Did you know May was National Hamburger Month? No joke. In honor of that, we serve up five destinations with definite patty appeal.
The California burger favorite hits the beach—our beach! “Miami has a diverse food culture, blending together a lot of different genres, but nothing like us,” says UMAMI founder Adam Fleischman about the decision for a 33139 location. Famished carnivores can expect homemade condiments, beer-infused cheeses and Wagyu beef that’s ground in-house daily. MUST TRY The Cubano, a South Beach exclusive that includes a patty made with pork and pork belly, mojo mustard, house cheese, pickles, prosciutto and smoked ham. 1080 Alton Road, Miami Beach, umami.com
A few years back, Jay-Z was asked by local radio station Power 96 what his 305 musts were. “Cheeseburger Baby, of course!” he responded. And he’s not alone. While the neighborhood is famous for its six-month course (as in businesses rarely make it to their first year), this place just celebrated its 13th anniversary. It’s open from 11 to 5am and it’s a favorite of the post-club crowd. MUST TRY The World-Famous Half-Pound Bacon Cheeseburger with Certified Angus beef, cheese of your choice, lettuce, tomato, onion and pickles served on a toasted buttered bun. 1505 Washington Ave., Miami Beach, 305.531.7300, cheeseburgerbaby.net
A favorite of CBS’ Gayle King, Le Tub is often named in countless “best burger” lists. Decorations at the restaurant include a mulch-filled toilet and a hand painted vintage tub by the entrance. But tourists all over the world don’t flock here for the ambiance, but rather LT’s perfectly seasoned and grilled patties. MUST TRY The Sirloin Burger made with 13 ounces of ground top sirloin that’s seasoned and charbroiled, and then served on a bun with lettuce, tomato and onion. 1100 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood, 954.921.9425, theletub.com
Burger & Beer Joint
In 2009, a wave of boutique burger eateries hit Miami like a tsunami. B&B managed to stand out from the rest of the crowd and it’s still going strong. It’s not surprising why: the place boasts 15 signature burgers, more beers than you have fingers and toes, and “adult shakes.” MUST TRY The Hotel California with 10 ounces of Certified Angus Beef, guacamole, grilled Vidalia onion, jalapeño relish, cilantro sour cream, sharp cheddar and topped with a sunny side-up fried egg inside a brioche bun. 900 S. Miami Ave., Miami, 305.523.2244; 1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 305.672.3287; bnbjoint.com
If the Leave it To Beaver family were still alive today, Blue Collar would be their Friday restaurant of choice. With less than 50 seats, 1960s classics playing on the soundtrack and homemade berry cobbler always on the menu, this place has American nostalgia well covered. Best part: burgers (and a slew of other dishes) are now available until 2am. MUST TRY The Real Juicy Cheeseburger with prime dry aged New York strip, lettuce, tomato and onion on a Portuguese muffin. 6730 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, 305.756.0366, bluecollarmiami.com