Miami We’ve already told you our picks for South Florida's best -- and most underrated -- burgers, but this Friday, our friend the Burger Beast is giving you the power to pick Miami's best meatwich at the Burger Brawl. Here's the deal: 20 sweet, local chefs are slinging (mostly) new National Burger Month creations at the Magic City Casino, and you -- armed with a ballot, Sam Adams beer, and some ice cream from Azucar -- can tell us who’s tops. A ticket gets you a vote... which should probably go to one of the eight beauties previewed below.
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The Spot: OTC
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The Spot: Eating House
The Burger: This Black Angus beef Carbonara Burger is topped w/ applewood-smoked bacon, a fried egg, black truffle, plus fontina & Parmigiano-Reggiano.
The Spot: Swine Southern Table and Bar
The Burger: Short rib, brisket & smoked pork are just the start of The Swine Burger, which also comes w/ homemade dill pickles, lettuce, tomatoes, American & Swine's special sauce. Oh, and even more pork in the form of delicious bacon.
The Spot: Pincho Factory
The Burger: The Toston Burger -- it's one of our most Miami menu items, and it starts with two tostones, then gets Jack cheese, lettuce, tomatoes & creamy cilantro, and finally two patties made w/ short rib, brisket, and chuck, who hasn't been part of something this great since he teamed up with Yvonne Strahovski.
The Spot: Tucker Duke’s Lunchbox
The Burger: The Burger Brawl Burger is an all-beef patty w/ American & cheddar, plus crispy onions, mixed pickles & ketchup leather on a crunch bun.
The Spot: Jefe’s Original Fish Taco & Burgers
The Burger: Jefe’s Cheeseburger = 100% beef stacked on a toasted bun w/ deli-style American cheese, grilled onions & Jefe’s own secret Boss Sauce.
The Spot: Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
The Burger: Take certified Angus beef seasoned with Gilbert's own blend, add some sun-dried tomato pesto, mozzarella & a drizzle of olive oil, then stuff it between two sweet egg buns, and you've got the Pesto Burger.
The Spot: A&G Burger Joint
The Burger: The Colombian Burger -- half Black Angus beef, half Colombian chorizo, plus queso blanco, fried julienne potato strips, kamikaze mustard, kalamata garlic aioli, cajun ranch & jalapeño cream, served on a bun that’s half butter-toasted brioche and half arepa.
Wanna see who the Beast picks for the best fritas on Calle Ocho? It's right here.
1. OTC1250 S Miami Ave, Brickell
2. Eating House804 Ponce De Leon Blvd, Miami
3. Swine Southern Table and Bar2415 Ponce de Leon Blvd, Coral Gables
4. Pincho Factory9860 SW 40th St, Miami
5. Tucker Duke's Lunch Box1101 S. Powerline Road, Deerfield Beach
6. Gilbert's 17th Street Grill1821 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale
7. A&G Burger Joint646 SW 109th Ave, 33174
OTC does it right with fast, order-at-the-counter service and a laid-back Southern Florida atmosphere. There's a progressive menu with a fresh ingredient presence (duh). Also, they're pretty proud of their Indie-rock music selections.
Eating House isn't a regular restaurant, it's a cool restaurant. Chef Giorgio Rapicavoli's spot began as a pop-up in 2012 before it took a permanent, brick-and-mortar turn in Coral Gables a few years later. It's hard to decide what Rapicavoli does better: local ingredient-driven dinner or over-the-top brunch. Whatever it is, all the dishes coming out of the kitchen -- like Cap'n Crunch pancakes or black truffle carbonara -- are similar in their sheer creativity.
Bacon is one of the best foods ever - but the rest of the pig isn't so bad either. Especially at Swine, where chefs serve pork with everything from maple butter and grilled apples to beans and barbecue sauce. Swine Souther Table is one of our top favorite places to get BBQ in Miami.
Pincho Factory specializes in two things: burgers and kebabs, but it's the burger that catapulted the fast-casual resto to must-try status. Owner Nedal Ahmad's signature Toston burger, topped with jack cheese, lettuce, tomato, and homemade cilantro sauce then sandwiched between two fried plantains, won the annual South Beach Burger Bash in 2015. Since then, Pincho Factory has made a mark with its menu of greasy and good street food, which includes customizable kebab wraps, rice bowls, and salads.
This self-described "Southern lunch counter" serves up down-home classics like fried pickes, maple & bacon popcorn, and their "Woodie's Hell Yeah" which comes topped with pulled pork and BBQ sauce.
Tucked in the Harbor Shops at Fort Lauderdale, this family-owned burger joint has been serving quality comfort food for over 10 years. It’s home cooking at its finest: the key lime pie, made fresh daily from an old family recipe, comes with a gratuitous dollop of whipped cream; clocking in at 8oz, the “CAB” Burger (Certified Angus Beef) is sure to satiate any cravings. There’s a casual, diner-meets-cafeteria vibe to the place (think hanging lantern-like lamps; upholstered banquette seating, two top tables clustered throughout), making it both group- and kid-friendly.
Because McDonald's refuses to put a Big Mac on a McGriddle, A&G starts serving its Angus patties starting at 9a, including the Breakfast Burger (applewood bacon, hash browns, fried egg, hollandaise), and one called the Creature that stacks 4bs of meat with a 1/2lb of fries, a 1/2lb of sweet potato fries, a 1/2lb of other, non-fry toppings, and your money back if you finish it.