Whether you pickup your burger curbside or enjoy in a well-distanced dining room, Orlando restaurants offer a bevy of burgers to help you celebrate National Burger Day on May 28. we recommend scarfing down one or all of our picks for Orlando’s best burgers. If you do enjoy your burger at home, try pairing it with a with an easy-going glass of rosé granita.
UPDATED OCTOBER 27
The Southerner (pictured above)
The Whiskey 7563 Sand Lake Rd.
Pimento cheese, bourbon bacon, whiskey onions and fried green tomatoes top this two-fisted contender. The Whiskey has reopened for dining in, but if takeout is more your thing, restaurant reviewer Scott Joseph had plenty of praise for the Whiskey’s to-go game.
The Tennessee Truffle
What The Chuck Inside Henry’s Depot, 212 West 1st St, Sanford
This edible homage to Chef/Owner Nat Russel’s restaurant across the street is dressed with candied jalpeños, pimento cheese and smoked kale, all made in-house. If you’re feeling dandy, top with crispy shoestring onions for a feast on a bun.
The Medium Rare Burger
Orlando Meats 728 Virginia Dr, Orlando
If you don’t like your burger medium-rare then we don’t know what to tell you, other than you should seriously reconsider your stance. This award-winning grass-fed burger comes topped with bacon XO sauce, garlic aioli and provolone on a French roll.
The Southern Smash Burger
Swine & Sons 669 North Orange Ave., Winter Park
Two butcher’s-grind beef patties, caramelized onion jam, pimento cheese, secret sauce and griddled Olde Hearth Bread Company bun–what’s not to love? It’s no shocker that our favorite sandwich shop also serves one of Orlando’s best burgers.
The Super Cheeseburger
Kappy’s 501 North Orlando Ave., Maitland
This diner, converted from a bygone gas station, has been run by the same family for over 38 years. Their Super Cheeseburger (a.k.a. Fresh from Florida Burger) is made with local, grass-fed beef and is served with your choice of fixins’ on a melt-in-your-mouth bun.
The Breakfast All Day Burger
BurgerFi locations throughout Central Florida
Yes, it’s a chain, but this Florida-based “gourmet hamburger restaurant” is a chain that prides itself on sourcing Angus beef that’s free of steroids, hormones and antibiotics. Top those beef patties with bacon, American Cheese, maple syrup, fried egg, hash brown, grilled onions and ketchup, and you’ve got yourself a breakfast burger that would thrill Homer Simpson.
The Pimento Cheese Burger
Highball & Harvest (The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, Orlando)
Made with double short-rib patties, this delectable offering is topped with bacon, pimento cheese and spicy, house-made pickles.
1921 Mount Dora, 142 East 4th Ave., Mount Dora
Chef Josh Oakley nestles a chuck, brisket and short rib patty on a brioche bun dressed with Nueske’s bacon, Swiss cheese, bread-and-butter pickles and garlic aioli.
Hillstone 215 S Orlando Ave, Winter Park
While the beef burger at Hillstone is outstanding, vegetarians love the House-Made Veggie Burger packed with greens and covered in a sweet soy glaze and melted jack cheese.
The Hangry Bison 480 Orlando Ave., Winter Park
You can build your own bison, short rib or even salmon burger at this burger-centric spot in Winter Park Village, but the plant-based Impossible Burger will fool even hard core carnivores. Top with a range of fresh veggies or even a naughty slice of bacon.
The Artisan’s Burger
Artisan’s Table 22 East Pine St., Orlando TEMPORARILY CLOSED
This scrumptious sandwich is made with ground short rib and brisket and then topped with bacon marmalade, tomato, house made dill pickle relish, yellow mustard and your choice of cheddar, gorgonzola, pepper jack or gruyere cheese.