My impetus for starting the Burger Beast site in September of 2008 was that I felt there was a void in the South Florida foodiverse.

There was no one for writing about everyman or comfort food.

Nine months into my blog, I thought there should be awards with an event tied to it that celebrated the food of South Florida too.

The Burger Beast Burgie Awards or Burgies were born.

I held the first Burgie Awards at John Martin’s Irish Pub in Coral Gables. We also celebrated the first anniversary of BurgerBeast.com.

Would anyone even show up? But they did, and the restaurant was packed to the rafters. The owners of the Irish pub told me it had been the busiest night of the year, second only to their St. Patrick’s Day block party.

For many years it was my most popular event. Still, I made the tough decision to retire the Burgies in January 2017 to focus on my events Hamburger House Party and CroquetaPalooza.

It was a blast while it lasted, and you never know when it could return!


2017 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at Magic City Casino

WINNERS

Best Burger Latin House
Best Cheesesteak A Little Bit of Philly
Best Chicken Tenders Caporal Chicken
Best Cuban Pizza Polo Norte
Best Dessert HipPOPs handcrafted gelato pops
Best Food Truck World Famous EggRoll Truck
Best Garlic Rolls Magic City Pizza
Best Hot Dog Pincho Factory
Best Local Brewery Funky Buddha Brewery
Best Restaurant Blue Collar
Best Sandwiches Cuban Guys
Trump’s Favorite Taco Food Truck Taco Fresh

2016 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at Magic City Casino

WINNERS

Best Appetizer/Starter FINKA Table & Tap
Best Artisan Food Vendor Babe’s Meat & Counter
Best Burger Latin House
Best Chef Phil Bryant
Best Croqueta Islas Canarias
Best Dessert HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Downstairs Market People’s Choice (Live Vote) Ms. Cheezious
Best Food Truck Ms. Cheezious
Best Frita Cubana El Rey de las Fritas
Best Hot Dog/Sausage Pincho Factory
Best Pan con Lechon Cuban Guys
Best Pastelitos Vicky Bakery
Best Pizza Frankie’s Pizza
Best Restaurant Chefs on the Run
Best Sandwich Ms. Cheezious

2015 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Milander Park

WINNERS

Best Miami-Dade County Burger Swine Southern
Best Broward/Palm Beach County Burger Rok Brgr
Best Food Truck Burger Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers
Best Non-Traditional Burger OTC Restaurant’s Green Chili Cheese Burger
Best Broward/Palm Beach Food Truck HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Best 24 Hour Eats Royal Castle
Best Dessert Night Owl Cookie Co.
Best Dish at the 2015 Burgie Awards Yayi’s Desserts
Best Food Blog Fatgirl Hedonist
Best Hot Dog Jersey Dawg
Best Local Food Chain BurgerFi
Best Miami Food Truck Ms. Cheezious
Best Restaurant FINKA Table & Tap
Best Sandwich El Rincon del Coqui’s Tripleta
Best Orlando Burger B&B Junction
Best Wings Sports Grill
Best Taco Food Truck BC Tacos

2014 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at Esplanade Park

WINNERS

Best Miami-Dade County Burger Latin House Burger & Taco Bar
Best Broward/Palm Beach Burger Charm City Burger Company
Best Chef George Patti (MEAT Eatery & Taproom)
Best Chili Burger Bar
Best Doughnut Mojo Donuts
Best Dessert Fireman Derek’s World Famous Pies
Best French Fries Blue Collar
Best Non-Traditional Burger Pincho Factory‘s Toston Burger
Best Restaurant Blue Collar
Best Sandwich Cuban Guys‘ Pan con Bistec
Best Sausage Proper Sausages
Best Food Dessert Truck HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Best Broward/Palm Beach County Food Truck The Rolling Stove
Best Miami-Dade County Food Truck Ms. Cheezious
People’s Choice Food Truck BC Tacos

2013 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at Esplanade Park

WINNERS

Best Broward/Palm Beach County Burger Charm City Burger Company
Best Miami-Dade County Burger Latin House Burger & Taco Bar
Best Dessert Azucar Ice Cream Company
Best Dessert Food Truck HipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Best Broward/Palm Beach County Food Truck The Rolling Stove
Best Miami-Dade County Food Truck Ms. Cheezious
Best Frita Cubana El Rey De Las Fritas
Best Non-Traditional Burger Pincho Factory‘s 24K Frita
Best Pizza Joint Harry’s Pizzeria
Best Broward/Palm Beach County Restaurant The Rebel House
Best Miami-Dade County Restaurant Blue Collar
Best Sandwich Cuban Guys‘ Pan con Bistec
Best Taco Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers

2012 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, November 19th, 2011 at Magic City Casino

WINNERS

Best Burger (Live at Burgie Awards Vote) Burger & Beer Joint
Best Burger (Online Vote) Burger & Beer Joint
Best Bistec ala Milanesa Luis Galindo’s Latin American
Best BBQ Joint Bulldog BBQ
Best Croqueta Islas Canarias
Best Dessert Sweetness Bakeshop & Cafe
Best Food Truck Ms. Cheezious
Best Food Truck Burger (Live at Burgie Awards Vote) gastroPod
Best Food Truck Burger (Online Vote) Latin House Grill
Best French Fries Charm City Burger Company
Best Frita Cubana El Rey De Las Fritas
Best Hot Dog Dogma Grill
Best Mac n’ Cheese Prime 112
Best Non-Traditional Burger Sakaya Kitchen‘s Bulgogi Burger
Best Onion Rings Burger & Beer Joint
Best Pasteles Karla Bakery
Best Pincho Daddy’s Grill
Best Pizza Joint Andiamo
Best Sandwich Ms. Cheezious’ Blue & Bacon Grilled Cheese
Best Specialty Burger Pincho Factory‘s The Foreman
Best Taco El Jefe Luchador

2010 BURGIE AWARDS

Monday, September 13th, 2010 at Transit Lounge

2010 WINNERS

Best Burger – Dade County Latin Burger & Taco
Best Burger – Broward/Palm Beach County Charm City Burger Company
Best French Fries Taurus’ Truffle Fries
Best Frita Cubana El Mago De Las Fritas
Best Hot Dog Yellow Submarine Food Truck’s Yellow Dog
Best Non-Traditional Burger Sakaya Kitchen ‘s Bulgogi Burger
Best Pizza Pizza Volante
Best Sandwich La Camaronera’s Camaronera Sandwich
Best Specialty Burger Quickie’s Burger & Wings’ M.O.A.B. (Mother Of All Burgers)
Best Street Food gastroPod
Best Taco Jacalito Taqueria Mexicana
Best Wings The Filling Station

2009 BURGIE AWARDS

Monday, September 14th, 2009 at John Martin’s Irish Pub

2009 WINNERS

Best Burger Kingdom
Best Burger (Reader’s Choice) Charm City Burger Company
Best Cuban Sandwich Luis Galindo’s Latin American
Best Chicken Wings Sports Grill
Best Croqueta Islas Canarias
Best Frita Cubana El Mago De Las Fritas
Best Hot Dog Dogma Grill
Best Pizza Andiamo
Best Side/Appetizer Bulldog Barbecue’s Mac N Cheese

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