Food & Drink

The 12 Best Burgers in Miami, Right Now

Published On 06/18/2015 Published On 06/18/2015
Million Dollar Burger Adena
ADENA WINE BAR AND GRILL
MATT MELTZER/THRILLIST
PINCHO FACTORY
MATT MELTZER/THRILLIST
MATT MELTZER/THRILLIST
MATT MELTZER/THRILLIST
MATT MELTZER/THRILLIST
BATCH
THE LOCAL
DB BISTRO
KUSH
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1. 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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2. 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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3. 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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4. Frankey's Sports Bar 900 Silks Run, Hallandale, FL 33009

This modern sports bar has tons of TVs, plus beer, wine, and cocktails. Be sure to try the Adena Burger -- a 9oz burger with LTO and cheese -- it's one of the best in Miami.

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5. 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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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. Batch Gastropub 30 SW 12th St, Miami, FL 33130 (Brickell)

You know a bar is serious about keeping the party going strong when they have cocktails on tap (because really, ain’t nobody got time to mix drinks when Friday is in full swing). Boasting massive plasma TVs, ample indoor and outdoor seating room, and a solid menu of high-end pub fare, it’s a Brickell destination for boozy brunch (chicken and waffles, anyone?) and sports games alike.

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8. 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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9. 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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10. 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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11. Lokal Burgers & Beer 3190 Commodore Plz, Miami, FL 33133 (Coconut Grove)

Don’t let the graffiti-covered brick walls and cassette tape mosaics fool you: far from an average dive bar, the Lokal is a sustainability-conscious gastropub, slinging surprisingly healthy bar fare. Regulars frequent this Coconut Grove spot for favorites like the Fidy-Fidy burger, made with house-ground beef and bacon, finished with melted Monterey jack cheese and sweet onion marmalade, as well as smaller bites like the perfectly crispy sweet potato fries. We suggest ordering a craft beer and heading for the patio: given the special food menu for dogs, it’s a popular spot for puppies.

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