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!


BURGER BEAST BURGER AWARDS WINNERS BY YEAR

2017 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, January 21st, 2017 at Magic City Casino

WINNERS

Best BurgerLatin House
Best CheesesteakA Little Bit of Philly
Best Chicken TendersCaporal Chicken
Best Cuban PizzaPolo Norte
Best DessertHipPOPs handcrafted gelato pops
Best Food TruckWorld Famous EggRoll Truck
Best Garlic RollsMagic City Pizza
Best Hot DogPincho Factory
Best Local BreweryFunky Buddha Brewery
Best RestaurantBlue Collar
Best SandwichesCuban Guys
Trump’s Favorite Taco Food TruckTaco Fresh

2016 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, January 16th, 2016 at Magic City Casino

WINNERS

Best Appetizer/StarterFINKA Table & Tap
Best Artisan Food VendorBabe’s Meat & Counter
Best BurgerLatin House
Best ChefPhil Bryant
Best CroquetaIslas Canarias
Best DessertHipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Downstairs Market People’s Choice (Live Vote)Ms. Cheezious
Best Food TruckMs. Cheezious
Best Frita CubanaEl Rey de las Fritas
Best Hot Dog/SausagePincho Factory
Best Pan con LechonCuban Guys
Best PastelitosVicky Bakery
Best PizzaFrankie’s Pizza
Best RestaurantChefs on the Run
Best SandwichMs. Cheezious

2015 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 at Milander Park

WINNERS

Best Miami-Dade County BurgerSwine Southern
Best Broward/Palm Beach County BurgerRok Brgr
Best Food Truck BurgerJefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers
Best Non-Traditional BurgerOTC Restaurant’s Green Chili Cheese Burger
Best Broward/Palm Beach Food TruckHipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Best 24 Hour EatsRoyal Castle
Best DessertNight Owl Cookies
Best Dish at the 2015 Burgie AwardsYayi’s Desserts
Best Food BlogFatgirl Hedonist
Best Hot DogJersey Dawg
Best Local Food ChainBurgerFi
Best Miami Food TruckMs. Cheezious
Best RestaurantFINKA Table & Tap
Best SandwichEl Rincon del Coqui’s Tripleta
Best Orlando BurgerB&B Junction
Best WingsSports Grill
Best Taco Food TruckBC Tacos

2014 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, February 1st, 2014 at Esplanade Park

WINNERS

Best Miami-Dade County BurgerLatin House Burger & Taco Bar
Best Broward/Palm Beach BurgerCharm City Burger Company
Best ChefGeorge Patti (MEAT Eatery & Taproom)
Best ChiliBurger Bar
Best DoughnutMojo Donuts
Best DessertFireman Derek’s World Famous Pies
Best French FriesBlue Collar
Best Non-Traditional BurgerPincho Factory‘s Toston Burger
Best RestaurantBlue Collar
Best SandwichCuban Guys‘ Pan con Bistec
Best SausageProper Sausages
Best Food Dessert TruckHipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Best Broward/Palm Beach County Food TruckThe Rolling Stove
Best Miami-Dade County Food TruckMs. Cheezious
People’s Choice Food TruckBC Tacos

2013 BURGIE AWARDS

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 at Esplanade Park

WINNERS

Best Broward/Palm Beach County BurgerCharm City Burger Company
Best Miami-Dade County BurgerLatin House Burger & Taco Bar
Best DessertAzucar Ice Cream Company
Best Dessert Food TruckHipPOPs Handcrafted Gelato Bars
Best Broward/Palm Beach County Food TruckThe Rolling Stove
Best Miami-Dade County Food TruckMs. Cheezious
Best Frita CubanaEl Rey De Las Fritas
Best Non-Traditional BurgerPincho Factory‘s 24K Frita
Best Pizza JointHarry’s Pizzeria
Best Broward/Palm Beach County RestaurantThe Rebel House
Best Miami-Dade County RestaurantBlue Collar
Best SandwichCuban Guys‘ Pan con Bistec
Best TacoJefe’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 MilanesaLuis Galindo Latin American
Best BBQ JointBulldog BBQ
Best CroquetaIslas Canarias
Best DessertSweetness Bakeshop & Cafe
Best Food TruckMs. Cheezious
Best Food Truck Burger (Live at Burgie Awards Vote)gastroPod
Best Food Truck Burger (Online Vote)Latin House Grill
Best French FriesCharm City Burger Company
Best Frita CubanaEl Rey De Las Fritas
Best Hot DogDogma Grill
Best Mac n’ CheesePrime 112
Best Non-Traditional BurgerSakaya Kitchen‘s Bulgogi Burger
Best Onion RingsBurger & Beer Joint
Best PastelesKarla Bakery
Best PinchoDaddy’s Grill
Best Pizza JointAndiamo!
Best SandwichMs. Cheezious‘ Blue & Bacon Grilled Cheese
Best Specialty BurgerPincho Factory‘s The Foreman
Best TacoEl Jefe Luchador

2010 BURGIE AWARDS

Monday, September 13th, 2010 at Transit Lounge

2010 WINNERS

Best Burger – Dade CountyLatin Burger & Taco
Best Burger – Broward/Palm Beach CountyCharm City Burger Company
Best French FriesTaurus’ Truffle Fries
Best Frita CubanaEl Mago De Las Fritas
Best Hot DogYellow Submarine Food Truck’s Yellow Dog
Best Non-Traditional BurgerSakaya Kitchen ‘s Bulgogi Burger
Best PizzaPizza Volante
Best SandwichLa Camaronera’s Camaronera Sandwich
Best Specialty BurgerQuickie’s Burger & Wings’ M.O.A.B. (Mother Of All Burgers)
Best Street FoodgastroPod
Best TacoJacalito Taqueria Mexicana
Best WingsThe Filling Station

2009 BURGIE AWARDS

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

2009 WINNERS

Best BurgerKingdom
Best Burger (Reader’s Choice)Charm City Burger Company
Best Cuban SandwichLuis Galindo Latin American
Best Chicken WingsSports Grill
Best CroquetaIslas Canarias
Best Frita CubanaEl Mago De Las Fritas
Best Hot DogDogma Grill
Best PizzaAndiamo!
Best Side/AppetizerBulldog Barbecue’s Mac N Cheese

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