Is This Miami’s Best Burger?

By our calculations, the Classic 8oz at 8oz Burger Bar is the best burger in Miami.

The Daily Meal recently published our 101 Best Burgers in America for 2014, and in order to compile our ranking, we assembled a list of nearly 200 burgers from all across the country, from Spruce Pine, North Carolina to Hillsboro, Oregon. We then divided these burgers by region, and compiled a survey that was taken by a panel of 50 noted food writers, journalists, bloggers, and culinary authorities from across the country, asking them to vote for their favorites; limited, of course, to the ones that they’d tried. We tallied the results, and published the 101 stellar American burgers with the most votes.

The 8oz Burger Bar has locations in Seattle, Miami Beach, Los Angeles International Airport, and far-flung Tunica, Miss. and Bossier City, La., and is the brainchild of chef Govind Armstrong, who’s making a name for himself as one of the country’s best. Their signature burger, appropriately called the 8oz, is a Kobe-style house blend from Niman Ranch, topped with lettuce, tomato, pickle, onion, and special sauce. Its beauty lies in its simplicity, as only the highest-quality ingredients are used; the bun is custom-made, and the proportions are spot-on (and a topping of a fried duck egg and Benton’s bacon doesn’t hurt, either).

This not-so-local rendition just beat out native competitors El Mago de las Fritas’ Frita Cubana (#41), and topped Burger & Beer Joint’s Mustang Sally (#69), and the Black Angus burger at Michael's Genuine Food & Drink (#76).

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Kate Kolenda is the Restaurant/City Guide Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @BeefWerky and @theconversant.