A Miami burger feast for National Burger Month

Some days, only a juicy burger will do.

Friday is that day.

Just in time for National Burger Month, 20 local restaurants will prepare their best burgers for Friday’s Hamburger House Party by local blogger Sef Gonzalez (aka Burger Beast) at Magic City Casino. The people’s choice winner gets a big trophy, but the judges’ choice gets something much more valuable: a spot in the 2017 South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s Burger Bash

Festival founder Lee Schrager will be among the judges, as well as comfort food king Danny Serfer of Blue Collar and Mignonette, and chef Michael Saperstein, the mind behind one of South Florida’s best burger joints, Charm City Burgers in Deerfield Beach.

Gonzalez handpicked the 20 restaurants, from meat meccas such as MEAT Eatery & Taproom, Pincho Factory and Latin House to several spots he says few know make great a burger. Among those are Miami Springs’ Jr.’s Gourmet Burgers (last year’s surprise winner), Coral Gables’ The Local Craft Food & Drink and Fat Moe’s, located inside a Flagami gas station.

“There are a lot of unsung burger heroes that not everybody knows about,” Gonzalez said.