Hamburger restaurants have become quite popular throughout the United States in recent years, and Las Vegas has followed that trend. From small, regional favorites to one-of-a-kind places like Stripburger, Vegas’ burger restaurants are sure to tempt you into blowing your diet.
On the Strip, places like the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay treat burgers as a gourmet feast. Look for the finest of meats, and not just beef–options like lamb, fish, and turkey can give the humble burger a whole new taste. Sustainably raised, organic, and locally sourced foods aren’t just for fine dining, and several Vegas hamburger restaurants make it a point to highlight these kinds of ingredients.
You still may think of a burger restaurant as an old-fashioned kind of dining, and while some places give you a totally retro experience, many newcomers aren’t afraid to step outside the burger box. Be sure to look for inventive and original sides (and shakes) to go with your burger–fried pickles, anyone? Delectable toppings, perfectly toasted (or untoasted) buns, and the perfect beer can elevate a hamburger meal to a whole new level.
Count on a more casual atmosphere at any of Vegas best burger places, where the spotlight is on taste instead of appearances. Stylish, but without pretense, these 10 best Vegas hamburger restaurants give diners a great place to stop for tasty burgers.
I Love Burgers
In the Palazzo Shoppes, the impressive collection of restaurants and bars in the Palazzo, you'll find I Love Burgers. This gourmet hamburger restaurant offers a casual atmosphere and quick service. Choose from the house burgers, like the Oregon Trail (ground Colorado Buffalo, aged Boxing cheddar, lettuce, beefsteak tomato, red onion, roasted garlic, aioli, on a whole wheat bun), or build your own burger. The list of potential toppings include vegetables, smoked meats, and cheese. The generous side dishes of fries and onion rings are homemade. A vegetarian burger is also available. Diners have a large selection of beers to pick from, including artisan brews. (702.242.2747)
Many a burger lover's bucket list includes Shake Shack. Its devoted following started in New York, where it began as a food cart, and when Shake Shack opened in Las Vegas, the long lines were a testament to the restaurant's reputation for serving up tasty burgers. Shake Shack keeps things pretty simple, featuring hamburgers and hot dogs and the usual sides. The sustainability and eco-friendliness of Shake Shack's food and restaurants is an important part of their philosophy: 100% natural Angus beef, humanely raised and sourced verified, without hormones or antibiotics. Both Las Vegas locations offer special concretes: Gimme Some Sugar at the Strip location and Summerlin S'more in their west Las Vegas in the neighborhood of the same name. The atmosphere here is relaxed and contemporary, like a fast-food place that's all grown up. You'll also find beer and wine, as well as dog treats at the Summerlin location. ((725) 222-6730)
Fukuburger started out as a food truck, and it remains one of the most popular food trucks in Las Vegas. They recently added a stationary restaurant in Chinatown--giving burger lovers one place they can always find Fuku's Japanese influenced food, even if they don't know where the food truck is. Wasabi mayo, teriyaki and furikake are some of the flavorful additions you'll find on a Fuku burger, as well as grilled shitake mushrooms, pickled red ginger and habenero kabayaki. If you'd rather sample some of Fuku's other tasty offerings, you can try the Chicken Katsu or the Naga Dog. Be ready for spicy, messy goodness, no matter what you choose. ((702) 776-8928)
After a hard day of shopping at the Fashion Show Mall, Stripburger gives tired and hungry shoppers a place to refuel and take in the view of the Strip. Stripburger has the only all-outdoor restaurant on the Strip, so you can indulge in some people watching while you enjoy a classic burger or cheeseburger, or Stripburger's signature blue cheese burger. The mini burger sampler gives you three small burgers--the blue cheese, the whiskey barbeque and the cheddar burger--perfect for sharing. The menu gives diners plenty of options, along with a turkey, veggie, and ahi tuna burger. You'll also find chicken sandwiches and salads, along with a cocktail menu, adult shakes and a selection of beers. ((702) 737-8747)
Smashburger takes its name from the way its hamburgers are made: "smashed" on the grill. It's a technique that seems to work, judging from their number of fans. This small chain is steadily growing, offering customers a comfortable space that's a step above fast food but still casual. Every city in Smashburger's chain has a signature burger, and in Las Vegas it's the Sin City Burger, which is topped with a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, melted American cheese, grilled and haystack onions, and sauce. If a burger with an egg isn't your thing, you'll still find something beefy and satisfying--or skip the beef and go with chicken or a salad. Sides include fried pickles and veggie frites, along with several types of fries. The shakes are hand-spun, rich, thick and large, and a small selection of adult beverages are also available at some restaurants. ((702) 385-0043)
In-N-Out is a burger place that hasn't strayed far from its roots as basic drive-thru hamburger restaurant. The succinct menu is all about the burgers--you won't find chicken sandwiches or salads at In-N-Out. You also won't see the "secret" menu that In-N-Out devotees find so exciting: options like "protein style," with the patty wrapped in lettuce, or the most popular choice, "animal style," with pickles, extra spread, and grilled onions. (Most of the secret menu is posted on In-N-Out's website.) The number of specialized options should satisfy even the pickiest burger lover, but even if you never stray from the posted menu, all the burgers here are freshly prepared from ingredients that were never frozen of pre-packaged. In-N-Out makes their own patties and buns, and the restaurant's emphasis on fresh, quality ingredients pays off in delicious burgers, fries and shakes. (800 786-1000)
Gordon Ramsay BurGR
Gordon Ramsay BurGR brings the chef's famously exacting skills front and center with a menu that stars hamburgers. The gourmet burgers are crafted with a range of deliciously different ingredients, like the Euro Burger, which comes with truffle aioli, goat cheese, arugula and oven roasted tomato--a combination of flavors you don't normally expect on a burger. The selection of burgers also includes a classic American style burger for the less adventurous, so burger enthusiasts of all kinds will certainly find a dish they can't wait to try. BurGR also serves snacks and sides that are equally as diverse as the menu's burger choices: hummus, honey-pig bao buns, chicken sliders and truffle parmesan fries are some of the mouth-watering choices to consider. Hot dogs, "Devil Dawgs," along with salads , a fish sandwich and a pork burger are some of the other options available, giving diners a wealth of tasty options. ((702) 785-5462)
Holstein's Shakes and Buns
Holstein's fits perfectly into the atmosphere at the fun, quirky and elegant Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. As befits any Strip restaurant, the cocktail menu is exhaustive, and includes a selection of alcohol-infused shakes--"Bam-Boozled Shakes"--as well as both Veuve Cliquot and Dom Perignon Champagne. The beer selection is impressive, giving diners plenty of options that pair perfectly with the restaurant's selection of burgers. The Classic is exactly what it sounds like--lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, ketchup and mayo--but if you've been dreaming of brisket on a burger, choose the Longhorn. If you're craving something spicy, the El Caliente might be what you're looking for, with pickled jalapeno and pepper jack cheese. Toppings, buns, and condiments are all created in-house. (702.698.7940)
Bachi Burger brings an Asian twist to their hamburgers, but that's far from the only fresh twist you'll find on the menu. For beef burgers, enjoy American Wagyu grass fed beef, or Angus beef, and top it off with something like pan seared foie gras or unagi--or a fried egg and mushrooms. The menu here is wide enough to satisfy everyone at the table with both the traditional burger components and innovative alternatives. Non-beef burgers include vegetarian, fish and chicken/turkey. You'll also find a few options without a patty at all, like Duroc pork belly on steamed buns. For sides, you'll find several types of fries: regular, salt and pepper garlic, truffle parmesan and sweet potato, plus fried shrimp chips. Beer, wine (including sake) and cocktails are available as the perfect complement to the rich and delicious burgers. ((702) 255-3055)
The Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay has been around a while, having been one of the first upscale burger restaurants in Las Vegas--and it continues to serve delicious burgers, fries, and shakes. Renown Chef Hubert Keller, known not only for his award-winning food but also for his appearances on Top Chef (and his cooking show on PBS), is the mind behind Burger Bar. You'll find plenty of gourmet touches to these quality hamburgers. Patties made from beef, buffalo, and turkey are topped off with things like tapenade, roasted pineapple, or fried egg. While the American Classic is everything a burger lover could want--Angus beef, cheese, bacon, tomato and onion--you could also go over the top with the $60 Rossini: Kobe beef, sauteed foie gras, and shaved truffles. Look for the typical sides like fries, onion rings, and pickles, and a tempting array of shakes for dessert. (702-632-9364)
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Terrisa Meeks is a native born, life-long resident of Las Vegas. She became a traveler long before she could walk. Terrisa has traveled throughout the United States, from Maine to Hawaii, but she especially enjoys exploring the Southwestern United States.
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