On Friday, the first-annual Burger Beast Burger Brawl took place at the Magic City Casino. Burger Beast, less known as Sef Gonzalez, is the man when it comes to meat between patties. It was only matter of time before the beast conjured of a fury of ground beef alternatives. With National Burger Month in full swing, the timing was perfect for the competition that put 20 of Miami’s restaurants competing for the title of “best burger”. Some were obvious contenders, like Burger & Beer Joint, Pincho Factory, Shake Shack and Swine. Others, not so much. No matter the bun, the event was a great way to celebrate National Burger Month and Burger Beast’s accomplishment and beefy discoveries throughout the years. Had it not been for him, who knows if Miami’s thriving burger culture would have evolved into what it is today.
For $50, attendees got to sample an array of burger’s one might otherwise never really venture out to try, and all amongst Sef’s top picks. Plenty of the competing burgers come from restaurants whose menu isn’t limited to just burgers, so the chances of someone who isn’t looking for the city’s best burgers on a daily basis might never stumble across it. That’s the point of Burger Brawl. We ourselves got to try a handful of new burgers, as well fall in love with burgers all over again.
In the end, Latin House came out as winner, serving up their “mad love with a twist burger.” Special sirloin, brisket chuck blend topped with provolone, swiss, mozzarella, and bellavitano gold cheese (talk about cheese overload), applewood smoked bacon, Irish butter grilled onions and mushrooms, bass avocado served with a pouring sauce of avocado lime and creme Mexicana was the winning recipe. While many were in agreement, other’s felt as though Swine or Shake Shack should’ve been crowned burger king. We cheered for the underdog as they accepted their award and lamented the fact that it was over. All in all, we did get to chow down on some pretty tasty grub. Here are our favorite burgers, in no particular order.
A&G Burger Joint served the Colombian Burger, a 50% black angus beef and 50% Colombian Chorizo patty with queso blanco, fried julienne potato strips, kamikaze mustard, kalamata garlic oil, cajun ranch, and jalapeño cream served on a butter toasted brioche bottom bun and cheese arepa top bun. Doesn’t get any more Colombian than that.
Burger & Beer Joint never disappoints, especially with their midnight rider, a decadent short rib burger topped with bacon, arugula, goat cheese, red onion marmalade and truffle aioli on a brioche bun.
Charm City Burger Company has quite the loyal following, and with reason. The Forager puts their secret patty blend, white American cheese, jowl bacon, pickled tomatoes and charred ramp aioli between an everything bun.
Josh’s Deli is known for his pastrami, so it’s no wonder his pastrami fritz burger would be finger licking good. A pastrami spice and some ground beef patty are sandwiched along latke crisps and a Russian dressing. Not very kosher, but oh so good.
OTC’s burger captured flavors of New Mexico with its green chili relish and sweet onion jam. The flatiron-cooked burger was topped with melted cheddar cheese to make it extra oozy.
Everyone loves Pincho Factory’s toston burger. It’s even gotten it’s 15 minutes of fame on national television. Must be the fact that it’s nestled between two tostones, or maybe it’s the chuck, brisket and short rib patty topped with jack cheese. Either way, it’s good. Real good.
Swine doubled their ante with their short rib, brisket and smoked pork blend two-timing patty topped with homemade dill pickle that relished in flavor, thick cut house-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, American cheese and special sauce. If you’ve never had this burger, you ought to go to Swine, today.
Check out photos from the event below…