Where to Find the Best Burgers in Las Vegas
Slap something good on that bun.
When summer comes around, there's nothing like firing up the grill and cooking thick, juicy burgers under the hot Nevada sun. But if you want to stay inside, enjoy the air-conditioning, and let somebody else handle the dirty work, there are plenty of options for that too. From classics done right to over-the-top indulgent masterpieces, there's always a good burger to sink your teeth into here in Las Vegas. Check out these top picks:
Victory Burger gets overshadowed by flashier restaurants at Circa (like Barry's Downtown Prime and 8 East) but the resort has a killer burger joint on its hands. The half-pound patties are a blend of brisket, short rib, and ground beef—seasoned and thrown on the grill with a brush of butter to lock in the flavors and juices. The house Victory Burger layers on cheddar and bacon, while the Vegas Martini Burger is named after an olive and cream cheese sauce. Milkshakes make good use of children's cereals like Cap'n Crunch, Cocoa Puffs, and Cinnamon Toast Crunch. Ironically, Circa is a 21-and-over resort.
Before opening Amalfi for fresh fish and fine dining at Caesars Palace, Bobby Flay quietly debuted Bobby's Burgers as a side project at the resort's Forum Food Hall. Fun variations include a crunch burger with cheese and potato chips; the nacho burger with queso, salsa, and pickled jalapenos; and the BBQ smokehouse burger with bacon, cheese, crispy onion, and chipotle BBQ sauce. Skip the beef altogether with a fried chicken sandwich or a veggie burger of mushrooms, chickpeas, and quinoa. Fries come with a variety of dipping sauces. Beer or shake? You decide. Feel free to bring your order into Stadia Bar, a new neighboring sports bar.
Triple B - Brooks Brothers Burgers
Henderson's Water Street is in a revitalization phase and one of the latest additions to the district is Triple B - Brooks Brothers Burgers, taking over the old casino restaurant at the Rainbow Club, which dates back to 1967. The spot (named after owners Tim and Mike Brooks) was renovated, but still has an old diner feel. The signature burgers were masterminded by Executive Chef Scott Pajack, formerly of Emeril Lagasse's operation on the Strip. Every burger is a double, stacked with two five-ounce patties, butched with a 77/23 blend. The extra fat forms a nice caramelization when grilled on the flattop. The Breakfast Burger is served on a Belgian waffle instead of a bun with American cheese, pork sausage, smoked bacon, and an over-easy egg with a side of maple syrup.
"Hidden gem" is an overused phrase (especially here in Vegas), but few restaurants fit the description as well as Fat Choy. Run by James Beard-nominated chef Sheridan Su, the restaurant quietly operates inside the locals-focused Eureka casino, serving a combination of Asian street food and classic American diner favorites. The Fat Choy Burger is a half-pound certified Angus beef patty with bacon, short rib, onion jam, and secret sauce with a fried egg cooked just right, allowing a perfect drizzle of yolk to soak into the rest of the sandwich from the very first bite.
A great BBQ spot also makes a great flavorful burger. SoulBelly chef Bruce Kalman grinds brisket fresh daily, using the meat to craft half-pound burger patties, which are then smoked over post oak and griddled with rendered smoked brisket fat. They arrive at the table with American cheese, special sauce, and Kalman's own BK Brinery pickles. The potato bun is buttered and toasted for a light crunch.
Slater's 50/50 just introduced a Vegas exclusive, the Whale Burger, which is so indulgent, it was featured on "Fresh, Fried & Crispy" on Netflix. Don't worry. The name has nothing to do with the meat. It's a term for a casino high-roller, which is what you might have to be to order this thing at $100 a pop. The Whale Burger includes a pound of Wagyu beef, a fried lobster tail, gold-dusted bacon strips, truffle cheese, arugula, bacon jam, and roasted garlic aioli, served with fries, bacon ketchup, and a bottle of Veuve Clicquot. Other burgers on the menu cost a lot less, but are nearly as good, made with patties that are half-beef, half-bacon.
It's possible to skip the meat altogether, and still have a great burger. Underground Burgers operates as a ghost kitchen inside Tacotarian—both 100% plant-based concepts. The burger patties are a combination of Impossible meat and mushrooms with house seasoning and secret sauce. They're available as a classic In-N-Out-style burger or a BBQ version with "cheddar" and a tangy sauce. The Fire Hot Chicken, made with a cornflake-crusted Gardein patty, isn't bad either.
DW Bistro specializes in a combination of Southwest and Jamaician flavors, and the DW Bistro NM Chile Burger is clearly inspired by New Mexico's hatch chile season. The beef patty is an intense combination of jack cheese, green hatch chiles, lettuce, heirloom tomatoes, chipotle mayo, and jalapeno bacon (which is also great on its own). Order one with a side of sweet potato fries.
Bar Code Burger Bar
Bar Code Burger Bar loves a good burger almost as much as Golden Knights viewing parties. The sports bar always has a "burger of the month" but you can't go wrong with regulars like the house Bar Code Burger (onion jam, bacon aioli, pickled onions, bell pepper, bleu cheese butter and "lemony" arugula) or the BBQ Big (smoked boston pork with blueberry BBQ sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, and Vermont white cheddar). Save the funnel cake fries for dessert.
Michael Mina already has a fantastic dry-aged prime rib burger at Bardot, his French bistro at Aria, but it's hard to resist the burger at International Smoke, his high-profile collaboration with Ayesha Curry (which originally started as a pop-up test kitchen in San Francisco). The kitchen is driven by two hickory-wood smokers and an apricot wood-burning grill, which is put to good use with the Double Patty Cheeseburger, topped with secret sauce, pickles, and a mix of raw and carmelized onions.
Sometimes a burger can be indulgent without being over-the-top crazy. Even in Las Vegas. The new One Steakhouse at Virgin Hotels has the One Steak Burger, a brisket-blend patty with applewood-smoked bacon and butterkase cheese, which has a high fat content and smooth, delicate flavor. It's served with a side of fries for $28.
It was a bummer to see the underrated Burger Lounge close at Aria, but Poshburger is taking over the space with an emphasis on Vegas-style excess. The grab-and-go restaurant lives up to its name with the Ultra-Posh Burger (with Wagyu beef, foie gras, truffle, and gold flakes) or the Super Deluxe Wagyu Steak Burger (which slatthers Wagyu beef with steak sauce, onions, and white cheddar). Go "fowl" with a spicy buffalo fried chicken sandwich or meat-free with an Impossible burger. No matter what, just make sure to order the jalapeno tater tots and a salted caramel milkshake on the side.
Beauty & Essex Las Vegas
Sometimes a meal is even better when you can share a secret. Chris Santos' Beauty & Essex recently debuted the Speakeasy Burger as the centerpiece of an indulgent off-menu meal, presented in a Pulp Fiction-style locked case that glows upon opening. The burger itself is a towering combination of two hefty patties, cheese, onions, bacon, pickles, and secret sauce. It arrives with truffle fries and a massive chocolate-peanut butter shake that's so thick, it's almost like ice cream. So ditch the straw in favor of a spoon. The whole package is $50.
Sparrow + Wolf
Sparrow + Wolf held out for a while, but finally has a burger on its eclectic, globally inspired menu. The newly added creation uses Te Mana lamb, bred under premium free-range conditions in New Zealand. It results in a marbelization often described as the Wagyu version of lamb. Sparrow + Wolf tops their patty with pickled beer, a carrot and cucumber mix, and muhammarah for an easy flavor profile that allows the pure taste of the meat to come through.
Gordon Ramsay Burger
Gordon Ramsay Burger, one of five Las Vegas restaurants by the celebrity chef, gets by on more than flash and star power alone. The 30-foot-long fire decoration near the entrance offers a suggestion of what's to come: thick, juicy burgers grilled over an open flame. The heat works best with the spicy kick of the Hell's Kitchen Burger, a powerful combination of asadero cheese, roasted jalapenos, roasted tomatoes, avocado, and jalapeno aioli. Go in another different direction with the 24 Hour Burger, crafted with braised short rib, white cheddar, and bacon coated brown sugar. Either way, you'll want to dop the fries in a tangy house-made chipotle ketchup.
Echo & Rig
You know any steakhouse with its own in-house butcher shop is bound to have a mean burger on the menu. The Butcher Blend Burger is a prime chuck, short rib, and brisket patty, served with bibb lettuce, brandywine tomato, red onion, and a house aioli. Sharp cheddar is optional. Like the steaks, the burger is served with house-made potato chips on the side, but feel free to add some portobello mushroom fries too.
Fukuburger started as a popular food truck, but expanded over the years to a pair of brick-and-mortar locations: one on the edge of Chinatown and another in the growing southwest valley. A smaller counter-service version serves fans at the new Allegiant Stadium. Any option is perfect for wolfing down an ambitious 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 umami seasoning known as furikake.
Some of us have a major weakness for pretzel bread. If you’re part of that crowd, pay a visit to The Martini. The locals' bar is named after its cocktail menu, but also happens to have an addictive, juicy burger. The Drunken Kobe is made with Wagyu beef, Cabernet demi glace, sautéed mushrooms, caramelized onions, crumbled bleu cheese, and comes served on a tasty pretzel bun.
Holsteins Shakes and Buns
If you're wondering why Block 16 Urban Food Hall doesn't have a burger counter, just look across the hallway to Holsteins, a full sit-down restaurant dedicated to the concept. Fun ingredients and variety are front and center. As the name suggests, you can't miss with the Gold Standard as your burger of choice. It takes dry-aged sirloin and tops it with smoked bacon, aged goat cheddar cheese, tomato confit, arugula, and garlic-chive aioli. Got a few more dollars to spend? The Billionaire Burger is a hearty crunch of grass-fed beef and foie gras, topped with crispy onions, truffle aioli, and shallot marmalade. The $32 price tag is quite a bit higher than anything else on the menu.
Old Homestead Steakhouse
Sometimes you have to visit a steakhouse to get the burger you really want. Old Homestead knows a thing or two about how to make a great Ribeye or bone-in Porterhouse, but it's also mastered a truly satisfying burger. The ten-ounce 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. It comes with duck fat fries and smokey bourbon ketchup.