Best Burgers in Orlando

Beloved patties and buns, hot off the grill
July 21, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

Orlando loves its burgers, and Zagat's picks for this American classic tend toward freshly ground beef with intriguing toppings. 

The Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar
Burger · Universal Orlando · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

Burger and sushi fans find "the best of both worlds" on the double-specialty menu at this "innovative" option at Universal Orlando's CityWalk, also home to "intriguing fusion" choices and combo bento boxes; "inviting" decor (including a "high-tech fish tank" ), "helpful" service and spiked shakes all enhance the "bustling" atmosphere.
The Smiling Bison
Colonial Town Center · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.7 · Service 4.4

The chef "changes the menu often based on what's locally available" at this "funky find" in Colonialtown, where the "exciting" gastropub fare (including "fabulous burgers" ) goes "beyond expectations" ; "professional" service, "awesome" craft beers and live music all keep the "casual" quarters humming, and Sunday brunch is a "great value.
Shake Shack - Winter Park
Burger · $
Food 4.0 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

A "cult following" digs the "delicious" burgers and "legendary shakes" on tap at the South Florida branches of Danny Meyer's NYC-based chain; the "relatively cheap" eats and "comfortable and easygoing" atmosphere help make this "pig-out place" one of the "winners in the hamburger derby" ; P.S. bring the pooch to sit outside because "it even has a menu for your dog.
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Steakhouse · Dr. Phillips · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.5

Diners "indulge" in "top-notch" steaks and burgers at this "reliable" chophouse chain with branches in Dr. Phillips and Winter Park, where a "modern" and "less stodgy" vibe makes it a "far hipper destination" than some of its kin; "professional, friendly" service adds to the "high-end" experience, and if tabs seem too "expensive" , try the "lower-priced" bar menu.
The Rusty Spoon
Seafood · Downtown · $$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.4

Fine dining without the stuffiness or price " brings chowhounds to this Downtown Orlando gastropub where the " rustic, inspired " New American offerings are made with " local, fresh ingredients "; further pluses include " personable " staffers and a " cozy" earth-toned setting.