In case you didn't know, May is National Burger Month, and May 28 is National Burger Day.
South Florida has a ton of burger spots. And finding the best — the juiciest, the biggest, the most gaudily topped ones — isn't easy. Some are exotic meats that can be ordered with mix-and-match gourmet toppings. Others are basic patties executed to perfection and made with quality ingredients. And then there are those that are best paired with the perfect glass of wine or booze-spiked milkshakes.
Need a guide to the best deals and burgers around? Here are just a few of South Florida's finest burgers to commemorate this epic food holiday:
1. Oceans 234
This Deerfield Beach spot (234 N. Ocean Dr.) will serve limited-time specials for National Burger Month. Steve’s Ultimate Patty Melt, available through May 10, is a bacon-crusted patty topped with pepper jack cheese, smoky jalapeño aioli, avocado, arugula, red onion, and pickled sweet and spicy peppers on toasted marble rye ($18). May 11 through 21, try Joe’s Mushroom With a View Burger, containing with wild mushrooms, Swiss cheese, crisp onion, arugula, and lemon truffle aioli on a brioche bun ($18). After May 21, the top-selling burger of the two will be featured through the end of the month.
2. Burlock Coast Seafare & Spirits
Located on the ground floor of the Ritz-Carlton Fort Lauderdale, Burlock Coast offers a $10 beer-and-bootleg-burger special: A ground brisket patty topped with pulled pork, chipotle aioli, and jack cheese is served every Monday night as part of the restaurant's regular happy hour. Burlock Coast has partnered with Funky Buddha Brewery for an additional off-the-menu beer-and-burger offer available every Monday from 5 p.m. till close throughout May. When diners check in to Facebook or like that week’s burger post on Instagram (and show their server), they will receive two Smugglers blonde ale beers and an option to order the contraband burger, specially created for National Burger Month. It's topped with Smugglers blonde ale battered shallots, tomato jam, Brie, truffle aioli, and arugula and served on a brioche bun.
3. Wild Sea Oyster Bar & Grille
Wild Sea Oyster Bar, located at the Riverside Hotel (620 E. Las Olas Blvd.), is offering something special for National Burger Month: the Cuban, a patty crafted with blended pork shoulder and pork butt, mojo-marinated pork belly, and sliced smoked honey-baked ham and topped with fried sour pickles, Gruyère cheese, and a garlic mustard sauce. To add an extra touch of authenticity to the revered sandwich it's modeled after, it's served on a lightly pressed brioche bun. The restaurant's specialty burgers, priced $15 to $19 each, are available only during lunch.
With locations from Delray Beach to Miami, Rok:Brgr is celebrating with the triple truffle burger ($40). It's a blend of bone marrow, NY strip, and rib eye topped with aged truffle white cheddar cheese, an exotic mushroom blend, and a truffle mornay cream sauce, served between two soft brioche buns. The final touch: fresh imported black truffles, shaved tableside. The special burger is served at all locations in May.
5. American Harvest
Head to Brickell City Centre to try the American Harvest burger ($10), made with a blend of all-natural grass-fed and free-range chuck, short rib, and brisket. It's topped with fontina cheese, house mayonnaise, and caramelized shallots and served on a Martin’s potato bun.
6. Beaker & Gray
Choose from a Wagyu burger with beer-soaked tomatillo jam, Gouda, and pickled cucumber ($16) and the Chivito, made with ground Waygu skirt steak topped with chimichurri aioli, Oaxaca cheese, and a fried egg ($16).
7. Big Easy Winebar & Grill
This South African-inspired concept by Ernie Els at Brickell City Centre offers a signature Big Easy burger ($16), prepared with heirloom tomatoes, house-made onion jam, and barbecue sauce and served with hand-cut fries.
8. BLT Prime
Chef de cuisine Dustin Ward is offering the BLT duck burger ($30). A combination of Hudson Valley foie gras, miso aioli, and pickled Brussels sprouts, it's the same recipe he recently entered to compete in the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash.
9. Glass & Vine
Giorgio Rapicavoli’s Coconut Grove spot offers a brunch burger special. Served Saturdays and Sundays, the broccoli cheeseburger ($14, add $3 for fries) is an all-Angus patty nestled on a buttered bun with melty cheddar cheese, roasted broccoli, and a buttermilk ranch sauce.
10. Meat Market
This Lincoln Road staple offers a number of specialty burgers, priced at $15 to $19, from executive chef and co-owner Sean Brasel. The mushroom burger features an Angus chuck patty stuffed with wild mushrooms and topped with Boursin cheese, grilled onion, and Meat Market's special sauce. It's served on a brioche bun from Zak the Baker.
11. River Yacht Club
The truffle burger ($30) is made with a hefty beef patty topped with Gorgonzola, caramelized onions, house-made truffle butter, and fresh-shaved truffles.
12. The Dutch
This month, the Dutch, located inside the W South Beach Hotel, is serving the double cheddar burger, originally sold only at the New York City flagship. This massive double cheeseburger ($24) is best known for its secret sauce, which is perfect for dipping your side of fries. Be sure to ask for extra on the side.
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