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Best gourmet burger

Looking for the best Gourmet burger on the strip. We are atraying at Encore and want to find a great burger.

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  1. There are some good places dedicated to the burger, with Burger Bar (Mandalay Bay) and BLT (Mirage) the cream of that crop, but Bradley Ogden seems to be just a cut above (you will find it on the lounge menu).

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    1. re: QAW

      +1 for the Bradley Ogden.

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      Bradley Ogden
      3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

    2. Love the burger at L'Atelier..

       
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              1. re: observor

                I love LOVE foie gras but don't care for it on a burger. I find it distracting at best. however, I love it in tournados rossini. so go figure.... If you've never had it, I'd try it first in a more traditional presentation. The best ways I've enjoyed it have been seared and served with cooked fruit like orange segments or pear slices, but there are a zillion ways that its great.

                1. re: observor

                  I'd try foie gras on something else before having it on a burger... not that it's especially an acquired taste (it took me all of two seconds to acquire a taste for it), but I think I would prefer to enjoy it on its own in a more traditional presentation.

                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                    I grew up in Hungary with a completely different perspective on foie gras. Most see it as an exotic delicacy. For me, it was peasant food. During the last century, Hungary was a major producer of goose liver and most was exported to France. Buying retail in country was difficult. Virtually the entire supply was exported. What was available was canned in one kilo cans. That's pretty much a whole liver. My mother would take it out of the can and gently sear the outside in schmaltz and garlic to get rid of the metal can taste. She then put it in the refrigerator to cool down again.

                    As a kid, a perfect lunch was an open face sandwich on country bread smeared with schmaltz (chicken fat). That's it. Maybe a sprinkle of salt. As a treat, when it was available, a slice of goose liver.

                    If you are ever faced with a burger with foie gras, take it. But hold the beef and substitute schmaltz for mayo.

          1. On my most recent trip I had the pleasure of going across the street from Wynn to Strip Burger for lunch. Wasn't overly excited about it and as we got to the other side of Las Vegas Blvd. an attractive gal walked up to me with what looked like a business card (oh not this again) only to discover that she was giving me a 2 for 1 margarita from…Strip Burger. I have to say I was impressed with not only the burger but the fries and the out-of-this-world onion strings. Man they were GOOD! Also had In-n-Out on this trip and as always was a great burger. It really depends on what you are looking for. Personally, no reason to all the way to the other end of the strip and hit the "other" gourmet burgers as the Strip Burger is pretty darn close in terms of quality. And if you travel all the way down there why not just go to In-n-Out for a fraction of the price?

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            1. re: LVI

              Going from the Encore to Caesar's (for example) is either a 15 mintue walk or a $7.50 cab ride. Well worth it to savor Bradley's burger and a bottle of champagne, for me anyway. I've got INO at home-I want to spurgle in Vegas a little, not eat fast food.

              1. re: BubblyOne

                Champagne? I prefer a good Zinfadel with the burger (they serve Tobin James Ballistic by the glass). But perhaps time to try something new every once in a while...

            2. BLT Burger, hands down. And get a milkshake - they are fantastic!

              1. I love the burgers at Mesa Grill and I am huge fan of Burger Bar.

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                Mesa Grill
                3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                1. You will not find a consensus for your question; however, nearly all the usual suspects have been mentioned. I would add the burger at Carnevino at Palazzo, across the street from Wynn/Encore.

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                  1. re: palmdoc1

                    Agreed . . . me? I've a Burger Bar kinda guy, but it all depends upon a) which burger you order, and b) what YOU like . . . .

                  2. My favorite burger, hands down, is the burger at Olives at the Via Bellagio shops. In my opinion, it is the best burger in the country, and I have been on a quest for 10 years. I know for a fact that it is on the lunch menu, but I can't vouch for its availability on the dinner menu.

                    Hours of Operation:
                    Lunch and Dinner Daily
                    Lunch: 11:00 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.
                    Dinner: 5:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
                    Bar Open Daily:
                    3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
                    Bar menu available 7 days a week
                    Reservations Suggested by calling
                    866.259.7111 or 702.693.7223

                    www.theburgerreview.com

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                    Bellagio
                    3600 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV

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                    1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                      Really worth a try considering your "burgerxperience"

                      1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                        I'm surprised to hear this as Todd English seems like such a moron. Any recollection on price?

                        1. re: observor

                          Can't wait to try this on my next visit, since Bradley Ogden sets the bar pretty high for me.
                          I did have one of my favorite lunches ever at Olive's a couple years ago- an heirloom tomato Napoleon that was beyond divine.

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                          Bradley Ogden
                          3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                          1. re: observor

                            I think it was about 16 bucks.

                            Note: I tried the same burger at the NYC location, and it was AWFUL

                          2. re: TheBurgerBusters

                            Sadly, the burger at Olives is no longer good...new ingredients and a change of staff, and it is just over-priced chuck. Holsteins over at The Cosmopolitan is pretty amazing, though. It was fine dining on a bun.

                            1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                              Never mind. Chef Thomas Cullen departed Holstein's, and it was no longer amazing after his departure. BLT was very good, though.

                              www.theburgerreview.com

                            2. My vote is for the Bradley Ogden burger...incredible!!

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                              Bradley Ogden
                              3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

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                              1. re: sockster

                                The best.

                                Closely followed by the burger at Carnevino. Sometimes inconsistent, but awesome when it is right.

                                1. re: sockster

                                  Bradley Odgen has walked away from his namesake restaurant, and the burger is now a sad, oily thing. I had it last month, and it was a PASS.

                                  www.theburgerreview.com

                                  1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                                    I just had it too and it was as divine as ever. Bryan Ogden (Bradley's son) was running the place back on my first visit several years ago as well.

                                2. Since you're staying at the Encore, venture over to the Wynn and Tableau. They have a great Kobe Burger and their fries are the best I've ever had.

                                  1. To me Burger Bar is over rated. Very pricey, dry and somewhat flavorless.
                                    Place is kinda dirty too.

                                    In N Out is better to be honest.

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                                    1. re: grimaldi

                                      Holsteins at the Cosmopolitan; closely followed by Bradley Ogden's.

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                                      Bradley Ogden
                                      3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                                      1. re: buytheredcar

                                        Amen, Burger Bar has fallen apart. I sent mine back twice and finally gave up. The manager lied and told me that they have never seasoned the burgers. IMHO this place has been sliding down for about three years.
                                        www.theburgerreview.com

                                        1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                                          ok TBB, what do you recommend these days?

                                          1. re: raider

                                            I Love Burgers at Pallazo is pretty solid, and the shakes are great.

                                            LBS out at Red Rock was solid--not amazing---but solid.

                                            The young chef (Eli Fortney) at KGB burgers at Harrahs is really good and turns out solid food.

                                            I hear Mon Ami Gabi at Paris is great, but I have not tried it yet.

                                            I am a fan of BLT at Mirage. They grind their own custom blend on-site. The deep fried pickles were a revelation.

                                            www.theburgerreview.com

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                                            Mon Ami Gabi
                                            3655 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                                            Red Rock Bar
                                            1729 E Charleston Blvd Ste A, Las Vegas, NV 89104

                                            1. re: TheBurgerBusters

                                              American cheese. That's all I'm sayin... <shakes his head, rolls his eyes>

                                      2. A little bit off-strip, 5 minutes south of Mandalay Bay, go East on Windmill (Blue Diamond hwy in the other direction) to Bermuda is Bachi Burger. Great burgers, asian flair, awesome sides, braised pork belly dumplings...a deal compared to strip pricing.

                                        http://www.bachiburger.com/

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                                        Bachi Burger
                                        470 E Windmill Ln, Las Vegas, NV 89123