Craving a Burger? Top Burger Joints in Tampa

the ultimate hand- held food.

credit: Sophia Bahr

the ultimate hand- held food.

Sophia Bahr, Junior Staff Writer

Who doesn’t love a mouthwatering, juicy burger every once in awhile? Together with the beef,the savory sautéed onions, crisp tomato and lettuce, atop a buttery bun,they encompass true deliciousness.Here are the many popular options in the Tampa Bay area to indulge in what many Americans have believed is, “the ultimate hand-held food”.

Burger- Fi

Located on South Howard, next to Ava restaurant, this place has received much popularity within the past year. Their business platform has been built on the premise of working towards a gourmet restaurant that serves a casual, American favorite- the hamburger. In addition to burgers, they sell veggie burgers, hot dogs, custards and onion rings or fries. The owners are environmentalists who furnish their restaurant with recycled chairs and tables, and truly believe that beef should be anti-biotic and hormone free. Stamped with their logo right on the bun, these guys know how to make a burger.

Sophomore Alessandria Ligori says, “I love how their names are on the bun. I went there last night and ordered the chocolate shake with the cheeseburger!”
credit: Sophia Bahr (ACHONA Staff Member)
Sophomore Alessandria Ligori says,
“I love how their names are on the bun. I went there last night and ordered the chocolate shake with the cheeseburger!”

Drama Burger

This Lithuanian based burger joint is making it’s way into the hearts of Tampanians, with hope in spreading all across America. Located on West Kennedy, their beef is grass-fed and their sauces and toppings are house-made. They make things eclectic, with optional sides such as falafel, tempura, Lithuanian bread sticks, or twice fried potatoes. Of course, you can always opt for the onion rings and fries.  This place is perfect for those that have a diverse palate. Freshman Theresa Tulsiak says,“I loved the fact that it is a sit down restaurant with a welcoming atmosphere.I ordered the burger and sweet potato fries and I was very satisfied.”

Five Guys

Known for its fresh, customizable beef burgers and fries, made with peanut oil, they’re a favorite among tampa natives across the board.Based in Washington DC, they have locations scattered throughout the US. In recent news, they have just proudly announced that they will be serving milkshakes!

"I feel like when you go to the majority of burger joints you leave feeling terrible and way too full, at Five Guys, you don't. I leave very happy and very satisfied." - Teresa Toranzo, Junior
credit: Haley Schumann (used with permission)
“I feel like when you go to the majority of burger joints you leave feeling terrible and way too full, at Five Guys, you don’t. I leave very happy and very satisfied.” – Teresa Toranzo, Junior

Burger 21

A WestChase and Carrollwood commuter’s favorite,they offer many delicious burger combinations that don’t hurt the wallet.Their shakes are also enough to write home about (the chocolate hazelnut is a personal favorite). They also keep their fans interested with a featured, new monthly burger and shake. This month, come in for a pizza burger and/or a tiramisu shake.  

Sophomore Priscilla Vasquez argues,

“I like that it’s not fancy, yet arguably better than any McDonald’s or fast food. I usually order the bacon cheeseburger, or the “Bacon-Cheesey”,  with the gingerbread cookie milkshake. I want to try the tiramisu shake next visit!!”

Yum! #burger21 #yijp

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Burger Monger

With locations all over the Tampa Bay area, these guys have mastered the customizable burger. With premium toppings such as cherrywood smoked bacon, guacamole or even fried eggs! 

Junior Ashley Lambert argues, “I prefer Burger Monger because it is the most customizable with the most toppings I’ve ever seen! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Carrollwood.”
credit: Haley Schumann (used with permission)
Junior Ashley Lambert argues,
“I prefer Burger Monger because it is the most customizable with the most toppings I’ve ever seen! It’s one of my favorite restaurants in Carrollwood.”

Square 1 Burger

The ideology for their business, shown through their name, that they want burgers to go “back to square one”. Using high quality, fresh ingredients, their burgers are made from hormone/ antibiotic free angus beef. I addition to an angus beef burger, one can order a Kobe, buffalo, chicken or vegan burger. What is also nice, this burger joint offers the benefits of a quality sit-down restaurant.

Square 1 advocate, Junior Ann Marie Heath believes, “Square 1 has been my regular burger joint for years. They serve huge burgers that you can’t get everywhere- they aren’t your typical cheeseburger- like a salmon, lamb, portobello, and Hawaiian chicken burger. Also, even if you get a normal beef burger they offer toppings such as onion rings or a fried egg.”
credit: Ann-Marie Heath (used with permission)
Square 1 advocate, Junior Ann Marie Heath believes,
“Square 1 has been my regular burger joint for years. They serve huge burgers that you can’t get everywhere- they aren’t your typical cheeseburger- like a salmon, lamb, portobello, and Hawaiian chicken burger. Also, even if you get a normal beef burger they offer toppings such as onion rings or a fried egg.”