May 2019: Our list of Miami’s best burgers is up to date with one big newcomer at the top spot: Kush’s new outpost inside Time Out Market Miami. There, you’ll find the same amazing burgers that made them number one in the first place.
Looking to dig into the best burgers in Miami? It happens. We all have those unpredictable burger blackouts, when our entire mind is consumed only by the urge to get our hands on a burger. Oh. Just us? Well, either way, it’s handy to know where to find the best burgers in Miami. And it’s not as easy as you think. They’re spread out among some of the best restaurants in Miami, in neighborhoods like Coconut Grove and South Beach and one is even attached to one of the best bars in Miami. So keep this list handy next time you find yourself deep in a burger craving. We know we will.
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What is it? A burger we could eat all day every day until we literally exploded. We have Matthew Kuscher—the mind behind Kush, Lokal, Vicky’s House and the Spillover—to thank for these. At Kush’s Time Out Market Miami outpost, you’ll find our favorite Frita burger, that comes with guava jelly, melted Gruyere, potato stix, crispy bacon and LoKal sauce.
Why go? Skip fries and pair your burger with a side of Kush’s amazing alligator bites, which come with creamy garlic and spicy mayo dipping sauce.
Best burgers in Miami
What is it? At Wynwood’s Le Chick, they’d have you believe that the main event is the rotisserie chicken. And it is good. But the real star of the show is a sneaky little burger called the Royale with Cheese: two juicy smash-patties buried in cheddar cheese sit between a fluffy house-baked bun. It’s fresh as can be and absolutely inhalable.
Why go? Le Chick is open till 11:30pm on the weekends, which makes it a great place to end a night of Wynwood bar-hopping.
What is it? BND’s burgers keep it simple: smash-patty (or two if you’re up for it), American cheese, potato bun, lettuce and tomato. Order a side of fries and, before you know it, you’ll be ready to head back out into the Wynwood night. The burgers are the perfect size to fill you up without weighing you down.
Why go? If you’re a diehard Shake Shack fan, you’re going to love these.
What is it? An essential Coconut Grove restaurants, Ariete does some really nice, thoughtful American plates but is by no means too good for the burger. Its Chug Burger comes stacked with two patties, American cheese, B&B pickles and the special Ariete sauce.
Why go? This burger avoids the dreaded ingredient overload many classy burgers fall victim to—but you can add bacon for an extra $3. You’ve been good this week. Do it.
What is it? Blue Collar is like Pavlov's bell. Just hearing its name makes our mouths water. It’s tough to pick from the menu but no one will ever shame you for going with the dry aged cheeseburger. A Portuguese muffin subs in for the classic bun and it does a great job.
Why go? The patty is made with prime NY strip—and you can taste the difference.
What is it? The Pinch Burger is only available during brunch and lunch, but it’s very worth waking up for. An eight-ounce custom beef blend is nestled between a brioche bun. Add swiss cheese, caramelized onions, aioli, fries and—poof—your hangover magically disappears.
Why go? Pinch is that neighborhood joint that’ll make you say, “How have I never been here?!” You’ll love it.
What is it? Folks love the burgers over at Pincho Factory. With ten South Florida locations, Pincho has become known for some pretty crazy specialty burgers but the staple Pincho burger, topped with crispy potato sticks, is probably the best thing on the menu.
Why go? Adventurous eaters, go for the Toston Burger, which uses two crispy fried plantains (AKA tostones) in place of the bun.
What is it? A favorite locals spot, Jr’s has racked up awards and won burger competitions with their serious burgers. These are burgers with a capital B, piled high with round patties and no shortage of toppings. A good introduction is the Big Daddy, a simple-enough creation that comes in a heaping half-pound portion if you’re really hungry.
Why go? Because you are fully prepared to enter into a food coma.
What is it? Le Tub is a slice of old salty South Florida. A derelict toilet bowl sits in the front yard. Inside the wooden waterfront dive, you really don’t even need a menu. Order the obvious and prepare for a softball of a burger to be dropped in front of you. The patties are thick and they’ll cook ‘em up very rare if you’d like.
Why go? It’s only a block away from Hollywood Beach and makes for a perfect post-beach meal.
What is it? You know what it is. It’s Shake Shack, baby—one of the most popular burger chains in the world. These little smash burgers are addictive and you won’t find them everywhere. Luckily, we have some in South Florida. And you’ll find one of the most popular ones right on Lincoln Road.
Why go? It’s pretty cheap and always good. And tastes like a rainbow made of gold after three beers.