I, probably much like yourself, haven’t had a really good hamburger in years. I’ve had a decent burger here and there, but it’s been a long time since I had a hamburger so good that I started planning my next trip back before I was finished eating. When I tell you that this was the best burger I’ve had in years I am not just talking about here in Florida. This is the best hamburger I’ve had since I lived near Joplin, Missouri and there was this little burger joint called Instant Karma that made a powdered donut hamburger that sounds gross but would absolutely rock your world. Sadly they closed in 2020 before we even moved so it has been at least since then that I’ve been wowed by a burger.
Anyway, enough stories of burgers past and on to the burning question you now have in your mind. “Where can I find this burger?” You might have a bit of a drive but the scenery and end result will be well worth it I promise. It’s called Pudgee’s Eatery & Market and it is located in Floral City, Florida off of Highway 41 in a shopping center. My husband and myself had probably driven past it a hundred times over the years and for whatever reason never stopped. We are kicking ourselves now for waiting so long.
Just look at those burgers above! I ordered the Pudgee Burger and I ordered it just as it comes except for no relish, and I added bacon and cheese. My husband ordered the Cowboy Burger just as it comes except that he added cheese, and he loved his as much as I loved mine! We also split a side of onion rings and I have no idea why I didn’t take a photo of them but they were also delicious and crisp.
If you are going to drive all the way here (which you won’t regret I promise) there are a couple of other things I recommend you should do. One is going to Ferris Groves and getting some fresh oranges and a milkshake. The other is driving through Floral City itself because it’s canopied by live oaks covered with Spanish moss and is a breathtaking little drive. The Withlacoochie trail is also in Floral City and you can rent bikes or walk or even ride your horse. There is even a couple of little thrift stores. It’s a small rural town but if the best hamburger in Florida isn’t enough of a reason to come and visit, there are a couple of other things you can see and do as well.
As you can see in the above photos, Pudgee’s has quite a bit on their menu for you to try. We are going to try everything on the menu eventually and I don’t foresee much disappointment there.
This is my last blog post of 2022 and I am hoping in 2023 to be putting out more content. I haven’t done much the past few months but I will be visiting more places over the next few months. I do have daily content on my Instagram and Facebook pages so don’t forget to follow me there.
I hope you all have an amazing 2023! It’s going to be a great year!!!