Thursday, March 1, 2012

First Tiers of a Burger 2012 -Best Burgers South Florida

The following are the best of the best in South Florida according to ME and broken down into Tiers. (Listed alphabetically within each tier) Let me stress that every burger on this list is great.  No mediocre burgers here.


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TIER ONE

Bourbon Steak - Sit back & relax at bar or in lounge with an old fashioned and Miami's best burger.
Burger & Beer Joint - Big tasty burger. 
gastroPod-Mo Better Burger, short rib, brisket and sirloin topped with poached egg, slaw and gPod sauce. Soo good.
Shake Shack - Fast casual serving simple gourmet burgers. That is a tasty burger...

TIER TWO

Michael's Genuine Food & Drink - Harry's Burgers??
Red Light - Everything Chef Wessel cooks is great and his burger is no exception
The Dutch- Great patty, nicely seasoned and topped with cheddar and a tasty special sauce that yields to the patty. Served on a sesame bun. 
Tudor House-The Ugly is a juicy meat bomb packed with flavor and topped with bread and butter pickles.

TIER THREE

Charm City Burgers- Took a few visits to win me over but they did.
Le Tub - This is a must do for every local at some point especially during the winter.
Sustain - Great burger, bun & nice bacon. Only con, bites without bacon taste under seasoned.

TIER FOUR

Burger Fi - Wanna be Shake Shack better than expected. Super slow service though.
Char Hut- Dropped in tiers because of new spots but still best fast food burger after Shake Shack.
Five Guys - I wasn't a fan initially but it's a reliable fast food burger. I prefer single over double.

A TIER of Their Own (great non-traditional burgers/food trucks that deserve their own tier)

Meat Market- American kobe slider duo- bacon/white cheddar foie gras.
Sakaya Kitchen- Angus beef bulgogi sliders with spicy goat cheese, pickles, roasted pork & kimchi. 
Sugarcane Raw Bar- Kobe sliders with tonkatsu sauce and fried quail egg.
The Rolling Stove(food truck)- steak burger (hold the onions though to avoid overpowering)

BUSTS
Bulldog Burgers
Five Napkins
Smashburger (salt lick burger but could improve if they fix salt issue)

BURGERS TO EAT LIST

Blue Collar- Hearing that this is tier worthy.
Clarkes - Still haven't been there.
db Bistro Moderne- sirloin burger filled with short ribs, foie gras and black truffles. I need to try this.
Edge Steak and Bar
El Mago de las Fritas- I need a Frita!!!
Whisk

COMING SOON

Umami Burgers 

Please let me know if there are any new spots serving great burgers that I need to try.

11 comments:

Rick said...

Gilbert's!

Anonymous said...

Great post, thanks for taking the calorie bullets for us all! I would add the pork burger from the MisoHungry food truck and the Kimchi burger from Pubbelly Sushi. I also tried recently the burger at Norman Bros and it was pretty good, I saw they have a proper burger outoor stand on Fridays. Oh and being a lamb fan I also reccomend the lamb burger from Mandolin. Tier of its own

The Chowfather said...

Rick, I wasn't crazy about Gilbert's when I went and I didn't care for their burger when I was a Judge at Burger Beast Burgies. I'm willing to give it another shot.

Anon, Norman's is intriguing as does pubbelly sushi burger. Not sure about Mandolin though. Wasn't a fan of Misotruck burger at Burgies

Jean-Pierre said...

Going to make Michael Symon's burger from Burger Bash. I heard it was crazy good.

MrMagee said...

Dude, have you been to Rok Brgr?

The Chowfather said...

Yes, glad you asked. Removed them because they do not know how to properly cook a burger to the correct temp. medium rare is not RARE. Happened 2x 2 many

LAX2MIA said...

Recommending Blue Collar when you're in the neighborhood. Also, even though it's a staid chain the sliders at the bar at Mortons are delicious. Dressed only with cheddar, lettuce and tomato you get the beefy flavor that's lacking in many burgers. Recommend if you've had a late worknight (happy hour begins at 9:00 and bar menu is 1/2 off).

Now where did Umami Burger come into the picture?!

Anonymous said...

Houston's is simply solid. Most importantly, they always hit a MR. It's a lost art.

Liberty Silvagni said...

I remember this finger food catering sydney people who first introduced mini-burgers to me. They looked hilarious at first but the moment I tasted one piece, there's magic inside every bite. It was so juicy! Seeing this post got me craving for burgers!

John Granouille said...

I guess food blogging one of the greatest online marketing strategies. It's nice to think that you'll know which place to go at the comfort of your own home.

Stanford Mikwells said...

I think McDonalds stopped being relevant in South Beach since the late 2000's when specialty burgers like Barb's took to the scene with their wholesale fresh pork melbourne selections. McDonalds burgers are bland in tasting, we're better off elsewhere.