Behold the best-looking burgers in Palm Beach County
A good-looking burger wears its accessories with pride and panache. It balances all the crowning touches stacked atop its patty without slumping into a mess of oozy ingredients.
A good-looking burger knows it has no business looking like a loaded nachos platter or a basket of garbage fries. It can stand up to a swoon of melted cheese and dribbling sauce without losing its statuesque form. It knows it holds a lofty place in the American food kingdom.
And when you least expect it, a good-looking burger will hog your camera in a Palm Beach minute. Here are 16 local burgers that are not just good-looking and photo-ready – they’re delicious.
The Beauty and The Beeeef
Wellington’s hip burger joint, The Beauty and The Beeeef, lives up to its name by serving super-stacked gourmet burgers. Try the Epic burger, it’s a quadruple beef patty with lots of cream brie, lots of smoked bacon, fried KitKat, melted peanut butter and Porto mushroom sauce - overkill maybe? Who are we to judge?
The Beauty and The Beeeef: (located in The Mall at Wellington Green) 10300 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington; 561-612-4511
It’s hard not to drool when you look at a Tap 42 Prohibition Burger. It’s topped with applewood smoked bacon, Dijonnaise sauce, melted white cheddar, plus the usual veg.
Tap 42: 5050 Town Center Circle, Suite 247, Boca Raton; 561-235-5819
The Brass Ring
You can smell the aroma of these burgers cooking from a block away. That smell always pulls me toward the Brass Ring Pub as I drive near on U.S. 1 in North Palm Beach. This place has been grilling some of the best burgers in the county for 29 years. There’s no great secret to their deliciousness. Owner Bret Worcester, whose father and brother founded the pub in February 1986, says the patties are made with Bush Brothers’ quality meat and cooked, unseasoned, over lava rocks on a char-rock grill. “The drippings season the grill,” he says. Translation: more flavor for the next batch!
The Brass Ring Pub (two locations): 200 U.S. Highway 1, North Palm Beach; 561-848-4748; 10998 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach; 561-296-4563
That smoky scent you detect in Buccan's delectable burgers is the effect of a wood fire on prime beef. Buccan’s chefs top their wood-grilled burgers with aged cheddar and serve it on a house-made brioche with cornichons and fries. Outstanding!
Buccan: 350 S. County Rd., Palm Beach; 561-833-3450
The locally based burger chain was launched on the inspiration of one monumental burger, the "CEO Burger" at The Office in Delray. Founded by Office partners, BurgerFi has gone on to excel in its own carnivorous adventures. They do list the CEO on the menu, however – it is composed of two wagyu and brisket patties topped with candied bacon-tomato jam, truffle aioli and aged Swiss. Save room for one of the burger joint's super-thick, frozen "concretes," shakes that require a spoon.
For a location, visit BurgerFi’s website
At lunch, the café serves its CBPB Burger, a 9-ounce patty topped with shaved iceberg, tomato and red onion on a sesame bun. There’s also a local favorite Classic American Cheeseburger, seasoned with a spice mix that includes smoky paprika, crushed coriander and toasted fennel seed. It’s topped with white cheddar and stylishly dressed in a tangy mayo sauce hinting of shallots, sherry, Dijon and cornichons. Would you expect anything less than stylish and delicious from a Boulud kitchen?
Café Boulud: 301 Australian Ave., Palm Beach; 561-655-6060
This Gardens hot spot serves a burger with considerable drama. Executive Chef Adam Brown tops an 8-ounce, butchers-blend patty with aged Vermont cheddar, a proprietary sauce and the usual veg and tucks it into a griddled challah bun. You get this delicious burger with hand-cut fries or slaw. You can top it with a fried egg or avocado, but it’s yummy on its own.
The Cooper: 4610 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens; 561-622-0032
Double Roads Tavern
Local musician Vince Flora (Big Vince and the Phat Cats) breathed new life into a space where others had failed, lined the place with vintage album covers and filled it with good, live music. The same amount of love goes into Double Roads’ flame-broiled burgers. They arrive at your table – or bar spot – hot, with a smoky scent. Doesn’t hurt that they often come with a side of blues.
Double Roads Tavern: 251 South US Highway 1, Jupiter 251; 561-203-7061
Duffy's Sports Grill
There's a good variety of customizable burgers at Palm Beach County’s most popular sports grill chain. (Including the enormous Hangover Burger, half-pounder topped with pepper-crusted bacon, double American cheese and a sunny-side-up egg.) But we're perfectly happy with Duffy's Certified Angus Beef Cheeseburger, topped with melted cheddar and maybe some sautéed mushrooms. It’s no wonder Duffy’s corporate chef, Eric Parker, has gained national acclaim for his burgers.
For locations, visit Duffy’s website
Grease Burger Bar
You’ve got 19 drool-worthy burgers to choose from at Clematis Street’s favorite burger joint. We are partial to the Black and Blue, a burger that’s boldly seasoned with blackening spiced and topped with crumbled blue cheese and pecan bacon.
Chef Matthew Byrne's Kitchen Burger doesn’t mess around. Made of grass-fed chuck, brisket and foie gras, it's topped with melted American cheese and charred onions. Just like the rest of the menu at this cozy American bistro, Byrne elevates a classic with this burger.
MEAT Eatery & Tap Room
Chef George Patti’s "Inside-Out Juicy Lucy" is a burger with a pimento cheese soul. The burger’s smoky char encloses a melty center of rich, peppery cheese. It’s messy as all heck, but unforgettable. Add a side of the burger joint’s duck fat fries if you dare indulge in more decadence.
If there’s anywhere in the county where a carnivore can expect superb, expertly prepared beef, it’s at this family-owned steak house. Okeechobee Steakhouse has been in business for more than 67 years for a reason: quality. It’s the same reason why the burgers there are so good.
Okeechobee Steakhouse: 2854 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; 561-683-5151
This national chain serves one of our favorite burgers anywhere: the ShackBurger. And there’s a reason they’re so perfect: They start with a proprietary blend of star butcher Pat LaFrieda’s ground beef, form thin patties, season them with salt and pepper, and then “smash” them on a hot griddle. The result is a supremely flavorful burger with a lightly salty crust. Topped with melted American cheese, lettuce, tomato and homemade mayo, it’s tucked into a Martin’s potato roll. Not only is it the best chain burger, it’s one of the best burgers in Palm Beach County.
Shack Shack: 1400 Glades Rd., Boca Raton; 561-923-0847
This small Fort Lauderdale-founded burger chain recently opened a location on downtown Delray Beach’s main drag. With at least 17 types of burger varieties, it may be hard to choose one. But all patties here are made with excellent beef, a blend of Certified Angus Beef brisket, chuck and short rib, and they are served atop locally made brioche buns with a side of hand-cut fries.
ROK: BrGr: 4 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach; 561-808-7220
Pistache French Bistro
One may not expect to find a burger so fine at Pistache that it’s worth a detour from the fine bistro fare. In fact, it’s easy to miss on a menu popping with classics like steak frites and tartares and chicken confit, especially when it’s listed simply as “Hamburger.” This burger is topped with romaine, tomato and onion and served on a brioche bun. For a slight upcharge, you can get it with melted cheese. For a bistro-fied touch, go for the Gruyère.
Pistache: 101 M. Clematis St. West Palm Beach; 561-833-5090
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