Where to Get the Best Burger

From classic American burgers to gourmet mashups, here's your guide to the best burger joints in St. Pete/Clearwater.


Engine No. 9, St. Pete

A burger from Engine No. 9

More than a Mouthful

Think you can handle the Chubby Duck, a huge burger topped with foie gras, pancetta, sauteed onions, brie, and duck cracklings?

Grab a table quickly in this shotgun-style restaurant, especially when the happy hour crowd starts trickling out of nearby bars. With a menu of gourmet burgers and TVs throughout the restaurant, Engine No. 9 is your go-to spot for watching the game with good food and good company. 

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Rococo Steak, St. Pete

The majestic facade of Rococo Steak.

Date-Night Dream

On the south end of downtown St. Pete, Rococo Steak is the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.

An upscale steakhouse in St. Pete with an award-winning burger. Celebrity Food Network chef selected the Rococo Burger in the battle of the ‘Burg competition. What makes this burger so special? The patty is a blend of New York Strip in a 70/30 meat to fat ratio, grilled to your perfect temperature, dressed with bacon onion jam, rosemary aioli, heirloom tomato, and artisan lettuce, all in between a brioche bun. 

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The Avenue Eat + Drink, St. Pete

This lively bar in downtown St. Pete is your go-to spot to enjoy craft cocktails, beer, and gourmet burgers in industrial digs. With an indoor and outdoor bar and patio, come here to watch the game, enjoy live music, and hang with friends at The Avenue

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El Cap, St. Pete

A burger from El Cap

Top-Ranked Burger

Just look at the reviews of El Cap Restaurant on Facebook - they all mention fabulous burgers, great service and tasty French fries.

El Cap, open since 1964, this no-muss, no-fuss burger joint fills to the brim with hungry patrons happy to order burgers a la carte and beer by the pitcher. Wood paneling on the walls, yellow and red condiment bottles on the tables, and servers who get right down to business dictate the vibe.

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Sandbar Bill's Bar and Grill, St. Pete Beach

A burger from Sandbar Bill's Bar and Grill Burger

Burger on the Beach

Instead of a beer, try Sandbar Bill's famous cheeseburger and with its refreshing rum runner!

What’s better than the best burger on St. Pete Beach? The best burger on St. Pete Beach with a sunset backdrop! Ask any group of locals where they go for the best burgers in the area and you’ll always hear Sandbar Bills’ Bar and Grill at Bon-Aire Resort in the mix. If you don’t, then you’re probably asking the wrong the group.

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BRGR Kitchen + Bar, Treasure Island

Located in Treasure Island Beach Resort, BRGR Kitchen + Bar offers a dining experience full of contemporary style and retro details. Enjoy a custom seasoned burger paired with house-made sauces and unique toppings while overlooking stunning views of the beach and surf. 

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Pete & Shorty's, Clearwater & Pinellas Park

Calling all Iowa expats: This is your home away from home. Pete & Shorty’s is an Iowa bistro down to the posters and news clippings on the walls and the clientele around the bar. You don’t have to be from the Midwest to appreciate a homey experience while chowing down on their popular char-grilled burgers. 

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Gigglewaters Social Club & Screening Room, Safety Harbor

A Burger from Gigglewaters

Movie and a Meal

At Gigglewaters Social Club & Screening Room, enjoy a 100% wagyu beef burger and a movie!

Gigglewaters may play cinematic favorites on the daily, but their ‘Giggleburgers’ steal the show! Ditch the popcorn and order one of their popular burgers, made with 100% Wagyu beef. Keep it classic with their ‘Plain Jane’ or opt for a tidal wave of flavor by ordering “The Big Kahuna,” topped with grilled pineapple, butcher block bacon and sweet teriyaki glaze. The options are endless at Gigglewaters Social Club & Screening Room. 

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Sandbar Grill, Dunedin

You know something is a local secret when it looks like a shipping crate set up in a parking lot, but is still brimming with eager guests. Sandy folks coming from Honeymoon Island State Park stop at the Sandbar Grill for a burger, cold beer, and a chill vibe. 

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Tarpon Tavern, Tarpon Springs

You might stumble upon the Tarpon Tavern if you go too far on your bike trip on the Pinellas Trail. You’re going to need a tall beer and one of their famous burgers, stat! This cozy low-light tavern situated in a 1920s-era building is the perfect spot to cool off and refuel. 

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