Bar Burgers at Bourbon Steak: Fairmont Turnberry Isle, 19999 W. Country Club Dr., Aventura; 786-279-6600; michaelmina.net. Sunday through Thursday 6 to 10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 6 to 11 p.m. Clarke's
Miami Beach: 840 First St., Miami Beach; 305-538-9885; clarkesmiamibeach.com. Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Saturday 5:30 p.m. to midnight, Sunday
11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dune Oceanfront Burger Lounge: Ritz-Carlton Key
Biscayne, 455 Grand Bay Dr., Key Biscayne; 305-365-4500; ritzcarlton.com. Wednesday through Sunday 11:30 a.m. to sunset. 8-oz. Burger Bar: 1080 Alton Rd., Miami
Beach; 305-397-8246; 8ozburgerbar.com. Sunday through Wednesday 11:30 a.m. to midnight, Thursday through Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Five Guys Burgers and Fries: 3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami; 305-571-8346; fiveguys.com. Daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Kingdom: 6708 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; 305-757-007. Dinner Monday through Wednesday 4 to 10 p.m.; lunch and
dinner Thursday through Sunday noon to 10 p.m. or until the last customer leaves.
1. Hormone-free sirloin, tri-top, short rib and chuck are ground on site and "cured in our Himalayan salt-tiled locker." Pretty words do not a great burger make, but this one really does exude a buoyant beef taste and is char-grilled to crisp glory. It's served on a delicious brioche bun, and garnishes include paper-thin marinated onions, shredded lettuce, and a ripe tomato slice. 48 pts.
2. Kennebec French fries are thin, fresh, and heartily seasoned. 7 pts.
3. There's a cool, casual ambiance, with a full-service bar, a bounty of boutique beers, good music on the speakers, a hip South Beach crowd, and a pool table. Plentiful and creative à la carte cheeses and other additions are available. Service is personable, although during busy times, you'll have to wait. 10 pts.
4. $14 (burger $10, fries $4). 24 pts.
Best burger: Tie between Bar Burgers at Bourbon Steak and 8-oz. Burger Bar.
Best burger for the buck and overall winner: 8-oz. Burger Bar