May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Hamburger Day. Luckily, Miami and its surrounding area is no stranger to good burgers—meaty, veggie, or anything between. In honor of National Burger Month, here are some of the best burger joints in Miami. These restaurants sure know how to dress a burger, so if you haven’t indulged in a burger or two this May, now is the time to do it! Whether a double or triple decker, stuffed with cheese, doused in sauce, or pilled with bacon, these eateries have all your carnivorous burger desires covered.
Highlights include Chug’s fan favorite, the Chug Burger; Little Liberty’s version of a classic burger, The Dirty Smashburger. Be sure to let us know your favorites in the comments.
Celebrate National Hamburger month at Chug’s Diner, named one of the Best Cuban Restaurants in Miami by USA Today 10Best. Since its revamp, Chef/restaurateur Michael Beltran has been serving up some of Miami’s most exciting dishes including a fan favorite, the Chug Burger. Burger lovers can indulge in this delicious burger served with American cheese, b&b pickles, shaved lettuce, chug sauce on a house made sesame bun. Chug’s is located in the heart of Coconut Grove at 3444 Main Highway. Chug’s offers breakfast starting at 8AM; the full menu is available Sunday–Thursday from 11AM-12AM, Friday & Saturday until 2AM. Telephone: (786) 353-2940; www.chugsdiner.com
Even before its big win at the 2021 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival the Frita Burger at Kush Hospitality Group’s restaurants was the thing of legend. The frita is a definitively Latin take on the classic American cheeseburger. Kush’s version consists of a juicy beef patty topped with swiss cheese, bacon, potato stix and guava jelly, dressed with its signature LoKal sauce (named after one of the other restaurants in the KHG’s stable). Kush Hialeah is located at 1000 East 16th Street in Hialeah. Telephone: (305) 887-8863; kushhospitality.com
LITTLE LIBERTY AT TIME OUT MARKET MIAMI
Restaurateur David Martinez and local bar maven, Dan Binkiewicz of Miami Beach’s neighborhood bar, Sweet Liberty Drinks & Supply Co, recently opened their newest concept, Little Liberty at Time Out Market Miami. Little Liberty is a fast-casual, all-American concept featuring gourmet burgers complemented by boozy shakes and house-made milkshakes. Perfect for celebrating National Burger month, Little Liberty offers an all-American menu with elevated burgers created by James Beard Award-winning Chef Michelle Bernstein. The menu includes their signature Smashburger, Little Liberty’s version of a classic burger, The Dirty Smashburger with crumbled blue cheese and bacon jam, The Steakhouse Burger, The French Onion Burger, Ground Chicken Burger, The Vegan Burger, and more. Little Liberty at Time Out Market is located at 1601 Drexel Avenue on Miami Beach. The Market is open daily for lunch and dinner. Telephone: (786) 753-5388; https://www.timeoutmarket.com/
Situated in the heart of Wynwood Arts District, one of Miami’s most culture-packed neighborhoods, R House is a contemporary restaurant & bar as heralded for its soulful menu as it is for its bustling weekend brunch scene. The Wynwood eatery is known best for its bold, new Latin-inspired menu and elevated bar program inspired by the vivacious flavors of Miami. Among the list of signature plates is the R Burger – an Angus beef burger cooked to perfection topped with shredded mojo pork, Swiss cheese, chipotle BBQ sauce, caramelized onions, paitas, brioche bun and served with house-cut chips ($20). R House is
located at 2727 NW 2nd Avenue in Wynwood. Telephone: (305) 576-0201; www.rhousewynwood.com.
Burger Month wouldn’t be complete without indulgent handhelds from PINCHO, South Florida’s beloved burger concept. Out-of-the-box creations worth the calorie count include the fan-favorite Pipo’s Choice – smoked gouda, fried sweet plantain bits, applewood-smoked bacon, grilled onions, potato sticks, and guava ketchup; Fritanga Burger – fried queso blanco, cabbage slaw and crema; Bacon and Blue – gorgonzola, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked bacon and buffalo sauce; and the PINCHO Burger – American cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, potato sticks and secret sauce; amongst others. PINCHO hours of operation are daily from 11AM to 10PM. Locations & Contact
Offering unparalleled views of Biscayne Bay, paradise awaits between the mangroves at Whiskey Joe’s Miami. When you think of Whiskey Joe’s, imagine a refreshing tropical breeze, white sand, cold drinks, good eats and killer sunsets. Whiskey Joe’s ‘Floribbean’ menu features an impressive selection of signature Burgers, perfect for National Burger Month. Be sure to check out fan-favorites like the WHISKEY BURGER IN PARADISE topped with rum glazed pineapple, strawberry-guava BBQ, pepper jack and crisp bacon; BLACK AND BLUE – Blackened and smothered in melted blue cheese, served with caramelized onions; SIGNATURE – Crispy bacon, two slices of American cheese and crispy onions; and the ALL AMERICAN SLIDERS – Caramelized onions, pickle, and American cheese. Accessible by both land and sea, Whiskey Joe’s Miami offers pull-up boat docking for guests. From sports viewing parties and birthdays to casual get togethers under the palapa, Whiskey Joe’s offers the perfect escape for fun social events in a relaxed, beachy-chic setting on the water. Lunch and Dinner are served daily. Happy Hour is offered Monday through Thursday from 3PM to 6PM. Dine-in, takeout and delivery are all available. Whiskey Joe’s is located at 3301 Rickenbacker Causeway in Key Biscayne; Telephone: (305) 423-6590; https://www.thewhiskeyjoes.
800 DEGREES WOODFIRED KITCHEN
This Aventura staple has you covered for National Burger Month with DWade’s 800˚ Woodfired Burger! Featuring dry-aged beef, bacon jam, caramelized onion, aged white cheddar and roasted garlic aioli, you can’t go wrong with DWade’s 800˚ Woodfired Burger ($21). Address: 2956 Northeast 199th Street, Aventura, FL 33180
For the entire month of May, Casa Mariano will be offering a burger Happy Hour! Available daily from 5PM – 7PM, the Doral staple will showcase a ‘burger and beer’ combo for just $29. The special includes Casa Mariano’s Wagyu Burger featuring grilled onions, aged gouda, bacon and truffle mayo accompanied by a Viola Rossa Red Ale (Italian Craft Beer- Cattolica Prov. di Rimini). Address: 8200 NW 27th St Suite 106, Doral, FL 33122
ELEVENTH STREET PIZZA x TED’S BURGERS POP-UP
Miami’s famed Eleventh Street Pizza is once again joining forces with Ted’s Burgers for the brands’ third collaboration to date! The pop-up, taking place on Wednesday, May 11th from 5PM until sell-out, will offer Eleventh Street Pizza’s delicious slices along with Ted’s Burgers’ OKC Burger and newly launched Nashville Hot Chicken. Ted’s award-winning OKC Burger ($14) features a smashed ground beef patty, fried onion, American cheese, and special “T” sauce served on a Martin’s potato roll. On the other hand, the Nashville Hot Chicken ($16) is the perfect mix of spicy and hot with a touch of sweet and showcases deep fried chicken in a homemade spicy sauce, special slaw and pickles on a Martin’s potato roll. Burgers will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. Address: 1035 N Miami Ave, Miami, FL 33136
Cracked by Chef Adrianne – Royale with Cheese
Chef Adrianne Calvo
Chef Adrianne Calvo delivers Maximum Flavor with her Royale with Cheese burger made with double grass-fed patty, American cheese, special sauce, housemade pickles, shaved lettuce and sesame brioche bun. Cracked was founded in 2018 with a simple goal in mind; deliver a Maximum Flavor-style menu that is composed of free-range and organic ingredients. For more information on Cracked by Chef Adrianne, visit www.igotcracked.com Address: 7400 SW 57th Ct #101, South Miami, FL 33143
La Cañita Burger ($17): two beef patties, melted American cheese, papitas, special sauce, lettuce, tomato and caramelized onions
La Cañita is the latest Cuban-Caribbean concept-driven restaurant from James Beard Award-winning chef Michelle Bernstein and partner David Martinez, located in Bayside Marketplace. With spectacular waterfront views of Miami and live music curated throughout the week, La Cañita is certainly the place to be for big bold flavors, fun specialty cocktails, and the overall quintessential Miami experience! www.lacanitamiami.com Address: Bayside Marketplace 401 Biscayne Blvd. 2nd floor, Miami, FL 33132
Drop down and get your burger on. When it comes to BBQ, Tropical Smokehouse does things a little differently and this naturally includes the hamburger. Chef Mace AKA The BBQ King is a (pit) master at merging regional flavors infused with local influences of both Caribbean and South Florida cultures. When it comes to burgers, the old fashioned is a double-patty and the double is a triple. Never complete sans crinkle fries. For the condiment connoisseur, Tropical even makes their own pickles and sauces. Address: 3815 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach, FL 33405
Big Buns Damn Good Burgers
Are you craving a burger more than usual lately? That’s probably because National Hamburger Burger Month (May) has arrived. Luckily for you, we have the best burger joint in the Fort Lauderdale area serving up the juiciest patties. Just opened a few months ago, Big Buns Damn Good Burgers has the perfect creations for any preference — meaty, veggie or anything in between. Known for their over-the-top burgers and just in time for Burger Month, Big Buns is launching their Tracy’s Tangy Buffalo Burger ($14.99) — a juicy Angus beef patty topped with a mix of lettuce, carrots, and celery, drizzled with buffalo mayo and topped with crumbled blue cheese, grilled red onions, buffalo sauce, and applewood smoked bacon on a brioche bun. Pair this dish with one of their lavish milkshakes, a refreshing beer, boozy slushie, or handcrafted cocktail. Big Buns Damn Good Burgers is located at 221 SW 1st Avenue in Fort Lauderdale and is open Sunday – Wednesday; 11AM – 10PM, and Thursday – Saturday; 11AM – 11PM. Telephone; (954) 686-8181. www.eatbigbuns.com/las-olas. Follow Big Buns on Instagram: @DamnGoodBurgers
Henry’s Sandwich Station
Henry’s Sandwich Station in the FATVillage Arts District in Fort Lauderdale threw down the gauntlet for those seeking burger supremacy in the 954 with the launch of its Burger Bar menu. Indulgent handhelds on the menu include the Original ROK Burger topped with cheddar, smoked bacon, caramelized onions and bourbon BBQ; a classic Double Cheeseburger with Henry’s special sauce on a brioche bun; a Truffle Burger with Swiss cheese, mushrooms, caramelized onions and truffle aioli; the Morning Glory – a juicy patty topped with American cheese, smoked bacon and a fried egg and an Impossible Burger – a vegan patty with avocado, tomato, arugula and spicy vegenaise. And, you can’t have a delicious burger without fries. Since day one, Henry’s has that in spades as the restaurant featured a French Fry Bar menu selection with everything from Maryland-style Beach Fries with Old Bay seasoning and Henry’s Poutine topped with cheese curds and brown gravy to Salt & Vinegar served with garlic aioli and Garlic Pesto with truffle aioli. Henry’s Sandwich Station is located at FATVillage in Fort Lauderdale at 545 NW 1st Avenue. Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday, 10AM to 10PM; Friday and Saturday 10AM to 11PM; and Sunday from 10AM to 7PM. www.henryssandwich.com; Telephone: (954) 616-5538. Follow Henry’s on Instagram – @HenrysSandwich
The Blue Dog Cookhouse and Bar
New York City’s esteemed The Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar is now open at Boca Raton’s Town Center. The Manhattan-based concept is known for offering elevated comfort-driven fare, a sophisticated cocktail program, chic bustling vibe and polished service. The menu offers several artisan creations that any burger lover will enjoy during National Hamburger Month including The Champignon — beef burger, demi-glace, onion strings and red cabbage slaw; and the Notorious D.O.G. — beef burger, boozy cheese, onion strings, sunny side egg and truffled chicken gravy. The Blue Dog Cookhouse & Bar Boca Raton is located at 6000 Glades Road, Suite 1008C immediately adjacent to the valet stand at the Boca Raton Town Center. Brunch is served from daily 8AM to 3:30PM, mid-day small plates menu from 3:30PM-5PM, and dinner served nightly from 5PM to 11PM. Telephone: (561) 961-3330. www.bluedogboca.com