The Most Outlandish Burgers Ever

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Posted: Oct. 01, 2018

 

A list of the world’s most noteworthy burgers, from the most expensive to the least healthy.

From fast-food favorite to trendy restaurant food, the burger has undergone an impressive evolution. It started a few years ago when chefs saw the ubiquity of the burger as their culinary calling card. Staying within the boundaries of patty and bun, they showcased cooking styles and flavor preferences and turned the burger into a menu highlight.

In turn, consumers realized they had an endless hunger for unique burgers and better ingredients. Instead of inexpensive fast-food burgers, consumers were seeking out new burger recipes with high-quality ingredients.

Now, independently-owned-and-operated burger-only restaurants are in major cities around the world and continuing to spread out (and giving fast-food burger companies a run for their money).

By sharing the background stories of how their beef and ingredients are sourced, burger restaurants can charge higher prices for the higher food quality. And because consumers are willing to pay more, chefs have the room to play with unusual flavor combinations and source new ingredients. Now, there are burgers to satisfy every craving.

From made-to-order operations to gourmet toppings, eating a burger nowadays is exciting.

Just think about the smorgasbord of ingredients that’s available today: Juicy Australian Wagyu beef, kimchee, crispy French bread, one-of-a-kind homemade sauces (hello, sesame-scallion mayonnaise), and otherworldly toppings (like this mini golden egg).

The options for delicious burgers are seemingly endless; making a list of the best burgers has become a Sisyphean task. So instead of trying to narrow down the best, here is a list of the most outlandish burgers available today.

The Most Expensive Burger

How expensive can a burger be….? You’ve probably heard of the famous $777 cheeseburger in Las Vegas, or the $1,770 burger at London-based Honky Tonk.

These prices are nowhere near the cost of the most expensive burger in the world.

At Fleur restaurant in the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, the FleurBurger 5000 is sold for $5,000. It’s both obscene and insane when you consider that the price for an In-n-Out burger is $10. One wonders if it’s worth it.

Fortunately, host of the TV series “Secret Lives of the Super Rich” Richard Frank got a chance to find out.

In the kitchen of Fleur, Frank watched Chef Hubert Keller prepare the $5,000 cheeseburger. Buttered Kobe beef, foie gras, and “lots of truffles” are lovingly layered on a freshly baked brioche bun. These ingredients alone add up to several hundreds of dollars—yet not enough to reach the price tag.

The real expensive ingredient is poured, notes Frank. A bottle of 1995 Petrus is paired with the cheeseburger, which can run up to $3,000 a bottle. With this wine pairing, the already decadent burger becomes a $5,000 dish.

Frank’s exact words after his first bite were, “Oh! Wow. Oh. My. God.”

So, is it worth it? “Absolutely—if I were a billionaire.” As of February 2017 when the episode was filled, 28 FleurBurgers were sold.

The Most Extravagant Burger

It should come as no surprise that, like the most expensive burger, the most extravagant burger also comes from Las Vegas. Inside the Paris Hotel is Le Burger Brasserie, which offers the 777 Burger for $777. It’s named after the lucky-number-7 and according to NPR’s Ian Chillig, is mostly ordered by guests who just got lucky in the casino.

Kobe beef and Maine lobster, imported brie cheese, caramelized onions, and crispy pancetta are piled onto a classic sesame-seed bun. Lobster flown in from Maine and paired with such tender beef is already a luxurious (and questionable) combination, but alone, these ingredients aren’t enough to distinguish this burger as the most extravagant.

The 777 Burgers wins the title because it is also paired with a bottle of Dom Perignon champagne.

The Biggest Burger

In July 2017, the world’s largest commercially-sold burger was brought into the world by Mallie’s in Southgate, Michigan. It took owner Steven Mallie four years to figure out how to plan and execute a burger of this size and weight.

On a custom-made grill, 2,000 pounds of raw meat is cooked then topped with 300 pounds of cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, and lettuce. Somehow, all this is arranged on a hamburger bun weighing 250 pounds.

The largest burger is available for order on Mallie’s menu for $7,799 and with three days’ notice. Mallie says he wants to go bigger, with plans for a 3,000-pound burger one day.

The Unhealthiest Burger

The Daily Meal revealed the world’s least healthy fast-food burger in 2015: the Hardee’s and Carl Jr.’s 2/3rd-pound Monster Thickburger. It’s a beast: 1,340 calories, 96 grams of fat, 34 grams of saturated fat, 275 milligrams of cholesterol, and 3,130 milligrams of sodium.

This burger overspends most of the daily intakes recommended by doctors and the American Health Association, making it the perfect example of something that’s too much of a good thing!

If you haven’t gotten your fill of outlandish burgers, check out the Short List’s 25 weirdest burgers ever made.

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Posted: Oct. 01, 2018 | Written By: Emma Alois

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