For over 100 years, the burger has been a staple here in America, whether it’s served via fine dining, quick and casual or homemade. Here in Tampa, restaurants inspired by the love for these sandwiches have created burgers ranging from your classic meat and cheese to innovative veggie patties. Here are a few places to relish the beloved burger here in Tampa.
BIGGITY BIG BIG BURGER
Bigger is better at Datz — especially when it comes to burgers. They are the top seller at the foodie paradise, starting with the classic Biggity Big Big Burger. The combination of Certified Angus Beef® ground brisket and short rib is topped with lettuce, tomato, red onion and pickle — plus one of 10 different cheese options, sautéed mushrooms, sautéed onions, roasted peppers or spinach — all on an artisan challah bun. Of course, it wouldn’t be Datz without the option to add bacon, mac and cheese or fries to make your burger even bigger. Each creation comes with a side of the restaurant’s craveable sweet but oh-so-salty house-made chips with a creamy blue cheese drizzle. And don’t forget a craft beer or cocktail from Datz’s ever-evolving, creative list.
2616 S. MacDill Ave. | Tampa
813.831.7000 | datztampa.com
SOCIAL SMASH BURGER
Better start calling it the “award-winning Social Smash Burger.” American Social’s classic burger with a twist — two ¼ lb. smashed patties with American cheese, Smash Sauce, pickles and caramelized onions on a pretzel bun — just took home the judges’ award at the 2021 South Beach Wine & Food Festival Burger Bash. It’s made to enjoy on the Harbour Island waterfront with a cold craft beer or handmade cocktail.
AMERICAN SOCIAL BAR & KITCHEN
601 S. Harbour Island Blvd. #107 | Tampa
813.605.3333 | americansocialbar.com/tampa
DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT
Known for providing fresh, 100% Wagyu beef burgers with a side of nostalgia, GenX Tavern is Downtown Tampa’s premiere destination for unique, quality burgers, imaginative cocktails and everything throwback. Experience offerings like the Drop It Like It’s Hot burger, featuring sugar-cured bacon, over-easy egg, fresh jalapeños, onion straws, pepper jack cheese and Nashville hot sauce.
103 E. Jackson St. | Tampa
813.694.7001 | genxtavern.com
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The Grille Cheeseburger at Del Frisco’s puts a spin on the classic burger and earns the spot of being one of the restaurant’s most adored dishes. The traditional burger comprises double-stacked 100% USDA Certified beef patties, American cheese, lettuce, pickle, tomato and red onion. To add a unique twist, Del Frisco’s further tops the sandwich with their Sloppy Sauce — a secret sauce infused with smoked paprika. And if you are feeling adventurous, they recommend adding their butcher-cut bacon. The perfect pairing of crispy pommes frites is served alongside the burger.
DEL FRISCO’S GRILLE
4138 W. Boy Scout Blvd. | Tampa
813.878.6890 | delfriscosgrille.com
Nebraska Mini Mart’s theory seems to be, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” This sandwich is the perfect cure to any classic burger craving with two juicy yet crispy fresh, handcrafted beef patties topped with fresh-cut lettuce, tomato, onions and Thousand Island spread, pressed between a soft Martin’s potato bun. The smash-style burger, accompanied by crispy fries and a milkshake, aims to give diners a nostalgic feel while at the restaurant’s adult playground, complete with bocce, shuffleboard and ping pong.
NEBRASKA MINI MART
4815 N. Nebraska Ave. | Tampa
813.231.9522 | nebraskaminimart.com
THE GLAZED ONE
Thee Burger Spot has created the perfect combination of sweet and salty by using two Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts as buns for its double-patty bacon cheeseburger. This savory but sweet burger can cure (almost) all cravings, but try to schedule those for Fridays and Saturdays when the burger is available. Pair the dessert-style burger with the restaurant’s famous “onion thangs” — thinly shredded onions cooked in Thee Burger Spot’s specialty batter — and a sweet strawberry lemonade.
THEE BURGER SPOT
3917 N. Tampa St. | Tampa
813.993.3926 | theeburgerspot.com
The Bach Burger served at Steelbach inside Armature Works during lunch and dinner is the perfect luxury burger. The beef patty, a mix of wagyu, black Angus and brahman, is the star of the show and is made from their very own grass-fed Steelbach herd raised in Kenansville, Florida. Aged white cheddar, bread and butter pickles, tomatoes, butter lettuce, pickled red onion and Steelbach aioli top off the patty — perfect complements to a juicy burger. And, of course, the burger is paired with its best friend, malt vinegar-dusted steak fries.
1902 N. Ola Ave. | Tampa
813.693.5478 | steelbach.com