The best burger guide in Miami

Where to grab our favorite smash burgers and more right now

Mar
12
2024

Keep the best burger guide in Miami handy when dining out.

We’ve had some reaaaally good burgers lately so of course, we decided to updated our guide. There’s something here for everyone, from plant-based to wagyu beef to some delicious smash burgers. What do we consider when thinking about the best burgers in Miami? Everything from the meat quality, how it’s cooked, sauces, fixins’, and sides (how good are the fries). We’re super okay with a traditional-style burger but can also appreciate a creative twist when done right. That’s pretty much it.

In the meantime, if you have a favorite burger for us to try, get in touch HERE.

SKINNY LOUIE


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 322 NW 24th St

The team behind Skinny Louie spent years searching for the flawless smash’d burger. But everyone knows “when you want something done right, you do it yourself,” which is exactly what they did. They came up with their signature recipe.

Vibes are cool, laid-back, speedy service, and high quality – Skinny Louie keeps it real with their no-frills smash burgers. The menu has three options, CheeseburgerClassic Burger, and Applewood Bacon Burger, which you can order as a single, double, or triple patty. You can’t make substitutions, but you can remove ingredients, and even make it vegan for +$1.50 or gluten-free (for free, which is a rare find en esta vida tan cara). Order a side of fries or two to share, and leave room for a choco brownie or strawberry milkshake (pro tip: use your fries instead of a spoon for their iconic milkshakes).

LOUIE’S AT PALM HOUSE


Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 5101 Collins Ave

If you love being outside during Miami’s “winter,” stop by Louie’s at Palm House on Miami Beach. This new laid-back, beachside tiki bar, has a little something for everyone. Whether you’re in the mood for board games, sports watching, or just lounging, Louie’s has it all (even domino tables, giving it a Cuban sazon) and we’re here for it.

The menu, crafted by Chef Louie Estrada, not only has a Smash Me double patty smash burger with cheese, onions, pickles, and Louie’s Special Truffle sauce, but also Beef Empanadas, a Cubano in buttered pressed Cuban bread, and a Lobstuh Roll, dripping in butter, New England style. Everything you would want to eat, beachside in Miami.

APOCALYPSE BBQ


Neighborhood: Kendall
Address9980 SW 104th St

Apocalypse BBQ began during the pandemic in 2020 when Jeffrey Dudnechky decided to redefine BBQ in South Florida. While they keep it somewhat traditional in practice, they also pay homage to Miami with a unique Latin and Caribbean twist on some dishes, like their Cuban Cowboy and Smoked Cubano sandwiches.

Their burger is one you’ll want to check off your list (obviously with a rack of ribs on the side). Apocalypse BBQ’s Boss Burger keeps it simple and straightforward – just a feel-good smash with a brisket and short rib blend patty, their signature boss sauce, and house pickles on a super soft bun.

Since there are no reservations, definitely head over early to avoid waiting too long – in their words, “early bird gets the brisket.”

 

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PINCH KITCHEN+BAR


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 8601 Biscayne Blvd

A pinch of this and a pinch of that is the motto at Pinch Kitchen + Bar where Chef Owner John Gallo blends his culinary experiences with his family’s heritage into Cuban, Italian, Spanish, and Asian-inspired dishes. Like we said, Pinch specializes in a little pinch of everything!

The restaurant, which opened almost a decade ago, gives off super old-school, cozy, vibes in the best way, making it feel super homey and welcoming. We love the variety on their menu, with dishes like K-Town Guac and chips, Gambas al Ajillo, and homemade Tagliatelle Alla Bolognese. For this guide, we’re highlighting their signature Pinch Burger: gourmet, classic style, with a thick juicy patty, caramelized onion, and Swiss cheese on a fluffy brioche bun. This burger deserves a spot on your table, any time of the day – and add a sunny-side-up egg if you’re enjoying it for brunch.

COWY BURGER


Neighborhood: Doral | Wynwood
Address: Prison Pals Doral 8205 NW 12th St #3 | J Wakefield Brewing 120 NW 24th St

Cowy Burger is a new pop-up serving award-winning signature smash burgers and waffle fries to make your weekend just a little bit brighter. With no brick-and-mortar, this is a spot you’ll need to chase down. But don’t worry, we’ve got you – they’re open Fridays at Prison Pals Brewery in Doral and Saturdays at J Wakefield Brewing in Wynwood. Since it’s a pop-up, things are to bound to change, so we suggest you follow them on Instagram HERE.

Our picks: The Cowy, with American cheese, grilled onion, a bacon jam to die for, and their signature tasty sauce, The Craver, with Provolone, confit peppers, and the same bacon jam, and if you’re lucky, their special Cabrito – which we all think should be a permanent addition to the menu. Go check them out and thank us later!

 

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OFF SITE NANO BREWERY


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 8250 NE 2nd Ave

Located in Little River, this nano-brewery serves great beer and food. Every dish on the menu is a perfect example of how good a classic can be. Get yourself the burger with a koji-cured 6 oz patty, cheese onions, a housemade sauce, and pickles, on a sesame bun.

 

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LOVE LIFE CAFE


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 545 NW 26th St

Stop by Love Life Cafe’s new, and spacious location. 

This is a great spot for vegans, vegetarians, or those that just love to eat well and feel good. Regardless of your dietary restrictions, Love Life Cafe is delicious. We recommend the best veggie burger in America made with a superfood patty, love life vegan cheddar cheese, topped with guacamole, pickles, and a kale cilantro aioli, served with roasted sweet potatoes.

Stop by for happy hour every Wednesday from 5 PM to 7 PM. During this time, you can enjoy half off everything at the bar with your burger. 

SHADOW WAGYU


Neighborhood: Coral Gables
Address: 4702 S Le Jeune Rd

Local butcher shop, Shadow Wagyu is serving one of the juiciest burgers in Coral Gables. You’re going to Shadow because the quality of meat is at the top of your list when it comes to a good burger. Order the Wagyu 8oz Cheeseburger with pickled onions.

CONEY BURGER


Neighborhood: Little Havana
Address: 2298 SW 8th St

A year ago, we hoped for a future where we could have Coney Burger more than once a week at Smorgasburg. And now our dream has become a reality with Coney Burger’s new spot. This pick-up and delivery-only restaurant has a few high-top tables outside for you to enjoy one of our favorite burgers in town. Plant-based lovers can stop by for these mushroom pattie burgers. With freshly made vegan brioche buns and a variety of burgers that will make you question whether you should go plant-based for life. However, just in case, they also have the Wagyu burger with a locally sourced full-blood wagyu beef patty, pickled tomato, and a citrus aioli.

VICE BURGER


Neighborhood: South Beach
Address: 723 Lincoln Ln N Suite 104

Vice Burger has amassed a cult following in Miami and also won Burger Bash in 2022 from their pop-up location at 1040 N Miami Ave. Now they have opened a second location at the Lincoln Eatery food hall available 7 days a week.

What makes their burger special?! They use ground fresh daily wagyu beef, Parisian brioche bun, and most importantly apply a proprietary cooking method that uses both industrial grade steam as well as intense heat for caramelization, creating a piping hot, juicy, and melty delicious cheeseburger.

THE GIBSON ROOM


Neighborhood: Coral Way
Address: 2224 SW 22nd St

Chef Michael Beltran and Ariete Hospitality Group have transformed The Mighty on Coral Way into The Gibson Room. It’s dark, mysterious, and a great spot to sit at the bar, listen to live music, and have a burger.

This neighborhood tavern host vinyl nights, live music programming with elevated cocktails, and pub-style dishes with a Miami twist. The double smash Burger comes with B&B pickles, special sauce, American cheese, and shaved lettuce. We recommend washing down your meal with a House Gibson Martini with gin vermouth, sherry, and onions. 

BRASSERIE LAUREL


Neighborhood: Overtown
Address: 698 NE 1st Ave G170

Chef Michael Beltran and his team at Ariete Hospitality Group have added a seventh concept to their roster of bars and restaurants. Brasserie Laurel is located on the ground floor of Miami Worldcenter’s Caoba residential tower in Downtown.

Led by Executive Chef Ashley Moncada, the menu includes escargotsfrog legsbeef Wellingtoncrêpes Suzette, lots of reds from Bordeaux, and their must-try burger. The Burger au Poivre comes with gruyère cheese, caramelized onion on a brioche bun. You may add a black truffle or a bearnaise sauce for an additional.

 

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CRACKED BY CHEF ADRIANNE


Neighborhood: South Miami
Address: 7400 SW 57th Ct #101

Looking for a really good burger in South Miami? Don’t miss the Royale with Cheese at Cracked by Chef Adrianne Calvo. This underrated and delicious burger consists of a double grass-fed patty, American cheese, special sauce that reminded us of the Shack sauce from Shake Shack, housemade pickles, shaved lettuce, and a sesame brioche bun.

LOKAL


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3190 Commodore Plaza

When you think of a local Miami-based burger concept, you think of LoKal. The burgers are made by hand in-house, daily using free-range, Kobe-style beef from Fort McCoy Ranch in Marion County, Florida. You really can’t go wrong with the burgers here.

Try the Frita by Kush, voted one of the top 52 burgers in the USA, with swiss cheese, guava jelly (for a very Miami touch), potato stix, crispy bacon, and LoKal sauce; or the Royale with Cheese that comes with Jack cheese, Canadian bacon, white onions, and BBQ sauce. If you’re into strong cheeses, get the Miami Blues with crispy bacon, Danish blue cheese, homemade ketchup, shredded lettuce, and sliced red onions. We’re also obsessed with their honey mustard so make sure to order some extras for your 50/50 fries, that’s half sweet potato fries and half regular fries.

 

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WHITMANS


Neighborhood: Wywnwood
Address: 242 NW 25th St

Whitmans, an NYC spot serving burgers and American favorites recently opened its South Beach location with a second location in Wynwood coming later this year. You need to get your hands on the “Juicy Lucy” burger. It’s presented open face and comes with two thin beef short rib blend patties with pimento cheese oozing from the center of the patty, caramelized onions, bibb lettuce, tomato, and pickles. Pair your burger with the fries drenched in blue cheese and fried pickles. Make sure you dip those fried pickles into Whitman’s special pink sauce.

OVER UNDER


Neighborhood: Downtown
Address: 151 E Flagler St

Over Under, a favorite neighborhood bar in Downtown has been resurrected after being temporarily closed for some months. They are back with all the cocktails, cheeseburgers, and veggie burgers! Stop by with your friends before or after a Heat Game, concert, or just because from 5 PM – 3 AM for drinks, food (until midnight), and a good time. The cheeseburger from Over Under reminds us of an elevated version of In-N-Out’s burger. It’s a smash burger with Florida grass-fed beef, American cheese, shredded lettuce, onions, pickles, and a house-made 1000 island dressing.

Every bite is the perfect bite because of the way the meat, sauce, and fixins melt into one. We’re also fans of the shredded lettuce and their generosity when it comes to pickles. You can also have your burger in a vegan brioche bun by Flour and Weirdoughs. Oh and the veggie burger is also a solid choice.

 

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UNITED STATES BURGER SERVICE


Neighborhood: Little River
Address: 8300 NE 2nd Ave Suite 102

Inside the Citadel, a food hall near Little River, you will find the United States Burger Service. You’re doing yourself a disservice if you haven’t tried it.

At USBS, they make their own burger blends and potato buns. Our favorite was the Ground with a single patty (all though you can make it a double) with “Government Cheese” which is a blend of fontina and cheddar and Priority Sauce which is mayo-based and tastes like French onion soup. If you’re getting fries, we recommend the Cuban Tariff fries tossed in “Sazon Completa” with a garlic-lime mayo. They also have a monthly burger on rotation so make sure you check it out.

CHUG’S DINER


Neighborhood: Coconut Grove
Address: 3444 Main Hwy Suite 21

This is a diner made for Miami. It includes a ventanita but also a full bar. If you’re going with one other person, the best seat in the house is at the bar. If you’re going with a group, we love the outdoor patio area with views of Main Highway and some great people-watching in Coconut Grove.

You can pretty much stop by Chug’s at any time of the day. But for this guide, you’re stopping for lunch, brunch, or dinner so you can try the Chug Burger with American cheese, b& b pickles, shaved lettuce, Chug sauce a housemade sesame bun. It’s nostalgic and tastes like a fancy Big Mac.

MOTEK


Neighborhood: Downtown | Aventura
Address: 36 NE 1st St Suite 132 | 19565 Biscayne Blvd #938

Motek is a family-owned, kosher-style Israeli Mediterranean restaurant offering all-day brunch, dinner, and baked goods. Motek boosts “fast-casual food culture” by focusing on freshness and thoughtful, delicious Israeli food. The original location is in Downtown and great for a quick bite during work hours. They also recently opened a new outpost in Aventura, with another opening in Miami Beach soon!

One of our favorite dishes on the menu is the Arayes Burger, winner of SOBEWFF’s Burger Bash 2022. It’s a must-try with kosher grass-feed beef stuffed in grilled pita with tahini for dipping. It’s not a classic American burger but it’s one you need to try.

 

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TED’S BURGERS


Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: 120 NW 24th St

Ted’s Burger is a pop-up in Wynwood’s J Wakefield Brewery that has everyone in Miami drooling over their smash burger. We wish they were open more days but for now, Sunday is looking less scary with Ted’s. Normally you can stop by from 12 PM to 10 PM or until sold out for an outdoor grill situation. But before you show up, make sure to check out their Instagram account for their latest pop-up.

The burger consists of a thin and crispy patty cooked with onion slices and cheese. Ted’s tops them with their special sauce served on a soft potato bun. You can also make yours a double or triple. We recommend stopping by early because they tend to sell out.

 

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