A few months back we highlighted the best pizza in Las Vegas. Now we turn our attention to that other humble American classic, transformed into sinfully delicious works of culinary art by the wonderful chefs who call Sin City home: the hamburger.
Here are our picks for some of the best, juiciest bites in the Nevada desert.
Fukuburger moves it delicious delicacies faster than any of the other joints on this list. That’s because it’s a food truck, rather than a diner or restaurant, and it changes locations daily. For that reason, you’ll have to check its website to find its spot for the day. Thankfully, Fukuburger (unlike many food trucks) is pretty good at being where (and when) it says it’s going to be.
And for all that it serves its burgers out of a vehicle, Fukuburger is celebrated locally for its amazing menu. And as soon as you bite into that messy burger overflowing with Asian-themed condiments, you’ll be transported into a heavenly realm of fine dining. These burgers are amazing! You can’t go wrong with any of the selections from Fukuburger’s limited menu. If you want something new and different (but definitely trendy), try adding a fried egg – you’ll be shocked at how good the unexpected melding of flavor and texture tastes.
Bachi Burger is another spot that specializes in Asian-themed burger options. Their Banh Mi Burger –a fusion of beef, pork and shrimp settled between fresh brioche buns – is divine. It’s also one of the most unique burgers you’ll ever enjoy. A fan favorite: the Ronin Burger, dripping with caramelized onions, Japanese cole slaw and miso goma dressing … and a fried egg.
Beware: it’s huge both in flavor and on your plate. You might want to tackle this one with a fork-and-knife.
1031 S. Rampart Blvd., Las Vegas NV 89145
Honey Salt prepares old classics with new elegance. Featuring grass-fed blends of ground chuck, brisket and short rib, their down-home burgers taste like haute cuisine. Once again, you have the option of ordering your burger “Kim-style” with an egg. (Noticing a bit of a craze?)
Eggs aren’t the only trend. Many of the best burger joints in the area feature ginormous burgers that are almost logistically impossible to eat by hand. Honey Salt’s recent special wagyu burger (from May 2013) is a good example: its size practically gave our arms as much of a workout as our mouths!
Queen Victoria Pub
At the Riviera Hotel and Casino
Luckily for you, one of Vegas’ best burgers is located on our own premises, just steps from your room, at our own Queen Victoria Pub. For the adventurous, try our hottest concoction: the Spicy Pub Burger, a half-pound Angus patty topped with pepper jack cheese, roasted jalapenos and jalapeno mayo, all nestled on a brioche bun.
It’s a burger that basically begs to be paired with a cold one, and boy, does the Queen Victoria Pub deliver! With an unbeatable selection of ales, lagers, Belgian brews, German brews, porters, stouts, craft brews, specialty brews and our unique “beertails,” it’s no wonder the Queen Victoria Pub was voted “Best in Vegas.”
Honorable Mention: In-N-Out Burger
You might already live somewhere with an In-N-Out Burger (like Arizona, California, Utah, Texas or Nevada), in which case it probably seems strange for us to recommend a chain that you can find down the street. But for those of you not lucky enough to have tasted the famed In-N-Out, get thee to the nearest location! You’ll quickly discover why In-N-Out tops even local lists of best burgers.
Especially if you read through the gourmet burgers above and thought, “Burgers with eggs! Sacrilege!” In-N-Out will give you one of the best classic, American-style burgers you didn’t even know you were craving. Just be sure to familiarize yourself with their not-so-secret menu first, so you can get the best burger.