Vegaster 7 – 7 of the Most Surprising Places in Vegas to Grab a Great Burger
BurGR – It’s hard to imagine that a Brit could do an American comfort food so well, yet Gordon Ramsey has the burger all figured out. Found just inside of Planet Hollywood, BurGR uses the open flame method of cooking the patties and then smothers them with an interesting selection of cheeses and veggies. Ramsey doesn’t want you to build your own burger, he wants you to savor the creations that his culinary genius has come up with for America’s signature dish.
In-N-Out Burger – Although a popular chain restaurant, an In-N-Out Burger is still the best fast food burger on the planet. What makes In-N-Out so special is not only has been a family owned business since 1948, it has never strayed from a strict burger, fry, and shake joint. There are no freezers, and no pre-packaging. Instead, everything down to the last fry is made fresh inside the restaurant on the day you order it. That’s quality that could rival Ramsay.
Shake Shack – While In-N-Out hails from the West, Shake Shack is an East Coast burger phenomenon that has found coincidentally found a home at Vegas’ New York-New York. Shake Shack is decidedly simple, getting its goodness from Angus beef and a shake menu that is deemed one of the best in the world. This is a perfect example of picking one or two things, and being successful by focusing only on making them to perfection.
Umami Burger – The new SLS got its paws around the Umami Burger in Vegas, which is a chain but one that has waiter service rather than a drive up speaker. Umami refers to a special flavor that is not sweet, not sour and certainly not salty. It is just… Umami. And it is rumored that Umami burger gets its distinct flavor with a blended sprinkle of ingredients that include fish heads. Shake your head if you want, but don’t judge until you’ve tried this masterpiece of a burger for yourself.
LVB Burgers & Bar – At the Mirage they are cooking up burgers that taste so good you may end up spoiled for life. Yes it’s a burger joint, but one that has style, panache and spiked milk shakes. Using certified Angus beef (or chicken, lamb, salmon, falafel or turkey) LVB Burger dresses its burgers in a myriad of ways, each more tempting than the last. And if that’s not good enough, how ‘bout some fried Oreos for dessert.
B&B Burger & Beer – There has never before been a better combination. A Mario Batali concept, B&B is conveniently next to the poker room inside the Venetian’s casino. The menu is refreshingly simple, and even steers away from the burger a bit with a selection of classic sandwiches well worth diving into. Even though this is a celebrity chef restaurant, its fun and light atmosphere may make you forget that for a sec, at least until you take your first bite of that cheese oozing burger.
Fuku Burger – You have to plan ahead if you want a taste of a Fuku burger. Not because of a long wait (although there could be that too) but because Fuku is a food truck that only makes its appearance at scheduled times and places. As for the burgers, they are astonishingly good all beef patties, drizzled with Asian touches. If you happen upon the Fuku truck during your Vegas wanderings, do yourself a favor and don’t pass on by.
It’s simple to get a burger wrong, and even simpler to get it passable. But it takes finesse to make one that makes you wish you had room in your stomach for 3 or 4. All of these spots hit that high burger mark, in a unique way and in surprising places. Taste for yourself the next time your Hakkasan hangover is crying to be soothed with a juicy burger.