The Grind, Miami's home town burger competition, is this Saturday and we're finally counting down to burger madness.
On March 31 at 7 p.m., 30 local restaurants will compete with their meat at Wynwood's Miami Entertainment Complex. Tickets are still available for $75 in advance, $85 at the door. VIP tickets ($125) get you access to the meat party one hour earlier, at 6 p.m., a VIP badge, a meet-and-and greet with the judges, and the ability to hang at the VIP lounge. Miami New Times readers can take $10 off advance-purchase tickets by using code NTIMES (while supplies last).
If you're the kind of person that likes to plan things well in advance, here's a list of the participating restaurants along with a description of the burgers they're serving at the event:
PETE ROSE (Head First Slider)
3-ounce beef blend, organic arugula, tomato confit, 'slow' onions, Beecher's flagship, Benton's bacon, black sesame mayo on toasted Challah.
Bernie's L.A. Café, Miami Beach
BERNIE'S LATIN BURGER
100-percent certified Black Angus ground beef, caramelized onions, grilled sliced Chorizo, potato sticks, chopped lettuce w/garlic & cumin aioli, served on grilled Challah buns.
Burger & Beer Joint, Brickell
Short rib burger with red onion marmalade, goat cheese, and Duroc pork belly bacon on a brioche bun.
SIDE: Duck Fat Fries.
Burger Bar by Chef Allen, Fort Lauderdale
THE CARMEN MIRANDA
Ground brisket blend beef topped with crispy, braised Korobuta pork belly, spiced mango chutney, citrus aioli, baby arugula and Manchego cheese.
Charm City Burger Company, Deerfield Beach
THE PIG MAC
3-ounce slider with bacon infused cheddar, onion bacon jam, confit, tomato, and baconaisse. SIDE: Pork belly tater tots with piquillo pepper.
Cheeseburger Baby, Miami Beach
FAMOUS BACON CHEESEBURGER
Certified Black Angus beef topped with a pinch of Baby Seasoning, honey smoked bacon, Kosher pickles, lettuce, tomato and onion on a fresh buttered and grilled bun.
Chef Adrianne's Vineyard, Miami
MAXIMUM FLAVOR BURGER
Short rib burger topped with cippolini, onion and goat cheese.
SIDE: Maximum Flavor Potatoes
Chow Down Grill, Miami Beach
THE CHOW BURGER
Half-pound burger topped with shaved smoked pork, cucumber, cilantro onions, pate aioli and pickled radishes, in a house made bao burger bun, with dashi ketchup.
Chuck Burger Joint, Palm Beach Gardens
THE PALM BEACHER
All natural Creekstone blend, Tilamook Cheddar, Mustardy Iceberg Slaw, Walt's Farmhouse Tomatoes and pickles on a toasted potato bun.
Cuban Guys, Hialeah
Fresh ground beef with house seasoning, served with diced onions and dashed with a house frita sauce on a Cuban roll. Piled high with made from scratch Julianne cut fries.
El Rey de las Fritas, Miami
Ground beef mixed with a family recipe of herbs and spices. Cooked on a flat grill with onions, special sauce, served in a round Cuban bun with julienne fries.
Elevation Burger, Various Locations
100-percent certified organic beef topped with 6-month aged real cheddar cheese, thick organic bacon, sautéed fresh mushrooms and onions, hot pepper relish and signature Elevation sauce on a toasted potato bun.
HEALTHY OPTION: ELEVATION VEGGIE BURGER
Organic blend of cooked brown rice, rolled oats, corn, green and red peppers, carrots, onions and spices topped with 6 month aged real cheddar cheese, sautéed fresh mushrooms, lettuce and tomatoes.
The Filling Station, Downtown Miami
STEVE'S RESPECT MOBILE
Half-pound burger topped with cheddar cheese, home smoked pulled pork, creamy ranch dressing and homemade jerk BBQ sauce.
Flip Burger Bar, North Miami
10-ounce chef's choice of freshly ground steak, topped with pepper jack cheese, homemade chipotle barbecue sauce, homemade onion strings, and fresh jalapeno peppers.
SIDE: Homemade Mac & Cheese.
CHUCK NORRIS FRITA
Pork, Chorizo, Angus Ground Beef, topped with a steak onion ring and julienne fries. Served with Roundhouse Kick zesty sauce.
Georgie's Alibi, Wilton Manors
Certified Black Angus beef, American cheese, bacon onion jam, bistro aioli on toasted Challah.
SIDE: Jack Daniels salted caramel milkshake with bacon nibs.
Giraffas, North Miami
Lean nuggets of ground sirloin seasoned Brazilian style, grilled, and served with chipotle sauce, egg, bacon, ham, fresh lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and gouda cheese.
SIDE: Quinoa Salad.
Grill Master Café, Miami
Creekstone Farms certified premium black Angus and Spanish chorizo blend topped with special sauce, raw onions and Julienne fries.
Islas Canarias' CUBANCUBE, Miami
Spicy chorizo and beef slider seasoned with three different spicy peppers topped with white onions, fried hash browns, Swiss cheese, homemade frita sauce, all served on a warm Cuban bun.
Joe's Stone Crab, Miami Beach
HOLLER BACK BURGER
Burger with all dat' sauce, white cheddar and Blue Moon foam, dusted applewood bacon powder, on a toasted bun.
SIDE: Honey Mustard Chips.
The Joint Bar and Grill, Pinecrest
CROQUETTA PREPARADA BURGER
Creekstone Farms certified premium black angus and Serrano ham patty topped with crispy Serrano ham slices, Manchego cheese. Served with a homemade Serrano ham and Manchego cheese croquet, in-house pickled IPA beer pickles, and mustard.
AMERICAN MAD LOVE
30/30/40 Brisket Chuck, Sirloin blend with aged Cheddar, Swiss, applewood smoked maple glazed bacon, grilled onions, mushrooms, butter lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, avocado, avocado lime, crema Mexicana, mango Habanero sauce.
The Local Craft Food & Drink, Coral Gables
THE LOCAL SLIDER
Kobe beef slider, Gruyere cheese, fried egg, caramelized onions, and demi- glace.
LoKal Burgers & Beer, Coconut Grove
50 percent Florida grass fed beef and 50 percent smoked Florida bacon ground into a patty. Served with homemade onion marmalade, mayonnaise, crispy Florida bacon, with melted jack cheese.
HEALTHY OPTION: LOKAL VEGGIE BURGER
Oat bran, brown rice, prunes, jalapenos and soy sauce served with Monterrey Jack cheese, mustard/mayo, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and pickles.
Makoto, Bal Harbor
Certified black Angus and dry-aged beef blend, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, pickle, red onion, Japanese mayo, ketchup and mustard on a brioche bun.
SIDE: Tempura Vegetable fries.
The Office, Delray
CEO BURGER/THE BOSS
A custom "office" blend of prime brisket and chuck beef served on a toasted brioche bun topped with tomato-onion confit, Nueske's bacon, Gruyere cheese, Maytag blue cheese, baby organic arugula, and secret "office" sauce!
SIDE: Loaded "grown up tater tots"
Pincho Factory, Miami
Creekstone certified premium black Angus topped with lettuce tomatoes, onions, potato sticks, and signature pink sauce.
SIDE: Sweet potato tots with apple butter.
Quickie's Burgers & Wings, Hollywood
MINI M.O.A.B. (Mother of All Burgers)
A not-so-mini inside-out ten ounce Angus cheeseburger, oozing with melted American cheese, and loaded with lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, Quickie's sauce, crispy fried onions, and topped with French fries.
Shake Shack, Miami Beach
Signature all-natural, hormone and anti-biotic free, fresh-ground Angus hamburger topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and ShackSauce on a buttered, toasted bun.
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Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, Fort Lauderdale
Half-pound Angus beef burger topped with slow smoked pulled pork, chipotle BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese and onion tanglers on a ciabatta bun.