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South Florida’s 12 Best Burgers, 2021

The burgers that need to be devoured asap

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What goes into the perfect burger, and what goes with it? There are as many variations of America’s comfort food staple as there are people who enjoy eating them.

For some, it is that the soft, juiciness of the patty within; for others, the right bun and sauce seal the deal. One’s choice of toppings bring texture and depth, which lock all the goodness that makes the burger a go-to meal any time of the day.

From Cuban fritas to sweet and savory options, Miami has plenty of headliners. Here are the 12 options that are worthy of a try.

Editor’s Note: The latest CDC guidance for vaccinated diners during the COVID-19 outbreak is here; dining out still carries risks for unvaccinated diners and workers. Please be aware of changing local rules, and check individual restaurant websites for any additional restrictions such as mask requirements. Find a local vaccination site here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Tub Saloon

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1100 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019
(954) 921-9425
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With its funky decor of bric-a-brac and old toilets and waterfront views, Le Tub is one of the most quaint and iconic of South Florida dive bars. The reward for the trip to Hollywood Beach is a poppy seed bun cradling a thirteen-ounce sirloin patty, a supersized flavor bomb that has gotten nods from the likes of GQ and Oprah. Patrons have been consuming it for more than three decades and it is plainly served with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and seasonings. 

2. United States Burger Service

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8300 NE 2nd Ave Suite 102
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 537-6624
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Bigger isn’t always better in a burger, but the double 2-Day option at USBS Burger is definitely worth thinking about. It comes oozing with melted “Government Cheese,” a mix of cheddar and fontina, and a mayonnaise-based “Priority Sauce” with mustard and onion that takes it to the next level. Order with a side of “Caribbean tariff,” a side of fries tossed in jerk spice with spicy mustard. 

3. Blue Collar

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6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138
(305) 756-0366
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Big fan of NY strip? The prime, juicy patty in Blue Collar’s dry-aged cheeseburger is accompanied by a match made in heaven of melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. It’s served on a semi-sweet Portuguese muffin, a satisfying combination with every bite. 

4. Le Chick Miami

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310 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127
(786) 216-7086
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Le Chick’s standout burger is called Double Dirty for a reason. Made with three ounce of dry-aged brisket patty for unique richness and depth of flavor, it is topped with bacon, cheddar, fried egg, tomato, lettuce, and house pickles. Then another burger patty gets thrown into the mix, with a custom secret sauce. Have it a side of skin-on fries, spiced sweet potato fries or coleslaw. 

5. KUSH

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2003 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127
(305) 576-4500
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Guava jelly and Swiss cheese melt into one dreamy savory and sweet bite in Kush’s Frita creation. The potato sticks adds crunch, the bacon fat and moisture, and the Lokal sauce does the rest.

6. Diya Sunset Harbour

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1766 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 763-8948
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Barbecue and vegan cheese sauce are the finishing touches to an all-round winner of a vegetarian burger. The eggplant is fried in a seasoned chickpea flour and tucked into a toasted Sullivan Street Bakery bun that gets stuffed with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. It comes accompanied by highly-addicting masala fries. 

7. Shake Shack (Multiple locations)

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1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 434-7787
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The Smoke Shack is where beef cuddles up together with applewood-smoked bacon and chopped cherry peppers. They find a cradle inside options of non-GMO potato roll, gluten-free bun, or lettuce wrap and get topped with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. A single patty is more than sufficient for a meaty mouthful, but if there’s no resisting the temptation, by all means double up. 

8. El Rey De Las Fritas

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1821 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135
(305) 644-6054
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Miami is where Cuban hamburgers are at, and they are damn fine to eat. For over 40 years people have been flocking to this Little Havana spot for the original frita cubana, packing all the Cuban style beef, sauteed and crispy shoe string fries you can fit inside a fluffy Cuban Roll.

9. PINCHO (Multiple Locations)

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30 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 446-5666
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Pincho’s Latin-style burgers are unlike any other in town. Go for the Bacon and Blue option, where buns hug the beef patty together with a sweet and savory mix of gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onions, and applewood-smoked bacon. Best of all: a generous dollop of rich Buffalo sauce. 

10. Graziano's Market Coral Gables

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2301 Galiano St
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 460-0001
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Graziano’s Butcher Burger is all about the smooth richness of the angus beef topped with lettuce and tomatoes. The savvy here is tossing sautéed onions together with Argentine chimichurri aioli for a touch of sweet crunch and pungency.

11. LoKal

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3190 Commodore Plaza
Miami, FL 33133
(305) 442-3377
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Matthew Kuscher knows a thing or two about burgers and his Coconut Grove spot features a Royale With Cheese that is simple and exactly what a combination of Jack cheese, Canadian bacon, white onions, and barbecue sauce should be. 

12. Ariete

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3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133
(786) 615-3747
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At his Coconut Grove eatery, executive chef and owner Michael Beltran proves that less is more with a juicy-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside Chug burger. It is packed with a supremely satisfying mix of American cheese, b&b pickles, and Ariete’s secret sauce.

1. Le Tub Saloon

1100 N Ocean Dr, Hollywood, FL 33019

With its funky decor of bric-a-brac and old toilets and waterfront views, Le Tub is one of the most quaint and iconic of South Florida dive bars. The reward for the trip to Hollywood Beach is a poppy seed bun cradling a thirteen-ounce sirloin patty, a supersized flavor bomb that has gotten nods from the likes of GQ and Oprah. Patrons have been consuming it for more than three decades and it is plainly served with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and seasonings. 

1100 N Ocean Dr
Hollywood, FL 33019

2. United States Burger Service

8300 NE 2nd Ave Suite 102, Miami, FL 33138

Bigger isn’t always better in a burger, but the double 2-Day option at USBS Burger is definitely worth thinking about. It comes oozing with melted “Government Cheese,” a mix of cheddar and fontina, and a mayonnaise-based “Priority Sauce” with mustard and onion that takes it to the next level. Order with a side of “Caribbean tariff,” a side of fries tossed in jerk spice with spicy mustard. 

8300 NE 2nd Ave Suite 102
Miami, FL 33138

3. Blue Collar

6730 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33138

Big fan of NY strip? The prime, juicy patty in Blue Collar’s dry-aged cheeseburger is accompanied by a match made in heaven of melted cheese, lettuce, tomato, and onion. It’s served on a semi-sweet Portuguese muffin, a satisfying combination with every bite. 

6730 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33138

4. Le Chick Miami

310 NW 24th St, Miami, FL 33127

Le Chick’s standout burger is called Double Dirty for a reason. Made with three ounce of dry-aged brisket patty for unique richness and depth of flavor, it is topped with bacon, cheddar, fried egg, tomato, lettuce, and house pickles. Then another burger patty gets thrown into the mix, with a custom secret sauce. Have it a side of skin-on fries, spiced sweet potato fries or coleslaw. 

310 NW 24th St
Miami, FL 33127

5. KUSH

2003 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33127

Guava jelly and Swiss cheese melt into one dreamy savory and sweet bite in Kush’s Frita creation. The potato sticks adds crunch, the bacon fat and moisture, and the Lokal sauce does the rest.

2003 N Miami Ave
Miami, FL 33127

6. Diya Sunset Harbour

1766 Bay Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

Barbecue and vegan cheese sauce are the finishing touches to an all-round winner of a vegetarian burger. The eggplant is fried in a seasoned chickpea flour and tucked into a toasted Sullivan Street Bakery bun that gets stuffed with lettuce, tomato, and red onion. It comes accompanied by highly-addicting masala fries. 

1766 Bay Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

7. Shake Shack (Multiple locations)

1111 Lincoln Rd, Miami Beach, FL 33139

The Smoke Shack is where beef cuddles up together with applewood-smoked bacon and chopped cherry peppers. They find a cradle inside options of non-GMO potato roll, gluten-free bun, or lettuce wrap and get topped with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. A single patty is more than sufficient for a meaty mouthful, but if there’s no resisting the temptation, by all means double up. 

1111 Lincoln Rd
Miami Beach, FL 33139

8. El Rey De Las Fritas

1821 SW 8th St, Miami, FL 33135

Miami is where Cuban hamburgers are at, and they are damn fine to eat. For over 40 years people have been flocking to this Little Havana spot for the original frita cubana, packing all the Cuban style beef, sauteed and crispy shoe string fries you can fit inside a fluffy Cuban Roll.

1821 SW 8th St
Miami, FL 33135

9. PINCHO (Multiple Locations)

30 Giralda Ave, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Pincho’s Latin-style burgers are unlike any other in town. Go for the Bacon and Blue option, where buns hug the beef patty together with a sweet and savory mix of gorgonzola cheese, caramelized onions, and applewood-smoked bacon. Best of all: a generous dollop of rich Buffalo sauce. 

30 Giralda Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134

10. Graziano's Market Coral Gables

2301 Galiano St, Coral Gables, FL 33134

Graziano’s Butcher Burger is all about the smooth richness of the angus beef topped with lettuce and tomatoes. The savvy here is tossing sautéed onions together with Argentine chimichurri aioli for a touch of sweet crunch and pungency.

2301 Galiano St
Coral Gables, FL 33134

11. LoKal

3190 Commodore Plaza, Miami, FL 33133

Matthew Kuscher knows a thing or two about burgers and his Coconut Grove spot features a Royale With Cheese that is simple and exactly what a combination of Jack cheese, Canadian bacon, white onions, and barbecue sauce should be. 

3190 Commodore Plaza
Miami, FL 33133

12. Ariete

3540 Main Hwy, Coconut Grove, FL 33133

At his Coconut Grove eatery, executive chef and owner Michael Beltran proves that less is more with a juicy-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside Chug burger. It is packed with a supremely satisfying mix of American cheese, b&b pickles, and Ariete’s secret sauce.

3540 Main Hwy
Coconut Grove, FL 33133

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