The best burger guide in Miami

Where to grab our favorite smash burgers and more right now


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

July Fourth falls on a Monday this year and we’re so ready for a well deserved long weekend! We can’t think of a better way to celebrate this firey, midsummer, classic holiday than with some of our favorite burgers in Miami.

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.

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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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Neighborhood: Miami Beach
Address: 959 West Avenue Suite 3

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.


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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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.


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.


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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Neighborhood: Wynwood
Address: Smorgasburg Miami, 2600 NW 2nd Ave

We hope there’s a future where we can have Coney Burger more than once a week. But for now, we’ll take Saturday at Smorgasburg where 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.


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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. Stop by from 12 PM to 10 PM or until sold out for an outdoor grill situation.

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.


The best burger guide in Miami
The best burger guide in Miami
The best burger guide in Miami