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Chug Burger at Ariete
Photograph: Courtesy Ariete

The best burgers in Miami you need to try

From cheesy ones to veggie to double-stacked, these are the best burgers in Miami to try right now

By Ryan Pfeffer and Time Out Miami editors
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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 might think. They’re spread out among some of the best restaurants in Miami, in neighborhoods like Coconut Grove and South Beach, and, in a couple of instances, only sold in limited quantities or on select days. So keep this list handy next time you find yourself deep in a burger craving. We know we will.

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Cheeseburger at Kush Wynwood
Photograph: Courtesy Kush Wynwood

The Johnny Utah at Kush

Restaurants Midtown

Now here’s a burger joint where we could eat all day every day until we literally exploded. We have Matthew Kuscher—the mind behind Kush, Lokal, Vicky’s House, Kush by Stephens and others—to thank for that. From the classic with cheese to the frita with guava jelly, it’s hard to choose just one but that doesn’t mean we won’t. Currently, the craving is real for Kush’s Johnny Utah, a burger topped with hot pastrami, LoKal sauce, sliced tomato, shredded lettuce, diced white onions and cheddar cheese. It’s our favorite deli sandwich our classic cheeseburger all rolled into one, plus it’s served with a side of slaw.

Bud's Burgers at Eating House
Photograph: Courtesy Eating House

Bud’s Burger at Eating House

Restaurants Contemporary American Little Gables

Giorgio Rapicavoli can’t do anything simply and that includes the burgers he’s slinging at Bud’s Burger, Eating House’s virtual pop-up restaurant. Each one is more complicated than the next but the punny names tell you exactly what you’re getting yourself into. Take the Eggers Can’t Be Cheesers, an Angus-beef patty topped with a fried egg and white cheddar cheese, among other things. Or our pick for something less breakfast-y, the Bohemian Radishy with cucumber, pickled carrots, hoisin sauce, radish, cabbage slaw and cilantro. On Thurdays, select burgers and fries are just $15.

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Love Life Cafe
Photograph: Courtesy Love Life Cafe

Veggie burger at Love Life Cafe

Restaurants Vegan Wynwood

It’s won many awards and also won over many a carnivore with its complex flavors and clean ingredients. You can chow down on an entire veggie burger and fries from Love Life without ever feeling weighed down. The reason? A healthy superfood patty, homemade guacamole topping, plant-based cheddar cheese and decadent cilantro aioli, which you’ll want extra of for the side of baked herb potatoes.

Best burgers in Miami

Over Under
Photograph: Courtesy Over Under

1. The Longshot Burger at Over Under

Bars Gastropubs Downtown

The tropical influences run deep at this Downtown bar, where the drinks are frozen, the decor is lush and the staff frequently sports a sartorially fitting floral print. The drinks are great but the longshot burger is even better. It’s a straight-forward cheeseburger made with only good stuff—Florida grass-fed beef, “a lot islands” dressing, pickles, flattop onions and good ol’ American cheese. It’s served with fries, but you’ll want to get a Paloma slushie to go with it, too. Trust us.

Le Chick
Photograph: Courtesy Le Chick

2. The Royale at Le Chick

Restaurants American Wynwood

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 sort of reminds us of an In-N-Out burger and it’s absolutely inhalable.

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United States Burger Service
Photograph: Courtesy United States Burger Service

3. The Special at United States Burger Service

This pop-up burger restaurant with the postal theme now has a permanent spot at the Citadel and we couldn’t be happier. United States Burger Service (USBS for short) delivers with top-quality ingredients, unique combinations and names you can’t help but giggle at. You can’t go wrong with the classic burger—the juicy patties sit between house-made potato buns—but the rotating specials with different kinds of cheeses and fresh sauces are really something else.

4. The Monthly Specials at United States Burger Service

Restaurants Food court Little River

This pop-up burger restaurant with the postal theme now has a permanent spot at the Citadel and we couldn’t be happier. United States Burger Service (USBS for short) delivers with top-quality ingredients, unique combinations and names you can’t help but giggle at. You can’t go wrong with the classic burger—the juicy patties sit between house-made potato buns—but the rotating specials with different kinds of cheeses and fresh sauces are really something else.

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BND Burger
Photograph: Courtesy BND Burger

5. The Cheeseburger at BND Burger

Restaurants American Wynwood

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. If you’re a diehard Shake Shack fan, you’re going to love these.

Chug Burger at Ariete
Photograph: Courtesy Ariete

6. The Chug Burger at Ariete

Restaurants Contemporary American West Coconut Grove

An essential Coconut Grove restaurant, 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. This burger avoids the dreaded ingredient overload many classy burgers fall victim to—but you still have the option to add bacon to it. Do it. You’ve been good this week.

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Carrot Express Turkey Burger
Photograph: Courtesy Carrot Express

7. OMG! Turkey Burger at Carrot Express

Restaurants Vegetarian Midtown

Carrot Express has been synonymous with healthy eating since its first location opened in South Beach nearly 25 years ago. And now we have the local chain to thank for making burgers part of a balanced diet. The OMG! Turkey burger is our go-to when the craving strikes—a juicy, all-natural patty topped with arugula, avocado, mustard aioli, tomato and red onion between a toasted multigrain bun. It’s satisfying, wholesome and only a little naughty.

Blue Collar
Photograph: Courtesy Blue Collar

8. Dry-Aged Cheeseburger at. Blue Collar

Restaurants American Little Haiti / Lemon City

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, which is made with prime NY strip. Trust us, you can taste the difference. A Portuguese muffin subs in for the classic bun and it does a great job.

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Shake Shack
Photograph: Courtesy CC/Flickr/Pamela Graham

9. Cheeseburger at Shake Shack

Restaurants American South Beach

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. 

Pincho Factory
Photograph: Courtesy Pincho Factory/Gabriel Gutierrez

10. Pipo’s Choice Burger at Pincho Factory

Restaurants Latin American Coral Gables

Folks love the burgers over at Pincho Factory. With a handful of 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. Adventurous eaters, go for the Pipo’s Choice Burger, the winner of 2019’s SOBEWFF Burger Bash. It’s got an Angus beef patty topped with fried plantain bits, smoked gouda cheese, applewood smoked bacon, grilled onions, papitas and guava ketchup served between a buttery toasted brioche bun. It ain’t light!

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Le Tub
Photograph: Virginia Gil

11. Sirloinburger at Le Tub Saloon

Restaurants Seafood

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 (13-ounces of meat!), charbroiled and served simply with lettuce, tomato and onion.

12. Big Daddy at Jr's Gourmet Burgers

Restaurants Hamburgers Miami Springs

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.

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Pinch Kitchen
Photograph: Courtesy Pinch Kitchen

13. Pinch Burger at Pinch Kitchen

Restaurants American creative Miami

One of the few good things to happen over the last several months is that the Pinch Burger—previously a brunch and lunch dish exclusively—is available every day for every meal that the restaurant serves. The namesake classic is an eight-ounce custom beef blend patty that’s nestled between a brioche bun. Add swiss cheese, caramelized onions, aioli, fries and—poof—you’ll have yourself the perfect burger. Another development worth noting? You can now get your Pinch Burger delivered to enjoy at home.

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