10 Best Burgers in St. Petersburg FL 2019

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10 11 Best Hamburgers in St. Petersburg FL 2019

Everyone loves hamburgers! They almost always have cheese on them, so it's safe to say that a hamburger / cheeseburger is the epitome of almost everyones favorite American food.

Here are three important questions I'd like to answer before proceeding with the list. 1. Why eleven? 2. Why in this order? 3. Did I go to all of these places and actually eat all of these burgers?

Top 10 lists are popular, and a top 11 in my opinion, sounds dumb. However, I wanted to provide 10 burgers that are made of meat, but couldn't leave out a quite worthy vegan burger at the bottom of the list. (It's the only one that doesn't go in the stated order.)

The order is zip code, then alphabetical. I refuse to say that this burger is better than that one, and so on. In my opinion, that is wrong. There is no "apples-to-apples" comparison here. These are all excellent burgers, and you should try them all, which brings me to my last point.

I don't want to sound like a big complainer, but it really gets me when other publishers put out top 10 lists, and the author never left her house, never went to any of the places, and never ate any of the food. You can tell when the photos are credited to the restaurant. They just email them to send a photo so they can be in a top 10 list. You can also tell that the writer never went to the place when they pulled an old photo off of the internet, and that item either doesn't look like that anymore because it was changed, or it's not even on the menu anymore. Unfortunately, we've seen it a lot—from national and local publishers. We are also aware of a local publisher that offers paid placement in top 10 lists. There is no paid placement here.


With one exception, I took all of these photos myself. I did in fact eat the "Double Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger" (#10) at The Burg Bar & Grill, but my photo didn't come out, so I borrowed one from a friend.

Here are some of the best local eateries in St. Petersburg with great burgers.


Here are the 10+1 Best Burgers in St. Petersburg Florida for 2019.

The order is zip code, then alphabetical by restaurant name.

1. The Avenue Eat + Drink

Fire Cracker Burger at The Avenue

Fire Cracker Burger at The Avenue

The Firecracker Burger - Spicy House Made Habanero Sauce, Peppered Bacon, House Made Jalapeño Poppers, Pepper Jack Cheese.

I love this burger. It's super spicy, so be careful. They make the habanero sauce fresh every day.

The Avenue Eat + Drink
330 1st Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 851-9531

2. Brick & Mortar Kitchen & Wine Bar

Brick & Mortar Burger

Brick & Mortar Burger

Brick & Mortar Burger - House Ground Tenderloin Filet & Short Rib, Bacon Onion Jam, Aged White Cheddar, Arugula, Roasted Garlic Aioli.

There is nothing like this burger anywhere. They grind their meat fresh in house every day. Everyone raves about this one.

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Brick & Mortar Kitchen & Wine Bar
539 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 822-6540

3. Locale

St Petersburger

St Petersburger

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St. Petersburger  - Locale Dry-Aged Beef, American Cheese Sauce, Smoked Gouda, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Caramelized Onion, Sautéed Mushrooms, Secret Sauce.

All of the ingredients together create a nice flavor and satisfying mouthfeel. The meat patty itself is a little thin, so it is difficult to get it rare or even medium rare. It had a nice char on it though. Get ready to get messy with this one. Get a lot of extra napkins. The secret sauce seems to be thousand island, and it goes great with the shredded lettuce.

Sundial St. Pete
179 2nd Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 523-6297

4. Ford's Garage

Ford's Mushroom Swiss Burger

Ford's Mushroom Swiss Burger

Ford's Mushroom Swiss Burger - Black Angus with Baby Swiss Cheese, Sautéed Mushrooms, Lettuce, Tomato, and Red Onion on a European Pretzel Bun.

It's juicy, full of flavor and lots of umami.

Ford's Garage St. Pete
200 1st Ave S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 295-3673

5. The Library

The Library Burger

The Library Burger

Burger - Double Patty, Sliced White American Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Library Sauce.

It's not the style that most places are putting out these days, but it is just damn good, old school comfort food. It actually reminded me of a Burger King Double Cheeseburger—in a very good way.

The Library
600 5th St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 369-9969

6. The Mill

The Mill Burger

The Mill Burger

The Mill Burger - 8oz Prime Beef, Pimento Cheese, Bacon, Bibb Lettuce, Tomato, Smoked Caramelized Onion Aioli.

It's just magical how it tastes so good—and it has pimento cheese!

The Mill Restaurant
200 Central Ave #100
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 317-3930

7. Red Mesa Cantina

Sirloin Chorizo Burger - Red Mesa Cantina

Sirloin Chorizo Burger - Red Mesa Cantina

Sirloin Chorizo Burger - Fried Onions, Chorizo, Avocado, Jack Cheese, Tomato And Chipotle Aioli on a Brioche Bun.

My original "best burger in St. Pete". The chorizo gives it a wonderful richness.

Red Mesa Cantina
128 3rd St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 896-8226

8. Stillwaters Tavern

Tavern Burger at Stillwaters Tavern

Tavern Burger at Stillwaters Tavern

Tavern Burger - Hand Formed Short Rib, Chuck, And Brisket With Sharp Cheddar, Thousand Island, Lettuce, Caramelized Onions, Tomato, Brioche Bun.

This is another really good down-home burger that tastes great, has just the right amount of complexity, and easily fits in your mouth.

Stillwaters Tavern
224 Beach Dr NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 350-1019

9. Engine No. 9

Black Flag Burger - Engine No. 9

Black Flag Burger - Engine No. 9

Black Flag Burger at Engine No. 9 - Cajun spices, Blackened & topped with Pepperjack Cheese, Jalapeño Bacon, Fire Roasted Red Peppers and Frank's Red Hot Sauce.

This is another favorite spicy one for people that can take a normal amount of heat. It's hot, but not as hot as The Avenue's Firecracker. The fire roasted peppers really make it.

Engine No. 9
56 Dr M.L.K. Jr St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
(727) 623-0938

10. The Burg Bar & Grill

Double Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger

Double Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger (Photo courtesy of Raymond Bourque)

Double Grilled Cheese Bacon Burger - Award Winning Monster 8oz Cheese Burger in between 2 Grilled Cheese Bacon Sandwiches.

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I recommend sharing this one with a friend, or smoking a joint first. It's a fun over-the-top option when that's what you need.

The Burg Bar & Grill
1752 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33712
(727) 894-2874

11. Cider Press Café

Cider Press Classic Burger

Cider Press Classic Burger

Classic Burger - Burger (Beyond Meat), Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickle, Mayo, Ketchup & Mustard on a Kaiser Bun.

It really tastes and feels like a real meat burger! You almost can't tell the difference, and some people can't!

Cider Press Café
601 Central Ave
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 914-7222

I'm sure there are some readers favorite burgers that are not on the list. Please comment with them below so other readers can see them and check them out too.

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Everyone loves hamburgers! A cheese burger is the epitome of American food, and here are some of the best local eateries with great burgers.

DISCLAIMER: Kevin, Lori, Abby, Haley, Lindsey, & Alexia do not dine anonymously (this would be impossible) and we sometimes get free food (though never expected). However, we dine with the locals and we support our own. You will always get honesty in a respectful manner.

PLEASE NOTE: Reviews reflect a certain moment in time. Some restaurants stay extremely consistent over many years, and some change for the better or worse. Some things that may change are: chefs, recipes, food suppliers, ingredients, philosophies. We always hope that you have the same good, or great experience we had.

15 Responses

  1. MudMan Burgers add these guys to the top of that list
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks Juan! I'll be sure to check it out.
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Oh, I see. It's a food truck, so I'll have to check their schedule.
  2. Avatar Kat
    The El Cap on 4th street has been an institution in St. Pete for decades. Long before all these places came to play. The burgers are fantastic and definitely should be included on the list!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Yes they are! We'll consider them for a future review.
  3. Very disappointed to not see the Dairy Inn on this list. If you haven’t tried their burgers, I highly recommend them. Any variation is great, but my personal favorite is the double bacon cheeseburger. Side note: their tots are great.
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks for commenting, Torey! I'll have to give them a try.
  4. Avatar Dio
    No gyro burger from the burg and bar? Oh man, that thick slice of feta!! I get it with sauteed onion to carry the gyro theme. Don't get me wrong, I'm gonna try ALL of these also!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      I'll have to try the Gyro Burger!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Dio, I tried the Gyro Burger yesterday. OMG! It is amazing!
      • Avatar Dio
        With sauteed onions? I tried the Brick and Mortar burger...unreal!
  5. 1000000% need to get Dead Bobs on this list!!! One of the best burgers anywhere!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks Mike. I'll definitely give them a try!
  6. Avatar alan masters
    Hi Kevin - give Leafy Greens Cafe Heavenly Burger a shot. It’s pretty good for a veggie burger. I’m glad to see Cider Press. I just had their Jammin’ Burger and wow. Also, Old Key West has some pretty good burgers. I just joined this site today. I’m a huge foodie so I’m loving reading all the food articles. Cheers!
    • Kevin Godbee Kevin Godbee
      Thanks for the tip, Alan. I'll add it to my list to try!
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