Tampa Bay’s Best Burger Sports Bars

By Barbara Ann Kelley, CBSTampa.com

Nothing goes better with sports than a big juicy burger. We have collected a list of the best burger sports bars in Tampa Bay that will stuff you to the top of your shirt while you watch your favorite Baseball team.

Ferg’s Sports Bar and Grill
Ferg’s is an institution with baseball fans in Tampa Bay. They are just around the corner from the Rays home, Tropicana Field. The path, complete with its own tunnel leading to Tropicana Field is well-worn by baseball fans of all ages.  They have six burger options including the Rays Burger,  a 1/2 lb. grilled patty topped with melted American, creamy Swiss & honey BBQ sauce. Ferg’s is on Central Avenue in St. Petersburg.

Lee Roy Selmon’s Restaurant and Sports Bar
If you want big juicy ribs and even bigger burgers in a sport heavy environment then head with your bib in hand to any of the 5 locations of Lee Roy Selmon’s. They have 4 hearty hamburger. The largest is a 7 oz. USDA prime patty that comes with sweet potato fries. All Lee Roy Selmon’s have free Wi-Fi so you can make changes to your fantasy lineup from your smartphone at lighting fast speeds. There are two Lee Roy Selmon’s in Tampa ( New Tampa and South Tampa), two in Pinellas ( St. Pete and Palm Harbor) and one in Brandon.

Ragin Sports Grill
1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida 33602
(813) 223-9000
Ragin Sports Grill is new to the Channelside area, but it’s already a star! They are all about the food and sports so don’t expect some fancy sports pictures on the walls.  A large, circular bar, dubbed the Cab Calloway Red Zone, named for former NFL player Chris “Cab” Calloway, a partner in the business. Ragin Sports Grill has 4 incredible burgers to choose from.  Non-meat eaters will love their veggie burger, its pure heaven on a flatbread. Heading to a lightning game or a concert? Park in Channelside’s Grand Central parking garage and grab a bite to eat and a brew before the event.  The first two hours of parking are free and the Forum is a quick 4 blocks away.

Buffalo Wild Wings
If you are looking for a casual high-tech sports bar with a large selection of beefy burgers, tasty ribs with a a ton of sauces to choose from, you hit pay dirt with this sports bar chain. They have 6 different burgers including a Black and Blue Burger, screaming Nacho Burger, and a Big-Jack Daddy Burger. This burger is the mac-daddy of all burgers. It’s piled high with hickory-smoked pulled pork, fried onion rings, cheddar jack cheese and their signature Honey BBQ sauce on an already mouth-watering burger. Now that’s a burger! There are 7 Bay area Buffalo Wild Wings to choose from. Clearwater (best sports bar during Phillies Baseball Spring Training), New Port Richey, Oldsmar, Brandon, Lakeland, and two locations in Riverview.

The Brown Boxer Pub and Grille
A Trendy Sports Pub and Grille that features a full bar, plenty of sports action, pool tables and great ribs and burgers. There are two Pinellas beach locations to choose from either in Clearwater Beach or Madeira Beach. Both have tons of HD and flat screen TV’s with DirecTV sports packages and international soccer. They only have one burger, but it is thick fresh and sloppy.  The Clearwater restaurant is open 11am – 3am 7 nights and week and always serves until 2 in the morning. The Madeira location has a huge deck just so you and Fido can spend quality time eating and watching sports together.

2223 North West Shore Blvd.,Tampa FL 33607
(813) 353-0200
Champps is on North West Shore Blvd next to International Plaza near the Tampa Airport. Champps is a chain sports bar with a generous amount of TV’s. Beware this is a loud sports bar! The burgers rule at Champp’s. They have 9 different ones. The Chipotle BBQ Burger caught my attention. This burger is BIG! It’s piled high with cheddar cheese, applewood-smoked bacon and topped with BBQ pulled pork, Chipotle mayo, lettuce and tomato. Now that’s a burger!

Smokey Bones Bar and Fire Grill
Smokey Bone’s is more of a barbeque joint with a nice bar. There are 3 Smokey Bones in the Tampa Bay area in Tampa, Clearwater and Brandon. They may serve great ribs but they also have 6 great Burgers to choose from. If you dare, try the Smoked Stack. Three 1/2 lb seasoned beef patties, smothered in three slices of melted cheddar cheese, topped with golden fried onion rings, crispy onion straws, a pile of pulled pork and Cole slaw, all on a toasted burger bun.  Talk about needing anti-acids!

Did me miss your favorite? If you know of a great sports bar with to-die-for-burgers let us know in the comment section below.

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