Taste the World’s Most Expensive Burgers

Perhaps no one would be surprised that Las Vegas is selling the two most expensive burgers in the world. After all, it’s only fitting that the United States’ capital of excess should augment its visitors’ indulgences in gambling, sex, drinking and shopping with a pair of preposterous patties. That said, though, they still might turn out to be something of a bargain.

Guests receive a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 from Bordeaux, which retails for $5,300—so you’re already saving $300!

Chef Hubert Keller is the current king with his FleurBurger, served at the Fleur restaurant in the Mandalay Bay. Priced at $5,000, the dish consists of Kobe beef topped with foie gras, black truffle shavings and truffle sauce on a brioche truffle bun. Sounds ideal for a truffle fan, but even better, guests receive a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 from Bordeaux, which retails for $5,300—so you’re already saving $300! Throw in Italian Inchendorf Brunello glassware (which is sent to your home after using), not to mention a free burger of lesser price for a companion, and this might be one of Vegas’ best deals yet. (mandalaybay.com)

If you consider three figures for a burger more approachable than four, consider the $777 Kobe beef and Maine lobster rendition served at the Paris Las Vegas’ Le Burger Brasserie. Luscious extras on this beauty include 100-year-old balsamic vinegar, imported Brie, caramelized onions and Italian prosciutto. And, again, the delicacy is served with a bottle of Rosé Dom Pérignon, which, depending on the vintage, retails from $250 to $400. So, although perhaps it’s not as great a bargain as the FleurBurger, you’re still saving more than $4,000. (parislasvegas.com)

New York City enters the race with a food truck. The 666 Burger vehicle sells the memorably named Douche Burger for $666, with owner Franz Aliquo’s tongue—a rare ingredient not on the sandwich—firmly in cheek. As he explains it, his creation is an art project of sorts, meant to skewer the pretensions of anyone brash enough to order one of these things. It does indeed exist, a foie-gras-stuffed Kobe patty covered in aged Gruyère that has been melted in champagne steam. It’s then topped with all manner of pricey products, including caviar, lobster and truffles. The pièce de résistance is a barbecue sauce crafted from Kopi Luwak coffee beans, whose claims to delicacy reside in the digestive tract of a small Asian mammal (look it up). Still, Aliquo says, perhaps unsurprisingly, that no one has ever purchased the Douche Burger; his clientele prefers his classic version, priced at $6.66. (facebook.com/666Burger)

Now we turn to burgers that are selling at “the nice price”—in this case, under $500. Mallie’s Sports Bar & Grill in suburban Southgate, Michigan (southwest of Detroit) offers the Absolutely Ridiculous Burger for $499, not a bad number considering it weighs in at 186 pounds, making it the Guinness World Record holder for the largest on planet Earth. And if you take some home in an elephantine to-go bag, it could conceivably keep a family fed until December. (malliesbar.com)

All this excess makes us long for the “reasonable” Serendipity Burger, which at $295 is a frequent seller at New York’s iconic Serendipity 3 restaurant. First, the Japanese Wagyu patty is infused with ten-herb white truffle butter and seasoned with Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt. Toppings include cheddar cheese hand-formed in Somerset, England, 18-month-aged shaved black truffles, and a fried quail egg. Then it’s all served on a white truffle-battered Campagna roll—which is itself topped with caviar, a blini and crème fraîche. Not enough for you? The burger is famously garnished with a diamond-encrusted, solid-gold toothpick. (serendipity3.com)