Food & Drink

The 12 Best New Burgers in Miami Right Now

Published On 10/20/2015 Published On 10/20/2015
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The Cali Burger

Island Burger at Jungle Island

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MacArthur Causeway

Even rarer than some of the species of animals at Jungle Island is this thing, a unicorn-like reasonably priced food option at a tourist attraction that... ACTUALLY TASTES GOOD! Yep, and you don't even need a ticket to enjoy this flame-broiled patty topped with bacon, avocado, swiss, LTO, and Jungle Sauce. Just make sure you resist the temptation to feed it to the flamingos.

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The Surf & Turf

Meat Market

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South Beach

MM is about to go on a burger spree, rolling out a new style every week, but this one takes center stage thanks to spicy, fried lobster mac & cheese, bacon, and Swiss cheese.

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The Wagyu Grilled Cheesus burger

Mondrian South Beach

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South Beach

The chef was smart enough to keep the wagyu burger simple... except for the unconventional, yet DELICIOUS grilled cheese bun with white cheddar. Bonus: this thing comes with Mondrian’s Burger Sauce, waffle fries, and don't forget that killer view of downtown Miami.

The 50/50

180 Degrees at the DRB

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Downtown Miami

Not only is this spot one of Miami’s most underrated restaurants, but their burger is suuuper Miami, boasting a half chorizo and half beef patty topped with queso frito, maduros, aioli, and an egg for good measure.

The Bar Burger

The Bar

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Coral Gables

Chef Josh Marcus of Josh’s Deli recently revamped the menu here and filled it with some gluttonous burger options including lamb and foie gras sliders with caramelized onions and tzatziki, as well as turkey & bone marrow sliders with sautéed mushrooms and Brie, but the star of the show is The Bar Burger, an old school number with a whole 1/3lb of beef.

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The Porkey

Tarpon Bend

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Fort Lauderdale

It’s totally okay to be THAT person that orders a burger at a seafood restaurant, especially when it involves this much pork. This one’s got BBQ pulled pork, BBQ sauce, three strips of bacon, and crispy onion straws, and even if you don’t literally turn into a porker at the end of it, you’ll definitely feel like one.

MB’s Favorite Burger

Cena by Michy

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The old Michy’s didn’t have time or room for a burger, but now it’s been updated, become more casual, and is serving a combination of beef, brisket, and short rib in patty form, topped with American cheese, caramelized onions, and special sauce. It’s a solid addition to not only the Corridor, but also to your (presumably growing) belly.

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The Meatropolis

American Social

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Brickell/Fort Lauderdale

Loaded with an 8oz beef/bacon patty, roasted mushrooms, red onion marmalade, avocado mousse, garlic aioli, blue cheese sauce, chicory, and tomato, like the buildings in futuristic cityscape this burger is tall and eccentric. And would be worth going to... ugh... Ft. Lauderdale for, but luckily you can get it in Brickell.

The Burger

The Local Craft Food & Drink

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Coral Gables

This sucker doesn’t totally live up to its no frills name. Instead it incorporates a Miami Smokers bacon crust, fried American cheese, pickled onions, and Mississippi comeback sauce (a Southern cross between Thousand Island and rémoulade). Annnd, when you bite into the fried cheese, you accidentally turn your fries into cheese fries.

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Grass-fed burger

Golden Fig

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A few months back, OTC did a 180 and turned into Golden Fig, which is all about that country life. Luckily the farm-to-fork deal includes a burger with sustainable meat sourced from Joyce Farms in Vermont, topped with goodies like cheddar, pickles, caramelized onions, and golden sauce.

Bru’s Burger

Bru’s Room

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Opened in September, this brotastic bastion of greasy bar food, brews, and sports on giant TVs actually fills a much needed gap in the ‘hood’s food scene. The Bru’s Burger is a solid take on the classic, but because they are a sports bar, they’ve got a range of burger options from the Bob’s BBQ with cheddar, bacon, BBQ sauce, and haystack potatoes, to a Sriracha Bacon Ranch with bacon, pepper jack, a jumbo onion ring, and Sriracha ranch, if you need something a little more creative.

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The Signature Burger

BH Burger Bar by the St. Regis Bal Harbour

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Bal Harbour

Okay, we’re totally cheating on this one ‘cause the gourmet burger bar hasn’t even opened, but when it does, get the signature with black truffle, grilled foie gras, tomato jam, lettuce, and tomato. Not enough? They’ll also have build-your-own burgers, gourmet franks, wings, and shakes by Antonio Bachour.

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1. Island Burger at Jungle Island 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami, FL 33132 (Miami Beach)

It’s generally expected that food offerings at tourist attractions tend to be dismal, which is why Island Burger comes as a pleasant surprise. Whether you’re here to admire the flamingos or just swinging through to grab a bite, this Jungle Island spot doesn’t disappoint. We suggest you order the eponymous Island burger, a classic cheeseburger with the addition of their special “jungle” sauce, kick back, and admire the wildlife views -- just make not to feed the birds.

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2. Meat Market 915 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

If this list were based on craft cocktails and happy hours alone, Meat Market high-end selections would blow every other place out of the water. This Lincoln Rd steakhouse has managed to have one of the Beach’s longest-running happy hours, complementing its menu of prime meats and filets -- which you can also get in half sizes if your date’s not so big on 12oz steaks. And remember to bring your credit card, because this market's fares will be your once-a-year indulgence.

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3. Mondrian South Beach Hotel 1100 West Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139 (South Beach)

Mondrian offers top of the line amenities like fine fusion grub and a Brazil-intensive bar with nearly 50 cachacas, a fruit stand-like selection of infused caipirinhas like lychee-elderflower, ginger-pear, and peach-lemongrass cocktails, plus gorgeous ocean views and a bomb brunch.

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4. 180 Degrees At the DRB 501 NE 1st Ave, Miami, FL 33132 (Downtown)

Rarely does one encounter a dive bar that places such emphasis on skillfully crafted food with elegant presentation. For those who crave a chill ambience (think: repurposed wooden walls, dim lights, and chalkboard drink specials) with gourmet flavors, 180 Degrees at the DRB offers a respite. It’s a gastropub that marries traditional culinary techniques with bar fare, leaving locals raving about their signature 50/50 burger (a house-ground patty of chorizo and beef, topped with queso frito, spicy lime aioli, and a fried egg) not to mention their rotating list of over 50 draft beers.

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5. The Bar 172 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

This casual neighborhood spot is great for burgers and wings alongside a beer and some board games. For those into music, there's karaoke and a rotation of DJs as well as live music on the weekends.

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6. Tarpon Bend 200 SW 2nd St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Tarpon Bend is a lively gathering place for seafood dishes, burgers and a raw bar. Almost every hour is happy at this place, as their weekday drink specials run until 9pm.

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7. Cena by Michy 6927 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138 (Upper East Side)

This follow-up to Michy's is still serving the same famous, incredible, fried chicken -- but they've limited it to only Wednesdays. Every week, you can get it with watermelon salad, southern slaw, biscuits, mashed potatoes, gravy, and brown butter peach cake.

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8. American Social 690 Southwest 1st Court, Miami, FL 33130 (Miami Beach)

Embracing the hard-working spirit of America, American Social is the ultimate destination for a post-work drink. Bedecked with red, white, and blue furniture and peppered with issues of LIFE magazine on the walls, American Social is a relaxing spot for dinner and drinks. Start off your meal with shared plates like Peekytoe Crab Toast, with red peppers, shallots, mustard, aioli, cucumber, jalapeno and tarragon on a pumpernickel crouton or rock shrimp tacos. The extensive menu encourages you to nibble on burgers and sandwiches, salads, and pub dishes like cheesy fries with pickled jalapeno, ranch, scallions, and proteins like chicken, rock shrimp and short rib. And last -- but certainly not least -- its spectacular waterfront views are enough to (maybe just maybe) restore your faith in the country.

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9. The Local Craft Food & Drink 150 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134 (Coral Gables)

Rumor has it that the guys behind The Local used to go to DC on the weekends to drink affordable craft beer and revel in laid-back nightlife, both of which Miami sorely lacked back in the day. No more, thanks to their Coral Gables gastropub that serves a rotating selection of 18 craft beers, small-batch wine, and innovative comfort food like fried spare ribs, hen & dumplings, and fried chicken with bacon and cornbread dressing. The Local's burger, made with a short rib and brisket-blended patty and topped with two slices of American cheese, pickles, and Mississippi Comeback sauce, is one of the best in the 305.

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10. Golden Fig 1250 South Miami Ave. , Miami, FL 33130

Good luck choosing between the crisp pork belly with IPA mustard or the buttermilk fried chicken...

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11. Bru's Room 8318-, 8370 Bird Rd, Miami, FL 33155

This brotastic smorgasbord of brews, bar food and sports coverage is the ideal spot for game day with the dudes. Plenty of TVs line the walls so you never miss the important plays and the staples like burgers and wings actually have some inventive twists. Try the Sriracha Bacon Ranch Burger with pepper jack, bacon, sriracha ranch and a jumbo onion ring.

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12. Burger Bar by the St. Regis Bal Harbour 9703 Collins Ave, Bal Harbour, FL 33154

This new burger bar, set to open at the end of October 2015, will feature fancy (spikeable!) milkshakes and burgers. Get their signature with black truffle, grilled foie gras, tomato jam, lettuce and tomato.