We crave a big fat juicy burger pretty much every day, whether or not it's officially Burger Month (which is May, by the way). And we'll take our burger just about any way it’s served up—with a measly slice or cheese or with an enormous pile of foie gras on top. If you prefer your burger all dressed up for the red carpet, check out the 10 unbelievably over-the-top versions at these restaurants:
Le Burger Extravagant at Serendipity 3, New York City
Go big with the Le Burger Extravagant at Serendipity 3 in New York, and go home with a sparkling souvenir. The $295 burger not only comes with Japanese Wagyu beef that’s infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, smoked Pacific sea salt, shaved black truffle, a fried quail egg, and aged cheddar cheese hand-formed by famous cheesemaker James Montgomery in England; it also includes a white truffle-buttered campagna roll, topped with a blini, crème fraiche and golden caviar. Did we mention the solid gold “Fleur de Lis” toothpick encrusted with diamonds and designed by world renowned jeweler, Euphoria New York? Yours to keep, of course. Photo courtesy of Serendipity 3.
Grass Fed Burger at Petrossian, Los Angeles
LA’s Petrossian restaurant serves a fabulous burger topped with aged Cheddar, cipollini jam, arugula, aioli and a fried egg, but it's the two off-menu toppings that put it over the edge: foie gras and, of course, Petrossian's house specialty: caviar. Photo courtesy of Petrossian.
Burger Khalifa at Firebird Diner, Dubai
Firebird Diner, the restaurant helmed by star chef Michael Mina at Dubai's newly opened Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, is offering a colossal, hard-to-surpass burger, with a matching price tag of course. The towering Burger Khalifa costs Dhs500 (about $136 USD) and showcases two prime USDA Beef Patties, a Maine lobster tail, seared foie gras, black truffle aioli, and a sunny side egg. All on the same burger.
Fajita Burger at The Original Ninfa's on Navigation, Houston
When celebs like Martha Stewart and Michael Bublé are in Houston, they head to The Original Ninfa’s on Navigation for Tex-Mex by chef Alex Padilla, who spent 18 years working under James Beard Award-winning chef Nancy Oakes of San Francisco’s Boulevard Restaurant. Padilla puts his fine-dining training to use with the epic Fajita Burger. The patty is made with ground fajita meat — and stuffed with chopped fajita meat. It's finished off with grilled red onions, poblano peppers, avocado, chipotle mayo and a cheesy blend of Jack and Oaxaca cheeses, all served on a brioche bun. Photo courtesy of Legacy Restaurants.
Wagyu Sliders at Barton G., Miami and Los Angeles
L.A. and Miami hotspot Barton G., where stars like Salma Hayek, John Travolta, Drake and Will Ferrell stop in on the regular, knocks it out of the park with its playful plate of Wagyu sliders. Mini beef burgers come with braised oxtail, gruyere cheese, caramelized onions and black truffles, plus smoky ketchup and truffle aioli. The presentation scores, too. The dish is served in a baseball mitt, with a full-size baseball bat for the win. Photo courtesy of Barton G. LA.
Surf 'n Turf at Barleymash, San Diego
The focus at San Diego’s Barleymash is on bourbon, beer and standout bar food, including their signature souped-up burger. Sink your teeth into the grilled beef patty layered with cream cheese, baby arugula, whiskey-caramelized onions, white truffle aioli, and here's the best part: añejo-tequila-butter poached Maine lobster meat. Photo courtesy of Barleymash Facebook.
Lair of the Minotaur at Kuma's Corner, Chicago
Casual Chicago restaurant Kuma’s Corner offers its own elevated twist on the burger, the grandly titled Lair of the Minotaur. The ultra-flavorful sandwich comes with caramelized onion, pancetta, Brie and bourbon-poached pear. Photo courtesy of bigbootyfoodies Instagram.
Henry's Marrow Spiked Burger at Henry's Majestic, Dallas
Loco Moco at Animal, Los Angeles
L.A.'s Animal, known for its nose-to-tail cooking from James Beard Award-winning chefs Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo, takes the traditional Hawaiian meal called loco moco to a whole new level. The bun-less dish features a bed of gold rice topped with meaty layers of a prime beef hamburger patty, foie-gras-fat fried Spam, and seared foie gras. You definitely won't want to miss this one. Photo by Brianne Chan.
Bacon-Cheddar Wagyu Burger at Epic Steak, San Francisco
Justin Bieber, Spike Lee and Joe Montana have all feasted at San Francisco’s Epic Steak. Grab a table with a view of the water and Bay Bridge, and dive into the Bacon-Cheddar Wagyu Burger. The name says it all, but if you want to up the ante, you can add a half or whole Maine lobster. You read that right: A whole lobster. On top of the burger. Do it. Photo by Tamara Palmer.
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