8 New Miami Burgers Destined to Be Classics
Miami is no stranger to iconic burgers. From Pincho Factory’s award-winning tostón version to DB Bistro’s sirloin/short-rib/foie gras Original burger, there are plenty of options from which to choose. But in the past few months a slew of new favorites have popped up — in casual burger joints and fancy-pants steakhouses alike — promising a bright future for carnivores. Below: eight new Miami burgers destined for greatness.
Que Bestia Burger at Pisco y Nazca
South Miami's Pisco y Nazca opened in November, debuting upscale Peruvian gastrobar classics and ceviches. Tucked into the roster of lomo saltado, causas and tiraditos is this beastly, Latin-style burger. The grilled Angus beef patty is slathered with sweet panca-tomato chutney and spicy rocoto aioli, finished with crunchy shoestring potatoes and nestled in a soft pretzel bun. It's messy but, well, it's worth the extra napkin.
8405 Mills Dr.; 305-630-3844
Fried Lobster Mac & Cheese Burger at Meat Market
Though it’s large enough for a robust dinner, this burger also holds court on the lunch menu of Meat Market, a swanky Lincoln Road steakhouse. Not for the faint of heart, the chuck-and-short-rib-blend beef is topped with a deep-fried lobster mac 'n' cheese patty, applewood-smoked bacon and gooey Gouda cheese.
915 Lincoln Rd.; 305-532-0088
Painted Hill Farms Sirloin Burger at Izzy's Fish & Oyster
Though chef Jamie DeRosa and his restaurant are known for seafood, the new Painted Hill Farms Sirloin Burger is a real winner. The 6-ounce ground sirloin patty is prepared in a cast-iron skillet with butter and herbs, giving it a remarkably steak-like flavor. It's topped with melted cave-aged cheddar, onion jam and thick-cut applewood-smoked bacon, all cushioned within a soft potato roll. And don't forget a side of house-made dill pickle and waffle-cut fries.
423 Washington Ave.; 305-397-8843
BBQ Godfather Burger at BurgerQ
The BBQ Godfather Burger at this new Kendall burger bar is as indulgent as it sounds. Think: four different kinds of meat (pulled pork, smoked sausage, peppercorn bacon and a beef patty), plus cheddar, fried jalapeños and house-made mop sauce. There’s also an interactive “beer wall” where guests can sample 16 different local brews before choosing a favorite to pair with their burger.
8970 Southwest 72nd Pl.; 786-439-2916
Smokehouse Burger at Sunny’s
The knockout Smokehouse burger is the star on the menu of Spike Mendelsohn’s first Miami restaurant. The beef's made with a proprietary blend by renowned New York butcher Pat LaFrieda; accompaniments include applewood-smoked bacon, sharp cheddar, pineapple-chipotle BBQ sauce and crunchy potato sticks. It takes a rare burger to require a fork and a knife, but this one may indeed be that juicy.
1500 Collins Ave.; 305-531-3935
Asian Tostone Burger at Pincho Factory
Plantain-lovers flock to this local chain to get their hands on the award-winning tostón burger, made with two crispy fried tostones as the buns. Spin-offs now include an Asian variation, which packs some heat with sriracha slaw, teriyaki-glazed onions and chow mein noodles.
Wagyu Burger at Beaker & Gray
This Wynwood restaurant and bar is famous for its inventive fare, and chef Brian Nasajon's tasty Wagyu burger is no exception. Embellished with beer-soaked tomatillo sauce, caramelized onion sauce and melty smoked Gouda, the fresh-of-the-grill patty is among the most unctuous in town.
2637 North Miami Ave.; 305-699-2637
Marion Burger at Marion
This Brickell brasserie, which takes its cues from France and the Mediterranean, offers only one burger. But it's killer. The patty is made with a blend of short rib, sirloin, strip loin fat and flank steak, and is topped with sofrito confit garlic aioli, shitake mushrooms, creamy caramelized shallots and a crispy Parmesan cracker.
1111 Southwest 1st Ave.; 786-717-7512