If you and your family are longing for some American food in Miami, you can’t do better than a juicy hamburger. Do you like your sandwich brimming with exotic toppings, or are you strictly old school, preferring that the rich flavors of beef and bun shine through in all their perfect simplicity? Whatever the case, Miami has the perfect hamburger for each and every member of your family. These five restaurants offer some of the best burgers in all of South Florida.
Burger & Beer Joint
On South Beach, Burger & Beer Joint serves up decadent concoctions with rock n’ roll names like Mustang Sally and Sympathy for the Devil, along with a truly impressive selection of beers and cocktails, sure to tempt the adults in your family. This burger spot exudes a rocker attitude as the cooks whip up creations like the Thunder Road, a half pound of premium patty laced with bourbon barbecue sauce, American cheese, and smoked bacon. Do you have a vegetarian in your family? You’re in luck! Burger & Beer Joint caters to a wide range of tastes and dietary preferences. The restaurant has a house-made vegetarian patty that can be combined with a truly mind-boggling array of ingredients.
Looking for more choices for a South Beach hamburger? Stop into vintage-themed Top Burger for a quick meal that certainly doesn’t skimp on taste. The eatery’s hand-formed patties are made to order, which means that each member of your family can design a sandwich to suit his or her own preferences. Perhaps you’ll get the yummy Top Burger sauce on yours, along with bleu cheese and mushrooms, with an order of sweet potato fries on the side. Once again, the menu caters to your vegetarian family member, as well. The verdict? Top Burger is a welcome addition to the Miami Beach scene.
Over on mainland Miami in Coconut Grove, you’re drawn to LoKal, a burger joint that uses only sustainable, locally sourced ingredients like grass-fed, free-range beef that they hand-grind into their own patties. But the main reason you want to check it out for lunch is that LoKal cooks, hands down, some of the best burgers in Miami. Sure, some members of your family may order My Childhood Dream, a burger topped with a doughnut and candied bacon, or the luxurious Royale with Cheese (with, of course, tasty Jack cheese). But you decide to go for the Classic. And as you hold the hamburger in your hands, you marvel at the thin slices of onion, ripe, juicy tomato, crisp lettuce, and that fabulous looking beef. After just one bite, you’ll feel a sense of bliss wash over your entire body. Lokal’s new approach to American food in Miami is truly a hit.
Swine Southern Table & Bar
Over in Coral Gables, Swine Southern Table & Bar is fast becoming a beloved gathering spot for serving up scrumptious Southern delicacies with their own special flair. This institution celebrates the South, from its selection of mellow bourbons to its warm hospitality. Once you and your family are settled in, you’ll want to order some fried green tomatoes and divine deviled eggs to start. And when you’re ready to taste one of the best burgers in Miami, you’ll be intrigued by some of the restaurant’s original ingredients. After trying the brisket, short rib, and smoked pork burger, you’ll wonder why there aren’t more burgers made with pork.
Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
For a special occasion, or just an exceptionally good lunch, check out Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, a restaurant owned by James Beard Award winner Michael Schwartz. When you first enter this Design District eatery, you notice the attractive, casual decor. Although the restaurant has a serious approach to food, the vibe inside is quite comfortable. When you peruse your menu, your eyes will make their way to the main prize: the Harris Ranch Black Angus Burger, served on a brioche bun. Other dishes, like the duck confit and pulled pork sandwich, sound enticing, but when your burger hits your table, you know you’ve struck gold. As you tuck into this hamburger, one thing is perfectly clear: Michael’s has perfected the art of creating one of the best burgers in Miami.
This culinary adventure into The Magic City’s burger scene not only makes your taste buds sing, it also gives you a chance to enjoy sampling local cuisine, together as a family.