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.
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, so I will update it as I see fit throughout the year.
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. If you’re looking for burger list shenanigans, go elsewhere.
The Best 25 Burgers in Miami
All of the burgers are listed in alphabetical order; if not, you’d only try the Top 5.
9980 SW 104th Street
Are You Hungry? Grill
12486 SW 8th Street
Babe’s Meat & Counter
9216 SW 156th Street
Palmetto Bay, FL
6730 Biscayne Boulevard
Cheeseburger Baby are a landmark restaurant in Miami Beach, open since 2001.
Their 1/2 lb cheeseburger with ultra-crispy bacon is a picture-perfect classic burger. I don’t eat there often but when I do, I get the same comforting feeling as running into an old friend at the mall.
1505 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL
Chefs on the Run
10 E Mowry Drive
3444 Main Highway
Coconut Grove, FL
How do I know Farmhouse BBQ is not playing games? Well, we dropped in for some beers and barbecue but, found croquetas, a cheesesteak, and a smash burger covered in chopped BBQ’d beef on the menu.
Well, actually, the Sloppy on Top is not on the official menu. This smash burger was perfectly executed in looks and taste. I’m surprised no one else has mentioned how great it is….wait…I just did!
Farmhouse BBQ (inside of Beat Culture Brewery)
7250 NW 11th Street
Hate Mondays Tavern
12461 SW 130th Street
275 NE 18th Street
2003 N Miami Avenue
La Birra Bar
The selection of burgers at La Birra Bar 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. And while I’m far from a kid anymore, I absolutely loved it.
La Birra Bar
14831 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami Beach, FL
310 NW 24th Street
Masa Craft (inside of MIA Brewery)
10400 NW 33rd Street
8250 NE 2nd Avenue
8601 Biscayne Boulevard
PINCHO makes a return to my Top 25 list after a two-year absence.
The classic PINCHO burger is always a solid choice as a starting spot. But, once you’ve gained a little experience, you’ll want to move on to the monthly PINCHO burger specials.
Recently, the Bacon ME Gouda (great burger, horrible name) left an impression on me, but the Black Magic Burger, with its Swiss cheese, sautéed mushrooms, grilled onions, and black garlic truffle aioli is a game changer. Do yourself a favor and get a side of the aioli to dip your fries or tostones.
9251 W Flagler Street
If you visit the Pipo Burgers food truck, you might have a totally different experience than at the restaurant in Doral. Well, that’s cause the menu is expanded at the brick-and-mortar location.
There are plenty of burgers to be had between both menus, but for me, the Triple Cheese Burger can’t be beaten. It’s a single 7oz patties with diced onion and pink sauce, but it’s covered in three different kinds of cheese: American, cheddar, and Venezuelan queso de mano. What a genius move!
10808 NW 58th Street
Smoke & Dough
Burger Fridays are a recent addition to Smoke & Dough‘s menu. While I suggest starting out with their smoked cheeseburger, the move is really to go the brisket burger route.
Yes, the burgers are all smoked and then given a sear. All of the beef patties are ground in-house with housemade pickles and house-smoked gouda cheese on a toasted potato roll. This is next-level!
Smoke & Dough
4013 SW 152nd Avenue
2555 SW 8th Street
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. The next thing I knew, he was inviting me to a friend and family soft launch party.
I’ll spare the rest of the 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.
By the way, I know what you’re thinking…is there a food truck? I have no idea.
The Food Truck Store
13448 Biscayne Boulevard
North Miami, FL
Thank You Miami Cocina & Beer House
1701 W Flagler Street Suite 101
The USBS 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. USBS eventually found a permanent home at the Citadel Food Hall.
Over the years. the menu has been expanded to include a chicken sandwich as well, but 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.
8300 NE 2nd Avenue