Over the past few years, “Have you tried that new burger place?” has become a more common question around Miami than, “Did you also not watch that Marlins game?” And if you actually did try all of them, chances are you’d end up with a cholesterol score 80 points higher than the team’s batting average. Lucky for you, we narrowed it down to only the essentials. Presenting: the power-ranked list of the top 5 burgers in Miami.
No. 5: The Pittsburgher
901 N Atlantic Blvd; Fort Lauderdale; 954.565.0605
“Celebrity Chefs” seem to think they’re blowing our collective minds when they put French fries actually ON the burger! That's cute. You know who invented that? The hard-nosed steel workers of da ‘Burgh, who had such short lunch breaks, they couldn’t eat their burgers, fries, and coleslaw separately. So they threw it all on a bun, wolfed it down in three bites, washed it down with an Iron City, and got back to making metal. Fortunately, you can take your time and enjoy this creation beachside, then wash it down with as many Iron Citys as you can grab out of the cooler.
No. 4: The All-Beef Burger
19999 W Country Club Dr; Aventura; 786.279.6600
A certain grocery store based in Jacksonville likes to call themselves “The Beef People”, but we all know the real Beef People in Florida are Bourbon Steak. The steaks are always mentioned among Miami’s best, but the All-Beef Burger with 10oz of dry-aged beef, farmhouse cheddar, balsamic onions, and Michael Mina’s secret sauce puts them near the top in two beefy categories, leaving no need to tell people they’re “Getting Better Every Day”.
No. 3: The Edge Burger
Edge, Steak & Bar
Four Seasons Hotel Miami; 1435 Brickell Ave; Brickell; 305.381.3190
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.
No. 2: 8oz Certified Angus Beef® Burger
Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill
1821 Cordova Rd; Fort Lauderdale; 954.768.8990
Try Gilbert’s flame-broiled 8oz of Certified Angus Beef® in all its unadulterated glory with just lettuce and tomato, and you’ll understand why it’s a Broward legend. Try the bleu cheese-stuffed burger, or the goat cheese burger with caramelized onions, and you’ll start your own blog about it.
No. 1: The Sirloinburger
Le Tub Saloon
1100 N Ocean Dr; Hollywood, FL; 954.921.9425
How good is the burger at Le Tub? You know that super-high-maintenance girl whose dinner usually consists of lettuce and oxygen? Even SHE would wait 90mins on hard tiki benches surrounded by old bathroom fixtures for this 13oz, 100% sirloin burger that's cooked on a tiny, ancient, outdoor grill (and flipped only once and never pressed), then devour it like it’s a Black Amex.
This Ft. Lauderdale joint known for its incredible CAB burgers, also serves homemade Key lime pie and cheesecakes, and plenty of seafood dishes like pan-seared tuna or grilled salmon.
It started with a Pittsburgh sandwich cart in the 1930's, but today the Primanti Bros barstaurant's got 20 locations and's "Home to the Almost Famous Sandwich".
Free duck fat fries, an extensive menu of wood-grilled steaks (including Japanese and American wagyu), and a famous dry-aged burger make this Aventura spot easily one of the best steakhouses in Greater Miami. The name isn't misleading, either: the bourbon selection here is among the best in the city -- six whole pages of them -- as well as a curated list of barrel-aged cocktails and a daily happy hour that makes it all accessible to everyone.
There are several things that make this sophisticate venue one-step above most high-brow steakhouses in Miami: the cheesy spaetzle for one, possibly the best burger in Miami, award-winning lamb, inventive desserts, oh, and a selection of Creekstone Farms steaks that you won’t find anywhere else. Everything’s cooked over a mesquite-chipped grill, giving every steak 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 here a casual spend, a friendly and super knowledgable staff will make sure you get your money's worth.
Alert: Le Tub does not have a hot tub, topless women, or alcohol-based suds. But everything it DOES have is as enjoyable, like the hamburger that won the hearts of consumers after being featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show (you remember that, right?).