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Best Burger in Ft. Lauderdale?

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Where's eveyone's pick for the best burger in Lauderdale? I just saw Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food TV and today's show was about burgers. They all looked so good...and I got sad since I havn't found a great place here yet.

Tried Jack's on US1...kind of bland.
Cheeseburger, Cheeseburger...eh.

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  1. Here's a good article I found from today's Sun-Sentinel. They mention a few places in Broward (including Jack's) 5 Guys, which is off of 17th Causeway and Char-Hut, which has locations in western Broward. I've been to 5 Guys, which does make a great burger...fresh taste and very juicy. Haven't had the chance to try Char-Hut yet...i'll have to do that soon!

    http://www.sun-sentinel.com/features/...

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    1. re: butrfli1227

      Jacks does a great old time-style burger... that is, fresh beef ground daily, cooked on a griddle to order. Their strength is their blend of brisket and chuck which they grind on premises. The beef flavor is really great. The downside to Jacks is most people nowadays prefer very thick burgers cooked on a grill. Those types can be done medium or medium rare, whereas griddle cooked burgers are usually flatter and fatter, and almost always cooked above medium in order to caramelize the outside.

      That said, I still love Jacks. You just need to salt it and add condiments your self.

      Maguires Hill 16 does a great grilled burger with good quality meat. You can it to temperature there, and the toppings are usually pretty decent. The bun is excellent there as well.

      Moonlight Diner on Cypress Creek and Andrews does a fantastic burger in terms of toppings. They're better than Cheeburger, and are open 24-7. The beef is not ground in house, but they are usually very juicy, and the staff is exceptionally nice for a diner.

      Everyone is crazy about Le Tub in Hallandale since the Vogue article (and Oprah appearance) touting them the best in the nation. Le Tub is pretty good, actually, despite the hype. They grill freshly ground beef on a super-hot grill, charring the outside completely while leaving the inside red and moist. Be prepared to wait a long time for your burger though.

      Char-hut is pretty decent. Family owned. Expensive for what you get though. They're thinner burgers, like Jacks, but they grill them instead of griddle frying them.

      1. re: johnmlinn

        I have one for everyone. I meet up with one of my friends who happens to be gay and he had me try a burger from Bills Filling Station in Wilton Manors. I must admit after eating that burger that's all I have been thinking about! We went during the day so the only people in there were there for the burger. $6 got me a beer, hand cut fries (done right) and the badest burger I have ever eaten. If you are ever in the area you need to try this one!!!!!!

    2. It's tough to beat Le Tub, but the burger is $11. Char Hut are small but tasty-once again, not the best value. If you go, try the homemade chili sauce (relish). I found Jack's to be OK, too.

      1. I tried 5 Guys today. For a chain, they're good. Toppings are tasty and well prepared, things are cooked fresh to order. They're griddle-style - two thin patties on one bun to give a meatier, thicker bite. In terms of the burger itself, though, I'm shocked SS gave them the second best in SoFla. There's no way. For old-school burgers, Jacks beats them hands down. Give Jacks another try, FTL. The daily-ground brisket is hard to beat.

        1. Just Ft Lauderdale only?? I'd have to go with Jack's. I've heard the burger at Kelly's Landing is great but I always stick with the fried clams and chowder

          Broward- Char Hut and Le Tub get the nod. Had a great Kobe burger at Armadillo Beach in Dania (lunch menu $13).

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          1. re: The Chowfather AKA sobe

            Headed up to Kelly's Landing to try the burger. Hard to order with fried clams, lobster rolls and great chowder on the menu. That said, I'm always looking for a great burger and had to give Kelly's a shot. The first bite was just okay and I thought it was going to be a bust. However, it improved with each subsequent bite. It's bigger than Jack's and Char Hut but smaller than Le Tub. perfect size. Very tasty and ranks up there with the best. $8 for burger fries and cole slaw or baked beans. $8.50 with cheese.

            Any other nominations in Ft. Lauderdale?

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            Kelly's Landing-New England
            1305 SE 17th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316

          2. I am always looking for a good burger as well. I saw that episode of Diner, Drive-ins, and Dives as well. Made my mouth water! So far my picks for a good burger are Le Tub and 5 Guys. Both have a pretty good burger. Le Tub is a little pricey but you get a pretty good sized burger cooked to you liking. THe atmosphere is also interesting and keeps you entertained during the long wait. 5 guys only cooks the burgers are a little samller and greasier but are still good. They offer many toppings and the fries are AMAZING! THey are fresh cut which is hard to find!

            1. Although not Fort Lauderdale, if you happen to be in the South Beach area try the Burger from the poolside restaurant/lounge at the Ritz in South Beach. It is, a bit surprisingly, the best burger I've had at a restaurant in Florida.
              It is quite a shame that there is no Ted's Montana Grill here!

              1. i'll be in the area for 3 dinners and 2 lunches next month. I was going to try Jack's having had Le Tub in the past, but might just make it a "burger tasting trip" instead of going to other places. If I do what's on the List?

                Le Tub (or is it overdone here?);
                Jack's
                5 Guys
                Bill Filling Station
                Char Hut
                Kelly's Landing?
                Moonlight Diner?
                Primanti Bros' Pitts Burger?

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                1. re: crewsweeper

                  I have heard about that burger at Bill's FIlling Station too, from several people. Have to try it! Jacks is boring no matter what people say here about the "great grind". if they can't do a medium rare burger (they refused) then the meat is not top shelf!!!

                  1. re: alanhotatl

                    "they can't do a medium rare burger, then the meat is not top shelf" I'm wondering about the basis of your statement. There could be more than a few reasons, why they choose not to cook a rare or medium rare burger. I enjoy my burgers cooked medium rare also but find it harder and harder to find places to to accomodate me and I don't think it has anything to do with the quality of the meat.

                    1. re: alanhotatl

                      Bill's Filling Station has amazing burgers! Just went there for the first time a couple months ago...IMO, the best I've had in Fort Lauderdale.

                  2. Although its in deerfield beach, highly recommend checking out Charm City Burgers on Hillsborough. Hi recommend the Mobster which is an Italian Sausage Burger with onions and peppers and provolone. The wife loves the Volcano with jalapenos, Pepper jack cheese, and a volcano sauce. Cool kitchy desserts like deep fried oreos and deep fried twinkies

                    1. Le Tub is ok, but I still haven't had one there that was as good as advertised.

                      The Briney over at Atlantic/A1A is pretty good. Order the burger a temperature cooler than you normally want it, though. They always overcook, so you have to adjust accordingly.

                      Johnny's NY Pizza has a pretty good one, too, over on Andrews between Prospect and Oakalnd Park.

                      Brother Tuckers, the beer bar down the street from the Briney, does a big burger covered in pepperjack cheese and a couple hot sauces. It's messy, but worth it, and you get the added bonus of drinking some beers you wont find anywhere else in south florida. They make soups daily, too, that are worth ordering whether you think you'll want it or not.

                      1. are there any older lauderdale people out there that remember scally's burgers on either oakland or commercial east of federal hwy?? 3.95 but a two drink minimum. I really remenber it being big and juicy and fresh flavored.I think the place burned down but what a great place for a young dude with not a lot of cash

                        1. I went to Le Tub last weekend, it was very crowded and the wait for food was 90 minutes, but we still had a great time. From the parking lot to the bar the staff was very nice and entertaining and upfront about how long the wait was. I also loved that it was on the water. Would I say it was the best burger ever? Not really, but it was HUGE! I only ate half. The fries were good too.

                          1. Bru's Room in Coral Springs has a surprisingly tasty, juicy burger. The extensive topping options enhance this already yummy burger significantly. I went for roasted red peppers, artichoke hearts, feta, and cheddar-jack and highly recommend the combination. The only down side is that the toppings can get pretty expensive at $1 each. Still, it was delicious and worth it!