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Jul 31, 2011 02:24 PM

Best Non-Gourmet Burger On or Around the Strip (Ignoring In-N-Out)

There's a long thread about what is the best gourmet burger in Las Vegas. I'm curious, instead, about the best non-gourmet burger on our within walking distance of the Strip. I'm not looking to pay $20 for a burger...just something tasty that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. I'm excluding In-N-Out because I'm very familiar with their burgers.

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  1. You could do worse than Fatburger located just north of the MGM Grand. Bigger and more expensive than In-n-Out but a Burger-Fry-Drink combo is still under $10 I believe.

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    1. re: skaboy

      I second Fatburger. Great burger, decent fries. Open 24 hours.

      1. re: jpc8015

        Bachi Burger, southeast of The Strip, gets a mention on another recent burger thread on this board, a thread entitled Best Gourmet Burger. I don't think Bachi Burger quite qualifies as "gourmet" (an increasingly meaningless term). With its non-gourmet prices, it belongs more accurately on this thread. Quality burgers with an Asian twist, tasty and substantial, with offbeat toppings that enhance the satisfaction level. Most burgers go for about $8-$9 (I like the Ronin burger) - though, if you foolishly insist, they'll do a "gourmet" burger for you as well (at an hilarious price). The locals who populate the place wisely stick to the basic good-value, non-gourmet burgers. Imaginative side dishes as well, especially the three treatments of edamame. Nice, relaxed vibe, good service by a mainly alert staff, entertaining background music, ample space between tables. Good list of beers and wines as well - at least, that was the case when I was last there six months ago. My go-to place whenever the urge for a burger overtakes me in Las Vegas. About a 5-10 minute drive from the south Strip. A distinct one-of-a-kind joint - until, I imagine, it inevitably decides to franchise.

        1. re: juno

          Unfortunately, Bachi doesn't fit into OP's specification of within walking distance of the Strip. I'm not aware of any great burgers not on the Strip but within walking distance of it. I would have mentioned Kilroy's, but it isn't even close to the Strip.

          1. re: Dave Feldman

            True enough, I'm leading the OP somewhat astray. He has requested a tasty, good-quality but non-"gourmet" burger at a reasonable price either on or within walking distance of The Strip, and I'm teasing him with one that's a teensy-weensie 5-10-minute car ride away from the southern Strip. What I'm doing is slyly trying to expand his horizons, to suggest that there's life and good eatin' in Las Vegas beyond The Strip - but not too far away from it. In my view, Bachi Burger fills the bill in the burger game, if he has access to private transport. It's probably not worth a cab ride to and fro. I don't know Kilroy's. But I do know Fatburger - nicely-done and satisfying, though I'd put Bachi Burger a cut above. And I put Bachi Burger just about on a taste-test par with a couple of so-called "gourmet" burgers on The Strip that I've nibbled at. And at a substantially lower price. But if the OP doesn't have a car handy, he'll never know for sure. That's the hell of staying on The Strip without a car: you're pinned to The Strip, and will never find out what's beyond it.

            1. re: Dave Feldman


              Kilroy's was my favorite burger joint. BEST in town. The operative word being "was". The Buffalo location closed completely and the other location closed its kitchen.

              A true tragedy as there's nothing on the same scale that compares to their burgers.

              1. re: shamu613

                Wow, I knew that Buffalo closed (where I used to go more often), but I had no idea the kitchen was closed at the other branch. Kilroy's is perfectly fine as a bar, but the burgers were outstanding. I meant to go on the last trip.

      2. Strip Burger by the Fashion Show Mall is pretty casual and prices are good. It's not quite gourmet, but better than fast food. They have a lot of options for sides, drinks and dessert.

        1. Is In - N-Out that good? Is it not within walking distance?
          I don't want gourmet either. I am thinking of burgers when we get in late, 11ish. We'll have a car. We don't want to break the bank and may want it for take out. Still strip or fat burger over In and Out?

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          1. re: itryalot

            If you have a car, In-N-Out is no problem. Not walking distance though. We enjoy it, it is definately fast food, but there is something different from the national chains. I ate at Fat Burger in LA a LONG time ago and it isn't real memorable for good or bad. Strip burger is a step above if you want to go somewhere that you can get a cocktail and some different sides.

            1. re: shell22

              Damn Stripburger Groupon! I've tried twice to get one and they are always sold out!

            2. re: itryalot

              Yes and no. In-N-Out is that good. It's a killer burger. However, it's just another fast food burger. It's McDonald's without all the advertising and franchising and kitschy characters, thaken back down to the simplest.
              Is it worth getting a taxi, renting a car, going out of your way?
              No. Spend a little more money and try something unique to Las Vegas like the Wicked Spoon.

              1. re: shamu613

                Isn't that a buffet? I will have a car anyway because of work and will be out and about. This is because last time, we were looking for a quick place to grab a burger at 10pm at night and didn't want to spend $45 on a burger. However, if there is a great burger joint on the strip that is fairly decent I am game for that too, ensuring it is open later.

                I find that most restaurants close at 10pm don't they?

                1. re: itryalot

                  Bachi Burger. Open until 2:00AM.
                  If you have a car it is worth the drive.
                  Take the I-15 south to Blue Diamond Hwy, SR 160. Turn left, you're on Windmill. Look for the shopping center with the correct address on your left.

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

                  1. re: itryalot

                    I don't think I've ever spent $45 on a burger in LV. Even my favorite at Bradley Ogden is only $19 (lounge only).

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

                    1. re: itryalot

                      On the Strip I like Holstein's in the Cosmopolitan. Their classic burger and fries would be about $13, open until midnight, and they have a fantastic assortment of yummy, unusual alcoholic shakes which seem very Vegas, as well as other interesting dishes. People also seem to like BLT Burger in the Mirage, open until 2am, with classic burgers around $12. For a fast food burger on the Strip, I also like Fat Burger.

                      1. re: kayoshi

                        Haven't been to Holstein's yet, but BLT didn't do it for me. By the time you add some fries, you are heading towards $20.

                        1. re: kayoshi

                          Those sound great for the night we arrive late if we don't feel like doing In and Out. Holsteins sounds intriguing with the alcoholic shakes. Yum

                          Check out these pics:
                          I wonder if their mac and cheese w/truffles is better than fleur's in the shower lobster mac and cheese.

                          1. re: itryalot

                            I've never been, but I will be checking out Holstein's when I go Vegas in November. The menu sounds really good and I've heard a lot of good things.

                            When we travel to Vegas, there are so many great food choices both on and off the strip that It's totally worth is to get a rental car IMO. Also, when you factor in all the cab fares + tip, it's an easy decision. Haha, life is too short to limit a great dining experience because of a $30/day rental car.