We’ve rounded up the top joints to sink your teeth into some of the juiciest burgers in Tampa and St. Pete. From the classic, no-frills American to gourmet concoctions with a twist, Tampa Bay has no shortage of options. Here’s a guide to the best burgers near our hubs – because biking for burgers is never a bad idea.
It’s always busy because it’s always good. You can return to Engine No.9 for burgers over and over again (we do) and experience a different culinary theme every time. Go Greek: Fried kasseri cheese, tzatziki sauce, feta, pickles and kalamata olives. Italian: Hot Italian sausage, peppers, onions and white cheddar cheese. Even New Orleans: Crawfish tails, andouille sausage, muenster cheese, green onions and creole sauce.
LOCALE Market’s FarmTable Kitchen is home to the famous St. Petersburger, a gargantuan combination of Locale dry-aged beef, bacon, gouda cheese, caramelized onions, sautéed mushrooms, freedom sauce and romaine lettuce, all served on a house brioche bun. A must for locals and visitors alike.
A lively spot in downtown St. Pete where craft cocktails and good burgers are the name of the game. The Bacon + Cheese, a classic American burger served with thick-cut peppered bacon and two slices of cheese, is an all-time favourite, but you’ll find toppings like avocado, cabernet-glazed onions and fried green tomatoes here, too.
Richard Gonzmart of Columbia Restaurant Group frequented the iconic Goody Goody as a child – it had been a central part of Tampa’s food scene since 1925 until it closed in 2005 – and opened a revitalized Goody Goody concept in Hyde Park Village last year. Richard fondly recalls picking up a sack of burgers “POX” (pickles, onions, secret sauce) for his family, which you can do if you’re on the go. Whether you dine-in or take-out, the menu is jam-packed with old home-style favorites: Juicy beef patties, American cheese, over-easy eggs and sauteed onions. Just save some room for the pie.