This Day On The Street
Continue to site right-arrow
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here
Stocks Under $10 with 50-100% upside potential - 14 days FREE!

Restaurants Redo Burgers With Caviar, Chilies

LAS VEGAS ( TheStreet) -- With Memorial Day drawing near and thoughts of sizzling barbecues and lazy three-day summer weekends coming closer into view, we have yet another holiday to celebrate: National Burger Month.

The hamburger isn't just ground beef anymore. Whether you're dining out or eating in, the options for burgers have become more luxurious. TravelsinTaste has scoured the country for the most high-end (and fun) burgers for your dining pleasure.

Smash burger
SmashBurger serves up Angus burgers with high-quality toppings.

The father of the gourmet burger is Daniel Boulud and his db Bistro Moderne in New York. When the restaurant opened, gourmands flocked to try the Original db Burger, a sirloin patty filled with wine-braised short ribs and black truffle served on a Parmesan bun with pommes frites or pommes souffles. It sells for $32.

Many high-end restaurants have since added burgers to their menus. At the luxurious St. Regis Resort in tony Dana Point, Calif., Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern has added an American Kobe burger to his menu next to the salt-baked lobster and osetra caviar. His comes with truffle cheese, pickled onion and watercress for $28.

For real decadence, one must head to Fleur de Lys at MGM Mirage's (MGM) Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. There, chef Hubert Keller has perfected his FleurBurger 5000. The FleurBurger is a decadent Kobe burger stuffed with foie gras and black truffles. The burger is served on a brioche truffle bun with Keller's special sauce, which includes even more truffles. You'll also receive a bottle of Chateau Petrus 1995 and Ichendorf Brunello stemware imported from Sweden. The staff ships the stemware to your home as a keepsake. The price is $5,000 (shipping included).

If you take it down a notch, there are other interesting options on the Strip. Chef Sammy DeMarco's FIRST Food & Bar at the Las Vegas Sands' (LVS) Palazzo serves mini burgers with all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions and tomatoes for a mere $17.77. Sound familiar? His sauce takes its flavors from steak tartare, with cornichon pickels, capers and mustard mixed in. It's like Burger King (BKC) for adults.

Looking for a little more heat? Check out Aria's SkyBox Sports Bar & Grill, whose Firecracker Burger, an eight-ounce patty blended with India's bhut jolokia chili pepper, which was rated the world's hottest chili pepper in 2007. If you finish the $18 burger, you get a free glass of beer.

1 of 2

Select the service that is right for you!

Action Alerts PLUS
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer and Stephanie Link actively manage a real portfolio and reveal their money management tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
  • Weekly roundups
TheStreet Quant Ratings
Try it NOW
Only $49.95/yr

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
  • Upgrade/downgrade alerts
Stocks Under $10
Try it NOW

David Peltier, uncovers low dollar stocks with extraordinary upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
  • Weekly roundups
Dividend Stock Advisor
Try it NOW

Jim Cramer's protege, David Peltier, identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Alerts when market news affect the portfolio
  • Bi-weekly updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Real Money Pro
Try it NOW

All of Real Money, plus 15 more of Wall Street's sharpest minds delivering actionable trading ideas, a comprehensive look at the market, and fundamental and technical analysis.

Product Features:
  • Real Money + Doug Kass Plus 15 more Wall Street Pros
  • Intraday commentary & news
  • Ultra-actionable trading ideas
Options Profits
Try it NOW

Our options trading pros provide daily market commentary and over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • 100+ monthly options trading ideas
  • Actionable options commentary & news
  • Real-time trading community
  • Options TV
To begin commenting right away, you can log in below using your Disqus, Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or Yahoo login credentials. Alternatively, you can post a comment as a "guest" just by entering an email address. Your use of the commenting tool is subject to multiple terms of service/use and privacy policies - see here for more details.
Submit an article to us!


DOW 18,030.21 +6.04 0.03%
S&P 500 2,081.88 -0.29 -0.01%
NASDAQ 4,773.4720 +8.0480 0.17%

Brokerage Partners

Rates from

  • Mortgage
  • Credit Cards
  • Auto

Free Newsletters from TheStreet

My Subscriptions:

After the Bell

Before the Bell

Booyah! Newsletter

Midday Bell

TheStreet Top 10 Stories

Winners & Losers

Register for Newsletters
Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs