Where to Find the Best Burgers in Las Vegas
From classic cheeseburgers to indulgent masterpieces, here’s where to satisfy your burger craving in Sin City.
Summer is here in Las Vegas and it's time to fire up the grill and cook a few burgers underneath the hot Nevada sun. Others, however, may prefer to stay inside and let somebody else do all the work. Fortunately, Sin City has lots of great chefs ready to step up and do the job. 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 from some of our favorite restaurants.
Walk-On’s Sports Bistreaux
Walk On's Sports Bistreaux is a fast-growing sports bar chain that counts NFL legend Drew Brees among its owners. The menu takes inspiration from Louisiana-style cuisine, with indulgent dishes like Crawfish Etouffee, Duck and Andouille Gumbo, and Krispy Kreme Donut Bread Pudding. The French Toast Bacon Double Cheeseburger, however, is a Vegas exclusive. Two eight-ounce patties are smothered with cheese and bacon between two pieces of griddled French Toast. It goes down easy anytime of day, especially when paired with one of their brews.
How to order: Call 702-693-6111 to inquire about reservations or takeout orders.
Black Tap gets the most attention for its over-the-top CrazyShakes and creative burger specials that change by the month, but if you just want pure beef flavor, stick with the Wagyu Steakhouse Burger. A Wagyu patty is topped with pepper jack cheese, bacon, crispy onions, steak sauce, and roasted garlic mayo. Need the validation of somebody else to be convinced? Just know the burger won the Judge's Choice Award at last year's New York Wine & Food Festival.
How to order: Just walk in or call 702-414-2210 to place a takeout order.
The Butter Burger was a longtime favorite, but Carson Kitchen elevated the menu options last year with the addition of the Iron Chef Burger 2.0. It's based on the burger that led late founder Kerry Simon to victory over Cat Cora during a hamburger battle on the second season of Iron Chef America. Two patties are topped with red onion jam, fried prosciutto, and celery leaf with a slice of white cheddar and a "fancy" sauce with a little sriracha for subtle heat.
Sickies Garage Burgers & Brews
Sickies Garage has more than 50 burgers on the menu. Yet you can't go wrong with the signature Sickies Burger, loaded up with an Angus beef patty, peppered bacon, fried egg, pulled pork, barbecue sauce, and American cheese with a stack of onion rings and a touch of Frank's Red Hot Sauce for a nice kick. For maximum fun, pair it with a spiked Trix cereal milkshake.
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—since then, he’s added two more locations at Harrah's and Paris. 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.
How to order: Bobby's Burgers has counter service at Caesars Palace, Harrah's, and Paris.
Triple B - Brooks Brothers Burgers
Triple B - Brooks Brothers Burgers, took 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.
How to order: Wander in and request a table. The restaurant is in the back of the casino.
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 has 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.
Sometimes a burger can be indulgent without being over-the-top crazy. Even in Las Vegas. 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.
Gordon Ramsay Burger
Gordon Ramsay Burger, one of five Las Vegas restaurants (with a sixth on the way) 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 a 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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.