The Ten Best Burgers in Miami
This burger is worth ordering over ramen.
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6. K Ramen burger at K Ramen Burger Beer
Since November 2016, K Ramen Burger Beer has made its home in the basement of the Townhouse Hotel in Miami Beach. Here, the chef whips up an eclectic array of eats and — as the name suggests — specializes in two things: ramen and burgers. K Ramen's signature burger is worth the indulgence (and the decision to go burger over ramen). The half-pound, double-patty sandwich is more than enough for two to share. It arrives stacked high, layered with caramelized onion, tomato, two slices of American cheese, and a generous slathering of the restaurant's spicy cream sauce ($16). Add avocado or a fried egg for extra flavor, and snag a side order of crispy tots.
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7. Outside Is In at JR's Gourmet Burgers
In February, JR's Gourmet Burgers received the best news a burger restaurant can be given: It was declared the people's choice at Burger Bash during the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival. Restaurants from across the nation competed, and local favorites included Fooq's, Pubbelly, and Pincho Factory. (North Florida-based Tucker Duke's took the overall win.) Still, it's easy to see why people love this Miami Springs standby that offers hand-pressed Angus beef patties matched with some pretty creative toppings. Any joint can slap bacon and cheese onto a burger, but only a special place like JR's stuffs the goods into the patty. Of the ten burgers on the menu, a top pick remains the Outside Is In — a massive, juicy, charred beef patty stuffed with bits of bacon and oozing cheese — served on a cornmeal-crusted bun that adds the perfect texture. A third-pounder costs $7.50, and a half-pounder runs $8.75.
Get your fill of Latin-inspired burgers at Pincho Factory.
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8. Pincho burger at Pincho Factory
When Nedal Ahmad was in elementary school, his English teacher told him he'd be flipping burgers one day. Funny thing is, the guy was right: Ahmad, along with his brother Nazir and cousin Otto Othman, owns Pincho Factory, the Miami-based burger and kebab restaurant that's grown from a single location in West Miami-Dade to a booming franchise business in just five years. Since then, Chef Ahmad has flipped quite a few patties. He did it for Rachael Ray at the 2015 South Beach Wine & Food Festival and appeared on The Today Show, where he made his tosón burger for Kathy Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotbe. Of the eight burgers on the restaurant's permanent roster, go for the namesake Pincho ($6.99), a savory patty on a dense brioche bun layered with melted cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, a house-made secret pink "flamingo" sauce, and julienned potatoes fried fresh for a satisfying crunch, much like the ones found on the best fritas in Miami.
9. Grass-fed cheeseburger at Proof Miami
Proof is known for its pizzas and pastas, but don't let that stop you from ordering the one burger listed on the menu. Chef/owner Justin Flit's grass-fed beef cheeseburger is griddle-pressed and cooked with onions, covered in cheddar, and finished with a white cheddar aioli ($14). It's a hidden gem on the midtown eatery's Italian-themed menu.
Need a burger late at night? Cheeseburger Baby has you covered.
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10. Various burgers at Cheeseburger Baby
Some burgers are perfect after you've had too many drinks, and that's where 15-year veteran Cheeseburger Baby comes in. The eatery specializes in the late-night, don't-care-about-calories variety. If you're looking for a burger fix and don't want to battle the South Beach crowds, there's also a location in Little River at 212 NE 79th St. The menu lists Cheeseburger Baby's famous half-pound burgers and cheeseburgers, topped with lettuce, tomato, onion, choice of cheese, and chopped pickles and nestled on a homemade bun. Turkey and veggie versions are also available, and extras include bacon, chili, jalapeños, grilled onions, green peppers, grilled mushrooms, avocados, fried eggs, blue cheese, honey mustard, honey barbecue sauce, Buffalo sauce, and ranch sauce. Chef/owner Stephanie Vitori's two-and-a-half-ounce Baby burgers cost $5 for two and are also available in turkey and veggie varieties.
150 20th St.
Miami Beach, Florida 33139
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