22 great burgers in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach

22 great burgers in Naples, Cape Coral, Fort Myers Beach

Of all the ridiculous food “holidays” out there — Oatmeal Nut Waffles Day?! That seems a bit niche — National Cheeseburger Day is one we can get behind.

It’s coming up Saturday, and we’ve got 22 local places from North Fort Myers to Naples, Marco Island and Sanibel where we’d be thrilled to celebrate. 

Twisted Sheep Pizza & Brew

A burger from a pizza place? If it’s Twisted Sheep, then that’s a resounding yes. The creation of Naples native Calvin Joiner, the former owner of Red’s Pizzeria, and Chef Michael Voorhis, this isn’t just some slice shop. Twisted Sheep crafts its Black Sheep Burger with Kobe beef, roasted-garlic-thyme aioli and a blend of cheeses on a brioche bun. Can’t decide between burger or pizza? Get both with the restaurant’s Smash Burger Pie. 

(3802 Tamiami Trail E., Naples; 239-919-3287; twistedsheeppizza.com)

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The Black Sheep burger from Twisted Sheep Pizza in Naples.

The SpeakEasy

Using its own blend of beef, this waterfront Marco Island joint crafts ½-pound and ¾-pound burgers that may be topped with pulled pork and fried pickles (ala the Prohibition Burger) or stuffed, juicy-Lucy-style, with bacon and cheese (that’s the Roaring 20’s Burger). Either way, grab some napkins. You’re in for a messy treat. 

(1106 N. Collier Blvd., Marco Island; 239-970-2929; speakeasymarco.com)

Smokin’ Oyster Brewery

The cheeseburger, grilled over wood-fired flames, from Smokin' Oyster Brewery.

For more than two decades, this open-air restaurant has served food that tastes good on the beach: grilled oysters, coconut shrimp, mesquite grouper — and some of the thickest, juiciest, cheesiest burgers on Estero Island. 

(340 Old San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers Beach; 239-463-3474; sob4fun.com)

Smoke’n Pit Barbeque

While this North Fort Myers mainstay is renowned for its pulled pork and Southern-style sides, don’t sleep on Smoke’n Pit’s burgers. The mushroom burger, a fan favorite, features a thick patty, bacon, white American cheese and loads of sizzling mushrooms — all for less than $10. 

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