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Best Burgers Miami 2012

The current best burger thread is out of control so I thought Burger Month was the ideal time to start a current thread.

My Top Ten in Miami in alphabetical order

1. Bourbon Steak
2. Burger & Beer Joint
3. Edge Steak & Bar
4. gastroPod
5. Michael's Genuine
6. Red Light
7. Shake Shack
8. Sustain
9. The Dutch
10. Tudor House

** I've never had Whisk, Clarke's or the db Bistro Moderne burgers

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  1. Unfortunately, according to Eater Miami, Sustain is closing up shop.

    1. You just wanna start something don't you?!

      For a pure, unadulterated burger Blue Collar deserves to be there. Sadly, I'll miss Sustain

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      1. re: lax2mia

        Yes, Blue Collar should be on the list for sure.

        1. re: The Chowfather

          Any list that doesn't have JR's Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs isn't complete or accurate...Their "NAG Burger" is nothing less than outstanding....

          Ft. Pierce, FL

          1. re: LargeLife

            Have you had all ten I listed EMacurracy???? enjoy Ft. Pierce

      2. I'd put The Filling Station and Sakaya Kitchen over the Gastropod. I wasn't that enthralled by the burger at Red Light, although I am generally less of a fan of it than many people on this board (which admittedly may be colored by the often atrocious service)..

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        1. re: Fineas

          No, ChowPapi....I haven't eaten a burger at all ten that you've listed...and it's a great list....Have you eaten at JR's Gourmet Burgers in Miami Springs?.....I do (in fact) like Shake Shack...alot...but JR's CRUSHES shake shack...easily.....

          And for the record I do enjoy Ft. Pierce....I do have the luxury of working in Miami and enjoying all that South Florida has to offer!! :)

          Ft. Pierce, FL


          1. re: LargeLife

            JR couldn't crush Shake Shack in their wet dreams. Not even close.

            I actually was a Judge at the Burgies and had the opportunity to sample JR's along with 20 plus other burgers side by side and blind. JR's got crushed. gastropod and burger and beer joint won easily.

            1. re: The Chowfather

              Tried the burger at the dutch and thought it was great. Thanks for the rec. I think Bourbon steak is a little better, but not much. If I mention the rare double shack at Shake Shack again Blind Mind will start throwing fritas at me, so I won't do that. I do think you should post the replacement for sustain.

              How does edge compare to Bourbon and the Dutch?

              1. re: tpigeon

                I would add Blue Collar to the top ten in Sustain's place.

                I give the edge to Bourbon as well. Dutch v Edge is close call. Both very good. Need to try the Edge again before rendering a final opinion.

                Try the Blue Collar burger if you haven't already,

                1. re: tpigeon

                  Haha, the Shack burger rare is a fantastic burger. Just not my favorite...although...it could be the new king now that Burger & Beer Joint has changed meat purveyors and altered their grind. Last 2 visits something was off considerably with the patty. I think it's tough to compare Shake Shack to other burgers here because it's really a fast food burger made with better ingredients.

                  I only had JR's while judging at the Burgies this year. After that I don't really have any interest in going. My notes from the competition - "processed patty, flavor all BBQ sauce, awful"

          2. Never enjoyed much at gastroPod, though the design is wonderful.

            1. I don't think I could come up with 10 to put in order, but
              BLT Steak had one of the finest I've eaten in Miami. Good onion rings to go with too.
              Shake Shack is at or near the top.
              And while it's heresy to suggest a chain, I really have to admit 5 guys just seems to come together well.
              Smashburger is a solid product but not as good as those other 3.

              I just tried the super-luxe db Bistro burger this week (stuffed with foie gras and short rib), and I didn't love it, though the french fries were probably the best I've ever had (and I say this having had Bourbon Steak's duck fat fries many times). I do have to praise db for having some of the best service in the City, and everything other than the burger impressed me thoroughly.

              I read somewhere that the db burger, which I think costs $35 on its own, can be had during burger month with a glass of bordeaux, an app and a dessert for an extra $1, so if you are in the area Chowfather, this is the time to try.

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              1. re: non sequitur

                Just got an email today outlining the DB Offer with this link:

                It describes the app choices, the main (you can get a mahi sandwich if you aren't researching the burger), and desserts. Plus wine for $35 at Lunch OR Dinner - pretty "spiceworthy" deal a few months early.

                1. re: non sequitur

                  I finally treated myself and tried the db burger. It's a great deal and a fantastic burger. Lived up to the hype for me. Only knock is that it is almost impossible to eat w/out a fork/knife but it works nonetheless. Their fries are up there with the best in town too.

                  This deal is the way to go if you have any interest in trying the burger. You get a glass of bordeaux, app and dessert. The pate app is off the charts good.

              2. Whisk burger is definitely legit and would be in my top 10 easily. I also like Gilbert's burger and I'm a fan of the english muffin as the bun because it holds up to a juicy burger quite awesomely. I need to try DB, Dutch, and Red Light. Maybe Tudor House too.

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                1. re: Blind Mind

                  I haven't had the Gilbert's burger on the english muffin, but I generally prefer a soft bun for a burger. City Hall has a very good burger, but the bun isn't right. It's the same bread they serve before the meal with the butter pecan butter and is good bread in its own right, but to me it is too crusty for a burger. I'd think the english muffin (assuming it is toasted) would be the same way, but I guess I'd have to try it to really know.

                  1. re: Fineas

                    I was very skeptical myself but it worked. It could be more of a crumpet than a english muffin as I dont recall it being to hard. It really worked for me, that's what I remember. I just never make it up that way to have it again.

                    1. re: Blind Mind

                      As I wrote, I haven't been to all of the choices so that's a mission for me.....I eat at JR's about every two weeks and their 1/2-pound NAG burger is spectacular and they have a very loyal following....At least it tastes great on site....I'm a championship winning BBQ chef....and I've entered area competitions that I've won.....And then competed again two weeks later.....preparing and smoking the brisket or ribs the very same way....and didn't score well....and it's hard to figure out why.....but that's part of it...

                      So I would say you might do well to go to JR's.....and try it on site and perhaps you'll taste what I've tasted.....Fun subject....

                      Ft. Pierce, FL

                      1. re: Blind Mind

                        I had the burger at Blue Collar and they describe their bun as a portuguese muffin. It was like a softer, sweeter english muffin and worked pretty well. It is an excellent burger overall, with very good fries too.

                  2. How about Le Tub in Hollywood, I used to like their burgers a lot and the ambiance. I know they were in Oprah and got a little too popular but I always enjoyed the burger there.

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                    1. re: highroller

                      I'm a fan of the LeTub burger but this list is Miami. Regardless, not sure it cracks the Miami list these days, Those listed have raised the game. On a side note, Le Tub Gumbo is worth getting

                      1. re: The Chowfather

                        In general, restaurants in miami have improved over the last two years. A very good trend which I hope continues. Your hamburger list does indeed reflect this positive trend.

                        1. re: tpigeon

                          TP, have you had the db burger? special treat and a great deal right now

                          1. re: The Chowfather

                            I have and did not like it as much as you did. I think the foie got in the way of the burger. Much like the stairway to heaven at burger and beer.

                    2. Jimmy'z Kitchen has an excellent burger. I have never seen it touted and it is not on the regular menu (although it has been on the blackboard every time I have been there), but it is a 10oz. prime burger that is well-seasoned with great beefy flavor and a good bun. They get extra points from me for serving it with both mayo and mustard on the side to go with the ketchup bottles that are out for the taking. I like to add a bit of their hot sauce too.

                      1. Finally tried the Blue Collar burger yesterday. It was fantastic. As I've stated before, I'm a burger simpleton. For me, it's all about the patty first and then the bun. I couldn't care less about toppings outside of cheese and maybe some bacon slices. That's not to say I don't like creative burgers that have lots of toppings. I just judge on the basics first, then the additives. That said, the Blue Collar burger earned high marks for a great grind (which I later found out was prime dry aged NY strip), well-seasoned patty, and an awesome bun. I think it's a regular bun or possibly thinner that gets sorta pressed on the grill so the outside forms a little crust. This is key to the bun not turning into a mushy mess from a juicy burger. I added a slice of cheddar to round it out. The fries were pretty awesome as well. Fresh and crispy.

                        I'd also add Lokal in the Grove. Their burgers are pretty awesome too. Previously tried the 50/50 a few times but I was feeling creative on Saturday night so I went with their version of a frita. It was not a traditional frita and outside of having potato sticks and being pressed I didnt really see the connection. Regardless, I really enjoyed it. I was surprised too because the guava jelly made it sweeter than I'd like but it also kinda made it hard to put down. A habit-changing burger! The best part was the grind and the patty, cooked to a perfect mid-rare. The heirloom tomato app we had was also very impressive. Owner is a really nice guy too and sticks to quality standards. I'm glad this joint is in my neighborhood!

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                        1. re: Blind Mind

                          My Top Ten in Miami in alphabetical order

                          1. Blue Collar
                          2. Bourbon Steak
                          3. Burger & Beer Joint
                          4. El Mago de las Fritas
                          5. gastroPod
                          6. Lokal
                          7. Michael's Genuine
                          8. Shake Shack
                          9. The Local
                          10. Whisk

                          ** I've never had Edge, Red Light, Dutch, Tudor, or the db Bistro Moderne burgers
                          ***Sustain would've been on the list had they not closed

                        2. The burger at Sparky's Roadside barbecue is pretty good. Has that backyard grill feel with a nice smokey taste, Not sure it cracks my top ten but still a good burger worth checking out

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                          1. re: The Chowfather

                            I'll have to try that burger.....I like Sparky's alot....and they're nice folks which means alot too....

                            I'm going to a Burger Bash and Craft Beer festival in West Palm tomorrow......We'll see how that goes....It's only 4 hours long and they say the number of entrants will be limited.....

                            Ft. Pierce, FL

                            1. re: LargeLife

                              I like Relish in WPB. The burger at Howley's is pretty good but I have to admit I'm usually either still drunk from the night before or severely hungover when I eat that there.

                          2. I had two first time burgers that were both very good and top ten caliber. Rankings getting difficult but good to see so many great burger options out there. New additions battling for top ten are The Lokal (grove) I really liked this burger but having a difficult time putting my finger on it. It wasn't juicy by an means even at medium rare but the texture and beefy flavor was interesting. Felt like the patties were hand made to order and done loosely. I really enjoyed it. Stop two on my crawl was Whisk. Cool place with some great sounding items I really wanted to try BUT it was Friday and that's the only day to get the burger. This was a huge messy burger. Cooked at a perfect medium rare and featured very nice meat. Bun had a hard time hanging with the toppings but managed. Despite the messiness, the overall; package was very tasty. Need to go back and re-rank my favorites. Last list is here http://www.thechowfather.com/2012/06/...