Best Burgers in Orlando

Beloved patties and buns, hot off the grill
July 21, 2016
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.