currently on Burger hiatus, so decision made.

Bread + Butter's Bacon Double CheeseBurger

Bread + Butter’s Bacon Double CheeseBurger

12) Rok Brgr (Ft. Lauderdale or South Miami): Imagine Cave Aged Gruyère, Caramelized Onions and Garlic Aioli on a Burger. No, really imagine it…..Yes, it’s as good as you imagined, possibly even better.

Rok Brgr's SOMI Burger

Rok Brgr’s SOMI Burger

11) Cheeseburger Baby (Miami Beach & Food Truck): Take a good look at the crust on that Burger, it’s gotta be driving you as mad as it does me. Great Burger at their restaurant, Great Burger from their truck and Great Burger in my stomach.

Cheeseburger Baby Burger

Cheeseburger Baby Burger

10) Pincho Factory (Coral Gables, Westchester and a Food Truck): You could go the tourist route and get the famed Toston Burger orrrrrrr…. get a Double Pincho Burger w/Cheese, Grilled Onions and Mustard. I know, I know, you can thank me later.

Pincho Factory's Double Pincho Burger w/Cheese

Pincho Factory’s Double Pincho Burger w/Cheese

09) Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink (Miami Design District): What makes this Burger by Chef Michael Schwartz so great? Fresh & Great Ingredients. And a little bit of the Schwartz magic too.

Michael's Genuine Burger

Michael’s Genuine Burger

08) Blue Collar (Biscayne Corridor): What’s a PMuff? A Portuguese Muffin of course. Blue Collar’s Real Juicy Cheeseburger comes on one topped with American Cheese and that’s it. Plus, it really is real juicy and also real good too.

Blue Collar's Real Juicy CheeseBurger

Blue Collar’s Real Juicy CheeseBurger

07) The Federal (Biscayne Corridor): It’s called the PhatBurger, it’s massive and muy bueno. I eat mine in layers. You should too.

The Federal's PhatBurger

The Federal’s PhatBurger

06) Tongue & Cheek (Miami Beach): Jamie DeRosa makes a mean mother f’in Burger. It’s got a near perfect grind and the bottom bun has a nice surprise for you, a Pimento Cheese spread. Take two and call me in the morning.

Tongue & Cheek's Cheek Burger

Tongue & Cheek’s Cheek Burger

05) BITE Gastrotruck (Food Truck):When Chef Ron Kerr told me he was taking the Burgers he created at Georgie’s Alibi and Bill’s Filling Station mobile I was left salivating. I’m convinced there must be crack in this Burger, no for real.

BITE BAMF Burger

BITE BAMF Burger

04) Latin House Burger & Taco (Kendall): The Madlove Burger is big and full of flavor. The Burger itself has a beautiful little crust on it. I have mine with just Cheese. You can have yours however you like but I suggest going simple with the toppings.

Latin House Burger & Taco Bar's Mad Love Burger

Latin House Burger & Taco Bar’s Mad Love Burger

03) Charm City Burger Company (Deerfield Beach): Most folks I know order the Good Ole (with or without American Cheese) or the Cowboy Style (Bacon, Cheddar, Mushrooms & Grilled Onions) Burgers at Charm. I’ve been known to get those on occasion too. BUT, any true Charm City Burger Company fans knows that The Emperor (American Kobe Patty Melt w/Gruyere Cheese, Truffled Aioli and Sauteed Mushrooms) is the Burger to get. Add Foie Gras if you dare.

Charm City Burger Company's The Emperor

Charm City Burger Company’s The Emperor

02) Shake Shack (Boca Raton, Coral Gables & Miami Beach): Let’s skip pleasantries, order the Double Shackburger and wash it down with their Lemonade. Then get back in line and order another Burger because you can’t help yourself. Repeat until you pass out.

Shake Shack's Double ShackBurger

Shake Shack’s Double ShackBurger

AND

01) Swine Southern Table & Bar (Coral Gables): Engage.

Swine's Swine Burger

Swine’s Swine Burger

 

Need to try for a 1st or 2nd time:

Bourbon Steak

The Cypress Room

db Bistro Moderne

The Dutch

The Edge

J&G Grill

Whisk

Wolfgang’s

About Burger Beast

I started writing the Burger Beast food blog to tell folks about those little forgotten gems in South Florida. Over the course of the last 5 years or so I've added News, Opinions, & Tips on a variety of Food related subjects. My first love will always be Burgers but Comfort Food is where it's at. At the end of the day I’m a regular dude who writes about a bunch of things I think you should know about.
  • Abel

    I really, really love Shake Shack (as is evident by my many many check-ins there on FourSquare), but I don’t know that they’d be number two. They make a delicious burger, certainly a top ten, but I feel like they’re too small and too simple (not thick enough to really enjoy them at a specific temperature) to rank higher than, say, Blue Collar.

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      The original “Burger” was more along the lines of Shake Shack then Blue Collar. My list is based on flavor and not size or even price.

      We could debate multiple ways to have done the list, trust me, I did. I had 3 lists going at one point, Full Service, Fast Casual and Food Trucks.

      I finally decided if money wasn’t an object which would be best.

  • keynadia78

    Obviously you have not tried Category 3 Bar&Grill in Key Largo.. they have over 15 stuffed burgers and beat out M.E.A.T. in the Baddest Bad Ass Burger category for the Conch Republic People’s Choice Awards for the Upper Keys.. you really ought to try them.

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      Never even heard of it but now I definitely need to try it.

      • keynadia78

        Please do! Mile Marker 99.2 Bayside in Key Largo.. it opened in January of 2012. Just a little family owned joint. Awesome food. And service. :-)

  • jimwinters

    my mastiff “trog”, thinks that jim heis’s “latin burger” is #1 !

  • Randy

    more of a review …. subjective at best for ” top 25 ”.

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      How else could it be?

  • Gonzo

    Five Guys in South Beach across the street from Cheeseburger Baby.

  • http://burgerbeast.com/category/reviews-all/reviews-by-burger-belle/ Burger Belle

    I can only imagine how long this took to create! As you know, my #1 is Charm City’s Good Ole Burger with the cheese and the Southern Belle (if it ever makes it to the menu!). My fav’s include Max’s Harvest Burger in Delray and Pier 66/Pelican Landing’s burger during sunset. There are many burgers here I will have to put in my wish list! Looking forward to the Burgies Feb 1st!

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      It’s a neverending thing.

  • jong

    I’ve been reading and commenting on your site and Jeffeats site for years. Both very good. No one has ever mentioned Flanigans. They have a 10oz burger that’s made the way you want it and its delicious with grilled onions and cheddar cheese

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      I’m not a fan of Flanigan’s. It’s not that I think it’s terrible, I don’t. I just don’t find anything special about it.

  • LKL71111

    ur list is great but the best burger ive ever had is from gastropod. hands down. ive never had the burger at swine. gotta try it. its my fav place

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      The gastropod Burger is excellent and would have easily made the Top 25 list. The only thing is, since gastroPod is not out with any type of regularity I decided to not add it just like I wouldn’t add Eating House’s Carbonara Burger which they only served during National Hamburger Month.

  • JP Aristizabal

    Once you try the Cypress Room’s hamburger, all others fall by the wayside. Homemade buns made by Chef Hedy Goldsmith and the patty is a great mix of excellent cuts of meat including dry aged rib eye. One of the best Burgers I’ve ever had and I’d say even better than the Chef Schwartz’s other burger at MGFD. Get at it, Beast!

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      It’s on my must try list already.

  • Gina C

    Spot on. I do, however, also enjoy Big Daddy’s burger.
    Now I’m craving Charm City. :/ Mmmm, milkshake too.

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      Which shake?

      • Gina C

        Any milkshake from Charm City, since they use Blue Bell, they’re all good. I also really love Chik-Fil-A milkshakes. I wish I could offer more creative options.

  • Kim

    Would love you to try Bash American Bistro un Sunrise, Fl…two burgers both 10oz handcrafted burgers…
    1. Big Easy Burger – Kona Coffee crusted burger with applewood smoked bacon, provolone cheese, aged balsamic reduction, grilled onion and a fried egg

    2. Whoo Dat Burger – blackened burger, Swiss cheese, grilled red onion, bacon, jalapenos, fried pickle spears topped with “VooDoo” Sauce

    Maybe a consideration for next year

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      Both sound great.

  • Luis

    How come the Mustang Sally from B&B or the Burger from OTC are not on that list?? They’re some of the best burgers I’ve tried ever!

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      Sympathy from the Devil is my favorite Burger from BnB. OTC just recently switched over to a new Chef who added a Burger on the menu. I will get around to trying it soon enough.

  • Gaby Beceiro

    Why the heck is filling station not on here?! its definitely 100000000000000 times better than shake shack
    The hearse, steves respect.. any burger is just awesome

  • Sam

    Have you tried Bulldog BBQ’s Hot Mess Burger?

  • CycleParty

    Would love to have a Sakaya Kitchen’s Double on the Cycle Party bike!

  • Jacob

    I’ve tried a lot of these. Gotta go to Taurus in the Grove. No one knows about it, but it’s really an amazing burger.

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      It’s been years but I have had it. I wasn’t sure if they were still serving food.

      • Jacob

        Yea, still got a delicious burger. You should check it out and re-evaluate. It’s perfect and simple.

  • Scott

    Never tried Swine Southern Table & Bar but I will. I like shake shack but it does not hold a camdle to the Best burger in South Florida… Charm City

  • danny s

    I’m curious to know why Latin house wins best burger award on your “burgies” awards but not first here?

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      Very good question. This list was created by me and it’s based on my tastes. The winner of the Burgie Awards is voted on by the Burger Beast Readers.

  • danny s

    I was also shocked filling station wasnt on here, everytime I’m in downtown that’s my go to spot for a burger. Specifically their burger with the pulled pork topped on top of the burger

  • limuel

    How Shake Shack ranks so high on this list is beyond me, I’ve tried on several occasions to like this burger by ordering the hamburger, cheeseburger, and smoke stack. I even emptied out my pockets for their shake stack(their best burger), but the only thing that makes that burger is the fried cheesy portabello. The patty itself is not memorable, the cheese taste like kraft singles, and the bun does not do the burger justice. How this burger ranks as #2 is a slap on the face to the other 24 listed. Shake Shack must carry nostalgia for a lot of people to rank high but this burger is way too overrated.

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      That’s why there’s different strokes for different folks.

  • CharlesWalter

    It’s probably time for The Butcher Shop to make it to this list. I think there should be a separate list for the fast greasy burgers (i.e. Shake Shack) and the restaurant burgers. They may both be tasty, but I think they are two different categories, and it’s unfair to compare them. I’m glad that someone posted Taurus in the comments, I tried it for the first time this past weekend and was pleased how neatly they divided into halves for sharing.

  • Michael

    Vega’s on NW 123th (formerly Flip Burgers)! Best I’ve had in Miami. Agree with the post about Taurus (been serving great burgers for years) and adding The Butcher Shop…

  • Danny Leira

    This place is definitely a hole in the wall, but MAO Columbian burgers in South Miami are spectacular

    • http://burgerbeast.com/ Burger Beast

      MAO is in Westchester but unfortunately they use frozen burger patties not fresh.

  • Arty Lince

    JR’s Burger didn’t make the list but Burger and Beer Joint took 14th place?