We’ve scoured the menus of Miami’s hottest eateries to prove that burgers are no longer reserved for carnivores. In honor of May’s designation as “Burger Month,” here are five unconventional takes on the burger.
Launched during this year’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, Toronto-based Planta offers an innovative take on plant-based cuisine. From watermelon poke and carrot tartare to crab cakes made from hearts of palm, each menu item is more interesting than the last. If you love truffle as much as we do, you’ll be thrilled when you taste the DL truffle burger, made with shaved truffle and cashew truffle nut cheese—it’s both unusual and indulgent, and we can guarantee you’ll be back for more. 850 Commerce St., Miami Beach, 305-397-8513
In Miami, there are endless options if you’re in the mood for Japanese cuisine. But when it comes to high quality, yet innovative spots, the list becomes more limited. Add Tanuki to the roster, because the menu includes sushi and dim sum, as well as unique offerings like the Tanuki burger. Its winning combination of tuna, crispy rice, and avocado is sure to be a new favorite. 1080 Alton Rd. Miami, 305-615-1055
It’s not often that rotisserie chicken and craft cocktails are enjoyed simultaneously, but at Le Chick in the Wynwood Arts District, it’s the norm. Although the focus at this new eatery is on poultry, the menu also features seasonal vegetables and five kinds of French fries, as well as a massive veggie burger that’s made from broccoli and portobello mushrooms. 310 NW 24th St., Miami, 786-216-7086
Now with two locations in the Magic City—one at Brickell City Centre and a second in South Miami—American Harvest serves up a vibrant array of fresh eats sourced from local farms. The menu is replete with healthy options like salads and grain bowls, but the real stunner is the garden burger. This super satisfying dish features a curried quinoa and shitake mushroom patty enveloped by naan bread in lieu of an ordinary bun. 701 S. Miami Ave., Suite 339B, Miami, 786-814-6968; 5959 Dixie Hwy., South Miami, 786-785-1001
Billed as a gastropub and elixir bar, Soul Tavern is stationed in Miami Beach’s Sunset Harbour neighborhood. Just like any gastropub, the focus is on comfort food and cocktails; but at this spot, the dishes are meat-free, and the libations are crafted using herbal blends that are said to have healing properties. One of the menu’s highlights is the portobello and crispy eggplant burger, which combines roasted beets and caramelized onion. It’s served with house made yucca fries and tomatillo-banana ketchup—need we say more? 1802 West Avenue, Miami Beach, 305-925-0799
Photography by: PHOTOGRAPHY BY GROVE BAY HOSPITALITY AND COURTESY OF LE CHICK, PLANTA, SOUL TAVERN, AND TANUKI