Find out where to dine for less at a city near you this month…
Find out where to dine for less at a city near you this month…
Biting into a juicy burger is one of life’s purest pleasures. Though we will never turn our noses up at one simply topped with LTO, ketchup, and mustard, sometimes we yearn for one that goes above and beyond in its desire to impress. Ahead of Memorial Day weekend (for you diners who’d rather not trifle with backyard burgers) and National Hamburger Day on Sunday, here are 11 insanely over-the-top burgers that will blow your mind.
The Dorian, San Francisco, California
The burger: The Royal Dorian
The deal: Served on a silver platter under a cloche, the decadent delight features a foie gras torchon, truffle cheese, and self-proclaimed “fancy sauce.”
Make a reservation at the Dorian.
The Ainsworth–Chelsea, New York, New York
The burger: Mac & Cheese Burger
The deal: There are two patties, one made with beef, the other with mac
‘n’ cheese (yes, you read that correctly). As if that wasn’t enough, the two-tier tower is drenched with a ladleful of mac ‘n’ cheese. Defibrillator not included.
Make a reservation at The Ainsworth.
Mirabelle, Washington, D.C.
The burger: Belleburger
The deal: French onion soup, now in burger form. Available only for the lunch crowd, the marvelously messy creation features a ladle of soup, plus Madeira caramelized onions, a slab of gooey Gruyere, and garlicky mayo. Don’t worry; staffers bring you a towelette when you’re done.
Make a reservation at Mirabelle.
Sugar Factory, Miami, Florida
The burger: South Beach Flair
The deal: A grass fed Angus beef burger with chipotle mayonnaise, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, chimichurri sauce, and fried sweet plantains.
Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse, Los Angeles, California
The burger: Buck Fifty Burger
The deal: Available only for the month of May, the ridiculously over the top burger will set you back $150. The patty is made with 35-day dry-aged beef and then stuffed with red wine braised oxtail, shaved Wagyu A5, and maple seared foie gras. Hook’s 10-year aged cheddar, truffles, and a butter poached lobster tail top it off. As if that wasn’t enough, it comes with gold dusted (!!!) fries and a savory potato milkshake with caviar whipped cream.
Make a reservation at Nick + Stef’s Steakhouse.
Holsteins, Las Vegas, Nevada
The burger: Billionaire Burger
The deal: A Kobe beef patty decked out with foie gras, port onion marmalade, and truffle mayo. If you post a pic of it, make sure you tag it #livingmybestlife.
Make a reservation at Holsteins.
db Bistro Moderne, Miami, Florida + New York, New York
The burger: db Burger
The deal: Served on a toasted parmesan and poppy seed bun, the ground sirloin patty is stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs and foie gras, and comes crowned with fresh horseradish and oven roasted tomato confit.
Make a reservation at db Bistro Moderne Miami or make a reservation at db Moderne Bistro New York.
Morton’s the Steakhouse-Downtown, Washington, D.C.
The burger: Surf & Turf
The deal: The half-pound Wagyu patty is piled high with truffled lobster salad, plus Gruyere cheese and LTO.
Make a reservation at Morton’s the Steakhouse.
Most burgers are served on a sesame seed bun with the typical toppings – patty, iceberg lettuce, ring of red onion, tomato slice, American cheese, and a little secret sauce that’s basically Thousand Island dressing. There’s nothing wrong with being basic. But, for a mo, let’s forget those quotidian contenders. These over-the-top, no-holds-barred two handers feature primo patties, über-luxe garnishes, and other unexpected elements that will have you swearing off standard-issue quarter pounders for life. Here are 10 totally insane burgers, with sincere apologies to those of you who have brought your lunch to work today.
db Bistro Moderne, Miami, Florida
Daniel Boulud may be French, but he has totally mastered the American art of crafting burgers. His most over-the-top rendition stars a ground sirloin patty stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs and foie gras. Slathered with a little fresh horseradish and tomato confit, it arrives on a housemade toasted Parmesan and poppy seed bun. Make a reservation at db Bistro Moderne.
Rockit Burger Bar, Chicago, Illinois
How could you not order a burger called the Mac & Cheese Attack? It sounds so amazeballs that we’d be surprised if anyone could resist it. The carb-loaded beast features a quarter pounder nestled between two “buns” of deep fried mac ‘n cheese. It’s garnished with lettuce, tomato, scallions, and sriracha ketchup, which we now know goes really well with mac ‘n cheese. Who knew? Make a reservation at Rockit Burger Bar.
Root & Bone, New York, New York
This insane, Southern-minded cheeseburger has a couple of things going for it. Firstly, it’s stuffed with pimento cheese. Secondly, it’s chicken fried. And, it comes with waffle fries. ‘Nuff said. Make a reservation at Root and Bone.
SoBou, New Orleans, Louisiana
This foie gras-enriched burger comes gussied up with a sunny side up egg and duck bacon. To help wash down all that decadent fat is an equally decadent, equally fatty foie gras milkshake. Which would be a great name for a band. Just sayin’. Make a reservation at SoBou.
MAMO, New York, New York
Don’t tell your cardiologist if you have this for lunch. That’s because this burger is capped off with a lobe of foie gras and a snowfall of paper-thin white truffles, not to mention a little gravy. Because why the hell not? You’ve already clearly decided to temporarily ditch your heart healthy diet. Make a reservation at MAMO.
We have absolutely no problem with a classic beef burger – like we could turn down an American icon? – but, sometimes we want to switch up our routine. Luckily, Angus ain’t the only protein in play in the patty game anymore. Chefs are utilizing unconventional meats sourced from the land and sea. From shrimp and salmon to kangaroo and bison, these burgers are far from your average Big Mac. Here are 11 alternative burgers that buck the convention that is beef.
Azu, Ojai, California
This is one lean, green burger machine. The primo patty is forged out of grass-fed, fat-marbling-free bison. Don’t worry, there’s still some gluttony involved. It comes topped with onion jam, Gorgonzola, and bacon — and there’s a side of fries. Make a reservation at Azu.
Badmaash, Los Angeles, California
Sacred cows are left out of the equation when it comes to making these alternative burgers. Instead, well-spiced lamb takes the lead. Served on a brioche bun, they come with red onion ringlets, iceberg lettuce, juicy Roma tomato slices, and paprika-pepped mayonnaise. Make a reservation at Badmaash.
The Commoner, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Chef Dennis Marron didn’t want to follow the flock when he was designing his burger. So he created one out of lamb to stand out from the herd. It comes capped with Moroccan-spiced aioli, Indian relish, and whipped goat cheese. Make a reservation at The Commoner.
Sambar, Culver City, California
Here’s one done the Bombay way. The chicken burger comes with a plethora of flavor-boosting toppings, including crispy chicken skin, hempseed chutney, and summer fruit chutney. Warning: it may inspire you to book a trip to India — and we will not cover the cost of the ticket. Make a reservation at Sambar.
Sepia, Chicago, Illinois
We want this burger baaad. Sorry, couldn’t resist. The Middle Eastern-inspired round is made with lamb and finished off with pickled eggplant, fiery harissa aioli, and feta crumbles. Make a reservation at Sepia.