The Ten Best Burger Restaurants in Palm Beach County
5. The Habit Burger
280 S. State Road 7, West Palm Beach. Call 561-784-4011, or visit habitburger.com.
Do you know what your favorite fast-food burger is? Consumer Reports reported the definitive answer to that question when it published a list of the country's best (and worst) fast-food restaurants several years ago. Part of that report meant finding the nation's favorite burger, and the chain that took the number-one spot wasn't White Castle, Steak 'n Shake, McDonald's, or even those popular In-N-Out burgers everyone can't seem to stop salivating over. Instead, the best burger in America, according to Consumer Reports, comes from a California-based burger chain that first opened in Santa Barbara in 1969. Locally, Habit Burger — with two Palm Beach County locations, in Delray Beach and Royal Palm Beach — is up against other fast-casual places like BurgerFi, Shake Shack, and Five Guys. But its signature "char burger" is still habit-forming when you consider versions amped up with everything from grilled pineapple and teriyaki sauce to sautéed mushrooms.
4. The Burger Bar
4650 Donald Ross Road, Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-630-4545, or visit burgerbar.com.
The Burger Bar in Palm Beach Gardens has been around for a few years now, but you should know that restaurateur Dennis Max is consulting with the establishment, meaning an elevated menu is in store for the burger-focused eatery. Right now, a signature dish includes the Hot Mess (pictured above), a 100 percent prime beef burger topped with a house-made ketchup that includes sriracha, pineapple juice, and wine. The burger also has house-made pickled jalapeños, thick-sliced applewood bacon, and — underneath it all — a special "cheese skirt" that's melted on the flattop to a crispy finish. Executive chef Nunzio Billante is also known for offering his spirit-spiked adult milkshakes, including the Chocolate Black Russian, Nutella Bourbon, and Brandy Alexander Split.
Photo courtesy of The Counter
3. The Counter
3101 PGA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens. Call 561-557-8515, or visit thecounterburger.com.
A pioneer in the build-your-own-burger movement, the Counter — a California-based fast-casual burger concept that recently began making its way across South Florida — offers a menu said to feature "a million possible burger combinations" that cater to every diet imaginable, from paleo and vegan to gluten-free. The full-service Palm Beach Gardens restaurant has a simple premise: Choose your burger (or alternative protein such as ground turkey, chicken breast, vegan burger, bison, or ahi tuna), a cheese, a sauce, toppings (there are dozens to choose from), bun, and a side. The menu includes gluten-free options and burger bowls — where a patty is incorporated into a salad sans bread — and even offers vegan alternatives for cheese and bun, in addition to the meat-free patty option.
2 . Relish & More
401 Northwood Road, West Palm Beach. Call 561-629-5377, or visit relishburger.com.
Six years ago, Relish came onto the scene in West Palm Beach's Northwood Village. It was new, different, and exciting. And it was all about burgers. But not just any burgers — burgers made from exotic meats you could pair with an array of mix-and-match gourmet toppings, a concept compliments of owners Desiree and Dan Tobin. Today, that still holds true — now at two Palm Beach County locations, including a 3-month-old Boca Raton restaurant. The craft-it-yourself burgers encompass dozens of specialty add-ons that allow you to customize your own creation atop everything from wild boar and duck burgers to bison and buffalo. And just to keep things interesting, a new feature flavor makes a debut each month (think specials of the month that blend buffalo, venison, elk, boar, and antelope — or even camel and antelope). Be sure to visit on a Tuesday, when all burgers are priced at $10 each, including a side.
1. M.E.A.T. Eatery & Taproom
980 N. Federal Highway, Boca Raton. Call 561-419-2600, or visit meateatery.com.
If it seems like the word "craft" gets thrown around way too much, we get it. Pretty much every menu in South Florida is offering specially crafted this and that. But what makes something truly craft? Take a seat at M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room in Boca Raton and you'll find out. Here, pretty much everything is made in-house. Co-owner and executive chef George Patti ensures that his team smokes and grinds its own meats onsite, cuts and cures its own bacon, and offers house-made sausage and chorizo. Even the condiments — including a mango chipotle ketchup and caraway and beer mustard — are made fresh and from scratch. While it serves more than burgers, the burgers are good. So good, in fact, that they won New Times Best Burger in 2015. Try the popular Inside-Out Juicy Lucy Burger, a six-ounce pimento-cheese- and bacon-stuffed Angus patty topped with cheese, lettuce, and tomato. Or go for Patti's signature dish, his own chorizo "Patti" sandwich, a five-ounce chorizo burger topped with American cheese and a lime cilantro aioli. Pair it all with the bistro fries, here fried in duck fat for an extra level of flavor.
Nicole Danna is a food writer covering Broward and Palm Beach counties. To get the latest in food and drink news in South Florida, follow her @SoFloNicole or find her latest food pics on the BPB New Times Food & Drink Instagram.
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