It’s almost a given that America’s Sin City would serve up some of the country’s most sinful fare. A giant greasy burger is the perfect match to a city where grabbing a drink — or five — is almost always on visitors’ itineraries. However, Las Vegas chefs are turning this all-time American classic into a way less traditional dish. Gourmet burgers are becoming more and more trendy as chefs are adding toppings such as brie cheese, wild mushrooms and even lobster in place of the typical ketchup, mustard and relish. Of course, the more typical burgers can still be just as good, especially when they’re topped with, say, 40 slices of bacon. Here’s five burger joints in Las Vegas that will either start a night in Vegas off right or serve as the perfect cure the next morning.
BLT Burger is a trendy take on the traditional ’50s burger joint, complete with rock ‘n’ roll music playing in the background. This upscale diner located at the Mirage Las Vegas features a wide variety of burgers, including its signature BLT burger topped with double smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato and BLT burger sauce. For those looking for a healthier take on the burger combo, a veggie falafel burger or salmon burger might suffice. Customers must finish off the meal with a milkshake, several of which come with alcohol. The Grandma’s Treat, for instance, is a combination of Maker’s Mark, caramel and vanilla ice cream.
Burger lovers will want to try the sliders at I Love Burgers. The I Love Bacon and Eggs slider, for instance, is a smaller version of the bacon burger with fried quail eggs on top. Turkey meatball and chicken parm are other sliders that offer a sandwich version of the Italian treats. As if they’re not enough, the fries section of the menu offers six different types of fries. The Garbage Fries, served with chili, jalapenos, green onion, cilantro, black olives and aged cheddar cheese sauce, are basically a meal on their own.
Tailor-made for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, Holsteins Shakes and Buns offers burgers using fresh, organic ingredients that pack a flavorful punch. The Memphis Burger is a beef patty topped with Memphis-style smoked barbecue pork and all the fixings — whiskey barbecue sauce, coleslaw and pickles — that go along with it. The Billionaire Burger, made with Kobe beef and topped with foie gras, port onion marmalade, frisée and truffle mayo, is for the real Donald Trumps of Burgerland. In true Vegas form, the restaurant spikes its milkshakes too. One example is the Cereal Bowl milk shake made with Stoli vanilla vodka and Captain Crunch. The late-night menu is just as funky with reuben egg rolls and truffle lobster mac ‘n’ cheese available.
Le Burger Brasserie is as fancy as its name implies and fits perfectly with the Paris Las Vegas resort theme in which the restaurant resides. This burger joint offers gourmet burgers using chicken, salmon, lamb, turkey or beef patties as well as two veggie options. However, its $777 Kobe beef and Maine lobster burger is what most customers talk about, even if they don’t want to splurge on it (and a handful of people a month do!). It’s topped off with caramelized onions, imported Brie cheese, prosciutto and 100-year aged balsamic vinegar. Served with a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon champagne, this burger takes the casual American meal to a whole new level.
Heart Attack Grill plays on the Sin City theme. Opposed to the typical small, medium or large order, milkshakes are ordered based on how sinful (or caloric) they are with names such as naughty, obscene or XXX-rated. And that’s just the beginning. This restaurant holds the Guinness World Record for the highest-calorie burger. It has an octuplet bypass burger that comes with eight patties, and customers can add 40 — yes 40! — slices of bacon for an additional $7.40. Top it off: If customers don’t finish their meals, the nurse will give them spankings with a paddle.