Las Vegas' 10 Best Burger Restaurants: Where to Find a Tasty Burger

By Terrisa Meeks, Las Vegas Local Expert

Hamburger restaurants continue to enjoy popularity, especially those that bring a new twist to the standard burger fare people are familiar with. Las Vegas has plenty of great places to enjoy a burger, from small, regional chains to one-of-a-kind places. However you like your burger, you’ll find a Vegas’ burger restaurant that will get it just right for you..

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 might think of a burger restaurant as an old-fashioned or fast-food kind of dining, and while those experiences are certainly out there, many newcomers aren’t afraid to step outside the burger box. Bachi Burger brings Asian flavors to the hamburger with delicious success.

At any burger restaurant, be sure to explore the menu 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.

Starting to crave a tasty burger? Then check out our list to find the best hamburger restaurants in Las Vegas.

10. Bobby's Burger Palace
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The retro design at Bobby's Burger Palace gives Chef Bobby Flay's burger joint a little bit of a 70s feeling, but the burgers are thoroughly modern. Take your pick of certified Angus beef, ground turkey or whole chicken breast and put it with one of restaurant's signature burger builds, like the classic Crunchburger with American cheese and potato chips, or get adventurous with one of the other choices, like the Dallas, with coleslaw, Monterey Jack cheese, pickles and BBQ sauce. Sides includes several types of fries and onion rings as well as salads. Since no burger restaurant would be complete without milkshakes, Bobby's Burger Palace offers a selection of the creamy treats. Guests over 21 can spike theirs with a shot of bourbon, rum or vodka.

9. Shake Shack
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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. The Summerlin and MGM locations each have their own selection of concretes, giving customers a big selection of cold sweet treats to try. 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.

8. Fukuburger
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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.

7. Stripburger
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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 offers 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.

6. Smashburger
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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 Smash 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.

5. In-N-Out Burger
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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 or 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.

4. Gordon Ramsay Burger
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Gordon Ramsay Burger 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 Blue Cheeseburger, which comes with blue cheese fig jam, arugula, cider vinegar reduction and spicy mayo. The selection of burgers also includes the classic-style Backyard Burger with American cheese, butter lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Burger enthusiasts will certainly find a dish they can't wait to try. Burger 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 options to consider, as well as hot dogs, salads, a fish sandwich and a pork burger.

3. Holstein's Shakes and Buns
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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, salads and other dishes. For traditional burger fans, The Classic is exactly what it sounds like--lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, ketchup and mayo. But if you'd like something different, you'll find plenty of options like the Al Pastor Burger, with al pastor pork in addition to a beef patty, habanero cream, red onion, grilled pineapple and avocado. Toppings, buns, and condiments are all created in-house.

2. Bachi Burger
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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.

1. Burger Bar
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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.