From French Inspired to American Favorites: The Burger Joint, Vegasized.
There is nothing simple going on in Las Vegas. Even a traditional hamburger becomes a legend in its own right once it makes its way to the strip. Check out these Burger Joints that have all managed to make their own unique niche in a concept that has been around for decades.
Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay: If you like the idea of a build your own burger, then this is the spot for you. The menu starts with the basics, like a $9.95 Angus burger and then you get to go from there. Bun, toppings and even sides, allowing you to concoct your very own version of an American classic using ingredients like foie gras and baby spinach. The burgers are savory but the real reason to head to the Burger bar is for the same menu layout they have for a build your own shake. That includes alcohol. A shot of jager mixed with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch morsels? Now that’s a shake to go with a burger.
Le Burger Brasserie: We stole their fries, so it’s only fair that the French take one of our favorite dishes and well.. Frenchify it. You name it, and this high end burger joint will slap it on a bun. Located on the promenade between Bally’s and Paris, their stand out menu item will only set you back $777. That’s the price you pay for taking a Kobe beef patty, topping it with a Maine lobster tail and then throwing on some caramelized onions, brie, prosciutto and aged balsamic vinegar. You will need the bottle of Dom that accompanies it to wash it all down. Don’t let that over-the-top burger deter you from trying out this unique restaurant. The other burgers on the menu are more reasonably priced.
Gordon Ramsay BurGR: Our favorite foul mouthed chef is a very busy bloke in Sin City. His venture away from fine dining and into burgers and fries at this Planet Hollywood restaurant was a good move, earning him the Casino Player Best Dining & Nightlife award for 2013. As with all of his restaurants, Gordon stresses the use of fresh, quality ingredients, and it shows. To stand out on the strip, his team of top chefs wood grill every burger, giving them a uniquely complex flavor. One of the restaurants more recent introductions is the Hog Burger, which was added to the menu this past February. This is a succulent Mangalitsa pork patty grilled over the open flame and then placed on a freshly made Brioche bun with maple butter, sharp cheddar and arugula. The only place in Vegas to serve this exceptional meat, this new burger could earn Gordon another award.
Bobby’s Burger Palace: As in New York born celebrity chef Bobby Flay. Just this past January he opened his already popular burger franchise right in front of the Mandarin Oriental. The event was marked with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Miss Mayor Goodman herself, presenting him with a key to sin city. This Vegas location marks the 18th for this chain, but of course, since this is the strip, is the only one to feature a margarita bar. BBP is all about burgers from around the country, focusing on popular trends from different regions like the L.A. burger, which is topped with avocado relish, watercress, tomato and cheddar. With its convenient locale on the strip and refreshingly simple menu, BBP will be a Vegas hot spot in no time.
You can’t get any better than a burger on the strip, not even from your own grill. The next time you are in town, skip the buffet or the 5 star restaurant for one night and wrap your paws around a juicy hamburger or cheeseburger. You won’t regret it.