25 Best Burgers in Miami

25 Best Burgers in Miami you MUST Eat

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.

Top 25 Burger 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 which burger I would prefer to eat when comparing two. I start at number twenty-five and work my way up to number one using this technique.

To be 100% clear, I have eaten every single burger on this list and taken every picture unless noted.

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.

Due to this pandemic debacle, I have updated this list from 2019 to 2020 after making a few changes.

Keg South

Best Burger Ranking: #25
Keg South Kendall's Keg Burger
Keg South Kendall’s Keg Burger

The original Keg South opened back in the early 1960s. There are Keg South locations in Homestead, Pinecrest, and West Kendall, all offering different menus and owned by different folks.

There is one constant on all the menus, the World Famous Keg Burger. An ice-cold beer served in a frosty mug with a chargrilled slab of meat between two buns is hard to beat.

Then add cheese & bacon to complete the experience.

Keg South of Kendall
12805 SW 136th Avenue
Miami, Florida


109 Burger Joint

Best Burger Ranking: #24
109 Burger Joint's Americanized Cheeseburger
109 Burger Joint’s Americanized Cheeseburger

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
Sweetwater, Florida


Royal Castle

Best Burger Ranking: #23
Royal Castle Sliders aka Mini Burgers
Royal Castle Sliders aka Mini Burgers

Opened in 1938 by William Singer, Royal Castle was the original Miami burger chain.

Jim Brimberry continued its legacy after the company bankrupt in the late 1970s. His grandson James now runs the last standing Royal Castle.

Yes, the hamburgers are fantastic at Royal Castle and a must-order item but don’t sleep on the bigger Feast Burger, which is excellent too.

Royal Castle
2700 NW 79th Street
Miami, Florida


Tap 42

Best Burger Ranking: #22
Tap 42 Sliders
Tap 42 Short Rib Sliders

Tap 42 first opened up shop in Ft. Lauderdale and now has a few locations across South Florida, including 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.

Tap 42
1411 S Andrews Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida


The Cafe 72

Best Burger Ranking: #21
The Cafe 72 Cheeseburger
The Cafe 72 Cheeseburger

The Cafe 72 is a ventanita (window) with late-night hours at a gas station on the corner of NW 72nd Ave & 36th Street. They do have a few stools along with three tables if you simply must eat there, most folks take the food to go.

There are a few burgers on the menu, but I like to order a plain ol’ cheeseburger and then go old school with mayo & ketchup, sometimes mustard too.

The Cafe 72
7201 NW 36th Street
Miami, Florida


Killer Melts

Best Burger Ranking: #20
Killer Melts American Gangster
Killer Melts American Gangster

I love Killer Melts. Yes, it’s a grilled cheese spot but with killer burgers.

I could have easily told you that the burger on their menu named after me is the best burger they have, it’s not. The American Gangster features two 3 oz. burger patties topped with pickles, bacon, grilled onions, mayo, and American cheese.

4 out of 5 gangstas agree that this burger is incredible; the other fella sleeps with the fishes.

Killer Melts
12310 SW 127th Avenue
Miami, Florida


Hate Mondays Tavern

Best Burger Ranking: #19
Hate Mondays Tavern Remedy Burger
Hate Mondays Tavern Remedy Burger

I generally steer clear of “gimmicky” burgers, but I also happen to love everything about Hate Mondays Tavern.

Karl (chef/owner of HMT) took a donut, glazed it with his signature seasoning, and then sliced it in half. Now, this is where it gets interesting; he flipped the buns, so the glaze was on the inside. Game changer, right? Yup.

*Winner of the 2018 Hamburger House Party People’s Choice Award

Hate Mondays Tavern
12461 SW 130th Street
Miami, Florida


Clutch Burger

Best Burger Ranking: #18
Clutch Burger's The 305
Clutch Burger’s The 305 on Tostones
Clutch Burger's The 305 w/Buns
The 305 on a Brioche Bun

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.

Clutch Burgers
146 Giralda Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida


Cheeseburger Baby

Best Burger Ranking: #17
Cheeseburger Baby Bacon Cheeseburger
Cheeseburger Baby Bacon Cheeseburger

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.

The 1/2 lb cheeseburger with their ultra crispy bacon is a thing of beauty.

Whenever anyone (and that includes celebrities) is looking to grab a burger, Cheeseburger Baby is their go-to spot. I love this place.

Cheeseburger Baby
1505 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, Florida


Root & Bone

Best Burger Ranking: #16
Root & Bone Cheeseburger with Pimento Cheese & Bacon
Root & Bone Cheeseburger with Pimento Cheese & Bacon

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
Miami, Florida


Blue Collar

Best Burger Ranking: #15
Blue Collar Real Juicy Cheeseburger
Blue Collar Real Juicy Cheeseburger

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.

Blue Collar
6730 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida


Chefs on the Run

Best Burger Ranking: #14
Chefs on the Run Chef La Burger
Chefs on the Run Chef La Burger

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
Homestead, Florida


Latin House

Best Burger Ranking: #13
Latin House Crack Sliders
Latin House Crack Sliders

The mini burgers from Latin House go by a name that truly captures their essence, Crack Sliders.

Latin House’s custom beef blend tastes unlike any other burger out there.

These fellas come on toasted mini Martin’s Potato Rolls along with your choice of Cheddar or Swiss cheese. Four little peeps come per order or get two orders to ensure you try both versions. You can add lettuce & tomato for a nominal fee, but that would be just criminal of you.

*Latin House are the winners of the 2014 Burger Beast Burger Brawl

Latin House Grill
8695 SW 124th Avenue
Miami, Florida


Barsecco

Best Burger Ranking: #12
Barsecco Cheeseburger
Barsecco Cheeseburger

A spot with a European clubby atmosphere in Brickell is the oddest of places in Miami to be home to a Top 25 burger, and yet it is.

The Barsecco Burger (two seared Angus beef patties with American cheese, grilled onions, a secret sauce, lettuce, & tomato on a toasted bun) is a classic burger sight to behold. I will eventually remove the lettuce & tomato like I always do, though.

I will also end up eating two of the Barsecco Burger cause I could not believe how great it was, what an unexpected find.

P.S.: It has more than a passing flavor resemblance to the West Coast burger chain In-N-Out…just saying!

Barsecco
1421 S Miami Avenue
Brickell, Florida


Beaker & Gray

Best Burger Ranking: #11
Beaker & Gray Wagyu Burger
Beaker & Gray Wagyu Burger

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
Miami, Florida


KUSH

Best Burger Ranking: #10
KUSH Chili Burger
KUSH Chili Burger

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.

KUSH
2003 N Miami Avenue
Miami, Florida


La Traila Barbecue

Best Burger Ranking: #9
La Traila Barbecue Pit Smoked BrisketBurger
La Traila Barbecue Pit Smoked BrisketBurger

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.

Get that burger; it’s an order, damn it!

La Traila Barbecue is at Unbranded Brewing (1395 E 11 Ave, Hialeah) every Saturday and Sunday from about Noon till they sell out.


Proper Sausages

Best Burger Ranking: #8
Proper Sausages Jalapeño Cheddar Burger
Proper Sausages Jalapeño Cheddar Burger

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.

Proper Sausages
9722 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, Florida


Pinch Kitchen

Best Burger Ranking: #7
PINCH Burger
PINCH Burger

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?

Pinch Miami
8601 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, Florida


Babe’s Meat & Counter

Best Burger Ranking: #6
Babe's Burger from Babe's Meat & Counter
Babe’s Burger from Babe’s Meat & Counter

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
Miami, Florida


Silverlake Bistro

Best Burger Ranking: #5
Silverlake Bistro Silverlake Burger
Silverlake Bistro Silverlake Burger

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.

SilverLake Bistro
1211 71st Street
Miami Beach, Florida


Bachour

Best Burger Ranking: #4
Bachour Burger
Bachour Burger

Antonio Bachour‘s bakery/restaurant is in Coral Gables. When you think of Bachour, your mind should instantly go to the name he has made for himself worldwide as one of the best pastry chefs in the game.

I don’t want to deviate from burger talk, but you must have a chocolate croissant whenever you visit Bachour. It is unreal. And don’t be afraid to check out any of the other killer sandwiches.

The Bachour Burger is a double patty burger topped with a secret sauce (by their Chef de Cuisine Herbert Schulz), aged Cheddar cheese, tomato, and lettuce on a brioche bun that is baked in house daily by Yusel Montelongo. You want to talk next level burger; this is the poster boy for it!

Bachour
2020 Salzedo Street
Miami, Florida


Le Chick

Best Burger Ranking: #3
Le Chick Cheeseburger
Le Chick Cheeseburger

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.

Le Chick
310 NW 24th Street
Wynwood, Florida


Ariete

Best Burger Ranking: #2
Ariete Chug Burger
Ariete Chug Burger

“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.

Ariete
3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, Florida


USBS

Best Burger Ranking: #1
USBS "2 Day" Double w/Cheese Stamp
USBS “2 Day” Double w/Cheese Stamp

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 its origins 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.

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USBS debuted just over a year ago, but it’s been quietly gaining momentum amongst burger fans in Miami. Their pop up has made a few appearances at different events around town but can generally be found at Boxelder Craft Beer Market on a Friday or Saturday till they sell out. 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!

USBS
2817 NW 2nd Avenue
Miami, Florida


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