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The best burger in 12 Miami neighborhoods

Matt Meltzer Published On 10/15/2014 Published On 10/15/2014
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While Miami’s got plenty of problems, there are great things about every neighborhood. Like Wynwood’s art, or Birckell’s condos, or Kendall’s... um... well anyways, there’re a lot of great things in every neighborhood, and hopefully at least one great burger, which is why we've scoured 12 of Miami’s foodiest ‘hoods and found the best burger in each one. Feast your eyes...
 

EDGE
EDGE Steak & Bar (address and info)

What you're getting: "Edge" Burger
While having a burger at the Four Seasons seems like the eating equivalent of using your HD plasma to watch reruns of ALF, Aaron Brooks’ "Edge" Burger takes perfectly seasoned Creekstone Farms beef, tops it with Vermont cheddar & pickles, and lets you laugh in the face of every seafood-eating dude at the table who sneered when you ordered it.

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John Martin’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (address and info)

What you're getting: Pub Burger Blackened 
If you’re not a regular at this long-standing Coral Gables Irish pub, go in NOW. Its cool air conditioning is a welcomed break from the blazing sun on Miracle Mile, and this burger -- possibly THE most underrated in Miami -- is coated in Cajun spices then flame broiled and topped w/ smoked bacon & Irish cheddar. It will make you so drowsy you'll be forced to enjoy the A/C THAT much longer.

DB BISTRO
DB Bistro Moderne (address and info)

What you're getting: The Original db Burger
Is $35 a little steep for a hamburger? That depends on your definition of steep and whether or not you’ve recently spent $21 on a vodka soda. Regardless, the impressive price tag on this Downtown burger seems at least a little justified when you see that it is made of sirloin that's stuffed w/ braised short rib, truffle & foie gras.

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Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill (address and info)

What you're getting: Certified Angus Beef® Burger
Much like the unassuming shopping center it calls home, the best burger in Broward doesn’t need anything fancy to make it a legend. While the family-run Gilbert’s has a full menu of gourmet burger creations, all you need to do is order the flame-broiled 8oz Certified Angus Beef® Burger with lettuce, tomato, and cheddar -- you won’t need to order anything else.

BURGER BEAST
Blue Collar (address and info)

What you're getting: Real Juicy Cheeseburger
Until the past few years, anything you’d describe as “juicy” in a Biscayne Blvd motel was probably something that would land you in jail/the walk-in clinic. But thanks to Danny Serfer's Blue Collar, you can order this prime, dry-aged NY strip with lettuce, tomato, and onion on a Portuguese muffin and only feel guilty about the calories.

BULLDOG BBQ
Bulldog Barbecue (address and info)

What you're getting: Black Angus
Top Chef alum Howie “Bulldog” Kleinberg introduced a whole slew of heart-stopping Miami-themed burgers last year, but the guy’s a barbecue master so the best bet on the menu (and in all of North Miami) is this one w/ crisp bacon, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato & chipotle mayo.

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Keg South (address and info)

What you're getting: Keg Burger
Saying this is the best burger you’ll ever get in a dive bar is kinda like saying someone’s the hottest stripper at Secrets. There’s not a lot of competition. But unlike that stripper, this burger will leave you satisfied, thanks to a 1/3lb flame-broiled patty topped w/ cheddar & LTO that will only cost $6, and it's better than anything you’ll find at Tootsie’s, Scarlett’s, or maybe even E11even.

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Tongue & Cheek (address and info)

What you're getting: Beef Cheek Burger
Jamie DeRosa seems to have killed the curse of his monster space on 5th and Washington, thanks in part to this burger that’s topped with pimento cheddar and sweet onions on a brioche bun.

BURGER & BEER JOINT
Burger & Beer Joint (address and info)

What you're getting: Thunder Road
"Thunder" is a pretty good description of what you'll sound like walking down the road if you make a habit out of eating these half-pounders topped w/ applewood-smoked bacon, American & loads of BBQ sauce. 

Rok:Brgr
ROK:BRGR (address and info)

What you're getting: Spicy Crunch
If you've got friends in Broward you know getting them to cross the county line for anything other than free bottle service is pretty much impossible. Not that we blame them. But we’re glad that ROK:BRGR dared to venture into Dade and is plating this chorizo/prime beef mix that's topped w/ Fritos, chipotle ketchup & chipotle gouda.

PINCHO FACTORY
Pincho Factory (address and info)

What you're getting: Toston Burger
Miamians love a lot of things, and Nedal Ahmad created the culinary equivalent of a 305 tattoo when he came up with this only-in-Miami burger that's made with two fried tostones, a beef patty, jack cheese, lettuce, tomato & homemade cilantro sauce.

KUSH
Kush Wynwood (address and info)

What you're getting: LoKal
This might be the most Florida hamburger you could create (without involving a serial killer or bizarre high school sex scandal) thanks to its Florida grass-fed beef, honey mustard made from Florida honey, jack cheese, arugula, tomatoes & Florida avocados. And possibly a side of voter fraud.

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1. Edge, Steak & Bar 1435 Brickell Ave, Miami, FL 33131 (Brickell)

There are several things that separate this sophisticate venue from the high-brow steakhouses of Miami: for one, executive chef Aaron Brooks was named the Miami "Lambassador" by the Australian lamb council, and his lamb chops, served with chickpeas, fire-roasted peppers, red chimichurri, and coriander cream, are an award-winning signature. The rest of the meat-centric menu features Creekstone Farms steaks that are cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving them a smoky, outdoorsy flavor that'll make you forget you’re sitting in the Four Seasons. And though the prices won't make a meal at Edge a casual spend, specialty seafood that's flown in every day makes the trip worth it.

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2. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant 253 Miracle Mile, Miami, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Irish classics and Cajun flair meet at this Coral Gables pub. The odd combination works surprisingly well, as regulars rave about staples like their Pub Burger, a blacked patty topped with smoked bacon, Irish cheddar, and seasoned with Cajun spices. Locals come for the food and stay for the weekly live music, as the 20 foot mahogany bar -- lifted from an old Irish church -- proves an ideal place to enjoy a pint. Consider swinging through on St. Patrick’s Day -- apparently the festivities here are some of the most raucous and merry in Miami.

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3. db Bistro Moderne 345 Ave of the Americas, Miami, FL 33131 (Downtown)

Another piece in Michelin-starred chef Daniel Boulud’s restaurant empire, db Bistro Moderne brings a little slice of Paris to downtown Miami. The market-driven menu blends fine French cuisine with American bistro flair, resulting in standout dishes like the signature db burger, a sirloin patty stuffed with wine-braised short ribs and foie gras. The sleek space features 18-foot ceilings, a terrace overlooking the Miami River, and multiple private dining rooms, making it ideal for intimate date nights and corporate dinners alike.

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4. Gilbert's 17th Street Grill 1821 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 (Fort Lauderdale)

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.

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5. Blue Collar Restaurant 6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Blue Collar's mission is to give off a true neighborhood hang-out vibe, which it successfully does with a huge menu of comfort food staples. Every day, the kitchen serves a different rib dish (baby back, short ribs, spare ribs, etc), parmesan dish (chicken, veal, pork, eggplant, etc), and a braised dish (brisket, pot roast, ox tails, pork shoulder). There's a whole chalkboard of vegetable sides to counter the meaty entrées, and appetizers like definitely-order-or-you'll-regret-it potato latkes. Don't even get us started on brunch -- just make sure you get there early.

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6. Bulldog Barbecue 15400 Biscayne Blvd, Aventura, FL 33160 (North Miami)

Nicknamed the "Bulldog" for his competitive cooking on Top Chef Miami, Chef Howie Kleinberg is blessing the people of Miami with BBQ and burgers turned glorious. We think that Bulldog serves up some of the best BBQ in Miami, but we highly encourage you to stop by and decide for yourself.

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7. Keg South 10417 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33156 (Pinecrest)

Born-and-raised Miamians will swear Keg's 6oz of flame-broiled perfection is the best burger in the city no matter how many fancier, artisanal, or build-your-own joints open up. The original Keg South on South Dixie Highway is the place to go classic eats and a friendly, neighborhood vibe.

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8. Tongue & Cheek 431 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (Miami Beach)

This down-home American spot is serving up awesome craft 'tails and twists on classic eats like meatballs and gravy, fried chicken, cured pork belly, and fish-n-chips.

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9. Burger & Beer Joint 1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Burger & Beer Joint titles itself as the "Miami Gourmet Burger headquarters". Come grab a massive gourmet burger along with your favorite brew. The two will be a match made in heaven.

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10. ROK:BRGR 5800 SW 73rd St, Miami, FL 33143 (South Miami)

ROK specializes in gourmet burgers like the King James (Kurobuta pork belly, red onion marmalade, brie, truffle aioli), craft brews and cocktails. Also, flatscreens to distract you from your imminent heart-attack.

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11. Pincho Factory 9860 SW 40th St, Miami, FL 33165 (South 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.

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12. KUSH Wynwood 2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127 (Wynwood)

From the folks who brought you Lokal and with a mission to bring seriously high quality craft brews to SoFla, Kush has 18 speciality suds on tap and a limited-edition menu featuring made-from-scratch items like chicken and waffles. Menu highlights include a frita burger, which blends guava jelly, melted Gruyere, potato stix, and crispy bacon, as well as the Johnny Utah, topped with hot pastrami, cheese, and special sauce.

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