A good burger is America's quintessential comfort food, and there's no better time to get your fill of juicy meat than in May — dubbed National Burger Month.
Local chefs nail the artistry of the ideal proportion of elements, from the bun to the fixings to the meat patty, and dress it all up with their own spin to create the most noteworthy combinations.
Whether you want to splash out on a foie gras special or keep things classic with cheese, below are ten really great burgers you should try for National Burger Month — and beyond.
3540 Main Hwy., Miami
Chef Michael Beltran masters the art of hamburger making while paying homage to his Cuban heritage with this double patty topped with American cheese and b&b pickles, then dressed with a secret sauce. Served with local greens, harissa, and ciabatta on the side, the burger sells for $17 at dinnertime but just $10 during
Bird & Bone
4041 Collins Ave., Miami Beach
"I thought of Florida when I made it, and I think of Florida when I eat it," says chef Richard Hales of his Gussied Up burger at Bird & Bone. His creation combines stacked and smothered triple brisket and short rib beef patties, butter poached lobster, fried green tomato, housemade pepper bacon, key lime mustard sauce, and a vibrant orange marmalade, all between Zak the Baker brioche buns. Instead of traditional cheese, Hales accents his burgers with fondue made with raclette cheese from a Central Florida farm. The burger costs $35 and is served for dinner only.
6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami
Danny Serfer has a cult following among local burger lovers. His simple, dry-aged New York strip patty comes on a classic Portuguese muffin, cloaked with melted cheese, crispy lettuce, tomato, and onion toppings ($17). Taste and juiciness are the key factors.
255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami
At his downtown Miami restaurant, chef Daniel Boulud offers a mouthwatering, gourmet Frenchie burger for lunch. A juicy beef-blend patty is topped with pork belly, a fistful of crispy arugula, fresh tomato compote, and a cornichon. Served from noon to 3:30 p.m., it costs $23 with fries thrown in.
555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood
2003 N. Miami Ave., Miami
This burger and craft beer joint by the team behind Lokal and the Spillover has gained a reputation for serving some of the best hamburgers in town. It's a convivial, happy place with friendly service and a roster of unique choices. The Frita packs a real taste of Miami, with Kobe-style beef dressed with guava jelly and melted gruyere, stuffed with potato stix, crispy bacon, and Lokal sauce ($15). The burger is pressed on a flat-top grill.
Pizza & Burger by Michael Mina
4441 Collins Ave., Miami Beach