If you live in Miami and drive with any frequency to the Airport or Miami Beach, I will assume you’ve seen the
giant Burger King building (they’ve since moved) located right off of the Dolphin Expressway (SR836) on the NW 57th Street exit. I would also like to assume that you know that Burger King has been headquartered in Miami since 1959 and that it was originally called Insta-Burger King when it was founded in Jacksonville, FL in 1953. But, maybe you don’t.
The first Insta-Burger King location in Miami, FL opened on December 4th, 1954 at 3090 NW 36th Street. It’s no longer there at that same spot, the #1 was moved down the street to 3601 NW 27th Avenue.
Of the original 10 locations 7 are still operational in the same spots they opened at in the 1950s.
The First 10 Burger Kings in Miami:
- 3090 NW 36th Street – now Cladd Motors
- 6091 SW 8th Street – now La Palma Restaurant
- 8995 NW 7th Avenue – now a Snapper’s
- 30390 S Dixie Hwy (Homestead)
- 7975 NW 27th Avenue
- 9201 South Federal Highway (Pinecrest)
- 3051 Coral Way
- 18240 South Dixie Highway (Perrine)
- 891 W. 49th Street (Hialeah)
- 775 E 9 St (Hialeah)
One last fast fact that might interest you, the Whopper was not always on the menu. The Whopper was the creation of David Edgerton & James McLamore in 1957. It sold for 37 cents. They brought Insta-Burger King to Miami in 1954 and eventually became the co-founders of the Burger King brand a few years later.
When you were a kid, what was your favorite Burger King Burger?