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South Florida’s 16 Best Burgers, 2023

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 some people enjoy eating them.

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

Miami has plenty of headliners, from Cuban fritas to sweet and savory options. Here are the 146options that are worthy of a try.

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Le Tub Saloon

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With its funky decor of bric-a-brac old toilets and waterfront views, Le Tub is one of the most quaint and iconic 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 over three decades, and it is simply served with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and seasonings — toppings like cheese, pickles, and bacon are extra.

Proper Sausages

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This unassuming Miami Shores butcher shop might have made its name in South Florida through its creative sausage offerings, but its burger should not be passed over. It’s called Reubenish, and comes with a generous amount of wagyu corned beef topped with Sauerkraut and a tangy Proper Sauce.

Silverlake Bistro

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This cozy neighborhood spot features American fare with French accents, but its regulars who are in the know come for its decadent burger. Made with two burger patties, cheddar, bacon, porcini mayonnaise, and steak sauce, it is perfect to split with a friend or indulge in all yourself.

United States Burger Service

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Bigger isn’t always better in a burger, but the double 2-Day option at USBS Burger is worth considering. 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. 

Blue Collar

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Are you a big fan of the NY strip? Then opt for Blue Collar’s Prime dry-aged NY strip ground beef blend cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion. It is served on a semi-sweet Portuguese muffin, a satisfying combination with every bite. 

Ted’s Burgers

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This burger pop-up, operating out of Wynwood’s J. Wakefield Brewing, has quickly become a Miami go-to for burgers every weekend. Its simple but well-executed cheeseburger features thin patties, which are smashed on the grilled and charred to perfection before being topped with melty cheese.

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

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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, and special sauce, and is served with a healthy amount of herbed shoestring fries. 

Kush (Multiple locations)

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

Over Under

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Over Under’s crave-able cheeseburger is an elevated play on the forever nostalgic Big Mac, topped with Thousand Island dressing, pickles, shredded lettuce, onions, and cheese. Pair the burger with a side of salty fries with crunchy bits of fried parsley, and a frozen paloma to complete the meal.

El Rey De Las Fritas

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This restaurant has been a fixture in Miami for over 50 years for one reason: its frita burger. The popular Cuban take on the burger is made with a seasoned patty of ground pork and ground beef housed on Cuban bread and topped with shoestring potatoes. Wash it back with a cold glass of mamay (papaya) juice for the ultimate El Rey experience. 

Pincho (Multiple Locations)

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Pincho’s Latin-influenced burgers come in eight different options, unlike any other in town. Go for the Bacon and Blue option, where buns hug the beef patty 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. 

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. 

Chug's Diner

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At this Coconut Grove diner-style restaurant, executive chef and owner Michael Beltran proves that less is more with a juicy-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside Diner burger. It is packed with American cheese, bread and butter pickles, and Chug’s secret sauce on a housemade sesame bun.

Fox's Lounge

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Nearly seven years after the iconic South Miami bar Fox’s Sherron Inn shuttered, the cherished dive bar and restaurant made a comeback in Miami, retaining its classic ambiance under new ownership. The menu, largely unchanged from the original, features favorites such as the decadent cheeseburger, available as a single or double Angus patty topped with American and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickle, creamy garlic, and served on a brioche bun – a perfect match for the bar’s famously stiff, ice-cold drinks.

Keg South

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Ask any Miamian raised in South Dade County where their favorite burger is, and they will almost immediately answer: Keg South. While it may only have a handful of seats, an entrance only accessible through a back alleyway, and no signage, it has built a reputation for itself for serving one of the best burgers in town. The secret? The bar’s grill has been around since the 1960s, cooking up perfectly charred and simply topped burgers.

Babe's Meat & Counter

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This South Dade butcher shop has people seeking it out not only for its meat selections but also for its burgers. Its lunchtime Babe’s Burger is always a popular choice made with a Prime and Wagyu beef blend topped with American cheese, sriracha mayo, and house-made pickles on potato bun.

Le Tub Saloon

With its funky decor of bric-a-brac old toilets and waterfront views, Le Tub is one of the most quaint and iconic 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 over three decades, and it is simply served with tomatoes, green peppers, onions, and seasonings — toppings like cheese, pickles, and bacon are extra.

Proper Sausages

This unassuming Miami Shores butcher shop might have made its name in South Florida through its creative sausage offerings, but its burger should not be passed over. It’s called Reubenish, and comes with a generous amount of wagyu corned beef topped with Sauerkraut and a tangy Proper Sauce.

Silverlake Bistro

This cozy neighborhood spot features American fare with French accents, but its regulars who are in the know come for its decadent burger. Made with two burger patties, cheddar, bacon, porcini mayonnaise, and steak sauce, it is perfect to split with a friend or indulge in all yourself.

United States Burger Service

Bigger isn’t always better in a burger, but the double 2-Day option at USBS Burger is worth considering. 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. 

Blue Collar

Are you a big fan of the NY strip? Then opt for Blue Collar’s Prime dry-aged NY strip ground beef blend cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomato, and onion. It is served on a semi-sweet Portuguese muffin, a satisfying combination with every bite. 

Ted’s Burgers

This burger pop-up, operating out of Wynwood’s J. Wakefield Brewing, has quickly become a Miami go-to for burgers every weekend. Its simple but well-executed cheeseburger features thin patties, which are smashed on the grilled and charred to perfection before being topped with melty cheese.

Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Company

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, and special sauce, and is served with a healthy amount of herbed shoestring fries. 

Kush (Multiple locations)

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

Over Under

Over Under’s crave-able cheeseburger is an elevated play on the forever nostalgic Big Mac, topped with Thousand Island dressing, pickles, shredded lettuce, onions, and cheese. Pair the burger with a side of salty fries with crunchy bits of fried parsley, and a frozen paloma to complete the meal.

El Rey De Las Fritas

This restaurant has been a fixture in Miami for over 50 years for one reason: its frita burger. The popular Cuban take on the burger is made with a seasoned patty of ground pork and ground beef housed on Cuban bread and topped with shoestring potatoes. Wash it back with a cold glass of mamay (papaya) juice for the ultimate El Rey experience. 

Pincho (Multiple Locations)

Pincho’s Latin-influenced burgers come in eight different options, unlike any other in town. Go for the Bacon and Blue option, where buns hug the beef patty 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. 

LoKal

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. 

Chug's Diner

At this Coconut Grove diner-style restaurant, executive chef and owner Michael Beltran proves that less is more with a juicy-on-the-inside and crispy-on-the-outside Diner burger. It is packed with American cheese, bread and butter pickles, and Chug’s secret sauce on a housemade sesame bun.

Fox's Lounge

Nearly seven years after the iconic South Miami bar Fox’s Sherron Inn shuttered, the cherished dive bar and restaurant made a comeback in Miami, retaining its classic ambiance under new ownership. The menu, largely unchanged from the original, features favorites such as the decadent cheeseburger, available as a single or double Angus patty topped with American and Swiss cheeses, lettuce, tomato, pickle, creamy garlic, and served on a brioche bun – a perfect match for the bar’s famously stiff, ice-cold drinks.

Keg South

Ask any Miamian raised in South Dade County where their favorite burger is, and they will almost immediately answer: Keg South. While it may only have a handful of seats, an entrance only accessible through a back alleyway, and no signage, it has built a reputation for itself for serving one of the best burgers in town. The secret? The bar’s grill has been around since the 1960s, cooking up perfectly charred and simply topped burgers.

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Babe's Meat & Counter

This South Dade butcher shop has people seeking it out not only for its meat selections but also for its burgers. Its lunchtime Babe’s Burger is always a popular choice made with a Prime and Wagyu beef blend topped with American cheese, sriracha mayo, and house-made pickles on potato bun.

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