by: Las Vegas Weekly Staff
Burger Quest 2010!
We were at our wits end on this one, folks. There are just too many damn good burger joints in Las Vegas. So this year, we asked our food critics, John Curtas and Brock Radke, to pick the Valleys four best burger restaurants, both high-end and more affordable, and sent Contributing Editor Ken Miller to each to try their signature burger. Theres no winner hereyoull have a fantastic burger at each of these places.
Smashburgers Sin City Burger: This is the opposite of a burger cooked on a George Foreman Grill. That is to say, all of the fat stays in through a smash cooking process on an extra-thick grill, carmelizing a ready-to-eat burger in minutes. The result is a product nearly unmatched in texture and taste. Its greasy as hell, but thats kind of the point here. (So no angry letters, health nuts!) Every Smashburger countrywide has its own signature burger. The Sin City Burger contains half a pound of meat, fried egg, bacon, American cheese, grilled onions, haystack fried onions and Smash Sauce. Simply put, the flavor is relentless. 7541 W. Lake Mead Blvd., 982-0009.
Bradley Ogdens Bradley Ogden Burger: Chef Todd Williams believes in keeping things simple. As a result, his burger, a half-pound blend of prime chuck and prime ribeye, comes with nothing on it except cheddar or bleu cheese. You have your choice of the usual condiments, as well as bread-and-butter and dill pickles (his grandmothers secret recipe) and a small salad with vinaigrette that he says can be put on the burger. Take my advice: Use the condiments sparingly and eat the burger as it comes. This is burger-making at its best, and you really dont want anything getting in the way. Plus, the pickles are eat-em-one-at-a-time transcendent. At Caesars Palace, 3570 Las Vegas Blvd. S., 731-7731.
BLTs BLT Burger: Of all the burgers on this list, this is the most traditional. Nothing fancy herejust a great, 7-ounce piece of certified Angus beefa combination of sirloin, short rib, chuck and briskettopped high with double-smoked bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions and BLT Burger Sauce. The toppings never overwhelm the taste of the meat; rather, the flavors complement each other nicely, and the meat is perfectly seasoned. An extremely pleasant experience. At the Mirage, 792-7888.
Burger Bars Hubert Keller Burger: Perhaps the most jaw-droppingly delicious burger of the bunch, its easy to see why this is Chef Kellers favorite. Its a carefully assembled concoction of buffalo, bleu cheese, spinach and carmelized onions on ciabatta bread. The buffalo meatnotorious for being hard to cook exactly rightwas flawless, smooth as silk, and while there was a generous dollop of bleu, it only enhanced the intense flavor. This is a place where making your own burger is encouraged, but wed be hard-pressed to ever create something this good. At Mandalay Place, 632-9364.