It all started in New York with Daniel Boulud and the now-iconic DB Burger stuffed with foie gras, short rib and black truffles. That luxurious spin on the humble beef on a bun inspired chef Hubert Keller, who ushered Las Vegas into the gourmet burger era with the opening of Burger Bar at Mandalay Place in 2004. Since then, the city has become a burger Mecca, home to every manner of ground meat and toppings that can be sandwiched between two halves of a roll.
Whether you want a slider as interpreted by a Michelin-starred master, a delight from one of the best food trucks in Las Vegas, contemporary fast food with a conscience or a perfectly crafted patty from one of the best restaurants in Las Vegas, the city can deliver. So dive into these beefy burgers, cheeseburgers and hamburgers, and don’t forget to wash all that meat down with a cold beer at one of the best Las Vegas bars and lounges.
Best burgers in Las Vegas
During the feudal period in Japan, a ronin was a samurai without a lord or master. At Bachi Burger, the ronin isn’t a wandering warrior, but it is a powerful figure, a burger that packs a tasty wallop thanks to an array of Asian-influenced ingredients. Think Japanese cole slaw, miso goma dressing, katsu BBQ sauce and yuzu citrus aioli all piled on top of a thick Angus patty with a fried egg thrown in for good measure. Wash it down with a craft beer or house-made soda, and we bet you’ll be wandering back to Bachi for more.
Before everyone in town was making burgers with an Asian twist, this beloved food truck was feeding the masses with juicy, all-beef patties piled with toppings like pickled ginger, habañero eel and avocado cream. There’s no bad choice on this menu, but we’re partial to the Tamago, which combines a runny egg, furikake, crispy onions, teriyaki and wasabi mayo for an umami-packed, sweet-and-spicy burger bomb.
What’s one of the best burgers in Las Vegas doing at an Asian American diner inside a nondescript neighborhood casino? Blame Sheridan Su, the chef behind Fat Choy and its eponymous burger, a meat-on-meat-on-meat masterpiece that should cost way more than $12. For that price, you get a half-pound Angus patty topped with melt-in-your-mouth short rib, bacon, a fried egg, cheddar cheese and onion jam with a side of fries or salad. It makes a regular bacon cheeseburger look downright skimpy.
Michael Mina’s modern French brassiere dances between decadent fine dining and comfortable cafe without ever veering too far into either. Somehow, Bardot’s burger accomplishes the same balancing act. Available at brunch or in the bar and lounge, it starts with ground prime rib as the flavorful foundation supporting Comté cheese, Bordelaise onions, garlic aioli and watercress. Every element exists for a reason and contributes to a whole that’s greater than the sum of its parts. In other words: juicy burger magic with a dash of Paris.
We know what you’re thinking: Why would anyone bother with a burger at the culinary workshop of the chef of the (last) century? Because this isn’t a burger, this is le burger, or rather a pair of petite burgers stacked with thick slices of foie gras and sautéed bell peppers on two perfect little buns. Share them as a starter or take them on solo and get ready for an epically rich rendition of the American classic.
If you’ve ever watched Gordon Ramsay berate a cook or dump a plate of disappointment on Hell’s Kitchen, you know the chef doesn’t mind turning up the heat. Hence the Hell’s Kitchen burger at his Planet Hollywood outpost. Grilled over an open, hardwood flame, this burger balances the punch of roasted chiles and jalapeño pesto aioli with creamy avocado, oven-roasted tomatoes and melty asadero cheese. When your mouth starts to feel en fuego, just order a caramel pudding shake to cool things down.
There’s nothing criminal about ordering a burger at a barbecue joint, at least not when it’s the Outlaw from Rollin Smoke. This towering two-hander starts with a patty of ground chuck and smoked brisket and then piles on the toppings: onion strings, cabbage slaw, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato and chipotle aioli. If you can cram the whole thing into your pie hole, we’ll be both impressed and slightly concerned.
This lively Cosmopolitan eatery is pre-game gold thanks to its energetic atmosphere and something-for-everyone menu of American pub fare. Burgers come in beef, turkey, veggie or Greek lamb varieties, the lengthy beer list leans heavily on locals and “bam-boozled” shakes are alcoholic dessert with a straw. Our pick, however, is all about the beef—kobe, in fact, glazed with teriyaki then crowned with nori furikake, crispy yam strips, spicy mayo and thick wedges of tempura avocado. Think you can improve on that killer combo? A la carte extras include wild mushrooms, shredded short rib and lobster.
When French chef Hubert Keller opened Las Vegas’ original gourmet hamburger spot 13 years ago, he couldn’t possibly have imagined what would follow. A tidal wave of chef-driven burgers has swept the Strip, delivering restaurants from Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay and Bobby Flay. But Burger Bar is still one of the best, especially if we’re talking Keller’s own favorite rendition: a thick buffalo patty topped with caramelized onions, wilted spinach and bleu cheese on a ciabatta bun. And keep your ketchup to yourself; this burger comes with a shallot and red wine dipping sauce.
It can feel like a waste to order a burger off a menu bursting with so many enticing options, but there’s a reason this chile-imbued bomb is one of DW’s staples. It packs big, bold flavors thanks to New Mexico green chiles, jack cheese and the restaurant’s signature jalapeño bacon. All that heat is mellowed by a juicy patty, heirloom tomato and a potato bun, because frying your taste buds means you won’t be able to enjoy whatever’s for dessert.