The first Burger Beast’s 25 Best Burgers list happened in December 2013. I later created one to celebrate National Burger Month in May 2017 and another for the Miami Herald in May 2018.
How do I select which burgers make the “25 Best Burgers in Miami” list? I spend the entire year scouring Miami and beyond, looking for the best burgers in town.
Best 25 Burgers in Miami Rules
It’s important to note that all burgers on this list are fresh beef; no frozen patties are allowed. I then put together a list based on what I’ve eaten and then start to cut out burgers.
The list shrinks down to 30. Then the hardest part comes, deciding five to cut. From there, it’s a matter of figuring out which burger I would prefer to eat when comparing the two.
To be 100% clear, I have eaten every single burger on this list and taken every picture.
Here are the 25 Best Burgers in Miami
This 25 Best Burger in Miami list was not created by a group of people but by someone (that would be me) dedicated to creating an ultimate Miami burger list for burger fans.
This list is fluid which means I will update it throughout the year as I see fit.
Located right off of 8th Street & 109th in a corner spot that once housed local favorite A&G Burger Joint, 109 Burger Joint had some big shoes to fill. Lucky for us, they were able to surpass its predecessor with its right on the money comfort food fare.
The burgers at 109 Burger Joint are chargrilled and are a nice size, BUT if you ask to have your burger Americanized, then you’ll have that same beef patty split in-two, which means more smokey goodness in every bite.
109 Burger Joint
646 SW 109 Avenue
“The Chug Burger is a double patty topped with American cheese, pickles, and Ariete Sauce. It is the ideal version of what a well-constructed burger with superior ingredients is. You can add bacon, but I wouldn’t taint it.”
I wrote those three sentences for the Miami Herald back in May of 2018 when I named the Chug Burger the Best Burger in South Florida. I still stand by every word I wrote; it is a phenomenal burger.
Yes, I love the Chug Burger, and yes, you should make it a part of your regular burger rotation. And also yes, go to Chug’s Diner down the street and have the smaller Chug Burger Jr. with a Frita Pastelito from Pastelito Papi riding sidecar.
By the way, there is no such combo on the menu, but they do complement each other very well.
3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, Florida
I officially met Babe’s Meat & Counter right when they begin their adventure as Babe Froman Fine Sausages. They were barely a year old when they participated in my 2013 Hot Dog Fest. Babe would go on to become legends of the Pinecrest Farmer’s Market, where they sold their housemade sausages and sandwiches.
In 2018 they opened their butcher shop in Palmetto Bay. They were able to expand their selection of meats, and now a tasty, tasty burger would find its way onto the permanent food/sandwich menu.
So what’s on this tasty, tasty burger? Their house-ground beef patty is topped with American cheese, housemade pickles, and Sriracha mayo on a toasted bun.
I’ve been known to eat one in my car before leaving the parking lot and taking another for consumption later in the day. It’s the only sensible thing to do when you know the smell will drive you crazy.
Babe’s Meat & Counter
9216 SW 156th Street
As much as I’d like to try the Short Rib or Hanger Steak on Beaker & Gray’s lunch menu, I can’t get past their Wagyu Burger.
The Wagyu Burger has Gouda cheese, bacon jam, onion aioli, and pickled cucumber on a fluffy roll. The bottom bun doesn’t disintegrate under the weight and juices of this hefty burger patty. If you’re a fan of thicker burgers, then this is the one for you.
One last thing, there are cheeseburger croquettes on the dinner menu. You’re welcome.
Beaker & Gray
2637 N. Miami Avenue
The original version of Blue Collar’s Real Juicy Cheeseburger had a pretty standard but tasty brioche bun. Chef Danny Serfer would later change the bread to its now burger-iconic Portuguese Muffin or P-Muff for short. It’s probably one of the first things you will notice when looking at it.
BUT in my humble burger opinion, you need to be focused on how perfectly melted that American cheese is and just how juicy that real juicy cheeseburger is.
Up until this point, I have not mentioned any of the side dishes available for the burgers in the Top 25 list. There’s a reason for that.
6730 Biscayne Boulevard
Cheeseburger Baby is a landmark restaurant in Miami Beach. It’s been open since 2001, way back before burger joints were sprouting up around town daily.
Their 1/2 lb cheeseburger with ultra-crispy bacon is a thing of beauty. It belongs in a bacon cheeseburger museum.
Whenever anyone (and that includes celebrities) is looking to grab a burger, Cheeseburger Baby is their go-to spot. I love this place.
1505 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida
Let’s take a moment to take in the majesty of the Chef La Burger (Provolone cheese, grilled red onions, hot pastrami & creole mustard) from Chefs on the Run.
When are you driving over there to eat one? It should be a crime if you’ve never had one.
I have now officially deemed it a crime against burgers if you haven’t, so get ta steppin’, or you’re going straight to Burger Beast jail.
*Winner of the 2017 Hamburger House Party People’s Choice Award
Chefs on the Run
10 E Mowry Drive
The 305 from Clutch Burger uses tostones (fried plantains) as a replacement for their regular brioche bun. They didn’t popularize this type of “sandwich,” but it seems to be one of the more popular burgers on their menu.
The patty is a mix of Wagyu beef and chorizo topped with Swiss cheese, pickled red onions, potato stix, and a creamy cilantro garlic aioli. Damn, that aioli is good.
I’m not a fan of toston burger buns, so I get their regular brioche bun, and guess what? It’s freaking excellent.
146 Giralda Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida
I love everything about *Hate Mondays Tavern. They’re best known as a bbq joint with great comfort food dishes.
Karl (chef/owner of HMT) has stolen my patty melt heart. Sure, he’s bending some of the patty melt rules but at the end of the day, all that matters is that it tastes great. Right? Right!
*Winner of the 2018 Hamburger House Party People’s Choice Award for their Mondays Remedy Burger.
Hate Mondays Tavern
12461 SW 130th Street
Eating a chili burger in California is pretty much the equivalent of croquetas in Miami. Ok, so that might be a tad of an exaggeration, but my first experiences with chili burgers were at Original Tommy’s and Jay’s Jayburgers (R.I.P.).
The only place in Miami with a killer chili burger is KUSH in Wynwood. KUSH’s house-ground burger brings their New Mexico-style chili, shredded jack cheese, and rough diced white onions. Part of the beauty of eating this burger is scooping up all the droppings from the burger.
*Even though this burger is not on the menu at KUSH’s sister restaurant LoKal in Coconut Grove, you can indeed order one there.
2003 N Miami Avenue
La Birra Bar
I was ecstatic to try La Birra Bar. I’d read many great things about them online so I was hoping they could live up to the expectations.
The selection of burgers can be overwhelming on your first visit. They grind beef in-house to make their burgers, and they bake the fluffy slightly sweet buns so they mean serious business.
The Royale with Cheese (American cheese, diced onion, ketchup, yellow mustard) reminds me of something I’d eat when I was a kid. Yet, I’m not a kid anymore but I absolutely loved it.
La Birra Bar
14831 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach, Florida
My meaty eyes had been watching La Traila Barbecue doing Texas-style Que popups all around town. After making plans to hit them up, the Miami weather had other plans for me. I finally caught up with them on a Sunday.
I didn’t know what to do with myself when I saw a smoked brisket burger on their menu. Well, they nailed it! The burger is a 1/2 pound pit-smoked brisket burger topped with pickled red onions, pickles, melty cheese, & mustard-based bbq sauce on a beautiful medianoche roll. This was flavor overload.
Since opening a brick & mortar restaurant, La Traila‘s popularity has exploded. Tuesday is the day to visit them for their burger bar.
La Traila Barbecue
8030 NW 154th S
Miami Lakes, Florida
Latin House’s custom beef blend tastes unlike any other burger out there. I fell in love with Chef M’s burger creations back during the early Miami food truck days.
I prefer my burgers to be simple but Latin House’s Original Burger with their signature three-cheese blend, mushrooms, onions, and thick-cut bacon on a beautiful black seeded brioche bun is a work of art.
If and when you finish this beauty, make sure you’re near your home cause a nap is imminent.
*Latin House are the winners of the 2014 Burger Beast Burger Brawl
Latin House Grill
8695 SW 124th Avenue
When my buds @MMTakeMiami posted on their Instagram about Le Chick’s burger, I was mesmerized. After eating it, I can confirm it’s even better than it looks — and that’s saying something.
The housemade roll complements the special sauce and cheddar cheese. The two patties are cooked with plenty of love. Take home an extra one for a late-night craving.
310 NW 24th Street
I’ve chosen to feature their McLos burger but Masa Craft has a super solid array of hamburgers on their menu. The McLos is only available on a limited basis so you’ll need to keep a watchful eye on their social media.
All of the burgers are smashed but I’ve tried their chargrilled burgers and they’re just as good, if not better. You could probably get away with asking for one when they’re not packed.
In the meantime, sit back, relax and enjoy an awesome burger with a cold brewski.
Masa Craft (inside of MIA Brewery)
10400 NW 33rd Street
Mimi’s is located in the Edgewater neighborhood near Downtown Miami. It’s not a part of town that I frequent.
After seeing some nice shots of Mimi’s burger I knew it was meant for me. The 6 oz burger patty is covered with American Cheese and sherry caramelized onions with a smoked pickle mayo on the bottom of its beautiful bun.
My only regret is that I had it delivered. It was phenomenal and I’m excited at the prospect of enjoying one at the actual restaurant.
2501 Biscayne Boulevard
What I like about Off Site is that they’re taking iconic comfort food dishes like burgers, hot dogs, and chicken wings to the next level. Every single thing at this comfy spot has been well thought out.
I mean, they’re making their own hot dogs. These folks are putting in work and the burger is no different.
Do you know how hard it is to make something taste incredible when it looks like an everyday burger? It takes a great talent to do that and these folks are magicians.
8250 NE 2nd Avenue
It had been a little while between my visits to PINCH Kitchen. Once I sat down, I was so obnoxious that I didn’t even look at the menu. I came here for the PINCH Burger, and I needed no distractions.
At 8 ounces, the PINCH Burger is a husky beef patty featuring a custom blend. This charmer comes with Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, and aioli on a brioche bun with some salt flakes on its crown.
Yes, you read right; I ate this burger with lettuce and tomato. So what? We’re amongst friends, and you guys aren’t planning on telling anyone, are you?
8601 Biscayne Boulevard
Here’s the thing with Proper Sausages, it’s first and foremost a butcher and meat market. BUT there’s a sandwich-to-go component to their business that rivals the best sandwich shops in Miami.
The breakfast sandwich with their housemade sausage, egg, and cheese is so good that you will add it to your monthly, weekly, or even possibly daily morning rotation. Then there’s the burger.
Proper Sausages have a burger of the week made with house-ground Wagyu beef and customarily served on a Portuguese muffin. My personal favorite is the Jalapeño Cheddar Burger with pickled jalapeños, cheddar & mayo.
My mouth is watering just thinking about it. The burgers are now on a Sullivan Street roll.
9722 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, Florida
A little birdie told me that I needed to eat the burger from Root & Bone. I had seen some pictures, and it did look great.
It wasn’t until I went online to check out the menu and saw that pimento cheese was an option for the burger that my mind went into overdrive.
Please gaze upon the burger from Root & Bone topped with pimento cheese & slabs of bacon. I know, I know, I want one right now too.
Root & Bone
5958 S. Dixie Highway
SilverLake Bistro is brought to you by creative director Sandy Sanchez and Chef Benoit Rablat, the same two folks behind La Fresa Francesa in Hialeah. If you’ve been to La Fresa Francesa, then you know these two know about attention to detail in food and decor.
The SilverLake Bistro is their take on American and French comfort food with beauties like duck fat seared Gnocchi Mac & Cheese and Mini St. Helena Grilled Cheese, a cousin twice removed from the Croque Madame.
The SilverLake Burger features two exquisite beef patties topped with Cheddar cheese, bacon, porcini mayo, and housemade steak sauce on a fluffy toasted bun. I’d tell you it knocked my socks off, but I had anticipated its greatness and wore no socks on this day.
1211 71st Street
Miami Beach, Florida
The Food Truck Store
I’ve been following The Food Truck Store and its owner Rodo online for years. He mentioned in passing that he was considering opening up a location in Miami; he’s from Argentina.
I filed that info away in my need to get back to that file. Next thing I knew he was inviting me to a friend and family soft launch party.
I’ll spare the rest of story but I will tell you this, eat the Wisconsin (Butter Burger) or Oklahoma (Fried Onion Burger). I’m all about Regional Burger Styles and they nail both of those.
The Food Truck Store
13448 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami, Florida
Tap 42 first opened up shop in Ft. Lauderdale and now has a few locations across South Florida, including Kendall and Coral Gables, the one I frequent.
These Short Rib Mini Burgers feature their signature burger blend with braised short rib, cheddar cheese & a Dijonnaise that seals the deal. They taste even better than they look if you can believe that.
1411 S Andrews Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida
Ted’s Burger began its meaty life a pop-up near Central Florida. He would work his way back to Miami (he’s a Hialeah boy) with the pop-ups at J Wakefield which would put him on the map.
An invite to participate at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival lead to a well-deserved victory at the 2021 Burger Bash event. Now with a Judge’s Best Burger win under his belt, the only left to do is open a permanent spot for all his legions of fans.
And how’s the burger? Ted’s Burger is really freakin’ good. Some might actually say really fuckin’ good. On second thought, let’s go with the latter.
I’m a smash or smashed burger type of guy. Whenever given my druthers on burger cooking styles, I’ll always go for a perfectly executed smashed burger.
If you’re not familiar with the technique, it involves taking a ball or puck of ground beef and smashing it into a hot grill. Even though the origins of smashing ground beef come from Walter Anderson (one of the founders of White Castle in 1916, in his pre-White Castle days), this kind of burger has evolved over the years.
Tell Me More about USBS
USBS debuted just over a year ago, but it’s been quietly gaining momentum amongst burger fans in Miami. Their pop-up made a few appearances at different events around town and was normally found at Boxelder Craft Beer Market on a Friday or Saturday till they sold out.
Now you can find USBS at the Citadel Food Hall, their permanent. The menu has been expanded to include a chicken sandwich as well.
There are specialty burgers on the menu from time to time, but unequivocally the one to eat is the 2-Day Double + Cheese Stamp. Please take a looksy at the meat candy exterior that Postmaster General Mayta achieves with his smash.
If I were a burger, I’d want my offspring to look like this fella. The 2-Day has two 3 oz patties smashed with super melty cheese and the USBS Priority sauce on a housemade potato roll.
Don’t miss out on their fresh-cut fries, 3rd best in the city!
8300 NE 2nd Avenue