The sunshine state specializes not only in sugar white sands, but also flavorful, delectable burgers. You can work up quite an appetite spending the day swimming and playing in the hot sunshine. The culinary scene in Florida is one of America’s best, and fast, casual eateries don’t have to mean a drop in quality.

If you’re looking for a smart way to protect a sun burn, or just spend a day away from the ocean, consider a trip to one of Florida’s top burger restaurants. We’ve narrowed down all of the state’s options to this group of 7 award-winners. They were selected based on unique menu items, customer reviews, fresh ingredients, previous awards, and of course, burger quality. Congratulations to all that made our list, and to you future Florida travelers, stop in and taste a treat at any of these choices on your next visit.

Top Burger Restaurants in Florida

Brooks Burgers (Naples)

About the shop: Since 2010, Brooks gourmet Burgers & Dogs has been committed to serving the perfect burger. Our all-natural, brilliantly cooked , deliciously crafted burgers are nationally recognized and locally famous. As a family-owned restaurant, we treat our customers like our own. Come try one of our unique burgers and join our family!

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Lokal (Miami)

About the shop: LoKal, pronounced [lo-ka’l], in Coconut Grove opened it’s doors on December 24, 2011. Stemming from the German word for restaurant and meeting place, LoKal lives up to its definition of being a meeting place but exceeds all of its guests’ expectations by bringing sustainably and locally sourced ingredients paired with an industrial, raw edginess. Particularly suited to the Grove’s personality and bohemian reputation, Grovites now have a place where they can satiate their comfort food cravings as well as their ideological inclinations.

Owner Matthew Kuscher’s commitment to quality is unmatched as he will be tapping Floridian farmers, dairies and brewers in order to highlight the bounty of products, goods and ingredients available in the Sunshine State. In plain English, LoKal will be as local as local gets. LoKal is the 1st restaurant in Miami-Dade County to use 100% clean, renewable energy sourced from wind and solar power!

Using Florida grass-fed beef and Floridian-raised clean proteins for their burgers, sandwiches and salads, LoKal will be purchasing whole sides of beef, and primal cuts of clean proteins and processing them in-house. Hand grinding their meats daily and pressing each and every patty will result in LoKal’s distinctive signature flavor. Whether made of grass-fed beef, free range chicken or local fish, one thing is for sure, LoKal’s entire menu signals an unparalleled approach to quality and integrity.

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Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill (Fort Lauderdale)

About the shop: Welcome to Gilbert’s 17th Street Grill, located at the Harbor Shops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Gilbert’s 17th’s Street Grill serves up great burgers, ribs, home made soups, and salads. Daily blackboard specials include Pan Seared Tuna, Roast Pork on Garlic Toast and Grilled Portobello Mushroom Burger. You can’t beat Mrs. Gilbert’s homemade Key Lime Pie and Cheesecakes. The Gilbert family has served south Florida for the last 10 years and has over 40 years experience in the food service industry. A family member is always on site and happy to open up their kitchen to you, treating your family like family.

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Teak Neighborhood Grill (Orlando)

About the shop: Whether it’s your first time here or you’re visiting again, make Teak your neighborhood bar and grill. Come watch your favorite sporting events, host your birthday party, or kick back and listen to live music. Here at Teak, we believe in one thing… having a great time!! Come check out our rapidly evolving craft beer menu or one of our 37 signature handcrafted burgers. 19 of which are on our “Underground” SECRET menu!!

We are a TRUE neighborhood grill located in Orlando (MetroWest) and Maitland. Daily menu specials offer unique flavors and pairings. Teak Neighborhood Grill is the perfect destination for your next night out, whether it’s an intimate dinner for two or a large group celebration.

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The Le Tub Saloon (Hollywood)

About the shop: LeTub Saloon has been safely tucked away on A1A behind lush greenery, that even people who have lived in Hollywood for years, have unknowingly driven right past. For the last 32 years it has been a refuge to a large handful of lucky locals, whom either found it while boating on the Intercoastal Waterway or informed by word of mouth, for there were no signs and no advertising.

LeTub has been impressing people for many years and for many reasons. The food (all of it) has always been outstanding, no matter what you choose to eat. We offer many one of a kind recipes you won’t find anywhere else, including our Seafood Gumbo the House Salad Dressing, and Key Lime Pie that has always been made on premises and the recipes have never been differed. The only thing that has differed is our recent claim to fame in 2006 when GQ gave our Burger #1 in the nation. We know what a honor that is and truly appreciate it, yet we believe that LeTub should remain impressing people for the same reasons it always has. And for the people who appreciate the food and atmosphere that took years and hard work to establish, and so many come here to enjoy. We surely hope that if you have some extra time on your hands you will come and enjoy what the locals already get…..A little slice of Heaven on Hollywood Beach

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Burger Monger (Tampa)

About the shop: Our quality Akaushi Beef combined with your choice of over 40 fresh, gourmet and unique toppings are what sets the BurgerMonger experience apart from the rest. Select your choice of toppings to craft a burger just the way you like it.

BurgerMonger has 5 Tampa Bay locations: St. Petersburg, South Tampa, Carrollwood, Wesley Chapel, & Safety Harbor.

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Burger 21 (Tampa)

About the shop: At Burger 21 we are obsessed with burgers. To us, burgers aren’t just another meal.
We Chef craft our burgers with obsessive zeal. We don’t compromise on quality or ingredients. We are burgers reinvented.

Our recipes are meticulously crafted and infused with flavors that are crazy crave-able. While others are content to call re-heating and de-frosting “Gourmet”, we do things differently. We hand-cut, and hand-patty our burgers in our kitchen for each and every order.

You can taste the marbling in our hand-cut 100% Certified Angus Beef when you take your first juicy beef burger bite. Free of hormones and antibiotics, our Chicken, Turkey, and Veggie burgers are crafted with a passion to deliver only the best. We obsess about the redness of the tomatoes, the crispness of the salad greens, the toasty-ness of the bun. We don’t compromise where others do. You can taste what makes Burger 21 different.
Burgers Reinvented

Our goal is to create a neighborhood spot where friends, families, and coworkers can come together and eat delicious quality burgers. With more than 21 burger varieties featuring Chicken, Turkey, Seafood, Veggie and Beef, a Burger 21 burger is like nothing you’ve ever tasted. And don’t even get us started on our fries and shakes. We hope to see you soon at your local Burger 21 location.

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Paul Buonopane

Hi, I'm Paul, I'm a travel writer and I love everything about the salt life. I grew up in the northeast, but we visited family in Florida often ... and I was hooked! I've been writing about the Sunshine State for two decades. I enjoy helping travelers find the best places to stay, to eat, and to play in Florida.