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Miami’s 13 Essential Burgers

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Ever just wake up and need a burger? It’s happens and it’s something no one should be ashamed of. Luckily, Miami has no shortage of great burgers. There’s something for everyone and so many “secret” sauces it could make heads spin. Some of the best burgers in town come from the most unexpected places — think: a once a week pop-up outside a popular taproom in Wynwood. That’s probably one of the reasons Miami is called the Magic City.

Below are Miami’s thirteen best burgers, organized from north to south.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Sirenuse Miami

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9101 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154
(786) 482-2280
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While this might be the priciest burger on the list, it’s certainly worth it. The L’Hamburger is made with Australian Wagyu, tomato, lettuce, melty mozzarella cheese, served on a brioche bun with chef Antonio Mermolia’s upscale Italian fries.

2. Blue Collar

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6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 756-0366
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Located in MiMO, the Real Juicy Cheeseburger has been a favorite of the neighborhood since 2012. While it might seem like a no frills burger, it’s served on Portuguese muffins — making it slightly more exotic. Piled perfectly on top of the muffins, diners will find a NY strip steak burger blend, cheese, and LTO. 

3. Jr's Gourmet Burgers

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7 Westward Dr
Miami Springs, FL 33166
(786) 360-5347
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At Jr’s Gourmet Burgers, guests will find a menu with more than a dozen unique burger options. This spot has won so many burger awards, that it’s nearly impossible to order wrong. Those looking for a burger with a Miami twist should opt for the The Guy’s Burger made using two pieces of sliced bread with cream cheese, guava, and a patty cooked medium well, all wrapped in bacon with a side of guava ketchup. 

4. Bird & Bone

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4041 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140
(305) 424-1234
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This burger is not for beginners. Chef Richard Hales’ Gussied Up Triple Burger combines stacked and smothered triple brisket and short-rib beef patties, butter-poached lobster, fried green tomato slices, pepper bacon, key lime mustard sauce, and a vibrant orange marmalade, all on a bun. And instead of using a traditional slice of cheese, Hales covers this burger with fondue made with raclette cheese.

5. United States Burger Service PopUp at Boxelder

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2817 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 942-7769
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Burger enthusiasts and those who appreciate a clever pun instantly fall in love with USBS, a burger pop-up that takes place behind Boxelder on Friday evenings from “4ish” until it’s sold out. The simple menu features “ground” or “two-day” (double patty) burgers and a side of “insurance” aka thick cut French fries. Weekly specials often include cheeky named options like the “Honey, I ShiShrunk The Kids” burger made with a single patty, honey, beef ‘nduja, and honey mustard charred shishito peppers.

6. Grails Sports Bar

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2800 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 870-4313
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Every good sports bar needs an even better burger, and the Cactus Jack burger at Wynwood’s Grails Sports Bar is no exception. It’s got an angus beef patty with white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, crispy onion straws, and Grails sauce.

7. Le Chick Miami

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310 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 216-7086
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Wynwood’s Dutch hotspot may be known for its fried chicken, but the burger is one not to be missed. The Royale with cheese (cue: Pulp Fiction quotes) is made with two 3oz dry-aged brisket patties, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and secret sauce. Pro tip: during happy hour and every Tuesday from open to close snag this burger with a side of fries for just $10.

8. Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

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237 20th St Suite B
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8217
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The Buns of Liberty burger might be one of the best kept secrets at the award-winning cocktail bar, Sweet Liberty. This massive burger is made with two ground brisket and sirloin patties, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, one big fried onion ring, special sauce, and is served with a healthy amount of herbed shoestring fries. 

9. Cheeseburger Baby

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1505 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 531-7300
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Got those 3 a.m. burger cravings? Head to Cheeseburger Baby, Miami Beach’s oldest burger spot, who’s open until the wee hours of the night. There wouldn’t be the word “cheese” in the name if there weren’t options: yellow American, cheddar, Swiss, and pepper jack are all ready and waiting to be melted into gooey perfection on top of a Angus beef burger with choice of toppings. 

10. Seawell Fish N' Oyster

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660 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(786) 594-5820
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Located in the Angler’s Hotel on South Beach, Seawell Fish N’ Oyster serves up more than just seafood, including a stellar burger. The Seawell Burger is topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, Marie rose sauce, and served with a generous side of fries.

11. Upland

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49 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 602-9998
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Stephen Starr’s Miami Beach Upland knows its way around a burger. The Upland burger is stacked tall with beef, American cheese, peppadews, and avocado. Plus, it’s $4 off during the daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

12. The Local Craft Food & Drink

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150 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 648-5687
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The Local burger stands tall with its double patties, double cheese, chopped bacon, dill pickles, and Mississippi Comeback sauce. It tends to sell out, so coming in early or calling ahead is always recommended. On Mondays score a burger and a beer for $15.

13. Ariete

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3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(305) 640-5862
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The Chug Burger at Ariete may be one of Michael Beltran’s greatest creations, which makes sense as it’s named after his long running nickname. The Chug burger is almost reminiscent of a Big Mac, in all the right ways — but better. It’s small yet filling, with everything made on-site from the buns to the sauce and the patties that are ground in-house daily.

1. Le Sirenuse Miami

9101 Collins Ave, Surfside, FL 33154

While this might be the priciest burger on the list, it’s certainly worth it. The L’Hamburger is made with Australian Wagyu, tomato, lettuce, melty mozzarella cheese, served on a brioche bun with chef Antonio Mermolia’s upscale Italian fries.

9101 Collins Ave
Surfside, FL 33154

2. Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Located in MiMO, the Real Juicy Cheeseburger has been a favorite of the neighborhood since 2012. While it might seem like a no frills burger, it’s served on Portuguese muffins — making it slightly more exotic. Piled perfectly on top of the muffins, diners will find a NY strip steak burger blend, cheese, and LTO. 

6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

3. Jr's Gourmet Burgers

7 Westward Dr, Miami Springs, FL 33166

At Jr’s Gourmet Burgers, guests will find a menu with more than a dozen unique burger options. This spot has won so many burger awards, that it’s nearly impossible to order wrong. Those looking for a burger with a Miami twist should opt for the The Guy’s Burger made using two pieces of sliced bread with cream cheese, guava, and a patty cooked medium well, all wrapped in bacon with a side of guava ketchup. 

7 Westward Dr
Miami Springs, FL 33166

4. Bird & Bone

4041 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33140

This burger is not for beginners. Chef Richard Hales’ Gussied Up Triple Burger combines stacked and smothered triple brisket and short-rib beef patties, butter-poached lobster, fried green tomato slices, pepper bacon, key lime mustard sauce, and a vibrant orange marmalade, all on a bun. And instead of using a traditional slice of cheese, Hales covers this burger with fondue made with raclette cheese.

4041 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33140

5. United States Burger Service PopUp at Boxelder

2817 NW 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Burger enthusiasts and those who appreciate a clever pun instantly fall in love with USBS, a burger pop-up that takes place behind Boxelder on Friday evenings from “4ish” until it’s sold out. The simple menu features “ground” or “two-day” (double patty) burgers and a side of “insurance” aka thick cut French fries. Weekly specials often include cheeky named options like the “Honey, I ShiShrunk The Kids” burger made with a single patty, honey, beef ‘nduja, and honey mustard charred shishito peppers.

2817 NW 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33127

6. Grails Sports Bar

2800 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Every good sports bar needs an even better burger, and the Cactus Jack burger at Wynwood’s Grails Sports Bar is no exception. It’s got an angus beef patty with white cheddar, applewood smoked bacon, crispy onion straws, and Grails sauce.

2800 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

7. Le Chick Miami

310 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

Wynwood’s Dutch hotspot may be known for its fried chicken, but the burger is one not to be missed. The Royale with cheese (cue: Pulp Fiction quotes) is made with two 3oz dry-aged brisket patties, cheddar, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and secret sauce. Pro tip: during happy hour and every Tuesday from open to close snag this burger with a side of fries for just $10.

310 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127

8. Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

237 20th St Suite B, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Buns of Liberty burger might be one of the best kept secrets at the award-winning cocktail bar, Sweet Liberty. This massive burger is made with two ground brisket and sirloin patties, American cheese, pickles, lettuce, tomato, one big fried onion ring, special sauce, and is served with a healthy amount of herbed shoestring fries. 

237 20th St Suite B
Miami Beach, FL 33139

9. Cheeseburger Baby

1505 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Got those 3 a.m. burger cravings? Head to Cheeseburger Baby, Miami Beach’s oldest burger spot, who’s open until the wee hours of the night. There wouldn’t be the word “cheese” in the name if there weren’t options: yellow American, cheddar, Swiss, and pepper jack are all ready and waiting to be melted into gooey perfection on top of a Angus beef burger with choice of toppings. 

1505 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

10. Seawell Fish N' Oyster

660 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Located in the Angler’s Hotel on South Beach, Seawell Fish N’ Oyster serves up more than just seafood, including a stellar burger. The Seawell Burger is topped with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, Marie rose sauce, and served with a generous side of fries.

660 Washington Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

11. Upland

49 Collins Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139
Read Review |

Stephen Starr’s Miami Beach Upland knows its way around a burger. The Upland burger is stacked tall with beef, American cheese, peppadews, and avocado. Plus, it’s $4 off during the daily happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m.

49 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139

12. The Local Craft Food & Drink

150 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

The Local burger stands tall with its double patties, double cheese, chopped bacon, dill pickles, and Mississippi Comeback sauce. It tends to sell out, so coming in early or calling ahead is always recommended. On Mondays score a burger and a beer for $15.

150 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

13. Ariete

3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

The Chug Burger at Ariete may be one of Michael Beltran’s greatest creations, which makes sense as it’s named after his long running nickname. The Chug burger is almost reminiscent of a Big Mac, in all the right ways — but better. It’s small yet filling, with everything made on-site from the buns to the sauce and the patties that are ground in-house daily.

3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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