Burger Beast’s Top 25 Burgers in Miami & South Florida List

Top 25 Burgers

My Top 25 Burgers in South Florida List is back. The last time I released one of these bad boys it was December of 2013 so its been quite a while.

I’ve learned a thing or two since then. The most important being that most folks try the “Top”  few Burgers on the list and never go beyond 3 or 4 Burgers if that. The only way to prevent that is to make an alphabetical list on the Best of the Best mentioning what part of the South Florida the restaurant is located at.

My list this time is more about turning you onto a bunch of new spots you may have never heard of. So let me stop wasting your time, you’ve got a list to get through.

    • 109 Burger Joint (Sweetwater): Sure you could order the regular thicker Burger patty from 109 Burger Joint but why do that when the Americanized Double Cheeseburger has the same amount of meat split into two thinners patties that carry the smokey flavor from the grill much better.

109 Burger Joint’s Americanized Cheeseburger

    • 180 Degrees at the DRB (Downtown Miami): The 50-50 Burger (Chorizo/Angus Beef Patty w/Queso Frito, Maduro, Fried Egg & Spicy Citrus Aioli) is an exciting and delicious merging of flavors. It really hit on all cylinders when my mouth got around the entire Burger and then experienced everything it had to offer.

180 Degrees’ 50-50 Burger (Chorizo/Angus Beef w/Queso Frito, Maduro, Fried Egg & Spicy Citrus Aioli

    • Airport Cafe (Miami Springs): One of the first things you’ll take away from having a conversation with Chef Reuben Ruiz is that he thoroughly understands flavors and what works with what. There’s no other explanation for the crazy and tasty creations he makes daily. For example, check out this Honey Apple Whiskey Glazed Cheeseburger topped with Asiago Cheese, Chipotle Fried Onions, Black Pepper Parmesan Bacon, Creamy Garlic Ranch Coleslaw & Oven Roasted Mushrooms below.

Airport Cafe’s Burger Special for March 22nd, 2017

    • Ariete (Coconut Grove): The Chug Burger (Double CheeseBurger w/House Pickles) from Ariete may sound like a simple & ordinary Burger but its flavors went well beyond my expectations.

Ariete’s Chug Burger

    • Bird & Bone (South Beach): The Bird & Bone Burger (Double Angus Beef Patty, Bacon, Onion, Florida Cheddar Cheese, Pickle, Comeback Sauce on Brioche) is the relative new guy on the block but he’s got plenty of character and it reminds me in build of a double deck Hamburger minus the middle bun. Make sure to get some of that White Alabama BBQ Sauce and add it to the equation for a big time winner.

The Bird & Bone Burger

    • Blue Collar (MIMO): 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

    • Bocas Grill (Doral & Kendall): Bocas Grill’s Le Cesar (10 oz. of Wagyu Picahna Beef topped with Guasacaca Mayo, American Cheese & Chimichurri Sauce) broke my mind. It will not be repaired until I have 10 more of them, lol

Bocas Grill’s Le Cesar

    • Brgr Stop (Coconut Creek): BRGR Stop is all about over the top Burger creations but I went in and ordered a plain ol’ Bacon Cheeseburger which I loved. If you do need to go the crazy route, check out the FU-GHET-ABOUT-IT Meatball Burger.

BRGR Stop’s 8 oz. Bacon Cheese Burger

    • Bull Market (Ft. Lauderdale): There are very few restaurants in South Florida who make a Juicy Lucy (Cheese Stuffed Burger). Bull Market’s version is at the top of that list. If it’s not the best one I’ve ever had it sure is damn close and that Bull Sauce is just the icing on the cake.

Bull Market’s Juicy Lucy stuffed w/Aged Cheddar Cheese & topped with Bull Sauce

    • Burbowl Juicy Smashed Burgers (Coral Gables & Downtown Miami): When I first ordered Burbowl through a delivery service I had no idea it was gonna be that good. Two days later I found myself at their actual store location and again, I loved it. I invited them to participate in my 2016 Burger competition Hamburger House Party and they won the Judge’s Award for Best Burger, that says it all.

Burbowl’s Juicy Smashed Double Cheeseburger

    • BurgerFi (Aventura, Coral Gables & a bunch of other locations): Man, I remember when there was only one location on BurgerFi a few years back and now they’re all over the world. I like to stick to my normal order of the Classic Cheeseburger (Double Meat & Cheese with BurgerFi Sauce) with a large order of Fresh Cut Fries. You’ll love it too.

BurgerFi’s Classic Cheeseburger (Double Meat & Cheese with BurgerFi Sauce)

    • 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 Wagyu Patty Melt w/Aged Gruyere Cheese, Truffled Aioli and Sauteed Mushrooms) is the Burger to get.

Charm City Burger Company’s The Emperor

    • Cheeseburger Baby (Little Haiti, 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 restaurants, great Burger from their truck and great Burger in my stomach. True story.

Cheeseburger Baby’s 1/2 Pound Bacon Cheeseburger

    • Chefs on the Run (Homestead): Before I talk about the Chef La Burger, I need to drop some words of wisdom and tell you that if you’ve never visited Chefs on the Run you really should. Now that I got that off my chest, the Chef La Burger is such a beautiful Burger that I think Michelangelo would have painted it but I would have ended up doing him the favor of eating it. What can I say….I’m a good guy.

Chefs on the Run’s Chef La Burger (Grilled Onions, Provolne Cheese, Hot Pastrami & Creole Mustard) – Side Two

    • Doce Provisions (Little Havana): So the Short Rib Burger (Queso Frito, Truffle Aioli, Pickles, Tomato, & Frisee) is covered in that offensive Tomato & Frisee but it can be removed easily, leaving a beauty of a Burger behind with a mini slab of salty Queso Frito (Fried Cheese). So good.

Doce Provisions’ Short Rib Burger, picture by Fatgirl Hedonist

    • Ends Meat (Hollywood): Before even trying the Burger at Ends Meat I knew it had two things going for it. The first being it’s named after one of my all time favorite comedians (Mitch Hedberg) and secondly, it’s made with the Burger Beast Beef Blend. Chef Kevin Dreifuss has gotten rave reviews for it and after I ate I could see why.

Ends Meat’s Mitch HedBurger

    • 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. If you’re feeling frisky then stuff some fries into it too.

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

    • Hate Mondays Tavern (West Kendall): You’d drive right past Hate Mondays Tavern if you didn’t know it was there, I know I did. HMT is located in a warehouse district but once you get inside it’s got the groove of a juke joint with all of the music playing. The scent of BBQ certainly helps to cultivate that environment too with the awesome smoked Ribs and the Chargrilled Burger they sell. Order your Burger with Grilled Onions & Cheese then sit back and enjoy.

Hate Mondays Tavern’s Burger

    • ITO’s (Miami Beach – North): This is Miami’s hidden Burger gem. Let me tell you what you need to do. First, drive to the unpopulated side of Miami Beach, next sit on ITO’s veranda and then order & enjoy the Billy Burger. Then repeat with all of your friends.

ITO’s Billy Burger w/Miami Smokers Bacon, Caramelized Onions, Colby Jack Cheese & Roasted Pepper Aioli

    • Jr’s Gourmet Burgers (Miami Springs): I’m partial to the Ouside Is In Burger and their regular Cheeseburger with Grilled Onions is very good but for me, the Sliders are tops. Jr’s Gourmet Burger has not only won my Hamburger House Party‘s People’s Vote Award two years in row (2015 & 2016) but they also won South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Best Burger Award in 2017.

Jr’s Gourmet Burgers’ Sliders

    • Latin House (Kendall): The Madlove Burger is big and full of flavor. It’s won 5 Burger Beast Burgie Awards for Burger of the Year. The Burger itself has a beautiful little crust on it. I have mine with just Cheese, Mushrooms & Onions. You can have yours however you like but I suggest going simple with the toppings. P.S.: They use the Burger Beast Beef Blend for their Burgers so you know it’s serious business here.

Madlove Original Burger w/Cheese, Mushrooms & Onions

    • The Local (Coral Gables): You wanna talk about a spot whose Burger never disappoints, let’s talk The Local in Coral Gables. Chef Phil Bryant is a master Burger Craftsman. There’s really nothing more to be said than go and grab one of his Burgers. Annnnnnndddd you’re welcome!

The Local’s The Burger

    • The Lokal/KUSH (Coconut Grove & Wynwood): Who said Grass Fed Burger are flavorless? Not me. I’ve had all the Burgers on the menu but the Classic is where’s its at, even though I’m starting to warm up to the Royale with Cheese.

LoKal’s Bacon CheeseBurger

    • MEAT Eatery & Taproom (Boca Raton & Islamorada): The Inside Out Juicy Lucy Burger is stuffed with Bacon & Pimento Cheese. Let’s have a moment of silence while we ponder about how great that sounds…….

MEAT’s Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger w/Fried Onions

    • MOOYAH (Country Walk & Doral): You could choose to tarnish the purity of MOOYAH’s Burger greatness with Lettuce & Tomato but what kind of animal would you be? Order the Double with Cheese & MOOYAH Sauce. It’s the way the world intended.

MOOYAH’s Double Cheeseburger w/American Cheese & MOOYAH Sauce

    • PINCH Kitchen(MIMO): Let’s overlook the whole cut in half thing and the offensive Lettuce & Tomato snuck in at the bottom of their custom Burger Blend patty. This pretty little ditty hits all the right Burger notes. If I was a doctor I’d tell you to take 2 and call me in the morning. Dr. BEAST does have a nice ring to it, so gets ta steppin’.

PINCH Kitchen’s Burger (8oz custom Burger Blend topped with Swiss Cheese, Caramelized Onions & Aioli on a Brioche Bun)

    • Pincho Factory (Coral Gables, Hialeah, Westchester plus many more): You could go the tourist/rookie 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 Cheeseburger

    • Proof (Midtown Miami): Isn’t Proof a Pizza joint? Yup. They also make a really killer Burger topped with White Cheddar Aioli and Caramelized Onions on a homemade Bun. It’s so good you’d wish it was only a Burger spot just so that they’d have a more fleshed out menu of these fellas.

Proof’s Burger, picture by Thankful Monster

    • Pubbelly (Miami Beach): Chef Mendin’s Le Royale with Cheese (Foie Gras, Black Truffle Jus & Gruyere Cheese) isn’t always on the menu so you need to stay vigilant on their social media for availability. Yes, it’s a little bit of work but when that first bite melts in your mouth you’ll see that it was well worth it.

Pubbelly’s Le Royale with Cheese

    • Rock That Burger (Kendall): I loved these guys when they were the Yellow Submarine Food Truck for their Colombian Fast Food influenced flavors but they really came into their own with the Ring of Fire Burger (Grilled Onions, Grilled Jalapeños, Chipotle Aioli, Cheddar Cheese & Rock Sauce).

Rock That Burger’s Ring of Fire Burger

    • ROK Brgr (Delray Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach or South Miami): Imagine Cave Aged Gruyère, Caramelized Onions, Garlic Aioli & a Fried Egg on a Burger. No, really imagine it…..Yes, it’s as good as you imagined, possibly even better. Yeah, it’s better than you imagined.

Rok Brgr’s Farmhouse Burger

    • 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 Shack Burger

    • Swensen’s (Coral Gables): There are so many different Burger creations on Swensen’s menu I’d have to be crazy to list them all here. Instead, I’ll tell why you should eat the Parmesan 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.

Swensen’s Parmesan Melt w/Fries

Swine Southern’s Swine Burger

    • Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox (Boca Raton & Deerfield Beach): I’ve been a fan of Tucker Duke’s since they first opened in Deerfield Beach and now I’m patiently waiting for a restaurant in Miami-Dade County. In the meantime, make the drive. Trust me.

Tucker Duke Lunchbox’s Tucker Duke Burger

  • Twisted Fork (Doral): The crust on the outside of this Burger is insane. The Ravenous Chef’s special Beef Blend is also great plus you add a slab of Guava to it and you’ll be in heaven. They’re not the first to do it but they may have perfected it.

Twisted Fork Kitchen’s Burger

Please leave your thoughts in the comments area. I know that Burger discussions can get heated and I’d love to hear what you think no matter how wrong you are :).

If you take the time to count you’ll see that there’s way more than 25 Burgers listed. Why? Cause Burger Beast’s Top 35 Burgers in South Florida list doesn’t have a good ring to it.

National Burger Month – May 2017

The best part of the year is finally here, National Burger Month.

Every May we celebrate National Burger Month with a bunch of events, happenings and specials. This year is no different.

Let’s start out with all Burger Beast related items then work our way to restaurants who have got specials of their own.

P.S.: I’m not responsible for folks who think Salmon and Turkey are Burgers but I support their decision to celebrate National Burger Month anyway.


May 1: Top 25 List Goes Live – It’s been 3 1/2 years since I’ve unleashed my list of the 25 Burgers in South Florida you must eat. So you know what that means, it’s time to put on your big boy and big girl pants.

May 1: Orange Bear Grill Grand Opening at the Casino at Dania Beach (6PM) – I’ve been a giant fan of Shane Barton’s Orange Bear Grill for close to a year now. I’m so excited that the Orange Bear Grill has found a home in South Florida, comfort food fans…prepare to be wowed.

May 21st: BEAST Bowling at Bird Bowl (Westchester) – Yes, there’s a bowling team called BEAST and I’m their sponsor. Come on out to Bird Bowl in my hometown of Westchester, Sunday May 21st to cheer our team!

May 22nd: Killer Melts Grand Opening Party (West Kendall) – Kevin Hase who hit the Miami Food Truck scene with the under-appreciated Killer Pasta then changed the truck into the Killer Melts truck, this one did the trick. Sure, they’ve got a great Grilled Cheeses but wait until you try the Burger Melts.

May 26th: Hamburger House Party (Flagami) – My 4th annual Burger Competition gets better with age. We’ve got our first out of state competitor in Brooklyn’s Hard Time Sundaes as he goes up against our reigning 2 time champ & current SoBe Burger Bash winner Jr’s Gourmet Burgers and 20 more of South Florida’s Best Burger spots. Don’t miss this event! Age 21+ More info at http://HamburgerHouseParty.com

Restaurant Specials

American Harvest (Brickell):

  • American Harvest Burger – Signature Burger Patty with all natural, grass-fed, free range Chuck, Short Rib and Brisket Blend, Fontina Cheese, House Mayo & Caramelized Shallots served on a Martin’s Potato Bun for $10.

American Harvest Burger

Beaker & Gray (Wynwood):

  • The Wagyu Burger – Signature Burger Patty with Beer soaked Tomatillo, Gouda & pickled Cucumber.
  • The Chivito Burger – Signature Burger Patty with Wagyu Skirt, Chimichurri Aioli, Oaxaca and Fried Egg.

Beaker & Gray’s The Wagyu Burger

Big Easy Winebar & Grill (Brickell):

  • The ‘Big Easy’ Burger – Signature Burger Patty with Heirloom Tomatoes, Onion Jam, Braai Barbeque Sauce and Hand-cut Fries.

BLT Prime (Doral):

  • BLT Duck Burger – Hudson Valley Duck topped with Miso Aioli, & Pickled Brussels Sprouts.
  • The Eagle Burger – Signature Burger Blend Patty topped with White Cheddar, Poached Lobster and Truffle Buttermilk Dressing.
  • The Black Angus Short Rib Burger – Grilled 100% Black Angus Burger topped with Aged Cheddar Cheese, Crispy Shallots, Roasted Tomatoes, Bib Lettuce & Burger Sauce.

Bourbon Steak (Aventura):

  • WEEK 1 – PO Boy (Old Bay Tempura Soft Shell Crab, Tabasco Aioli, Heirloom Tomato)
  • WEEK 2 – Breakfast Burger (All-Beef Burger, Fried Egg, Bacon, Maple Sausage Gravy)
  • WEEK 3 – Mexican Burger (House-made A5 Chorizo, Black Beans, Cilantro Mayo, Queso Fresco)
  • WEEK 4 – Haute Burger (Foie Gras Aioli, Black Truffle, Red Wine and Balsamic Onions)

BreadMan Miami Bakery (Hialeah & Westchester):

  • Cheeseburger Pastelito – You’ve never seen a Pastelito this size before. You’ve also probably never seen what’s best described a Slider within a Pastry. Taste the Beef, Cheese, Onions….thank me later.

Breadman’s Cheeseburger Pastelito

Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits (Ft. Lauderdale):

  • $10 Beer and Bootleg Burger Every Monday Night – Ground Brisket, Pulled Pork, Chipotle Aioli & Jack Cheese
  • Burlock Coast has partnered with Funky Buddha Brewery for an additional off-the-menu Beer and Burger offer available every Monday from 5pm – Close throughout the month of May. When diners check in to Facebook or like that week’s Burger post on Instagram and show their server, they will receive two Smugglers Blonde Ale beers and an option to order the Contraband Burger – specifically created for National Burger Month and is made with Smugglers Blonde Ale Battered Shallots, Tomato Jam, Brie, Truffle Aioli, Arugula on a Brioche Bun all for $10.

Burlock Coast Bootleg Burger

Chefs on the Run:

Chefs on the Run Assorted Cuisine will be offering 15% discount to their guest’s lunch checks (you must order a Burger) for the entire month of May using promo code “Burger Beast“.

  • “El Sef” Burger – Waygu Beef Patty with some thick Applewood Smoked Bacon, Sweet Smokey BBQ, Alpine White Irish Cheddar Cheese & Crispy Red Onions on a Bun.

Chefs on the Run’s “El Sef” Burger

Cinebistro CityPlace Doral (Doral):

  • National Burger Month Burger Special – Cinebistro Doral will be using the Burger Beast Blend to create a Special Burger topped with Pimento Cheese, Marrow-naise & Shallot Chips.

CORSAIR kitchen + bar (Aventura):

  • Week 1 – Double Patty (Mozzarella, Provolone, Prosciutto, Balsamic Onions, Basil Mayo, Oregano Spiced Tater Tots)
  • Week 2 – Bison Burger (Jalapeño Bacon, Pepper Jack Cheese, Guacamole & Pico de Gallo, Handcut Chips)
  • Week 3 – Cajun Turkey Burger (Apple Slaw, Brie Cheese, Crispy Onions, Sweet Potato Fries)
  • Week 4 – Wagyu Beef Burger (Duck Confit, Foie Gras Butter, Onion Jam, Fried Egg, Parmesan Truffle Frites)

The Dutch (Miami Beach):

Double Cheddar Burger – A Double Cheeseburger which features a Secret Sauce and a side of Fries.

The Dutch Double Cheddar Burger

Ends Meat (Hollywood):

  • Grab a “Burger n Brew” for $10 the entire month of May.

Glass & Vine (Coconut Grove):

  • The Burger – Certified Angus Beef topped with Cheddar Cheese, Bacon & charred Onion. Available only for Lunch on Weekdays.
  • The Broccoli Cheeseburger – Certified Angus Beef  topped with Cheddar Cheese, Roasted Broccoli & Buttermilk Ranch on a buttered Bun. Available only for Brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

Grown (South Miami):

Signature Salmon Burger – Pan Seared Salmon topped with crisp Romaine Lettuce, sliced Roma Tomatoes, juicy Caramelized Onions & Dijon Aioli on a toasted Ezekiel Bun.

Hard Rock Cafe (Hollywood + Key West):

This year more than 160 local burgers were evaluated by Hard Rock’s culinary team with crowd favorites added to the 2017 World Burger Tour lineup. Throughout May and June, Hard Rock Cafe menus* will feature the following World Burger Tour offerings:

  • Seminole Cattlemen Burger (Seminole Tribe, FL United States) – fresh Seminole beef topped with bacon infused Heart of Palm coleslaw, fresh tomato and Tupelo breaded gator tail, smothered in Seminole wing sauce
  • Tango Salsa Burger (Buenos Aires, Argentina) – shake it up with andouille sausage, Certified Angus Beef®, salsa criolla, garlic aioli, Monterey jack cheese, fresh arugula and a fried egg to top off the burger
  • Banh Mi Burger (Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam) – coated in tangy house-made Vietnamese glaze, topped with sliced cucumbers and pickled vegetables, accompanied by a garnishment of cilantro and green onions all on a Certified Angus Beef® patty
  • Tennessee BBQ Burger (Tennessee, United States) – like a good country ballad, this Certified Angus Beef® burger brings happy tears with BBQ dry rubbed premium beef topped with pickle slices, Memphis slaw, pulled pork, pig sauce, crispy onions and cheddar

Killer Melts (West Kendall):

  • Purchase the signature Killer Burger Melt and receive a Free order of fresh cut Fries.

Latin House (Kendall):

Both Burgers are available the entire month of May.

  • Javi Strong Burger – 1/4lb Burger Beast Blend Muffin Top topped with Serrano Ham, Swiss Cheese, Bacon, Fried Egg, Avocado Lime & Crema Mexicana on a Brioche Bun. It’s a collaboration with Javi Perez and his family with proceeds will go to the Javi Strong Foundation.
  • The Concha Burger – 1/4lb Burger Beast Blend Muffin Top topped with Oaxaca Cheese, Cotija Cheese, Candied Jalapeño, Maple Bacon & Fried Egg on Concha Bread.

Magic City Pizza (Westchester area):

  • Cheeseburger Pizza, ’nuff said.

Meat Market Miami Beach (Miami Beach):

During National Burger Month, Meat Market will offer a selection of rotating burger specials in addition to the Burger below. All Burgers are served with a side of signature Meat Market Fries.

  • The Wild Mushroom Burger – Certified Angus Chuck Blend stuffed with Wild Mushroom & topped with Boursin Cheese, Grilled Onions and Meat Market Sauce served on Brioche Buns from Zak the Baker.

MIA Beer Company (Doral):

Every Monday in May for $9.99 you get 2 Sliders + Fries & 1 MIA core Beer, there’s a     different specialty slider every Monday too.

  • May 1st – Slider topped with Goat Cheese, Caramelized Beer Onions & Spicy Guava Sauce.
  • May 8th – Slider topped with Papaya Sauce, Blue Cheese, Maple Black Pepper Bacon & Brown Ale Apples.
  • May 15th – Tostone slider with mixed Beef & Chorizo Patty topped with MIA Pink Sauce, Garlic Cilantro Alioli, Cotija Cheese and Fried Cheese.
  • May 22nd – Slider topped with Bacon Jam & Jalapeño Popper.
  • May 29th – Slider topped with Pulled BBQ Chicken & Coleslaw.

Oceans 234 (Deerfield Beach):

  • Steve’s Ultimate Patty Melt (available May 1 – May 10) – A Bacon-crusted Burger Patty topped with Pepper Jack Cheese, Smoky Jalapeño Aioli, Avocado, Arugula, Red Onions & Pickled Sweet & Spicy Peppers on toasted Marble Rye ($18).
  • Joe’s Mushroom with a View Burger (available May 11 – May 21) – Burger with Wild Mushrooms, Swiss Cheese, Crispy Onion, Arugula & Lemon Truffle Aioli on a Brioche Bun ($18).
  • The top selling Burger between these two will be featured the rest of the month (May 22 –  May 31).

Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina (Miami Beach):

Every week in May (May 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd), a different luminary will create their very own specialty burger recipe and feature it throughout the week. 15% of the proceeds from the sale of the burger will benefit the charity of their choice.

  • May 1st – Shannon & Ray Allen (Owner/Operators of the East Coast’s first USDA Organic Certified restaurant, Grown™) present Grown’s Signature Salmon Burger – Pan Seared Salmon topped with crisp Romaine Lettuce, sliced Roma Tomatoes, juicy Caramelized Onions & Dijon Aioli on a toasted Ezekiel Bun. It will be available Monday, May 1st, 2017 to Sunday May 7th, 2017 & proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation (DRIF).

River Yacht Club (Miami River):

Truffle Burger – Burger Patty topped with Gorgonzola Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Truffle Butter & Shaved Truffles ($30).

River Yacht Club Truffle Burger

Rok Brgr (Delray Beach, Ft. Lauderdale, Hallandale Beach & South Miami):

  • Triple Truffle Burger – A Bone-Marrow, NY Strip & Ribeye Blend Burger Patty topped with Aged Truffle White Cheddar, Exotic Mushroom Blend, Truffle Mornay Cream Sauce & Shaved Black Truffles Table Side on a local Brioche Bun.

Rok Brgr’s Triple Truffle Burger

Tap 42 (Coral Gables, Ft. Lauderdale & Midtown):

  • The Prohibition Burger – Tap 42’s Special Burger Blend topped with Applewood Smoked Bacon, “Secret Sauce,” Dijonnaise, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion and melted White Cheddar Cheese. This Tap 42 classic Burger is normally $14.50, but on Monday’s you can grab one for just $5!!

Tap 42’s The Prohibition Burger

TooJay’s(Hallandale Beach, Plantation + more):

  • Hangover Burger – In the quest for hangover remedies, hearty burgers often do the trick. Caramelized onions, American cheese, bacon, and remoulade sauce topped with a fried egg make TooJay’s new Hangover Burger the perfect cure for a hangover or for simply beating the boring burger blues! $11.49
  • Avocado Burger – Prized for its nutrient value, good flavor and rich texture, avocado has become a popular superfood. Fresh sliced avocado, Swiss cheese, arugula and lemon garlic aioli make TooJay’s new Avocado Burger a discriminating diner’s delight. $11.49 Add bacon for $1.29.
  • BBQ Burger – For National Burger Month, nothing says BBQ like the aroma of a burger topped with smokehouse bacon, American cheese, smoky BBQ sauce and a crispy onion ring. $10.99

Too Jay’s Hangover Burger

Too Jay’s Avocado Burger

Too Jay’s BBQ Burger

Twisted Fork Kitchen at Tank Brewing Company (Doral):

  • Free Ale on Wednesdays in May with any Burger purchase.
  • Free Fries with Burger they’ll be competing with the week of Hamburger House Party.

Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille (Ft. Lauderdale):

  • The Cuban Burger – Blended Pork Shoulder and Pork Butt, Mojo Marinated Pork Belly, Sliced Smoked Honey Baked Ham topped with Fried Sour Pickles, Gruyere Cheese & a Garlic Mustard Sauce served on a lightly pressed Brioche Bun. Burger is only available during lunch.
  • The Hand Pressed Brisket Burger – Burger is only available during lunch.

Bird & Bone at the Confidante Miami Beach – South Beach, Florida

It takes a whole bunch to get me to leave the mainland of Miami and hit up South Beach, it’s a totally different world over there. I’ve been a fan of Chef Richard Hales or as I refer to him, Sir Richard since Sakaya Kitchen rocked my world for the first time almost 7 years ago.

His new restaurant, Bird & Bone is located at the Confidante Miami Beach (Hotel). There is valet parking and a few blocks away is a parking garage if that’s more your speed. I gladly chose valet (which can get validated) and waltzed right in.

There is some limited seating inside but I opt to sit outdoors under the canopy type roofing. There’s a nice breeze during lunchtime plus the pictures will look much better if taken with natural light.

Bird & Bone Menu Page 1 (click to enlarge)

Bird & Bone Menu Page 2 (click to enlarge)

I’m by myself which means my wife Marcela will not try to convince me to order in a more civilized manner, full BEAST mode here. This sounds crazy but I order 3 Starters, 3 Tacos, 3 Sandwiches and 3 Desserts.

The starters were the Cheddar & Chive Biscuits, the Country Ham & Cheese Board plus the Egg Salad Jar. Those Cheddar & Chive Biscuits with Wife Hales’ Strawberry Preserves were heaven. The Ham and Cheese Board something I rarely order, made my day with the Jalapeño Jelly. As for the Egg Salad, my Mom makes my favorite Egg Salad BUT this one is pretay pretay good plus those heirloom Corn Chips were out of this world.

Florida Cheddar & Chive Biscuits w/Strawberry Preserves

Country Ham & Cheese Board

Egg Salad Jar with heirloom Corn Chips

Egg Salad Jar

Heirloom Corn Chips

There really isn’t a “Trio of Tacos”. There are 3 Tacos to choose from, it just so happens I ordered all three. The vegetarian option is the Rajas con Queso (Poblano Pepper, Onion, Oaxaca Cheese, Lime Crema), it was very good. The beef option is the Steak Nina (Cumin Spiced Skirt, Scallion, Oaxaca Cheese, Jalapeno Verde) and the Pollo…I mean the Poultry option is the Chef Hales’ Hot Chicken Taco (Hot Fried Chicken, Florida Honey, House Mustard, Pickles). If I had to choose a winner, gun to my head since I liked all 3 Tacos, I’d say the Steak Nina Taco takes it with its seasoning.

Trio of Tacos

Rajas con Queso Taco

Hot Chicken Taco

Steak Nina Taco

On the sandwich side I’ll start with the Cubano Grilled Cheese (Pulled Pork, Benton’s Ham, Pickled Red Onion, Swiss Cheese, House Mustard, Pickles). At the end of the day, he could have called it an empanada and it’d still be great but a Cubano and a Grilled Cheese it’s not. It does come with a side of that killer Alabama White BBQ Sauce, more on that shortly.

Chef Hales’ Hot Chicken Sandwich (Hot Spiced Chicken Tenders, Honey, Pickle, House Mustard, Lettuce, Tomato on Brioche) is next up. After I remove those offensive subjects (Lettuce & Tomato) I dig in for a big bite. The Chicken Tenders were moist, nicely breaded and tossed in a non aggressive Hot Chicken sauce. I asked and you can get the heat level kicked up a little bit more. I can see why folks are raving about this fella. I almost forgot to mention those really addictive Hot Spiced Waffle Fries, damn you Sir Richard!

I left the Bird & Bone Burger (Double Angus Beef Patty, Bacon, Onion, Florida Cheddar Cheese, Pickle, Comeback Sauce on Brioche) for last. Before I go into my thoughts I need to say it’s an excellent Burger as is.

The Onion Slivers & Florida Cheddar Cheese separating the top and bottom was a great idea. There may have been a tad too many pickles but that’s easily fixed or maybe you like a bunch of pickles and you’re ok with it. I personally would have skipped out on the Bacon as I don’t think it needs it. What I found worked beautifully was the Alabama White BBQ Sauce. I slathered some on the bottom bun alongside the Comeback Sauce and you had a one two punch that people won’t see coming. Trust me on this one.

Cubano Grilled Cheese

Cubano Grilled Cheese

Chef Hales’ Hot Chicken Sandwich

Hot Spiced Waffle Fries

Bird & Bone Burger plate

Bird & Bone Burger Closeup

Somehow I manage to order some *Desserts. The Fried Apple Pies are reminiscent of a certain fast food chain that I know Sir Richard loved growing up, it won’t take rocket science to figure out this one. Even the Hot Spiced Waffle Fries seem to be a riff on that same place. No complaints here as I grew up eating at and enjoying that place too.

The Chocolate Bourbon Cake is more my wife’s speed but it’s served with Azucar Ice Cream,THAT I’m a giant fan of.

I saved the best for last, Wife Hales’ Blueberry Cookie. I took one bite and thought, my wife is going to kill me if I don’t bring back the rest of this cookie so I did.

Fried Apple Pies

Chocolate Bourbon Cake w/ Azucar Ice Cream

Wife Hales’ Blueberry Cookie

I went all the way to Miami Beach and had an excellent meal with great service. There’s also a Breakfast Menu and a Dinner Menu left for me to tackle so the adventure isn’t over yet. The only thing left to be said is I’ll be back.

Bird & Bone
4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

*All three of the desserts were on the house. I did pay for everything else if you’re keeping tabs at home.

Vicki’s Lunch Van – Montgomery, Alabama

I remember reading some blurb about Vicki’s Lunch Van a few years back, about how it was Alabama’s Best Burger. When someone affixes a title like that on a restaurant it sets a level of expectation that sometimes can not be met. I was interested to see if it was legit.

Vicki’s was originally a permanent mobile unit til they moved to their current old school fast food type digs a few years back. I bet it was quite the experience back then.

pic courtesy of Vicki’s Lunch Van

I really wasn’t sure what to expect when we walked in but there were a couple of folks in line (don’t worry it moves fast) ahead of us. It did give me some time to review the menu and decide what exactly I was going to eat.

And there it was on the menu……the Gunter Pile. What is a Gunter Pile you say? Well, the Gunter Pile is a 4 oz. Burger Patty topped with Cheese, Gravy, crispy Onions & grilled Onions served on a bed of Fries). This madness was good but I needed to stop as I had a 4 oz. Burger on deck also.

Gunter Pile

My wife Marcela ordered her 4 oz. all the way with Lettuce, Tomato, Cheese, Pickle, Onions, Mayo, Ketchup & Mustard. She was quietly enjoying her Burger when I set my sights on mine.

Marcela’s Burger with all the Fixins

The first thing I noticed about the Burger Patty was its shape (super deformed), which is a sign of good things to come. I need to compare this moment to a first kiss cause the minute my lips made contact with my Burger, I was in full infatuation mode. I put the Burger down and just stared at it, what a beauty.

Before I knew it, I was looking at a platter of Fries. No disrespect meant to the Fries but I wanted to relive that moment all over again à la Groundhog Day. My biggest regret though, was not taking an extra one to go that day.

Burger w/Cheese, Pickle, Onions, Mayo, Ketchup & Mustard

Even now, I’m still daydreaming about driving through Montgomery, Alabama and stopping in at Vicki’s Lunch Van for a Burger. Wow, what a Burger.

Yum Yum Come Get Ya Some:

Vicki’s Lunch Van
2520 Fairground Rd
Montgomery, AL 36107

Burger Beast Road Trip – April 2017

This year’s road trip is going to take me to Alabama, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, South Carolina, Tennessee & Georgia. Below is a Google Map with all the spots I plan to hit up so feel free to leave any suggestions I’m missing out on in the comments section.

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Slice Of New York – St. Pete Beach, Florida

Sometimes in life you’re so busy running around that you don’t take the time to slow down and just enjoy a great meal with friends.

You normally don’t ever see me go into detail about who I’m eating with but I felt on this one excursion it would be cool if you got a peek into who I share my meals with.

How we all ended up in St. Pete Beach at the same time was pure coincidence though:

Fred (my cousin who you may recognize from my Social Media feed as Chunktronics or from his gigs as a line cook at Pincho Factory, Jersey Dawg, El Rey de las Fritas & now Palomilla Grill)


John (my former boss at MetroPCS & also one of my closest friends) planned to drive up to the Tampa to eat at the Columbia Restaurant. It was an incredible meal that I have yet to document on the blog but I really need to.

Alex (owner of Palomilla Grill) was planning to take the weekend off to relax and made plans, you guessed it…to visit the Tampa Bay area.

Nedal (owner of Pincho Factory) was on business in Orlando. just about an hour and a half from us.

Barry (owner of The Magic Box Food Truck & son in law of El Mago de las Fritas) was also in town that weekend selling Fritas at one of the Breweries but he didn’t arrive til the following morning after this late night affair. He did however make it to the lunch at the Columbia.

The Fellas: Nedal, Fred, Alex & John, Barry (not pictured)

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Grillin N Chillin BBQ Festival – Sunday April 2nd

Grillin N Chillin, Wynwood’s 3rd annual BBQ Festival returns on Sunday April 2nd from 11AM til 7PM at the old RC Cola plant. The cool thing about this event are all the other activities to keep you busy while you stuff your face with BBQ from places like Fat Boyz Barbecue, King Of Racks BBQ, Meat Heads BBQ, Pirate Brothers BBQ and Sparky’s Roadside Barbecue. Make sure to eat from Miami Roasted Corn and grab one of their fresh squeezed Lemonades (no mint for me though, I’m OG all the way). Continue reading

Food Trucks at Magic City Casino Turns 6 Years Old Saturday

Who would’ve known that years ago when Magic City Casino (450 NW 37th Avenue) contacted me about a collaboration with them we’d still be here today.

This Saturday March 18th (5-10PM) marks 6 years that the Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival has been doing its thing and feeding hungry South Floridians.

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Last Man Standing – Restaurant Chains Left with 1 Location

Once upon these restaurants were parts of larger chains that were either regional or spread across the United States. Unfortunately, like most good things in life….mismanagement, bad decisions, declining sales & a slew of other reasons were the cause for them to dwindle down to just one location, a last man standing if you will.

This is just Part 1 in a new series on the Burger Beast Blog where we will feature Restaurants from back in the day.

Just as a FYI , some historical items from these restaurants can be found on display at my Burger Museum in Miami, FL.

Biff Burger

Read about them on Wikipedia: Biff Burger

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Heineken Light Burger Beast Challenge Winners Are….

Deciding the winner of the 2017 Heineken Light Burger Beast Challenge was very difficult. They were some real contenders but after careful deliberation one retaurant stood out in my mind and taste buds.

Fado Irish Pub in Brickell had my favorite Burger, the “Fado Pub Burger“. It’s a grilled Angus 8oz. Burger Patty topped with smoked Cheddar Cheese, Whiskey Bacon Marmalade & a Fried Egg on a Pretzel Roll. It was/is very pretty and very delicious. You need to go out and try it.

Congratulations from Heineken Light and Burger Beast, you will receive a pair of tickets to the Heineken Light Burger Bash!!!

The Fado Pub Burger

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