Ten Tasty Vegas Hamburger Restaurants That Will Satisfy All Your Burger Cravings
By Terrisa Meeks
Las Vegas Local Expert
Hamburger restaurants have gained popularity in recent years, and Las Vegas has followed that trend. From small chains like Steak 'N Shake and Smashburger to one-of-a-kind places like Stripburger and Slidin' Thru, Vegas burger restaurants offer a variety of options to tempt you into blowing your diet.
On the Strip, I Love Burgers, the Burger Bar, Holsteins, BLT Burger, Stripburger, and KGB treat burgers as a gourmet meal. Look for the finest of meats, and not just beef. Lamb, fish, and turkey give the humble burger a whole new taste. You can stay with the usual toppings of cheese, tomatoes, and pickles, or take a chance on flavor combinations that you've never thought of. The casual ambiance at these Strip hamburger restaurants invites you to sit down and enjoy. You can expect generous portions of innovative burgers, but do be prepared for a tab that reflects quality ingredients.
You might think of a diner when you think of burgers, and at Steak 'N Shake you'll get a total retro experience. This American Midwest sensation put a restaurant in Vegas, where crowds enjoy its traditional burgers and shakes. Smashburger reinvents the idea of a diner, with a modern, sleek design that merges quality burgers with quick service. Smashburger's "Sin City" burger, with its fried egg topping, was so popular that you can now find it at all Smashburger restaurants. If you're more in the mood for "street food" than a 1950s diner, Las Vegas food truck Slidin' Thru can be found roaming throughout the Vegas Valley, although their popular food has also prompted them to open a non-mobile restaurant.
KGB: Kerry's Gourmet Burgers
Chef Kerry Simon brings his interpretation of a hamburger restaurant at KGB, at Harrah's Las Vegas. Serving from 11 a.m. to 6 a.m., you can stop in for lunch, dinner, or after a night out on the Strip. KGB isn't just a burger place. It's also a vodka bar, and you'll find just as many pages of the menu devoted to cocktails, beer, and wine as you will to the innovative hamburgers, appetizers, and side dishes. You can play it safe with the BBQ Bacon Burger or the sliders, but you might want to get adventuresome with a Short Rib Sloppy Joe or a Grilled Salmon Filet Burger. A meal at KGB will stretch your definition of "burger," which is fitting for Chef Kerry Simon, who won Iron Chef America with a hamburger. ((702) 369-5000)
Looking for an upscale Vegas burger restaurant, one that satisfies your yearning for a burger with creativity? BLT Burger at the Mirage serves a range of burgers that incorporate ingredients you might not always associate with hamburgers. In addition to Angus beef burgers (made from a combination of sirloin, short rib, chuck, and brisket), choose from American Kobe, lamb, or turkey patties. BLT's pleasing interior is casual and warm, but without any hint of fast-food ambiance. Guests get to watch their burgers being grilled up, and BLT's full bar serves beer, wine, and cocktails. Sports fans will enjoy the flat screens located throughout the restaurant. (702-792-7888, 702-791-7111)
Las Vegas has jumped aboard the food truck craze with a healthy crop of street vendors selling original food out of their restaurants on wheels. Slidin' Thru proved popular enough that the owner decided to open a regular restaurant, but the truck is still out there prowling the streets of Las Vegas in search of hungry people. Sliders are the specialty here. You'll find five tasty little varieties of hamburgers here, topped with things like caramelized jalapeno or feta cheese. You can also go the completely traditional route with Plain Jane, which has nothing but cheese and ketchup. Two pork sliders may tempt you away from the beef, however, and a mystery slider serves as the special of the day. You can make the drive off the Strip to Slidin Thru's brick-and-mortar restaurant, or check the website to find out where the truck will be. ((702) 645-1570)
Located at the Fashion Show Mall on the Strip, Stripburger gives you a place to fuel up after you've worked hard at shopping. After all, that's a lot of time on your feet, and what better way to keep up your strength than with a hamburger? Stripburger has the only all-outdoor restaurant on the Strip. Indulge in some people watching while you enjoy a classic burger, a bacon and cheese, or a honey bacon burger. The menu gives you over ten beef-patty burgers to choose from, along with a turkey, veggie, and ahi tuna burger. You'll also find chili, salads, chicken, a variety of fries, and shakes. If you'd like to have something with a kick to go along with your buger, Stripburger offers a cocktail menu along with several kinds of beer. ((702) 737-8747)
This hamburger restaurant takes its name from the way its hamburgers are made: "smashed" on the grill. Fans of the small chain aren't that concerned with how Smashburger makes their hamburgers�they just know the burgers are good. 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. This burger proved so popular that Smashburger decided to offer it throughout all its restaurants. If a burger with an egg isn't your thing, you'll still find something beefy and satisfying. Smashchicken and smashsalads round out the offerings. Smashburger isn't a fancy place for a meal, but that might defeat the purpose of its modestly-sized menu, served to your table if you dine in. ((702) 385-0043)
LBS: A Burger Joint
Off the Strip at the Red Rock Hotel Casino, LBS: A Burger Joint serves up tasty, juicy burgers made from organic ingredients. LBS gives burger lovers a full selection of innovative and original dishes. House recipes top patties with things like brisket, gruyere cheese, onion marmalade, crispy yam, or tempura avocado. You're not limited to beef patties, either, so you may want to try a veggie or turkey burger. You'll also find a battered Atlantic cod "burger" on the menu. Other menu options include sliders, salads, or fried cheese curds. For sides, you'll find the expected portions of fries and onion rings. LBS knows that burgers go with shakes, so they offer both milkshakes and malts. If you've got room left over after all that food, LBS can set you up with Berry Cheesecake or Oreo cookies with Bailey's Irish Cream. (702-835-9393)
Holsteins Shakes and Buns
Holsteins isn't your typical hamburger restaurant, which makes it a perfect match for the fun, quirky, elegant Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. Open from 11 a.m. until 2 a.m., Holsteins serves from its dinner and late-night menus. The cocktail menu is an exhaustive list, with everything from Pabst Blue Ribbon beer in the can to Veuve Cliquot Champagne. Holsteins' appetizers are a good representation of the restaurant's twist on the typical fare: Philly Cheez Steak Spring Rolls, truffle lobster mac 'n cheese, and fried pickles are a few of the selections. For dinner, a burger is always a good choice, and you can choose from burgers made with beef, chicken, fish, or even lamb. (702.698.7940)
Steak 'N Shake
Mid-Western favorite Steak 'N Shake has location in Las Vegas at the South Point Hotel Casino, located far south on Las Vegas Boulevard. Steak 'N Shake has a loyal following, and fans of its diner-style burgers keep it busy. The original Steak 'N Shake opened in 1934 in Illinois. The idea was simple: great burgers and tasty milk shakes. Quality ingredients were crucial, and that dedication to quality has been drawing customers ever since. The menu today features those same hamburger and milkshake staples of the original restaurant, along with hot dogs, chili, sandwiches, and steakburger "shooters." A full breakfast menu is also served. Steak 'N Shake has kept its 50s Diner persona, and you'll find retro throughout this casual, inexpensive restaurant. (702-796-7111)
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)
Before hamburger restaurants became something of a craze, the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay was already in action, serving up quality burgers. Renown Chef Hubert Keller created Burger Bar, so 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. If you're feeling incredibly indulgent and hungry, you can order the $60 Rossini: Kobe beef, sauteed foie gras, and shaved truffles. Vegetarian, chicken, and fish options are also available. Burger Bar offers sides of fries, onion rings, and pickles. The restaurant's list of potential burger toppings takes up one entire side of the menu, however. Milkshakes are offered in six flavors and you can add Kahlua or Bailey's if you like. (702-632-9364)
About Terrisa Meeks
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. Las Vegas is a place she's watched grow and change. While she always enjoys visiting the Strip, Terrisa's true passion is for exploring the lightly-visited Mojave Desert. She gets giddy over hard-to-find back roads, quirky museums, and ghost towns. Her happiest travel moments involve vast expanses of wilderness and a good map.
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