13 Burgers for Your Bucket List
When visiting Florida’s Historic Coast, look to the locals for the best burgers in St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach.
While you’re looking for things to do on Florida’s Historic Coast, be sure to stop for a bite. Here’s a list of a dozen great local burgers selected for their quality, terrific toppings, fresh ingredients, healthy choices — and some that are definitely more than a mouthful.
1. The Reef
The St. Augustine Datil Pepper Cheeseburger is made from fresh-ground brisket and prime rib cuts of beef. Topped with thick cut Applewood-smoked bacon, mushrooms, onions, spicy datil pepper sauce, cheddar cheese, this burger is second only to the amazing oceanfront views of The Reef’s dining room
If you’re looking for a vegan or vegetarian option, The Floridian will not disappoint with a great black bean or sweet potato burger. The popular restaurant’s Dixie burger also will meet all of your vegan, vegetarian, Paleo, gluten-free or other special dietary needs!
Sipping on a cold drink while sitting in one of the Crow’s Nest tables overlooking Salt Run at the Conch always makes one feel special. Now top that off with a thick, juicy burger made with Black Angus beef, served on a fresh brioche bun, and there’s no need to doctor it up with tons of toppings. But you can if you like with fresh tomato, a variety of cheeses, Applewood-smoked bacon and lots more.
Ice, Ice, Baby! While there are many great burgers in town, you’d be hard-pressed to find a meal in a more historic, architecturally-rich place – The Ice Plant. Once the area’s first ice plant, it is now a popular restaurant and bar where you can find great craft cocktails and a half-pound burger that combines a buttery bun, homemade bacon-chive aioli, and a grilled grass-fed beef patty.
The Classic Burger is a half-pound of fresh ground prime rib, grilled to temperature of your choice then topped with your choice of Cheddar, Swiss, Provolone, Goat Cheese, Smoked Blue Cheese or Manchego Cheese. Decisions, decisions.
One Twenty Three Burger House is family-owned by the Tringalis, who also operate one of the most popular pizza places in town, Carmelo’s. So the Pizza Burger is the obvious choice, featuring an 8-oz. prime patty topped with prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, and marinara sauce.
At St. Augustine Beach, this beautiful open kitchen restaurant serves the very best and freshest from land and sea. The Double Steak Burger is grilled to perfection, topped with American cheese and a creamy house sauce that deserves to be on this best burger list.
The Signature House Burger is made of Grade A beef cuts, best grilled to medium and topped with their tangy secret sauce, cheddar cheese, fresh avocado and a fried egg. A scrumptious delight to enjoy while sipping on an ice-cold brew as you sit on the veranda at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse overlooking the Stadium Course’s 18th
9. Jim's Place
Head west to farm country where you’ll find Jim’s Place in Elkton, where the signature Mushroom Swiss Burger tops a perfect patty with Swiss cheese and steamy, perfectly sautéed mushrooms.
Just over the Bridge of Lions, this local fav has been featured on the Food Network because all burgers feature grass-fed beef patties that you can customize with creative toppings. Try the Sara Burger topped with a fried green tomato, Applewood-smoked bacon, cheddar and Habanero Jack cheeses, lettuce, pickle and onion.
Right on St. George Street, at Prohibition Kitchen, the PK Signature Burger is a special house-grind blend of short rib, brisket and sirloin with log-smoked bacon, red onion jam, fried egg and Red Dragon cheese.
Usually, it’s the toppings that make the burger. But at Obi’s Filling Station on St. Augustine Beach, the Spare Tire is served between two Krispy Kreme donuts. So you can have your breakfast and eat your lunch too.
13. Sunset Grille
A local favorite, people enjoy sitting on the upstairs deck with a cold beer and a gentle warm sea breeze. Try the A1A Steakhouse Burger. It’s topped with their homemade Vidalia onion, steak sauce pickle relish, crumbled bleu cheese, lettuce and tomato. It’s a classic.
There are so many things to do (and so many places to eat!) so plan a trip now to work through your St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach burger bucket list.