Do you want to know why everyone in Miami is so fitness-obsessed? No, it’s not because we’re a bunch of narcissistic egomaniacs who use every reflective surface in the city to check ourselves out. It’s because we’ve got so much fantastic food here, and we’re all looking for ways to burn it off. Seriously, look at our city’s collection of burgers for proof: every new restaurant that opens up seems to have its own special take on the dish. That said, we searched high and low throughout South Florida, and found the best 13. In no particular order...
EDGE, Steak & BarAddress and Info
Four Seasons Hotel Miami
While having a burger at the Four Seasons seems like the eating equivalent of using your hi-def plasma to watch reruns of Alf, Aaron Brooks’ 'Edge' Burger takes perfectly seasoned Creekstone Farms beef, tops it with Vermont cheddar and chef’s pickles, and lets you laugh in the face of every seafood-eating dude at the table who sneered when you ordered it.
8oz Certified Angus Beef® Burger
Gilbert’s 17th Street GrillAddress and Info
Before you jump down to the comments and tell us we failed eighth grade geography, we know. Gilbert’s is in Fort Lauderdale. But for a lot of people, that’s actually closer than Kendall, and this burger is worth whatever kind of drive you have to make. As the name suggests, it's pure Certified Angus® char-grilled to perfection and served up on a fresh roll by the nicest people you will ever meet in South Florida... who’d never call us out in the comments.
Frankey’s Sports BarAddress and Info
The burger here is nothing fancy, but it’s probably the only sports bar burger you’ll find where all the ingredients come from a few hours away -- using family farm-raised beef from Ocala, then flame-broiling it and topping it with LTO and cheese. Once ready, it'll be served to you at a table where you can bet on horses while you chow down.
Award Winning Pub Burger
John Martin’sAddress and Info
The Irish aren’t particularly well known for their innovations in Cajun spices. But this is Miami, where we’ve got Irish pubs with salsa bands, so it should come as no surprise that one of the best burgers in the city comes from this longtime Gables pub, which blackens 8oz of beef, flame-broils it, and then finishes it off with Irish cheddar and smoked bacon.
Pincho FactoryAddress and Info
Westchester (& other locations)
Lots of places have tried to make some kind of “only in Miami" burger by throwing all the ingredients from a Cuban sandwich on a bun like they were the first ones who thought of it. You want to be the Pitbull of burgers? Take that beef and put it between a couple of fried plantains, then top it with homemade cilantro sauce.
Keg SouthAddress and Info
Kind of like Pinecrest itself, this burger is simple, understated, and super-local… but still one of the best areas/burgers in Miami. It's simply good old-fashioned American beef grilled up right and served with cheese: nothing fancy, but pure perfection.
LoKalAddress and Info
The only way this burger could be any more Floridian is if it got indicted for Medicare fraud. The guys behind both the Wynwood and Grove locations have taken Florida grass-fed beef, grilled it up, and topped it with local honey mustard, Jack, Florida avocado, and tomatoes.
The secret burger
The LocalAddress and Info
Sure, taking out-of-towners to a place called The Local will make you seem like a lifelong Miamian (even though you've never done any of these things). But if you want some serious Dade cred? Order this off-menu behemoth: short rib & brisket blend, bacon, double American cheese, b&b pickles and Mississippi comeback sauce, with a fried egg and mc disco -- cheesy discs of house-made pimento cheese spread that are pressed between a potato roll.
180° @ the DRBAddress and Info
Typically things described as “tucked under the Metromover station” aren’t something you’d want to put anywhere near your mouth. Not true of pretty much any burger at this beer bar, where the signature burger is a half-chorizo, half-beef patty topped with queso frito, maduros, aioli, and an egg.
Pizza & BurgerAddress and Info
The old Michael Mina 74 space has transformed from a foodie heaven into a laid-back backyard barbecue, complete with gourmet pizzas and burgers designed by chef Mina himself. The all-star among them is this behemoth, made from dry-aged steak that's topped with double-smoked bacon, American cheese sauce, lettuce, and secret sauce.
The Cali Burger
Jungle IslandAddress and Info
Even rarer than some of the species of animals at Jungle Island is this creature of beauty: 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.
The Sriracha burger
Bristol’s BurgerAddress and Info
The brand-new waterside burger joint at the Diplomat is aiming to be a lot more than a casual place in a fancy mega-resort. Bristol's has created some inventive burger combinations served on oval buns, and the one you CANNOT miss is the Sriracha burger: Florida beef topped with Sriracha, mushroom, goat cheese, and miso dressing.
Midtown Oyster BarAddress and Info
You won’t see this hidden gem on a lot of lists of Miami’s best burgers, because, well, who goes to a place called “Midtown Oyster Bar” to eat burgers? We do, that’s who. And because of a personal aversion to shellfish, we found that this secret spice-rubbed patty might be the best seasoned meat of any burger in South Florida. The spice blend is the star of the show here, but topping the burger with smoked bacon, American cheese, lettuce, and tomato makes it just that much better.
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1. Edge, Steak & Bar1435 Brickell Ave, Miami
2. Gilbert's 17th Street Grill1821 Cordova Rd, Fort Lauderdale
3. John Martin's Irish Pub & Restaurant253 Miracle Mile, Miami
4. Frankey's Sports Bar900 Silks Run, Hallandale Beach
5. Pincho Factory9860 SW 40th St, Miami
6. Keg South10417 S Dixie Hwy, Miami
7. The Local Craft Food & Drink150 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables
8. Lokal Burgers & Beer3190 Commodore Plz, Miami
9. 180 Degrees At the DRB501 NE 1st Ave, Miami
10. Island Burger at Jungle Island1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami
11. Bristol's Burgers3460 S Ocean Drive, Hollywood
12. Midtown Oyster Bar3301 NE 1st Ave, Miami
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.
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.
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.
This Hallandale sports bar is known for it’s signature Adena Burger: while deceptively simple in preparation -- dressed with the usual lettuce, tomato, onion -- it’s recognized as one of Florida’s best. The kitchen here sources everything from a family-owned farm to the north, resulting in bar eats with super fresh flavor. Combined with the giant plasma screens, the sleek, modern design and chrome color scheme, you can bet that it’s a cut above the other dive bars in the area.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A sriracha burger made with goat cheese and miso dressing should be enough to have you planning your first trip here, but Bristol's sweetens the deal with waterfront views on the Intracoastal, shuffleboard, and boozy shakes, including one called the Creamsicle Senior made of rum, orange sherbet, lemonade, and strawberries.
Located in Miami's bustling midtown center, this shellfish spot offers an intimate reprieve of west and east coast oysters in a nautically themed, dimly lit space. If oysters are just a little too adventurous for you, they’ve got a full menu with New York strip, shrimp-stuffed monkfish, vegetarian curries, and even a mob burger made with bacon and angus beef.