Sliders at 8 oz. Burger Bar in North Miami Beach

8 oz. Burger Bar
At its brand-new location in North Miami, 8 oz. boasts an updated, more adventurous gourmet menu. Its eponymous burger is made with humanely raised Black Angus sirloin blended with short rib, chuck, and tri-tip cuts, and grilled over Texas live oak for a smoky finish. Don’t miss out on other meats (pork, veal, lamb, even alligator), and customize your burger with items such as Humboldt Fog and Bel Paese cheeses. 14815 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach, 305-830-1988

Burger & Beer Joint
Brash and unrestrained, the B&B restaurants offer a top-notch selection of oversize build-your-own burgers with options such as ciabatta and brioche buns, wagyu and Prime Angus patties, sharp cheddar and goat cheese, and clever sauces like tarragon rémoulade or walnut pesto. House creations, like the Thunder Road with Angus and smoked Duroc pork-belly bacon, hit the spot, too. 1766 Bay Road, Miami Beach, 305-672-3287; 900 S. Miami Ave., Ste. 130, Miami, 305-523-2244

db Bistro Moderne
For the most over-the-top burger in town, hit Daniel Boulud’s downtown outpost, where the meticulously blended patty is stuffed with red-wine-braised short ribs, melt-in-your-mouth foie gras, and preserved black truffles, all perfectly set on a Parmesan poppy seed bun. If that’s not rich enough, order the Royale version, which adds layers of black Périgord truffles, available only during the fungi’s season (late December through March). 255 Biscayne Blvd. Way, Miami, 305-421-8800; dbbistro.com

The Filling Station
A small space full of character, The Filling Station dishes out big-personality flame-grilled burgers such as the Malibu Bleu (blackened patty topped with blue cheese crumbles), The Hearse (super spicy with Scotch bonnets, habaneros, and jalapeño jack cheese), or the way-left-of-center Gabby’s D’Lorean (topped with caramelized onions, peppered bacon, and—no joke—Nutella spread). 95 SE Second St., Miami, 786-425-1990

Flip Burger Bar
With a loyal following who’ll trek the distance, Flip has become a North Miami nexus for burger lovers. Opt for special patties such as The Cuban, with its tasty combo of ground beef, pork, and chorizo, or the chef’s blend of freshly ground steaks in a classic lettuce-tomato-onion paradigm. 1699 NE 123rd St., North Miami, 305-741-3547

Le Tub
It’s worth driving up to Hollywood just to visit Le Tub for its ramshackle waterfront charm, but on top of all that, the burgers are heavenly. The sandwich is anchored by a 13-ounce ball of ground top sirloin thick enough to sear yet remain succulent inside, then served simply on a seeded bun (for an unadulterated beef experience) or topped with options of Swiss or American, lettuce, and tomato. 1100 N. Ocean Dr., Hollywood, 954-921-9425

OneBurger
A minimalist, boutique eatery in Coral Gables, OneBurger has a selection of artfully crafted burgers ranging from the no-frills Black Castle (char-grilled white onions, American cheese, and ketchup) to gourmet choices such as one with creamy goat cheese, fire-roasted red peppers, and sun-dried tomato butter (The GOAT). Wash it down with a white chocolate shake, and you’re in savory-sweet heaven. 367 Alhambra Cir., Coral Gables, 305-529-5555

Shake Shack
All the rage in New York, with lines wrapping city blocks, Shake Shack has two Miami-Dade locations. Burgers are simple, well priced, made with quality ingredients (all-natural, hormone-free beef), and can be paired with dense frozen custard “concretes” in a roster of flavors such as Key Lime Pie oh My and (only at the Beach outpost) Vice Crispy Treat. 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, 305-434-7787; 1450 S. Dixie Hwy., Coral Gables, 786-470-3701

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