“Twenty dollars for a burger?! Are you kidding me?!” We’ve all heard that line before haven’t we? Chances are we might have made this statement ourselves. If you think that a $20 burger was the most expensive you’ve ever come across in your life then chances are you might have not heard of any of these yet; the world’s most expensive burgers.
10 The Rossini – $60
Available in The Burger Bar branches in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Saint Louis. The Rossini is named after composer Giaochino Rossini although no one knows quite why. This is what we do know. The Rossini is made of Kobe beef, sautéed foie gras, shaved black truffles, Madeira sauce and onion buns. Those ordering from the San Francisco branch might have to miss out on the foie gras because of a statewide ban. Some of those who have tasted the burger praised its blend, but one critic said the burger comes unsalted and those with a seasoned taste for saline might have to bombard it with granules.
9 $100 BRGR – $100
Montreal’s most expensive burger can be found in M:BRGR. The $100 BRGR. What’s in this burger? It has two Kobe beef patties, bacon, foie gras, and a honey truffle aioli. Don’t forget the grilled pear and fig jam. Also topped with an olive. How does M:BRB owner Jeff Dichter describe the burger? “Foodgasm,” he says.
8 Million Rupiah Burger – $108
This offering by the Hotel Four Seasons, Jakarta, Indonesia, actually costs a million rupiah or roughly between $108 to $110. The burger contains Kobe beef, foie gras, Portobello mushrooms and Korean pears and don’t forget the French fries. So do locals go for something that costs more than twice the monthly minimum wage in some parts of the country? Well the burger isn’t exactly selling like hotcakes, the hotel says, but they hope things will change soon.
7 The DB “Royale” Double Truffle Burger – $120
Available at the DB Bistro Moderne in New York and the Daniel Boulud Brasserie in Las Vegas, the DB “Royale” Double Truffle Burger was created in 2007 by celebrity chef Daniel Boulud. What’s it made of? Red wine-braised short ribs off the bone, foie gras, black truffles and a mix of root vegetables and preserved black truffles between toasted parmesan and poppy seed buns. Another serving of fresh black truffles tops off the burger. It comes with optional condiment and fresh horseradish and oven-roasted tomato confit (food immersed in oil). You can also get the DB burger with less truffles at $32 at the DB Bistro Moderne in New York.
6 The Tri-Beef Burger – $125
Have you ever wanted to try a burger with three kinds of beef in it? If so then head down to The Old Homestead Steakhouse, Boca Raton, Florida, where they serve the Tri-Beef Burger. There you can have American Prime beef, Kobe beef and Argentine beef squeezed together in a bun with truffles and Chipotle ketchup. If the price seems too excessive for you don’t worry, the restaurant’s owners contribute $10 of every Tri-Beef Burger sold to the Make-A-Wish foundation. You get your satisfaction, the restaurant gets paid and kids have their wish granted. It’s a tri-win situation.
5 The Burger – £95 ($150)
This one comes from the most unlikely of all food service providers, the fastfood burger chain Burger King. Perhaps they thought they were not making them expensive enough, perhaps they wanted a dish to rival the most expensive burgers in the world, perhaps they were just bored. Whatever reason Burger King’s top executives had, in 2008 the chain came out with what they simple called “The Burger”. What is “The Burger” made of? Flame-grilled Kobe beef, white truffles in an Iranian saffron between two truffle buns. Truly fit for a king. Now if only they can get a king to buy from a fastfood chain, specifically the West London branch of Burger King where “The Burger” is only available.
4 The X Burger – 180,000 Korean won ($160)
The contents of the X Burger is no mystery to solve. W Hotel chef Ciaran Hickey mixed Australian Wagyu beef (their version of the Kobe beef), seared foie gras, shaved black truffles between brioche buns. The burger itself is topped with tomatoes, grilled red onion, asparagus and wild mushrooms. It comes with fries and several fancy sauces to choose from, all of which are hard to pronounce. It is not served with wine like other expensive burgers. One foodie who has savored the X Burger said it was a delightful blend of different flavors she would love to try again.
3 Le Burger Extravagant – $295
This is only available from Serendipity 3 in New York City, but don’t expect to just be able to order one from the menu right away, these things have a 48-hour advanced reservation. It's made of Kobe beef, white truffle butter, shaved black truffles, fried quail eggs, and cheddar cheese aged 18 months in a cave. All that between two Campagna rolls topped with caviar. It also comes with a diamond-gold toothpick.
2 $777 Burger – $777
Served only in the Le Burger Brasserie in the Paris Las Vegas, in Las Vegas, Nevada, this burger is made with Kobe beef, fresh Maine lobster, caramelized onions, imported Brie cheese, crispy prosciutto and 100-year-old aged Balsamic vinegar. It also comes with a bottle of Dom Perignon Red. Many who have had the burger and agree that it really tasted “rich”. At least one said the lobster should not really be in the burger as it messes up the taste.
1 The Fleurburger 5000 – $5,000
Yes, you read the price right, we did not mistakenly add another zero. This creation by chef Hubert Keller can only be had at the newly reopened Fleur Restaurant in Las Vegas. What makes the burger so expensive is that the patty is made of Kobe beef which is already very expensive, it also has foie gras, shaved black truffles and a brioche truffle bun. It’s also served with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus. It also comes accompanied with the traditional French fries as well as the wine. There are a lot of testimonies online as to how the burger tastes, some said it was worth the price, while others said it should have tasted better.