Take a bite out of National Burger Month in Las Vegas

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Some people consider every month to be National Burger Month, but it’s officially celebrated during May.

There’s no shortage of burger joints around Las Vegas and we’ve compiled a list of some suggestions on where you can pay homage to one of America’s favorite foods this month:

BLT Burger at The Mirage: This restaurant is the brainchild of Chef Laurent Tourondel. You can get a classic burger but the specialty options are what set this restaurant apart. Try a lamb Tandoori burger, BBQ brisket burger or veggie falafel burger. Toppings include fried egg, homemade chili and grilled red pepper. Nothing pairs better with a burger than a milkshake and the spiked milkshakes here are the way to go. Try Grandma’s Treat with Maker’s Mark, caramel and vanilla ice cream.

Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay:  This restaurant by Hubert Keller is a build-your-own burger concept. Choose your meat –  with options including beef, lamb and buffalo – then choose a bun, and finish it up with toppings, which include everything from coleslaw and pineapple to seared foie gras and black truffles. There are also specialty options like The Rossini Burger ($60), a Kobe-style Wagyu beef burger with sauteed foie gras and shaved truffles on an onion bun. The burger is topped with black perigord truffle sauce.  

Hell's Kitchen Burger

I Love Burgers at Palazzo:  This casual eatery serves interesting takes on the traditional  burger like the Plymouth’s Pride – a turkey burger with cranberry chutney, stuffing, mayo and lettuce or the Inferno – ground Angus, pepper jack cheese, roasted jalapenos and habanero jalapeno mayo. There are a variety of burgers and toppings to choose from as well as tasty sides and milkshakes.

Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood: This restaurant from celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay serves intensely flavorful burgers cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods. The burgers are made with cuts of short rib, brisket and chuck and basted in Devonshire butter, which adds to the rich taste. Burgers are served on milk-based brioche buns, made fresh daily and topped with sesame seeds. There are several options available including the Euro Burger, topped with truffle aioli, goat cheese, arugula and oven roasted tomato. The Chanterelle burger features chanterelle mushrooms, arugula and figgy onion jam. If spice is your thing, try the Hell’s Kitchen Burger, made with asadero cheese, roasted jalapenos, avocado and roasted tomato.

KGB's BBQ burger

KGB at Harrah’s: Chef Kerry Simon’s burger venture has a Russian theme but the name stands for Kerry’s Gourmet Burgers. His gourmet takes on burgers include the Thanksgiving turkey burger, short rib sloppy Joe burger or Cobb burger with bacon, bleu cheese, avocado, tomato salsa and red pepper aioli. The restaurant also serves a large selection of martinis and other vodka drinks.

Burger Bistro at LVH: Choices of meat at this restaurant include lamb, tuna, turkey and lump crab cake. A vegetarian option is also available. Gourmet toppings include brie, bacon, braised short ribs and foie gras terrine. Fries, pickles, nachos and jalapeno poppers can accompany your burger.

Steak ‘n Shake at South Point: This casual restaurant, founded in Illinois in 1934, allows you to either order at the counter to go or dine in. It’s famous for its steak burgers, which come with single, double or triple patties, and its old-fashioned milkshakes

Holstein’s at The Cosmopolitan: All of the toppings, buns and condiments here are made in-house and the burgers are made with premium meats. Try the “Gold Standard Burger,” a hamburger made with dry-aged beef, a rarity for hamburgers. The Billionaire Burger is made with Kobe beef, foie gras, port onion marmalade, frisee and truffle mayo. The restaurant has a large selection of artisanal brews, draft and bottled ales, ciders and beers to wash your burgers down. Holstein’s also offers unique desserts, including a sweet dessert burger.

Le Burger Brasserie at Paris Las Vegas: Diners here have a choice of artisan buns like Parmesan cheese, oven-dried tomato or whole wheat and oat.  Try Le Boeuf – a grilled half-pound 100 percent black Angus patty or Le Paris, made with brie, carmelized onion and applewood smoked bacon. There are also lamb, turkey, chicken and salmon burgers.

Le Paris burger

LBS: A Burger Joint at Red Rock Casino, Resort and Spa: LBS features artisanal, handmade ingredients and earth-friendly menu items along with all-natural, hormone-free meats in their burgers. They also have vegetarian and vegan options – burgers filled with vegetables, grains and herbs. Other options include the Flyin’ Hawaiian with grilled Spam, pineapple chutney, teriyaki glaze and pepperjack cheese and the Longhorn, topped with barbecued smoked beef brisket, coleslaw, onion ring, pickles and barbecue sauce.

National Burger Month Specials

For the month of May, Margaritaville restaurant at the Flamingo will feature specialty burgers created by Margaritaville chefs from across the country. The specialty burgers include: the Volcano Nacho Burger, which features cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, volcano chili, house-made queso, fried tortilla strips and sliced jalapenos (available 5/6 – 5/12); the Ultimate Burger Melt, made with caramelized onions, fire-roasted tomatoes, Parmesan cheese, melted Monterey jack and cheddar cheese and Heinz 57 served on baked and buttered Texas toast (available 5/13 – 5/19); the Arizona jerk burger topped with sautéed chopped onions, jerk BBQ sauce, pepper Jack cheese, peppered bacon, pickle planks and chutney mayonnaise (available 5/20 – 5/26); and the Crunch Burger, a bunless burger on a bed of shredded lettuce, covered with chipotle mayonnaise and topped with American and cheddar cheese, grilled tomatoes, sweet-and-spicy bacon, and fried potato crisps (available 5/27 – 6/2).

The Palm restaurant at The Forum Shops at Caesars is celebrating with an $8.37 burger lunch special every Monday in May. The special includes one of five USDA prime steak burgers with signature hand-cut fries.  The burgers are made with 12 ounces of USDA prime beef, cooked to perfection and served on a toasted sesame brioche bun with a side of seasoned hand-cut French fries. Five burger options include: the Bozzi Burger with aged gouda, smoky barbecue sauce and crispy fried onions ; the 837 Club Burger with prosciutto di Parma, roasted red peppers, pesto aioli and fontina cheese;  the Second Avenue Burger with Danish bleu cheese and smoked bacon; the Bunless Burger with wild mushrooms, asparagus and fontina cheese; and the Classic Burger with cheddar, gouda or Danish bleu cheese.

Smashburger will celebrate on Tuesday, May 28 by giving away the free Classic Smash nationwide to anyone with the last name Burger, or variations thereof. According to WhitePages.com, there are approximately 21,687 people in the United States with the last name Burger and 1,530 named Hamburger. Burger lovers with variations of Burger (or Berger, Weinberger, Rosenberger, etc.) in their names will receive one free Classic Smash. Proof of last name is required (valid driver’s license, passport or picture ID). Smashburger is located near the Strip on Maryland Parkway and University Avenue.

Central's beef burger

Central Michel Richard at Caesars Palace will offer burger specials on Tuesday, May 28. Executive Chef Todd Harrington’s burger creations will be $5 off all day. Creative burgers include the chicken burger, served with curry aioli and caramelized onions; certified Angus beef burger served with shallot aioli, bacon and cheese; and the Ahi tuna burger served with ginger aioli.

To celebrate National Burger Month, the two Hard Rock Cafes in Las Vegas will host a month-long contest challenging local celebrities to build their own burger. The winning creation will be featured on the café’s menu for the summer.  The restaurant is also giving guests the chance to win a beach vacation to the Hard Rock Hotel in Punta Cana. Fans who take a picture of themselves with a Hard Rock Legendary Burger and post via Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #hardrockburger will be entered to win. The Hard Rock serves more than 10 Legendary burgers featuring 10 ounces of certified Angus beef, sauces and cheeses.

Beginning at 8:30 p.m. each Thursday night in May, Honey Salt restaurant, located at 1031 S. Rampart Blvd., will be serving Chef Joe Zanelli’s creation: The Honey Salt BMB (burger month burger). The burger features a hand ground Waygu patty, bacon jam, applewood and walnut smoked cheddar, pickled red onion and a fried egg. The burger is served with homemade potato chips and is priced at $19 .

Fat Bar-Fatburger on the Strip will celebrate with $1 hamburgers from 4-5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28.

Throughout May, Comme Ça at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas offers weekly burger specials in honor of National Burger Month.  New burger creations include: the Bouillabaisse Burger made with a lobster and crab patty, saffron fennel slaw and a grilled squid ink bun, and the Provençal Burger made with piperade, harissa aioli, fromage blanc and an espellette pepper bun, both available during restaurant hours from Monday, May 6 through Sunday, May 12. The Merguez Burger made with spiced lamb sausage, cucumber rhaita, vadouvan mayo and a caraway brioche bun is available during restaurant hours from Monday, May 13 through Sunday, May 19; and the Pork-a-nator made with a crispy pork cutlet, braised pork belly, head cheese, pig-brain mayo and a toasted bacon bun, is available during restaurant hours from Monday, May 20 through Friday, May 31. All specialty burgers include french fries and are available for $18, excluding the Bouillabaisse burger which is available for $22.

Kristine McKenzie

It’s not that warm in Minnesota. I know this from spending half my life freezing in the northern part of the state. So 20 years ago, I decided to thaw out and traded in scarves and mittens for tank tops and flip-flops (Take that, polar vortex!). I swapped snow for 300 days of sun a year. I may not have been born here, but there are hotels that haven’t lasted in Vegas as long as I have. The Sands, Hacienda, Aladdin, Desert Inn and the Stardust too. I've been to my fair share of implosion parties. (Yeah, that’s a thing.) As a writer for Vegas.com, I've applauded hundreds of shows, explored every major hotel in town and raised a few glasses at most of the city's bars and clubs. Now I'm the resident foodie here. I write about all things dining — from $3.99 shrimp cocktail at the Golden Gate to the finest sushi at Nobu, and everything in between.

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