We’ve already you told about Miami’s best burgers. But since March is all about underdogs getting a chance to play with the big boys, we scoured Dade County to find burgers that nobody -- including Miami New Times, Forbes, Burger Beast, South Florida Burger Overload, etc. -- gives a lot of credit to, but would probably still crush Duke in the first round. Here are eight of 'em...
The Bronx Burger
Earls Kitchen and Bar, Dadeland
It’s no surprise that the only other places in America where you can get this behemoth burger -- a hand-smashed patty, beer-battered onion rings, roasted garlic aioli, red pepper relish, aged white cheddar & rocket greens on brioche -- are Colorado and Washington state. Two places that have really, really good (and hungry) pro football players.
Keg South, Pinecrest
There are two things a person born and raised in South Dade will always be able to talk about: Hurricane Andrew and the burgers at Keg South. They'll swear the 6ozs of flame-broiled perfection served at this South Dixie Highway spot is the city's best burger, no matter how many “gourmet” shops open up further North on US 1. Oh, and the one in Kendall serves up some of Miami’s best wings.
Blackened Pub Burger
John Martin’s Irish Pub, Coral Gables
Mixing anything Cajun and Irish is usually a good way to wake up with a splitting headache on your neighbor’s front lawn. But when you take half-a-pound of freshly ground sirloin, dredge it in Cajun spices, flame-broil it, then top it with smoked bacon and Irish cheddar... well, you’ll still probably end up on your neighbor’s front lawn. But at least you’ll be full.
A&G Burger Joint, Sweetwater
Surprisingly, there’s more to Sweetwater than commuter students and flooding, as evidenced by this tiny craft beer and burger emporium tucked away on SW 106th Ave, where you can get a half-pound of Certified Angus Beef topped with chimichurri, fried sweet plantains, a Dominican-Nicaraguan blend cheese, Latin slaw & jalapeno cream on buttered brioche, then pair it with the suggested 10% ABV Holy Mackerel Panic Attack. But maybe just one, 'cause that’s a loooong cab ride back down the Dolphin.
The Death Burger
Tobacco Road, Brickell
The good news is: the seven-foot chef at Miami’s oldest bar will happily (okay, grudgingly) grill up this Angus Beef patty topped with also-grilled onions, Jack cheese, and jalapenos 'til almost 5am. The bad news is: if you find yourself eating it at almost-5am, the name is probably referring to how you’re going to feel later in the morning.
El Corral, Doral
Your Colombian friends have probably talked your ear off about this half-pound of Certified Angus Beef with BBQ sauce, mozzarella, crispy chopped bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, ketchup, mustard, and mayo -- but you were too afraid of getting kidnapped to go to Colombia and try it. Or just didn’t want to fly Spirit. Either way, now you only have to go Doral to stuff your face with this char-grilled awesomeness, and this Spring, you’ll be able to get one right off the Metrorail stop in Brickell.
Flanigan’s, Multiple Locations
The only way you’d get any more "Old Dade" than eating at the Laughing Loggerhead would be having lunch at Janet Reno’s house. But Janet's definitely not serving up 10ozs of flame-broiled beef topped with crumbled bleu cheese, two strips of bacon, a stack of tumbleweed onions, and wing sauce. Or really anything that might remind her of Texas.
The Counter, Aventura
While there’re more burger combinations to create at this place than there will be fans at Marlins Park this year, the one we created while doing a photo shoot for them -- half-a-pound of beef that's flame-broiled and topped with fresh mozzarella, basil pesto, roasted red pepper, grilled onion, black bean corn salsa, onion strings, and habanero salsa -- is the best one humanly possible. Look at that picture and tell us it’s not true.
1. Earls Kitchen and Bar7535 N Kendall Dr., Miami
2. Keg South10417 S Dixie Hwy, Miami
3. Flanigan's Seafood Bar and Grill2721 Bird Ave, Miami
4. A&G Burger Joint646 SW 109th Ave, 33174
5. Tobacco Road626 S Miami Ave, Miami
6. El Corral7800 NW 25th St, Miami
7. The Counter18717 Biscayne Boulevard , Aventura
8. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant253 Miracle Mile, Miami
This Canadian stalwart is serving up North-of-the-border classics and gargantuan burgers, plus craft cocktails and beers in Dadeland's new wing with a cool outdoor terrace.
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.
Famous, of course, for their legendary ribs, Flanigan's also offers up a mean burger and solid seafood options like deep-fried shrimp and, if you're feeling adventurous, seared Dolphin.
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.
It may be considered Miami's oldest bar, but TR's laid back yet lively atmosphere's still got it; they're serving up good bar food and drinks & host live music seven nights a week.
After serving up burgers in Columbia since 1983, El Corral decided to bring its Latin American flair to the states. The menu includes over 15 different burgers and sides including fires, onion rings, and even salads (do not be that person who goes to a burger joint and orders a salad).
This sweet DIY burger spot in Aventura has three-million different combinations of meats, topping sauces, and cheeses for you to master-mind your own personalized beef creation. Enjoy it with a selection of craft beers and homemade shakes on their sunny, outdoor patio.
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.