When it comes to comfort food and American classic fare, there's nothing more satisfying than the iconic hamburger. But the burgers at diners and fast food places don't exactly entice us, a ground beef patty plopped on a white bun and adorned with lettuce and tomato. If you want something more lavish and tempting, fine-dining aficionados know that the best burgers are found at high-end restaurants, steakhouses and gastropubs. These places serve gourmet burgers that will definitely clog your arteries. They are made from the best ingredients like brisket, short rib beef, sirloin and maybe a blend of Wagyu. And you won't believe how decadent the toppings are. DB Moderne Bistro in New York uses thick slices of foie gras and black truffle. The Beatrice Inn, also in New York, liberally uses caviar, black truffles, and truffle oil.
But these artery-clogging burgers can be outrageously expensive, and that's due to the high-quality ingredients, which is why they will cost you around $40. If you think that's expensive, there are burgers that cost $777 and even $1,7770!
Despite the sticker shock, the fact of the matter is, restaurants need to make their burgers really stand out now that high-end ones are becoming a part of the norm, not just a specialty. However, in the process, the burgers get gimmicky and make no sense. Do you want a burger topped with lasagna? Or how about one drizzling in gold leaf? Or how about a burger where the main ingredient isn't meat but peanut butter?
So whether the burger is wacky or decadent, we've gathered for you 15 of the most artery-clogging burgers in America (and some in foreign places), as well as ten burgers that just don't make sense.
24 Artery-Clogging: Minetta Tavern: Black Label Burger ($33), New York, NY
According to The Daily Meal, Minetta Tavern is called New York City’s best steakhouse and was awarded three stars by The New York Times. It's no wonder that their burger, called The Black Label, remains as New York’s most famous and most desirable comfort food, as well as one of its most expensive. At $33, you get a Pat LaFrieda prime dry-aged New York Strip combined with a skirt steak and brisket. The eight-ounce-plus patty is butter-basted and is topped with caramelized onions and placed on a custom-made brioche bun.
23 Makes No Sense: Sills Snack Shack, The Bean Burger ($4.50), San Antonio, Texas
22 Makes No Sense: Blondies Burgers, The Nine Pounds Burger ($155) Winnipeg, Canada
Blondies Burger, despite being in Canada, is known by many because the pub sells one of the largest burgers in the world. The burgers start at 1/8 pound for just eight bucks, and goes to a whopping nine pounds for $155.00. It's a gimmick burger, and therefore doesn't make sense. The nine pounds is meant to be eaten by you and your companion, but, according to The Daily Meal, if you finish it alone within two hours, you don't have to pay for it and you get your picture on their wall of fame.
21 Artery-Clogging: Old Homestead Steakhouse, Burger Bash ($42), New York, NY
Old Homestead, located in New York City's former meatpacking district, is known for its legendary prime-aged USDA Texas-size beef since it opened its doors all the way back in 1868. Savvy gourmet hamburger enthusiasts come here for the whopping $42 Burger Bash, a 20-ounce Kobe beef patty consisting of a blend of Wagyu, as well as other steak trimmings. It’s served on a brioche bun and comes with fries. Business Insider loved the burger and said, "It's massive and melts in your mouth."
20 Makes No Sense: The Hamdog, Hamdog ($8), Wangara, WA Australia
The Hamdog is sold at fairs and markets in Western Australia. Creator Mark Murray knew he had a unique hit that he even got a patent for his Hamdog, according to BBC UK. Now the Hamdog is the world's only patented burger. The burger patty is cut in the middle so that the frankfurter can be placed in between the halves. As Murray said, the Hamdog is a "party in your mouth." We have to disagree. When we go for our burger, we don't want it to be all tricked out. A hamburger and a dog combo: why even mash them together when you can have both separately?
19 Artery-Clogging: The Beatrice Inn, Burger ($38-$52), West Village, NY
The Beatrice Inn, an upscale West Village chophouse, specializes in lavish ingredients, liberally using wagyu, caviar, black truffles, truffle oil and other luxuries in its food. Most come here for the burger, a $38 eight-ounce patty on fresh brioche topped with red wine caramelized onions and d’Affinois cheese. You can also add a duck egg or shaved black truffles to your burger for $14, which means this decadent treat will set you back $52. As The Observer said, "The Beatrice Inn has definitely carved out a strong place on the ultimate New York burger experience."
18 Makes No Sense, Honky Tonk, The Glamburger ($1,770), London
At the Honky Tonk, you'll find on the menu the Glamburger, which costs $1,7770, making it one of the most expensive burgers in the world. The patty is made with Kobe Wagyu beef and New Zealand venison, and topped with bacon that's been soaked in maple syrup and lobster meat. What??? If you think that combo doesn't go, well, that's not all. The burger is topped with Beluga caviar and hickory-smoked duck egg that's covered in gold leaf. Even the bun is coated with gold leaf! This burger is insane! And to top it all off, it contains 2,618 calories, as The Telegraph UK pointed out. That's "more than the recommended daily intake for an adult man."
17 Makes No Sense: Matt’s Place, Nut Burger ($6.5o), Butte, Montana
Matt's Place in Montana is so good that the prestigious James Beard Foundation anointed the former drive-in as one of 2016's best America's Classic restaurant. Despite such an accolade, Matt's is seriously nuts. Literally. Their most famous burger is the Nut Burger and it's full of nuts! The meat is coated in peanut butter, and the top of the burger is filled with peanuts mixed in with mayonnaise. Umm, yuck. While the James Beard called the Nut Burger a masterpiece, we're calling it plain nuts.
16 Artery-Clogging: '21' Club: The '21' Burger ($36), New York, NY
One of the oldest and most celebrated restaurants, this iconic upscale former speakeasy is known for its burger, which is called America’s original gourmet hamburger, and which premiered in 1950. The burger is, of course, artery-clogging, but it's simply made with a mix of chuck, sirloin and short rib beef. The dry-aged blend is topped with sautéed onions, served on a challah bun and has a side of pickled relish and French fries. SeriousEats.com called the '21' “America’s first haute hamburger."
15 Artery-Clogging: db Bistro Moderne: The Original DB Burger ($35), New York, NY
Helmed by world-renowned chef Daniel Boulud, DB Bistro Moderne has remained a highly-sought-after upscale yet accessible French bistro since its opening in 2001. Part of its endurance is that DB is known for its Original DB Burger, a heavenly artery-clogging sirloin patty made with red-wine-braised short ribs, a thick slice of foie gras and black truffle that’s served on a parmesan bun with a side of Pommes Frites. This legendary indulgence is considered to have begun the trend of the gourmet burger to end all burgers. Boulud told Business Insider that his Original "[i]s the Rolls Royce of burgers."
14 Artery-Clogging: Delmonico's, Benedict Burger ($36), New York, NY
Like ‘21’ Club, Delmonico's is also widely regarded as one of the first American restaurants to serve an iteration of the best hamburger. Called the Benedict Burger ($36) this artery-clogger is so big that you have to use utensils. It's made from a 10-ounce prime beef patty that’s topped with thick-cut bacon and a fried egg and placed on a toasted English muffin. If that’s not enough, the burger is oozing with truffled hollandaise and Burgundy truffle. If you're going to Delmonico's, Zagat urges you to give the "trendy" burger a try, as it's divine.
13 Makes No Sense: Slater 50/50, The Lasagna Burger ($12+), Various Locations
Slater 50/50 is a restaurant chain with locations throughout California, Nevada, Hawaii and Texas. It's home to many weird burger combinations, and one of them is the limited edition Lasagna Burger. The burger is a mix of Italian sausage and ground beef patty, and the top is made with traditional lasagna ingredients like mozzarella, tomato sauce, Parmesan and fried basil leaves. Food Beast's review infers that the burger's fried cheese lasagna bun is a little too much. We agree.
12 Artery-Clogging: The Spotted Pig, Chargrilled Burger ($26), West Village, New York
Michelin star chef April Bloomfield’s The Spotted Pig is still going strong after many years (it opened in 2004). The West Village gastro pub serves comfort pub food with an upscale twist, and the star here is the Chargrilled Burger topped with a mound of Roquefort cheese. It’s simply made, and the fresh patty comes from a rich short rib blend as well as the brioche bun grilled to perfection. As The New York Times said, "The restaurant's obvious commitment to superior ingredients helps explain the Michelin star it received."
11 Makes No Sense: Fleur by Hubert Keller, The Fleur Burger ($5,000), Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas
Fleur by Hubert Keller sells its Fleur Burger that absolutely makes no sense. Is it the ingredients? No, it's actually the cost. At a staggering $5,000, the Fleur is one of the most expensive burgers on the planet. Sure it's made with the best ingredients, a wagyu beef patty topped with foie gras and truffle. According to the New York Daily News, if the cost of the burger doesn't sound like it's worth $5,000, "well, it isn't." Maybe the price is high because you also get a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus, one of the world’s most prized wines.
10 Artery-Clogging: Louis’ Lunch, The Original hamburger Sandwich ($6.25) New Haven, CT
Louis' Lunch, the 120-year-old "lunch counter" in New Haven, CT, serves one of the State's most artery-clogging burgers. And yet it's simply made, a flame-broiled patty made from a blend of five cuts of ground steak. According to who you ask, Louis' Lunch is the birthplace of the "hamburger sandwich." According to Eater, "As legend has it, Louis' Lunch served its first hamburger in the year 1900, when the spot was still a lunch wagon." The burger is traditionally made except for the fact that it comes between two slices of toast.
9 Makes No Sense: Serendipity 3, Le Burger Extravagant ($295), New York, NY
This burger doesn't make sense, and it's not because of the wild ingredients. It's because of the price, which is $295. You can find the Le Burger Extravagant at Serendipity 3. 3 is not a chop house but rather a dessert destination famous for its frozen hot chocolate. Got that? So what do you get for three-hundred bucks? Well, the patty is made from Wagyu beef, and it's infused with white truffle butter and topped with 18-month-cave-aged cheddar, shaved black truffles, and a fried quail egg. The bun is topped with kaluga caviar and crème fraîche. Rich and Richer called Le Burger "the 6th most expensive burger in the world." Like that's what we care about when looking for a burger.
8 Artery-Clogging: Peter Luger: The Luger Burger ($13.95), Brooklyn, NY
Peter Luger, the iconic and legendary cash-only chophouse that serves aged beef in a German beer hall setting, has one of the best burgers in Brooklyn. Made primarily of prime grade chuck, the burger is definitely artery-clogging but simply made. "Stripped down" is what customers expect from Luger. As David Berson, one of the fourth generation owners told Eater NY: "People make all these high-brow burgers with caramelized onions, bacon marmalade. . . That’s not what we are about. We are about simple goodness." At under $14, this may be the cheapest gourmet burger in the states.
7 Makes No Sense: Midtown Caboose, S’more Than Words ($11.95), Tallahassee, FL
This twist on a campfire treat is one of those burgers that don't make sense. S'more Than Words, available at the Midtown Caboose, is a burger encrusted with graham cracker and topped with melted marshmallow and dark chocolate. If that combo doesn't make you hurl, the burger also comes with salty smoked bacon. As Z Menu put it, "We’re crazy enough to build it, are you courageous enough to try it?" We have to think about that.
6 Artery-Clogging: A-Frame: The Double Cheeseburger (Price: N/A) Culver City, CA
Restaurant A-Frame in Culver City, CA, is helmed by Food and Wine Best New Chef 2010 Roy Choi, so you know his burger is going to send you to the moon. Known for being stacked, and for following a more-is-better ethos, this really large burger, on a buttered brioche bun, features toasted sesame seeds in the mayo and fresh shiso leaves on top. It's also adorned with tomato confit, pickled red onions, hot sauce and sharp cheddar cheese. Food & Wine calls it "architecturally impressive," and we agree. Get your forks and knives out!
5 Artery-Clogging: Nosh Kitchen Bar, Slab Burger ($13), Portland, ME
Nosh Kitchen sells a burger that's encased by two entire doughnuts in place of a bun. But that's not the only burger on the menu that makes no sense. As The Portland Press Herald put it, "High volume also seems to be a natural match for the menu’s overarching focus on high-concept extreme hamburgers." Thus, the Slab Burger, a beef patty that uses two slices of Sicilian pizza for the bun. We know, two great American and iconic comfort foods together in one. Well, who will ever say, 'I'm hungry for a burger. Let's get one sandwiched between two pizzas?"
4 Artery-Clogging: Father's Office: The Office Burger ($12.50), Santa Monica, CA
Chef Sang Yoon of Father's Office wanted to create the BEST burger in town, and he succeeded, despite the fact that the ingredients seem fussy. But it works, and the dry aged beef is topped with sweet onion jam, Gruyere and Maytag blue cheeses, smoky bacon, arugula and tomato compote. This burger is the reason why people go here, according to The Food Network. Its location, a few blocks from Sony Pictures and The Culver Studios, brings big business to the restaurant and Jake Gyllenhaal and Leonardo DiCaprio, for example, are big fans.
3 Artery-Clogging: Stoopid Burger, Ignorant Burger ($40) Portland, Oregon
There's a reason why the Ignorant Burger at Stoopid Burger in Portland is The People's Choice vote for Portland's Best Burger. It's just darn good. Made with beef, cheddar, bacon, ham, a hotlink and a fried egg, plus the requisite lettuce, tomato, onion and pickle, and slathered with house Stoopid Sauce, the burger is pure luxury and artery-clogging. Willamette Week claimed "We're with Stoopid," and also added that Stoopid "leaves you dazed, meat-drunk and dumbfounded. It's wonderful."
2 Artery-Clogging: Burger Bar, The Rossini ($60), Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas
Since everything is so over the top in Las Vegas, don't expect your burger to be $6.50. The Burger Bar raises the bar for selling the Rossini, its signature burger that costs a whopping sixty bucks. Made with a patty of wagyu beef from Australia, it’s topped with sautéed foie gras and shaved black truffles and served on an onion bun. All expensive burgers have those ingredients, so the question is, is The Rossini worth it? Well, On Sandwiches called it "very, very good," and "the best hamburger" that the reviewer ever had.
1 Le Burger Brasserie, 777 Burger ($777), Las Vegas, NV
Located inside Caesars Palace, Le Burger Brasserie is famous for its 777 Burger, which is perhaps named for its cost which is, surprise, $777. Made with a Kobe beef patty, this really exorbitant burger is topped with pancetta, goat cheese, seared foie gras, arugula, Maine lobster, and 100-year-aged Balsamic vinegar. Like McGuire’s, it's served with a bottle of Dom Perignon rosé Champagne. Fortune says the 777 "doesn't disappoint" and put it on their "most expensive burger ever" list.
Sources: Fortune, The New York Times, Visit Pensacola, On Sandwiches, Willamette Week, Travel + Leisure, Business Insider, Food Network, The Portland Press Herald, Z Menu, Food and Wine, Eater NY, Rich and Richer, The Telegraph UK, Zagat, The Observer, BBC UK, New York Daily News, Food Beast, The James Beard Foundation, The Daily Meal, My San Antonio, SeriousEats.com