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8 Expensive Burgers Around the U.S.

By Cindy Augustine
October 24, 2013

Luxurious items can take on many forms: art, cars, diamonds, Champagne, and yes, even hamburgers. From Williamsburg to Miami, Las Vegas to Atlantic City, we found a new crop of high-end burgers. Be it truffles, foie gras, or caviar, a pair of sliders or enormous patties, read on for some of the most expensive burgers, in order of cost, from coast to coast.

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  • $25 burger at Biblio in Brooklyn, NY

    At Biblio, a new gastropub in Williamsburg, The Burger starts with a blend from famed meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda - a mix of 30% sirloin, 30% chuck, 20% short rib and 20% skirt steak. Topped with foie gras mayo, the popular menu item is often ordered with the works and the bun and condiments are made in-house. While the $25 price tag doesn’t quite break the bank, it’s definitely on the higher end for a friendly neighborhood spot.
     

  • $28 Billionaire Burger at Holstein's, Las Vegas, NV

    Tucked inside The Cosmopolitan Hotel Las Vegas, Holstein's Shakes and Buns has a menu full of riffs on traditional burgers (like the lamb burger, a meatball burger, and a chili burger) - not to mention an array of boozy milkshakes and other fun takes on grown-up junk food. Whether the stakes are high or the chips are cashed in, those in the know opt for the Billionaire Burger made up of Kobe beef, port onion marmalade, frisee and truffle mayo, topped with foie gras. At $28, its got all the makings of a sinful high-roller dish, but it’s accessible enough to entice even the pedestrian gambler.

  • $33 sliders at L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon, Las Vegas, NV

    On the other end of the Strip is the MGM, where Chef Joël Robuchon has crafted one of the finest burgers imaginable served in two slider-sized portions. At L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at MGM Grand Hotel & Casino, the Chef of the Century pays homage to the French cuisine he is known for, but in a decidedly playful way. Le Burger is actually two beef patties in slider form, topped with rich foie gras, sautéed caramelized bell peppers and served on a freshly baked bun alongside crinkle cut fries ($33 for two sliders).

  • $43 Burger at Old Homestead at Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa in Atlantic City, NJ

    At Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa’s outpost of Old Homestead in Atlantic City, their mouthwatering burger is massive. Weighing in at 20 ounces and made with Kobe beef, the juicy burger is simple in its preparation - the real wow factor is in the beef and its hefty weight. Served with tater tots, chipotle ketchup and stone ground mustard, the burger has been popular with Jersey Shore high rollers since it landed on the menu. Big enough for two, at this price ($43), it may be worth sharing with a special someone.

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  • $60 Remixed Rossini Burger at Burger Bar in San Francisco, CA

    Chef Hubert Keller has certainly made his mark on the burger (does anyone remember the $5,000 Fleur Burger?) At a slightly more affordable price tag, Keller’s Burger Bar in San Francisco offers the Remixed Rossini Burger, made with Kobe beef from stuffed with braised short ribs, topped with lobster tail and shavings of black truffles (plus truffle sauce!) on an onion bun and served with skinny fries. The burger is named after the 19th century Italian composer, Gioachino Antonio Rossini, whose love for fine food was legendary, particularly truffles and foie gras. At Keller’s Las Vegas Burger Bar, the Rossini Burger preparation always includes foie gras, but in California where the liver is banned, the burger was remixed into this deluxe version priced at $60.

  • $75 Caviar Burger at Petrossian, Los Angeles, CA

    In West Hollywood burgers get the royal treatment, as seen with the Caviar Burger from Petrossian, an off-the-menu item featured at this 93-year-old caviar house. A creation of executive chef Giselle Wellman, there’s a multitude of Petrossian in the mix, including the Papierusse (a caviar “sheet” made of pressed caviar eggs). The burger is topped with a fried egg and served alongside house made fries, plus the caviar aioli sauce, which is served in a 30-gram Petrossian caviar tin. Priced at $75, this sophisticated burger is available by request only in Los Angeles.

  • $100 MNO Burger at Umami Burger, Miami, FL and NYC

    From the mind of wine and umami enthusiast Adam Fleischman comes Umami Burger's MNO Burger: a hand-ground and formed dry-aged Wagyu beef patty made from one single grass-fed cow, Grade-A Hudson Valley foie gras, an onion marmalade and reduced 1977 Croft Vintage Port. To top off this decadent delight, they add ¼ inch of freshly shaved Italian white truffles, currently in season. At $100, this limited-time-only burger is only available by special order and only during truffle season. While the burger launched in Los Angeles a while back, it’s no longer served there due the foie gras ban, but is available at the recently opened Miami and New York City locations.

  • DB Burger Royale at DB Bistro Moderne, NYC

    The crème de la crème— the burger to spark the gourmet burger trend could only come from New York City and Daniel Boulud. What began with the Original DB Burger (a sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle, served on a Parmesan bun along with pommes frites, $32) later spawned into the DB Burger Royale. In late Fall-early Winter, when black truffles come into season, the original gets a swank addition as it’s topped with layers of shaved black truffles – the burger remains the same – and served with either pommes frites or pommes soufflés. Depending on the market price, the DB Burger Royale will set you back $70-$140, available for a limited time at db Bistro Moderne.

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