With the price of beef sky rocketing, most people are dealing with sticker shock when buying simple hamburger meat for the grill.
Yet, restaurants keep rolling out insanely priced burgers made with exotic ingredients and topped with gold leaf or served with bottle of rare wine. We’re talking big bucks here –like the same amount as several, really nice designer shoes or even a car---used of course.
The sourdough bread had a sharp taste and the caviar gave the meat a salty zing, and the quail egg was a tad too messy.
The Fleurburger served in Hubert Keller’s Fleur Las Vegas restaurant – is made of Kobe beef topped with foie gras and black truffles and served on a brioche truffle bun. It comes with a rare bottle of bottle of 1990 Château Pétrus wine. It also comes with a $5000 price tag (yes, that's three zeros).
The 666 Douche Burger –priced at $666-- features a Kobe burger wrapped in gold leaf, foie gras, caviar, lobster, truffles and aged Gruyere cheese. Creator Franz Aliquo described it on his company’s Facebook page as “a f—ing burger filled and topped with rich people s–t.” Aliquo, who runs food trucks in New York City featuring more reasonably prices burgers, told us the 666 Burger is meant to mock the expensive burger phenomenon --but people still order it.
Sometimes burgers go to a good cause.
Serendipity 3 makes the Le Burger Extravagant. Selling for $295, it’s a Waygu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, topped with imported cheddar cheese, shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg and served on a white truffle-buttered roll crème fraiche and caviar. It’s also served with a solid gold “toothpick encrusted with diamonds and designed by jeweler, Euphoria New York.”
Profits from the sales of the burger are donated to The Bowery Mission that helps homeless men and women in New York get hot meals. Oh, and customers get to keep gold and diamond-encrusted toothpick.
Still, having one of the most expensive hamburgers in the U.S. can get you a lot of media attention, which could help attract people who order the cheaper items.
So what do one of these burgers taste like? We got a bite of the Le Burger Extravagant.
It had a robust flavor with white truffle butter that oozes from the center when you bite in. The caviar gave the meat a salty zing, and the quail egg was a tad too messy. The beef is very prime-steak like in taste. It is obviously tough to get every single ingredient in your mouth at one time.
In all, it’s a pretty heavy burger, and you’ll be full for days.
So is it worth it? Let's just say, for $300, you can buy a lot of shoes.