Food & Drink

The 18 Best Burgers in Las Vegas

Published On 12/09/2014 Published On 12/09/2014
LVB Burger
LVB Burger

It’s time to revel in the glory that is the humble burger. Yeah, this cornerstone of American cuisine is really, at its core, naught but a hunk of meat in between some bread. However, we all know that burgers are so much more than the sum of their parts, and Las Vegas is loaded with tons of phenomenal burgers. Because we love you, we've narrowed down the many, many options in this city to just 18 of the best… and we’ll even tell you where to find them.

LVB Burgers & Bar

The Mirage

K.I.K. stands for "kick in the kisser" and is a spicy stack of jalapeños, avocado, onions straws, pepper jack cheese, Sriracha aioli, and a runny fried egg. It's one of about a dozen burgers with three initials on the menu at LVB Burgers & Bar -- the second Mirage restaurant from chef Michael LaPlaca, who proves he can be just as creative and successful with burgers as he is with Italian food at Portofino. And if fries aren't your thing, you can always order up some crunchy green beans on the side instead.

Fuku Burger

Fuku Burger

Chinatown

Originally a popular food truck, Fuku Burger now has a brick-and-mortar location on the edge of Chinatown, which is perfect for the lineup of Asian-inspired burger creations. A favorite is the Tamago burger, topped with a fried runny egg, crispy onion strings, teriyaki sauce, wasabi mayo, and a Japanese seasoning known as furikake.  

Tender | Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist

TENDER

Luxor

By land, sea, or sky… there's one burger in Las Vegas that has all three covered. The Surf, Turf and Air Wagyu Beef Burger features house-ground beef, Hawaiian blue prawns, and crispy duck bacon on a potato brioche bun, topped with watercress, roasted tomatoes, horseradish pickles, seaweed artichoke slaw, truffle aioli, and homemade ketchup. We'll overlook the fact that ducks don't often fly too high, as well as the $30 price tag. You get so much in one burger, it's worth the extra bucks.

Beauty & Essex

Beauty & Essex

The Cosmopolitan

With the Beauty & Essex Burger, the beauty comes from the patty itself, which is made with brisket, short rib, and lamb. It comes topped with spicy harissa aioli, beefsteak tomato, and goat feta, with crispy BBQ fries on the side. It's just one of many reasons to visit the restaurant, lounge, and pawn shop all rolled into one.

N9NE Steakhouse

Palms Casino Resort

Yes, it’s best known as The Palms’ incredible fine-dining steakhouse, but what’s the point of spending fine-dining prices if you can’t get exactly what you want? Enter the Kobe Beef Burger. It’s $29 worth of grilled Kobe beef, Nueske's bacon, and jalapeño jack cheese, served with house-made French fries and ketchup. Just about as fancy as it gets within reason, and it’ll kick you right in the teeth.

The Martini

The Martini

West Valley

Some of us have a major weakness for pretzel bread. If you’re part of that crowd, a visit to this west side bar is absolutely vital. The Drunken Kobe is made with wagyu beef, cabernet demi-glace, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, and crumbled blue cheese, and comes served on a tasty, tasty pretzel bun.

Umami Burger

Umami Burger

SLS Las Vegas

Known for using a unique blend of sauces and seasonings (as well as having a sports book and outdoor beer garden), Umami Burger offers a veritable army of burgers that are perfect for watching a big game on one of several TV screens. Check out the Manly burger, made with beer-soaked cheddar cheese, bacon lardons, smoked onion strings, and house ketchup and mustard.

Burger Bar

Shoppes at Mandalay Place

If you have an expense account to use up while on a Vegas business trip, the Rossini burger comes with a $60 price tag… so you know it has a reputation to live up to. It's prepared with Australian Kobe-style wagyu beef, sauteed foie gras, and shaved truffles on an onion bun. It's genuinely pretty amazing, so even if you don't have that expense account, don't sweat the extra cash… you'll make it up at the slot machines.

Pub 1842

Pub 1842

MGM Grand

Michael Mina's the kind of guy who can open up a fine dining restaurant, steakhouse, and French brasserie all in the same town. So why not a gastropub as well? Pub 1842 has a few cool burgers to choose from, but the one that gets the most attention will always be the Peanut Butter Crunch burger, because, well it has peanut butter on it. And also bacon jam, pimento cheese, and potato chips (hence the crunch).

Holsteins

Holsteins

The Cosmopolitan

Holsteins is a fun, high-energy spot where the top bites come with a suggested beer pairing. As its name suggests, the Gold Standard is the burger with which you can't go wrong. It takes dry-aged sirloin and tops it with smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, tomato confit, arugula, and garlic chive aioli. Oh, and it goes well with the unfortunately named Moose Drool brown ale.

public house | Bryan Hainer

Public House

The Venetian

With more than 200 brews on standby, Public House has a love for beer that carries over from the bar to the food menu. The Pub Burger features all-natural grass-fed beef with bacon marmalade, Gruyere cheese, roasted tomato, frisee, and… check this out... Guinness aioli.

Gordon Ramsay Burgr

Gordon Ramsay BurGR

Planet Hollywood

If you're the kind of person who wants a little more "ham" in your hamburger (sorry not sorry), the Hog Burger is your best bet on the Strip. It's made with rich and flavorful Mangalitsa pork from pigs raised in open pastures with a carefully preserved lineage. The taste packs a refreshing bite with white cheddar, pickles, onions, slaw, and, as though it needed to drive the point home, Mangalitsa bacon on top.

Old Homestead Burger

Old Homestead Steakhouse

Caesars Palace

Sometimes you have to visit a steakhouse to get the burger you really want. Old Homestead rebooted its house burger in late 2015, and it became one of the most welcome new dishes of the year. The 10oz dry-aged Pat LaFrieda patty is pan-seared, topped with aged Tillamook cheddar and caramelized onions, and placed between a brioche bun toasted with foie gras butter. As if that wasn’t enough, it comes served with duck fat fries and smoky bourbon ketchup.

Bachi Burger

Bachi Burger

Henderson (& other locations)

A Las Vegas locals’ favorite that expanded to three locations before drifting west to California, Bachi Burger has earned loyal fans for fun items like the oxtail chili cheese fries and bone marrow jam. But it's the burgers that get the most love, with a choice of Angus or wagyu patty for each Asian-inspired option. A longtime favorite is the Soy Miso Burger, made with onions, shishito pepper, lettuce, mayo, roasted garlic, Swiss cheese, fried egg, and apple vinaigrette.

Lagasse's Stadium

Palazzo

When Emeril Lagasse opened up a two-level sports bar on the Strip, he knew he'd have to serve up some pub grub to represent his New Orleans heritage. The Creole Burger is a half-pound of angus beef, topped with traditional Louisiana andouille sausage, caramelized onions, three chile pepper Gouda cheese, and spicy mayo.

Whole Foods | Rob Kachelriess/Thrillist

Whole Foods

Town Square (& Henderson)

Yeah, it's a grocery store chain (and an arguably overpriced one), but Whole Foods does a few things right. For example, it recently introduced in-house gastropubs that are designed for individual markets and have surprisingly strong food and drink options. The Town Square and Henderson locations both feature the Pub Burger. It's an addictive creation, made with 100% grass-fed beef that's ground fresh in the meat department and never kept around for more than a few days. It's served on a brioche bun with garlic aioli, lettuce, tomato, onions, and a bacon jam made with chopped apples and bacon that's baked instead of fried.  

Hard Rock Cafe

The Strip (& Paradise)

The Atomic! Burger comes complete with an exclamation point, and is a local creation chosen from more than 160 contenders by the Hard Rock empire to be featured as one of eight in the chain's second annual World Burger Tour. It's topped with atomic beer-battered peppers, pepper jack cheese, caramelized onions, sauteed mushrooms, garlic chipotle ketchup, and chipotle mayo. You can find it at the Hard Rock Cafe on the Strip, and a few blocks away at a second Vegas location in front of the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.

Delmonico Steakhouse

Delmonico Steakhouse

The Venetian

A true steak lover's burger, the lunch-only special at Delmonico is house ground from trimmings that include wagyu and Piedmontese -- and prepared simply with cheddar cheese, lettuce, and bacon. It comes paired with a homemade ice cream milkshake (also only available at lunch) for $23.

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Rob Kachelriess has been writing for Thrillist for nearly three years, and is a news producer for KVVU FOX5 in Las Vegas. He eats the Pub Burger every time he shops at Whole Foods. Follow him on Twitter @rkachelriess.

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1. LVB Burgers & Bar 3400 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

A veritable Sin City staple, The Mirage is an essential stop for anyone visiting Las Vegas -- especially if you’re craving burgers. The casino is home to LVB Burgers & Bar, a “walk-ins only” spot with craft burgers and beers at an affordable price (which, considering all the money you’ve likely lost on slots at this point, is important). For those who can take the heat, consider trying the K.I.K. Burger (also called the “Kick in the Kisser”). With pickled jalapeño, a fried egg, avocado, melted pepper jack cheese and Sriracha aioli, it’s certainly not for the faint of taste buds -- but then there’s also killer milkshakes of the virgin or boozy variety to wash it down and cool you off (pro tip: get the “Apple Rye À La Mode”. You can thank us later).

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2. FukuBurger 3429 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146

Because a burger truck is not enough, Las Vegas now has a brick-and-mortar version of Fukuburger, fusing a lil' Japanese and a lot of beef to create meaty beasts like the Buta Burger, where its signature "Fuku patty" (a secret blend of top-quality beef and Asian spices) is stacked with miso-glazed bacon, melted American cheese, onions, and pickled ginger, then drenched in Japanese BBQ sauce. A must is an order of spicy togarashi garlic fries, which is served with banana ketchup and sweet Thai chili-mayo "crack" sauce.

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3. Tender Steak & Seafood 3900 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

While steakhouses abound in the city of indulgence, TENDER manages to stand out with edgy decor that subs white tablecloths for glossy wood surfaces, and a contemporary lighting piece that resembles a collection of long, warped bulbs. They've got over six different variations of beef for you to choose from, plus they boasting the title of 2012's "Wine Spectator Award of Excellence."

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4. Beauty & Essex 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

If it strikes you as odd that there’s a seemingly sketchy pawnshop in The Cosmopolitan, think again: the pearly façade actually gives way to Beauty & Essex, a New York transplant that serves inventive cocktails and American tapas -- both raw and grilled -- in an extravagant, Gatsby-like space. Of the light fare, the grilled cheese, smoked bacon and tomato soup dumplings are the clear standouts, while larger dishes like roasted bone marrow with shallot marmalade prove rich and satisfying.

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5. N9NE Steakhouse Las Vegas 4321 W Flamingo Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89103 (Strip)

Simulating the hip, celebrity-friendly energy of its host Palms Casino, N9NE Steakhouse serves gourmet cuts and fresh seafood, as well as a renowned s'mores dessert made with orange Grand Marnier and amaretto hazelnut flavored marshmallows with white and dark chocolate ganache-covered graham crackers. Though the dim lighting might hint at a classic steakhouse setting, a color-changing ceiling and caviar bar push for a trendier, VIP atmosphere.

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6. The Martini 1205 S Fort Apache Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89117

Donning the warm-hued leather couches of a worn country club, The Martini offers a drink program featuring apple, chocolate, pomegranate, and bubblegum martinis, as well as other non-gin options. Preceding the classic atmosphere, the bar also serves an extensive list of greasy fare, including a dozen kinds of flatbreads, sloppy sliders, and crispy fried calamari.

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7. Umami Burger 2535 S. Las Vegas BLVD, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Like your burger with a side of betting? Look no further than Umami Burger, located inside the SLS Hotel & Casino. Guests can gamble in the sports book while devouring signature burgers like the Truffle—truffled aioli, house truffle cheese, and truffle glaze—and the Hatch—made with roasted Hatch chilies, Cali cheese, and garlic aioli. If you’re not looking to win big, head outdoors to the Beer Garden, where exposed brick walls and wooden picnic tables make for a trendy, convivial atmosphere.

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8. Burger Bar 3930 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Strip)

Located inside the Mandalay Bay on the strip, this casual bar serves an unbelievable number of bottled beers alongside upgraded bar food, like build-your-own burgers and the option to top them with black truffles or oysters. And if you're the indecisive type, rest assured that Burger Bar has premade pairings as well.

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9. Pub 1842 3799 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

This gastropub located in the MGM Grand serves rare whiskeys, a great beer selection, and pub food like nachos, lobster bakes, and a famed Peanut Butter Crunch burger with thick smears of actual peanut butter. And while casual is the go-to sensibility here, fine dining veteran Michael Mina makes the concept even more enticing with ping pong and darts in the bar area.

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10. Holsteins 3708 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Serving up sliders like crispy pork belly with hoisin & pea shoots next to a dozen other inventive burgers (e.g., a duck confit/foie-stuffed patty with pickled pear & duck cracklings), Holstein's does the classic American food item in its classic exaggerated fashion. Make sure to save room for one of their boozy shakes like the Coconut Rasberry Vegan, which, loaded with Skyy vodka, coconut sorbet, coconut vodka, and marshmallow, is likely richer than the entree itself.

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11. Public House 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Deep within the air-conditioned annals of the Venetian Casino, this polished gastropub boasts a list of over 200 types of craft beers, as well as a robust offering of American and Canadian whiskeys (not to mention single malt scotch, with Japanese selections to boot). It’s probably where Ron Swanson would hangout if dragged to Sin City: the menu here is fairly meat-forward, with regulars raving about poutine with duck confit (pro tip: opt to add the fried egg) and heavy-hitters like the porter-braised short rib with carrot mousseline and IPA-battered onion rings.

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12. Gordon Ramsay BurGR 3667 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89101 (Strip)

Gordon Ramsay's eponymous burger eatery is a hyper-modern, brightly outfitted 200 seater located in the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. The menu here treats you to a roundup of classic and gourmet burger combinations, bar sides like jalapeno poppers and onion rings that get the upscale treatment under Ramsay's tutelage, and pudding-filled milkshakes that allow for an indulgent dessert experience. And for Ramsay fans, the giant open kitchen visible from the dining room offers the possible chance to catch his infamous TV antics in real time.

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13. The Old Homestead Steakhouse 3570 Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Located within the cavernous walls of Caesar’s Palace, Old Homestead is the Vegas reincarnation of the famed Manhattan restaurant by the same name. The menu here is just as timeless: expect robust, juicy filet mignons accompanied by creamy bordelaise sauce and lighter classics like oysters Rockefeller Royale with Pernod crème. With a California-heavy wine list and interior that speaks to the heyday of mid-century Sin City grandeur (think crisp white table linens, plush red leather booths, sultry dim lighting), it’s a great spot for special evenings with your significant carnivore -- providing, of course, that both of you came equipped with fancy eveningwear and a reservation made long in advance.

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14. Bachi Burger 470 E Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89123 (Off Strip)

Finally, a restaurant for when you’re utterly torn between Asian food and burgers. Bachi Burger combines both, resulting in a menu of bold, unique flavors -- in lieu of your average hamburger, Bachi offers specialties like the signature Spicy Miso burger, which combines Shishito peppers, apple vinaigrette, a fried egg, and other fixin’s for uncharted taste bud territory. Even the light fare packs heavy flavor, as evidenced by the sweet potato fries with yuzu citrus aioli. The minimalist space lets the food do the talking, and the lack of neon stimuli offers a respite from the hectic fray of the Strip.

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15. Lagasse's Stadium 3325 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

It’s appropriate that this spot is called a “stadium,” because the space is so massive that it exceeds a typical sports bar: the 24,000 square ft., bi-level dome boasts over 100 flat screen TVs and a sleek, modern interior. And these aren’t your average bar bites either, considering it’s Emeril Lagasse behind the menu. Expect elevated takes on pub staples, from small fare like chili cheese fries with homemade beef and bean chili, as well as heavy-hitting standouts like the Creole Burger, a nod to the chef’s Louisiana roots with Andouille sausage, garlic mayo, three chili pepper gouda, and caramelized onions.

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16. Whole Foods Market 6689 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89119 (Off Strip)

Centrally located in Town Square, Whole Foods is Sin City's go-to for healthy groceries and fresh produce. This particular location also features an in-house gastropub and food court-like dining area upstairs, making it a solid dining option for vacationers who aren't in the mood to cook. A notable highlight from the food offerings is the Pub Burger, a freshly ground, grass-fed beef patty on a brioche bun, topped with garlic aioli, bacon jam, and the regular burger accoutrements.

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17. Hard Rock Cafe 3771 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Located right on the Strip, Hard Rock Cafe captures all the bombastic pizazz of Vegas: blazing neon lights, rock and roll memorabilia mounted on every available square inch of wall, with an open-air dining room that offers an unobstructed view of Las Vegas Boulevard. The electrically charged ambience proves enthralling, whether you’re here to catch a show at the music venue or simply craving a bite from their New American menu (pro tip: with its beer-battered onions, chipotle major, and garlic ketchup, the Atomic! Burger is one of the best in the city). Bonus points if you can make it into their VIP lounge.

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18. Delmonico Steakhouse 3355 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109 (Strip)

Emeril Lagasse’s 150-seater steakhouse remains a Vegas crowdpleaser since its opening in the late 90s' . The menu is a mixture of French, Italian, and Creole influences and also boasts an exquisite wine menu comprised of more than 2,300 labels, mostly from smaller, biodynamic wineries. If vino's not your thing, good thing Delmonico's also houses nearly 600 whiskey selections.

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