If you live in Miami and drive with any frequency to the Airport or Miami Beach, I will assume you’ve seen the giant Burger King building located right off of the Dolphin Expressway(SR836) on the NW 57th Street exit. I would also like to assume that you know that Burger King has been headquartered in Miami since 1959 and that it was originally called Insta-Burger King when it was founded in Jacksonville, FL in 1953. But, maybe you don’t.
The first Insta-Burger King location in Miami, FL opened on December 4th, 1954 at 3090 NW 36th Street. It’s no longer there at that same spot, the #1 was moved down the street to 3601 NW 27th Avenue.
Besides Burger King #9 (I have yet to find out where that was located), of the original 10 locations 6 are still operational in the same spots they opened at in the 1950s.
The First 10 Burger Kings in Miami:
- 3090 NW 36th Street – now Cladd Motors
- 6091 SW 8th Street – now La Palma Restaurant
- 8995 NW 7th Avenue – now a Snapper’s
- 30390 S Dixie Hwy (Homestead)
- 7975 NW 27th Avenue
- 9201 South Federal Highway (Pinecrest)
- 3051 Coral Way
- 18240 South Dixie Highway (Perrine)
- 775 E 9 St (Hialeah)
One last fast fact that might interest you, the Whopper was not always on the menu. The Whopper was the creation of James McLamore in 1957. It sold for 37 cents. He was one of the two men who brought Insta-Burger King to Miami and eventually became the co-founder of the Burger King brand a few years later.
When you were a kid, what was your favorite Burger King Burger?
Main Source: The Burger King: Jim McLamore and the Building of an Empire – 1997
Part of the Burger Museum Collection:
Burger King area features over 300 pieces of BK history.