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Best Traditional Burger?

Discussion in 'Restaurants & Buffets' started by sybloc, Jan 11, 2017.

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  1. sybloc

    sybloc Tourist

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    I know there are a ton of places in Vegas with gimmick burgers (foie gras, truffles, kimchi, seaweed, etc.) so I'm curious which place has the best traditional burger.

    You know:
    Lightly toasted and buttered pillow bun.
    1/3-1/2 pound fresh ground beef charred outside and reddish/pink inside. Juice running down your arm is considered a bonus.
    Fresh lettuce leaves
    Fresh red tomato slice(s)
    Fresh white onion slice(s)
    Fresh dill pickles
    And, yes, 'murican cheese.

    Been to In-N-Out a million times so no need to mention that. If that's your favorite please name your second favorite.

    Thanks in advance!

    Edit: Sides and drinks are irrelevant.
     
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  2. Multifarious5

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    Holsteins. You can go fancy, or traditional, but what makes the burger is the 1/2 pound of juicy, succulent meat, cooked with a beautiful sear on the outside, and pink inside (unless you request otherwise) and incredibly juicy. And they DO have an all-American burger with your standard fixings. And yes, they have American cheese.

    It's pricy at $17 (the Classic is $15.50), but it comes with good fries, and is so filling, this can actually be one meal the entire day for us.

    I've tried other "gourmet" burgers, and some just seem to seem "meh," but cosmos/Holsteins burger just nails what a great burger should taste like in my book, whether you want a burger with flair, or pure basic burger goodness.

    On a more fast food side, I also enjoyed Bobby flays Burger Palace, but its not epic like Holsteins is for me.

    P.S. not much tops a truly good burger for me, and while fancy toppings can be great, what makes a burger epic for me is the meat/cheese and bread quality. No dinky patty. No flavorless meat masked by tons of ingredients. I have no problems with add-ons, but the meat HAS to be incredible, or youre just accessorizing a cruddy burger. No overcooked/dry/tough/cheap meat. No skimping on cheese. No sweet bun...must be pan fried with a golden, buttered "pillow bun," etc.

    Holsteins, at least for me, knocks it out of the park, and is a must for us for every trip.
     
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  3. sybloc

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    Thanks Multi! Your opinion carries weight with me because it's obvious we have similar tastes when it comes to what makes a good burger. Considering how many times I've seen Holstein's mentioned in various other threads it's currently #1 on my list.
     
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    Last trip we tried Bobby's Burger Palace for the first time. I think it would fit your bill. I enjoy both the traditional burger as well as the extravagant burger and BBP is great for the traditional. I got it crunchified with the potato chips on the burger as well, I thought a good compliment.
     
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    Holstein's has always been solid. Another place to look into is Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay (in the Shoppes). You can build your own custom burger, but I would recommend the Hangover Burger. Reminds me a well-made Big Mac.
     
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    Downtown - 777 has a decent burger and fries for around $9-10. Cheaper with points
     
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    I am of the same mind set as the OP except love sharp cheddar cheese. We really like Planet Daily's just an old school burger always done right for us, but I think our all time comfort burger cooked medium, juicy, melting cheese and a huge order of fries is Grand Lux. I can not pay $30/ for a burger because it has on some weird topping, to me it is just what you said with a dab of ketchup and mustard. We will try Holsteins though after reading this...............Rick
     
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    I love a "simple" burger! To me, it's kinda like that old pair of slippers, or flannel shirt you can't toss out. Just makes you feel good!

    I love my meat cooked medium rare, but with a burger, I go medium. Too many times the bun gets to becoming a soaking mess if the meat is too rare.


    Oh, and stone ground mustard!
     
  9. sybloc

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    That's why you need whole leaves under the meat! To redirect juice flow onto the plate or arms...

    Also, imho, a proper burger barely needs condiments. Maybe a light coat of mayo for bottom bun for reason noted above. That's it! Good meat flavor should be front and center...
     
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    The Grille at TPC Las Vegas. Plus you get a great view.
     
  11. sybloc

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    TPC?

    Search shows it as a Golf Course?
     
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    Fuddrucker's at the Orleans. Totally customizable. Cheaper than all the "gourmet" offerings as well.
     
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    It is. A really fun one, too. Out in Summerlin. Head out that way and kick the tires at Red Rock Resort or Suncoast, or have an afternoon of spa at the JW Marriott!
     
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    I'll have me one of those please, minus the onion!
     
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    Ramsay Burgr at PH has the American Burger for $15. It mirrors the ingredients you listed pretty much verbatim....American cheese plus LTOP.

    Haven't tried that one but I've had a couple others there. Not the best burger I've ever had in my life, but pretty damn good.
     
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    My favorites are either Stripburger and or Ellis Island's build a burger. My favorite Ellis burger, Swiss cheese, bacon, lettuce ,tomato , red onion at about $9- $11 with fries. I've had a few of the famous so called best and nothing compares to the about $10 burgers at Strip & Ellis.
     
  19. sybloc

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    Thanks for all the recommendations!

    Some names I've never seen before. Might just have to make it an all-burger weekend.

    Awesome. :thumbsup:
     
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    We have the same taste in burgers and Ive had my share of burgers in vegas and out of vegas. All the above mentioned burgers are awesome!
    I want to throw one at you that is not usually in the mix when good burgers are mentioned, but its one of my favorites!
    Grand Luxe inside the Venetain.
    Great tasting 1/3 lb beef, fresh beefsteak tomatoes, butter lettuce, large slice of onion and your choice of cheese (I like cheddar). There are two options on the menu:

    DeLux Drive-In Burger
    Chargrilled with Lettuce, Tomato, Onion, Pickles and Mayonnaise

    The Chop House Burger
    A Large Certified Angus Beef Prime Burger. Your Choice of Cheddar, American, Blue, Havarti or Swiss Cheeses, Bacon, Avocado or Sauteed Mushrooms
     
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