The Burger Beast Sef Gonzalez with a Big Smile

About The Burger Beast


If the name Burger Beast didn’t speak for itself, his accolades would. Being an annual event curator for the South Beach Wine & Food Festival is merely scratching the surface of Sef’s influence on the South Florida community.

The Burger Beast was awarded a Guinness Book of World Record for the largest parade of food trucks, of which he curated the first premier food truck event in South Florida. In 2014, he began hosting an annual event called Croqueta Palooza that celebrates everything special about living in the 305.

He is a creator, working on his own podcast, web show, and app, writing for multiple news outlets, and even published a book in 2019, All About the Burger.

He has also appeared on multiple national and international food television programs demonstrating his craft. The Burger Beast is so influential that the city of Miami Springs annually celebrates Burger Beast Day on April 7th.

Burger Beast Feasts

Hot Dog Eating Contest Crowd at Hot Dog Fest 2013
Hot Dog Eating Contest Crowd

These are events that Burger Beast either created, curated, produced, or in most cases did all of the above.

Croqueta Palooza 2022 Banner
Bacon OffOrlando, Florida
Battle of the Burgers – Palmetto Bay, Florida
Burger Beast Burgie AwardsFt. Lauderdale, Coral Gables, Hialeah & Miami, Florida
Croqueta PaloozaMiami, Florida
Eat with the Miami Heat – Miami, Florida
El Main EventoMiami, Florida
Food Truck First Fridays on Federal – Hallandale Beach, Florida
Food Truck Pile Up – Margate, Florida
Food Truck Rally at Seminole Casino – Immokalee, Florida
Food Trucks at ArtsPark – Hollywood, Florida
Frita ShowdownMiami, Florida
Hamburger House PartyMiami, Florida
Hot Dog FestHallandale Beach, Jupiter, Plantation, & Miami, Florida
Isle Casino Food Truck Rally – Pompano, Florida
Lee Schrager’s America’s Best Breakfast Book Release PartyMiami, Florida
Luv Me TendersMiami, Florida
Miami Food Truck Rally at Hard Rock Hotel – Hollywood, Florida
Miami Food Truck Rally at Seminole Paradise – Hollywood, Florida
National Cheeseburger Day Celebration – Orlando, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Croquetas & Champagne – Miami Design District, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Croquetas & Craft CocktailsMiami Design District, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Food Trucks on the Beach – Miami Beach, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Trucks on Midtown’s Tracks – Midtown, Florida
South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Medianoche & Mixology – Wynwood, Florida
SugaPieMiami, Florida
Top Turkey – Hollywood, Florida
Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival – Bonita Springs, Florida
Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck Festival – Dania Beach, Florida
Wheelin’ Dealin’ Food Truck FestivalMiami, Florida
Wiener BashMiami, Florida

TV Sightings

Here’s a selection of Burger Beast’s television appearances.

Ohio’s Hometown Stations “Burger Beast signs copies of his book at Kewpee”
Sweden’s Världens bästa burgare Episode 4 Miami
Food Network Canada’s You Got Eat Here!, La Camaronera segment
Travel Channel’s Burger Land “Miami’s Cuban Frita” episode, El Mago de las Fritas & Pincho Factory segments
Food Network UK’s Andy Bates American Street Feasts “Miami Tropical Beach Flavours”
NBC’s 6 in the Mix (more than 10 appearances to discuss different Burger Beast events)
WSVN’s Deco Drive Burger Museum unwraps a tasty history
SoFlo TASTE on WPLG 10 The Burger Museum
2010 NBC 6 Burger Battle

Audio & Podcast Appearances

Burger Beast on the Only in Miami Podcast
Burger Beast on the Only in Miami Podcast

A selection of Burger Beast on the podcast circuit.

Miami Herald’s La VentanitaSef Gonzalez “Burger Beast” Food Blogger
Pero Let Me Tell YouPero…we’re celebrating with Burger Beast
Food, News & ViewsTaste of Miami Cookbook with Sef Gonzalez & Brandon Rodriguez
Pan con PodcastSef “Burger Beast” Gonzalez
Something You Should KnowThe Story of the Hamburger
St. Pete FoodiesInterview with Burger Beast
The Zest PodcastBurger Beast on Florida’s Best Hamburgers
Beer Bros & BSBurger Beast
Que Bola? PodcastBurger Beast
edible South FloridaTaste of the Tropics: Take a Tour of the Burger Museum
Pero Let Me Tell YouPero…it’s a Hamburger House Party with Burger Beast
Pero Let Me Tell YouPero…it’s the Burger Beast!
WLRN – NPRThe Evolution Of Food Blogging, With South Florida’s Burger Beast

Notable Press

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Miami New TimesFather’s Day 2021 Gift GuideJune 11th, 2021
Orlando SentinelWhite Castle inspires cult-level love… and copycatsMay 10th, 2021
Deadline DetroitEverybody Vs. Pizza Hut: ‘Detroit Style’ Misfire Provokes A New Social Media Pile-OnMarch 4th, 2021
MashedFrozen Hamburgers That Are Almost As Good As FreshJanuary 19th, 2021
MashedThe Real Reasons These Restaurants Chains FailedDecember 22nd, 2020
TimeOutBurger Beast’s limited-edition Feast BoxJune 3rd, 2020
EaterBurger Beast, to Debut His Own Burger RestaurantJune 17th, 2019
Miami HeraldFirst he built a burger museum in Miami. Now he’s opening his first burger restaurantJune 14th, 2019
The Wichita EagleThis man loves hamburgers so much he built a museum to themDecember 6th, 2019
Sun SentinelNostalgia and history served at the Burger MuseumNovember 12th, 2016
Escapism MagazineThe Burger KingJune 2015
Thrillist22 Miami Instagrams You Need To Follow Right NowApril 7th, 2015
Miami HeraldSouth Florida Food 50: Sef Gonzalez of Burger BeastFebruary 18th, 2015
The ColumbianFor Miami food blogger, Burger Brawl is the nature of the beastMay 19th, 2014
WLRN“Burger Beast, His Frita Obsession And A Frita ShowdownAugust 16th, 2013
Miami HeraldMan vs. Meat: A burger fan makes it big in the blogosphereNovember 12th, 2009

Published Writings

Burger Beast - Miami New Times Cover
Burger Beast – Miami New Times Cover

Every once in a while Burger Beast writes for other publications.

Miami New Times in Print & Online June 23rd, 2021: “Five Miami Burger Chains That Made History
All About The Burger book by Sef “Burger Beast” Gonzalez, published on April 15th, 2019 by Mango Publishing
edible South Florida Winter 2018: “The Burger Beast’s Guide To Cuban Coffee Culture
Miami.com & Miami Herald in Print May 1st, 2018: “Eat a burger a day for National Burger Month.”
Miami.com & Miami Herald in Print May 2017: 5 Things You Should Do During National Burger Month, 5 Historical South Florida Burger Joints, 5 Most Miami Burgers, 5 Restaurants with Unexpectedly Great Burgers, and 5 Next It Burger Joints.
edible South Florida Fall 2012: “Ventanitas
edible South Florida Winter 2012: “Hey, Lee Schrager, What’s Going On?
Ocean Drive Magazine March 2011: Taste – The Burger Beast Edition
edible South Florida Spring 2011, Cover Story: “Let me tell you about the Frita

Awards & Such

Burger Beast with the Guinness World Record
Burger Beast with the Guinness World Record

Some of the awards and accolades for Burger Beast and his events.

28 Best Food & Drink Festivals ranked by Yelp #22 Croquetapalooza
April 7th is Burger Beast Day in the city of Miami Springs
New Times Miami’s Best Food Instagrams
New Times 2013 Best Blog – Reader’s Choice Winner
CBS Miami’s “10 Best Miami Foodies To Follow On Twitter
Guinness World Record for “The largest parade of food trucks
The305.com 2012 Blogger of the Year
New Times 2012 Web Awards Best Food Blog
Savings.com The Top 15 Burger Bloggers

Company Collaborations

Burger Beast & Budweiser at Hamburger House Party
Amstel Light BeerBudweiser/Anheuser-BuschBrugal Rum 1888
Camacho CigarsCatalina FoodsCAWY Bottling Company
ChevroletChifles ChipsCity of Hallandale Beach
City of HialeahCity of HollywoodCity of Miami Springs
Coca-ColaCommon ThreadsDownstairs Markets
El Guapo SpicesFt. Lauderdale Riverwalk TrustFunky Buddha Brewery
Galeo SpicesGay8 FestivalGoya Foods
Hatuey BeerHeineken Light BeerHeinz Ketchup
Hellmann’s/UnileverMagic City CasinoMartin’s Potato Rolls
McCormick SpicesMcDonald’sMetroPCS
Miami Food RescueThe Miami Herald/El Nuevo HeraldThe Miami Heat
Miami Lakes Auto MallThe Miami MarlinsMiami New Times
The Miami SeaquariumOrion FuelsPepsi Cola
Riverwalk Ft. LauderdaleSamuel Adams BeerSchweid & Sons/Burger Maker
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – HollywoodSouth Beach Wine & Food FestivalSt. Baldrick’s Foundation
Sunshine Bottling CompanyT-MobileThrillist
TillamookTito’s Handmade VodkaTopo Chico
White CastleWISE Potato ChipsYelp

All About the Burger Book Signings

Burger Beast signing White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson's book
Burger Beast signing White Castle Vice President Jamie Richardson’s book
Anstead’s Tobacco CompanyFayetteville, North Carolina
Big Sky Buckhead with NFA BurgerAtlanta, Georgia
Blend Bar IndianapolisIndianapolis, Indiana
Blend Bar WoodlandsThe Woodlands, Texas
Boyce General StoreAlvaton, Kentucky
Carolina JaxJacksonville, Florida
Charm City Burger CompanyDeerfield Beach, Florida
Cigars InternationalLutz, Florida
Dog ‘n SudsMuskegon, Michigan
Gilbert’s 17th Street GrillFt. Lauderdale, Florida
Halo BurgerFlint, Michigan
Hamburger House PartyMiami, Florida
Henry’s HamburgersBenton Harbor, Michigan
Ivanhoe Park Brewing with A Lo Cubano KitchenOrlando, Florida
Kewpee HamburgersLima, Ohio
PINCHOHialeah, Florida
Pinegrove Market & DeliJacksonville, Florida
Regency Cigar EmporiumEast Greenwich, Rhode Island
Robusto’s Cigar & BistroSterling Heights, Michigan
Sabor Havana CigarsDoral, Florida
Shake ShackCoral Gables, Florida
Smoke Inn CigarsBoynton Beach, Florida
TinderBox MemphisMemphis, Tennessee
Tuckaway Tavern & ButcheryRaymond, New Hampshire
White CastleColumbus, Ohio

Contact the Burger Beast

Emailburgerbeast@burgerbeast.com
Mailing AddressBurger Beast
P.O. Box 260664
Miami, Florida 33126
Phone Number786-752-6656

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