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Happy National Cheeseburger Day. There are lots of burger bargains out there to celebrate this important holiday. In the fast food drive thru world, you can get a double cheeseburger at McDonald’s for 50 cents. Burger King will give you a free cheeseburger with a $1 purchase. Wendy’s is doing a buy one, get one free Big Bacon Cheddar cheeseburger deal. All of those require you to put their mobile app on your phone though.

If you want to step up your burger game (plus support local businesses), here are my 10 best picks for juicy, flavorful burgers here in the Tampa area.

  • #5: The Stein & Vine in Brandon

    This is one of the things I miss about living over on the Hillsborough side. I only got to visit once or twice, but their take on the Juicy Lucy with the cheese in the middle was fantastic. (This burger in the photo is a different one, but it looks solid.)

  • #4: Shake Shack in Tampa

    We FINALLY have our own Shake Shack in Tampa.  Hopefully there are more to come.  As great as the burgers are, the real star of the show is their Christmas Cookie milkshake… offered only seasonally unfortunately.

  • #3: Five Guys in Pinellas Park

    Sure sure it’s a chain.  But those burgers are always done right.  Whenever anyone complains that Florida doesn’t have In-N-Out, I say you have Five Guys – which is way better.  I lived in California for 5 or 6 years and had plenty of In-N-Out.  And I’ll still drop in whenever I visit the west coast, but Five Guys burgers are far better.  But you could argue it’s comparing apples to oranges because In-N-Out is far cheaper.

     

  • #2: Engine No 9 in St. Pete

    My only complaint is it’s a pretty pricy burger.  Once you add tots, drink and a tip, you’re spending around $20-$30.  That said, that burger in the pic… I snapped that shot.  It’s my go to every time.  So good.

     

  • #1: Portillo's in Brandon

    I’m going to get a lot of grief about this pick and I get it. It’s a chain. And Portillo’s is known for their Italian Beef and Chicago style hot dogs.  I’ve had both.  But the winner for me on the menu is their burger.  (Although the cheese fries and chocolate cake shake are close behind.)