Burger Beast with a big smile

A little information about Sef Gonzalez (aka Burger Beast):

  • Sef’s family emigrated from Cuba in the early 1960s to New York. They would settle in Miami, Florida, in 1975.
  • Beast was raised in the Westchester part of Miami, which he still proudly calls his hometown to this day. He gives a shout out to Westchester during his appearance on the Miami episode for Travel Channel’s Burger Land.
  • Since his first post in September 2008, Burger Beast as he now goes by has celebrated anything and everything about comfort food in South Florida and beyond.
  • Some of his other projects include the Burger Beast Podcast, The Grinder Web Show, and the Burger Beast App for iPhone & Android.
  • He was awarded a Guinness Book of World Record for the largest parade of food trucks.
  • Speaking of which, he curated the first food truck event in South Florida.
  • Sef has also partnered with the South Beach Wine & Food Festival, where he currently curates one event per year.
  • He has appeared on the Food Network, Travel Channel and has been featured on other food programs from Canada, England & Sweden.
  • He has written for the Miami Herald, Edible South Florida, New Times, Miami.com, and Ocean Drive Magazine.
  • Every year on April 7th, the city of Miami Springs celebrates Burger Beast Day.
  • Sef’s first book was published in April 2019, All About the Burger.
  • In March 2020, Sef bottled his Guava Sriracha Ketchup and Honey Mustard Curry Burger Beast sauces for sale.
  • Most recently, his event “Croqueta Palooza was named by Yelp “One of the Top 28 Food Festivals in the United States.
  • BEAST also releases a handful of carefully curated listicles about food throughout the year.

How to Reach Me

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

Events Created & Curated by Burger Beast

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 ArtsParkHollywood, 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

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

Pero Let Me Tell YouPero…we’re celebrating with Burger Beast
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
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

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-BuschCatalina Foods
CAWY Bottling CompanyChevroletChifles Chips
City of Hallandale BeachCity of HialeahCity of Hollywood
City of Miami SpringsCoca-ColaCommon Threads
Downstairs MarketsEl Guapo SpicesFt. Lauderdale Riverwalk Trust
Funky Buddha BreweryGaleo SpicesGay8 Festival
Goya FoodsHatuey BeerHeineken Light Beer
Heinz KetchupHellmann’s/UnileverMagic City Casino
Martin’s Potato RollsMcCormick SpicesMcDonald’s
MetroPCSMiami Food RescueThe Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald
The Miami HeatMiami Lakes Auto MallThe Miami Marlins
Miami New TimesThe Miami SeaquariumOrion Fuels
Pepsi ColaSamuel 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 VodkaWhite Castle
WISE Potato ChipsYelp

Events Burger Beast has Judged

2019

  • Gay8 Festival’s Best Sandwich – Little Havana

2015

  • Seed Wine & Food Festival Plant-Based Burger Battle – Miami Beach, Florida
  • John Offerdahl’s Gridiron Grill-Off – Pompano Beach, Florida
  • Dessert Wars – Miami, Florida

2014

  • Cuban Sandwich Festival – Tampa, Florida

2013

  • Boca Burger Battle – Boca Raton, Florida
  • Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Sunshine State Steak Cook-Off – Ave Maria, Florida

2012

  • Pigs in Paradise (BBQ) – Immokalee, Florida
  • Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger Battle – Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
  • The Grind Burger Battle – Wynwood, Florida

2011

  • Seminole Hard Rock-N-Roll Beer-B-Que – Hollywood, Florida
  • Riverwalk Ft. Lauderdale Burger BattleFt. Lauderdale, Florida
  • Taste of the Grove – Coconut Grove, Florida
  • Johnson & Wales Burger Wars – North Miami, Florida
  • JA Uncorked – Coconut Creek, Florida

2010

All About the Burger Book Signings

Big Sky Buckhead with NFA BurgerAtlanta, Georgia
Boyce General StoreAlvaton, Kentucky
Carolina Jax – Jacksonville, Florida
Charm City Burger CompanyDeerfield Beach, 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
Shake ShackCoral Gables
White CastleColumbus, Ohio

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