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May 1, 2012 07:03 AM

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 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.