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What’s the Most Money You Would Pay For a Hamburger?

Gourmet burgers: worth it? Let's discuss.


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Two years ago in New York City, I ate a $32 burger at DB Bistro Moderne, one of the Daniel Boulud places. It was a sirloin burger filled with braised short ribs, black truffle, and whatnot. Honestly? Eh. I’ve had Big Macs that I enjoyed more. (Thank goodness the magazine I was working for paid for it.)

Last weekend, I was in NYC again and ordered a NY strip steak burger at Double Crown on the Bowery in the East Village. It came with sambal mayonnaise and daikon fries. It was $14.50 and tasted pretty healthy, as there is absolutely no cheese to be found in the DC kitchen, and I imagined it was grass fed beef. Check out the giant onions on top of the bun (below left)!

But! While fancy-schmancy is nice, I really love Hodad’s Blue Jay Burger (above right, $7) and the BBQ, Bacon, and Cheese Burger ($5.99) at Smashburger.

My favorite build-your-own burgers are at The Counter ($8.50) in Carmel Valley and Maryjane’s ($12) at the Hard Rock Hotel downtown. I understand the point of a “gourmet burger”—and it’s nice when superexpensive restaurants have a burger option—but there are cheaper places that do burgers just as well, if not better.

Is anyone else turned off by expensive burgers? What’s the most expensive burger you’ve had? Was it worth it? And what is your limit, in dollar amounts? Let’s take a poll, then sound off in the comments! (And for the sake of this poll, let’s just say that fries are included!)

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