Ten Essential Miami Burgers to Try During National Burger Month

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.

The Chug Burger at ArieteEXPAND
The Chug Burger at Ariete
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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 happy hour, 4 to 7 p.m. daily.

Bird & Bone's Gussied Up burgerEXPAND
Bird & Bone's Gussied Up burger
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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.

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Blue Collar burger
Blue Collar

Blue Collar

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.

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Boulud Sud's Frenchie burger
Boulud Sud

Boulud Sud

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.

Diplomat Prime's wagyu burgerEXPAND
Diplomat Prime's wagyu burger
Diplomat Prime

Diplomat Prime

555 S. Ocean Dr., Hollywood

An eight-ounce patty is topped with Hudson Valley foie gras, Havarti cheese, pickled red onions, and a sweet-tangy secret sauce ($30) at this polished steakhouse inside the Diplomat Beach Resort.

Ten Essential Miami Burgers to Try During National Burger Month
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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

It's hard to pick only one burger out of the eight cooked-to-order options at Michael Mina's burger joint inside the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel. But order the Blue burger with dry-aged patty, arugula, Point Reyes blue cheese, truffle aïoli, crispy prosciutto, and caramelized onion, served on a brioche ($24). For extra indulgence, choose from a side of waffle fries or onion rings.

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The Burger Bash Smash at Sakaya
Sakaya Kitchen

Sakaya Kitchen

3401 N. Miami Ave., Miami

Sakaya's Burger Bash Smash's onion and short-rib meat blend is topped with Korean burger sauce with gochugaru and kimchi spices, and served in a soft bun ($9). Make it a combo with curly steak fries and a drink for $14.

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Silverlake Bistro

1211 71st St., Miami Beach

This cozy bistro in Normandy Isle serves a burger fitted between French brioche buns. The well-seasoned,  organic patty made with a three-cut blend of brisket, chuck, and sirloin is enhanced with the flavors of cheddar cheese, homemade steak sauce, porcini mayo, and thick-cut applewood bacon, accompanied by a good portion of string fries. It will cost you $17 at dinnertime or $12 during the restaurant's happy hour, Wednesday to Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

The USBS burger
The USBS burger
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USBS Pop-Up at Boxelder

2817 NW Second Ave., Miami

This no-frills burger has become wildly popular since the married chef team of Mike Mayta and Keily Vasquez started serving it in their United States Burger Service pop-up in Wynwood last year. Fresh off the grill, the single "ground" and the "two-day" double patty are priced at $6 to $8. The chefs' own blend of two kinds of melted cheese is spiked with a pinch of salt and mustard seed, served in a cross between a Parker House roll and potato bread. For $3.50 more, you also get a portion of thick-cut fries.

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