Saturday May 28th is National Burger Day and the culmination of a month long celebration of the most American of foods, The Burger.
Every restaurant has their own version of a burger; traditional with cheese and maybe lettuce and tomato, Waygu beef, mixture of ground beef, brisket and short ribs, stuffed with foie gras, special sauce, or a Chefs “secret” blend of meats and….?
The James Beard Foundation has launched for the second year a Blended Burger Project Challenge encouraging chefs to combine meat with vegetables like mushrooms to create a healthier alternative. Five winning chefs will get to cook at a special event at the James Beard House in the Fall. More on that on a later MIAbites as The Pubbelly Boys are hosting some Miami notables as they create their own Burger the month of June with portion of proceeds to Blended Burger Project. .
So in honor of The Burger, in addition to the already MIAbites highlighted Pincho Factory burgers( http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/5/10/national-burger-month-pincho-factory-miami?rq=pincho ) and the PB Station Burger ( http://www.miabites.com/home/2016/5/16/national-burger-month-pb-station-burger-by-the-pubbelly-boys?rq=PB%20Station).
Here are 10 Top Burgers we like in Miami:
Vagabond Cheeseburger – ($16) Chef Alex Chang pays homage to the west coast classic In & Out Burger. Burger is blend of chuck, brisket, short rib, and a small amount off ground pork fatback. Potato bun is from Martin’s. Classic bread and butter pickle recipe made in house. Caramelized onion and American cheese are on top of the burger. Remoulade spread on the bun. Served with house cut fries and Smoked paprika aioli.
Fooq’s Burger – ($20)- 8 oz. patty (short rib, brisket, skirt steak blend), melting Jarlsberg, special sauce on a toasted brioche bun with house-cut fries.
The Anderson- Patty Melt ($16) - Aged Comte, Caramelized onions and Horseradish Creme Fraiche, served on Marble Rye.
Lil' BRGs (STK Miami Beach) -($20 for 2 ) bite-sized Lil' BRGs sliders made with Wagyu beef and STK's special sauce, served on a sesame seed bun.
db Bistro Moderne Miami - Daniel Boulud’s db Burger ($35)-Credited with launching the gourmet burger movement, the db Burger , filled with red wine braised short ribs and foie gras, with slow roasted tomato confit and freshly grated horseradish sauce on a homemade bun.
Pisco y Nazca - Que Bestia Burger ($14)-Que Bestia Burger - 8 oz. certified angus beef, pretzel bun, tomato-panca chutney, rocoto pepper aioli and shoestring potatoes.
Bulla Gastrobar - ‘Bulla’ Burger ($13) - 45 day dry-aged beef, piquillo peppers, cipollini onions, tetilla
Beaker & Gray- Wagyu Burger ($16) – served with beer-soaked tomatillo, gouda, and pickled cucumber.
The Dutch- Prime Burger ($22), a lunch exclusive topped with cheddar and secret sauce on a classic sesame bun.
Meat Market ($15-19) - Chef Sean Brasel has no less than six rotating specialty burgers on the menu. Miami Smokers BBQ Burger, featuring a Miami smokers blend with roasted pineapple BBQ sauce, bacon, and gruyere cheese. Italian Buffalo Burger – house ground buffalo, crispy fried buffalo mozzarella, grilled marinated radicchio, spicy dried tomato pesto, and fresh basil aioli served on a wood grilled sesame brioche bun; Prime Smoked Short Rib Burger – an 8 oz. short rib delight with 1000 mango island, arugula, purple cabbage slaw, gouda cheese, and fried onions; and the American Wagyu Burger - bacon, jalapeno relish, avocado, gruyere cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Also paying homage to National Burger Month will be Brasel’s Buffalo + Bleu – ground buffalo piled high with roasted radicchio, Napa cabbage, remoulade slaw, bleu cheese, and rosemary cream-smoked pickled jalapenos and the Spicy + Smoky Burger – a house ground buffalo patty sharing the bun with spicy candied bacon, smoked cheddar, pickled chilies, Boston lettuce, and tomato.
So carve out sometime on Saturday or this Memorial Day weekend to feast on one of these Miami burgers…and enjoy them even after National Burger Month has ended!