During my trip to Las Vegas last year, I discovered what I genuinely considered the tastiest burger I had ever consumed in my entire 25 years on this Earth. Obviously, I was eager (to say the least!) about getting to try it again this time around. So I’m sure you understand my disappointement when I found out it had been TAKEN OFF THE MENU. Weep.
Not to let my crumbling dreams of black beans patties and melted gouda (mmm) disappear in entirity, we began a quest to find the best burgers in Las Vegas. And I’ll say this now: best decision ever!
First and foremost, I suppose I should announce that I’m a vegetarian so these are all meatless options. It’s kind of hard to eat as a vegetarian in Vegas, so hopefully this little list helps out other vegetarians out there who might have an upcoming trip to Nevada. Obviously, all of these places do meat options too. Furthermore, I can honestly say that all the meat burgers I saw looked absolutely delicious. I may be a vegetarian, but I can certainly appreciate a nice looking burger ; )
The Shoppes at Mandalay Place, 3930 S Las Vegas Blvd
This was the first burger I ate after finding out that the vegetarian burger of my dreams no longer existed (sob) so I definitely went in in a bit of a negative headspace. Fast forward ten minutes or so, when I was halfway into my burger, grinning from ear to ear, ridiculously pleased with our choice of dining.
I’ve never eaten a lentil burger before – at least, not from a restaurant. I’ll let you know straight up that this burger was insanely filling (lentils are good like that) and the cheese; boy, the cheese was good.
Not only was the food impeccable, but the staff were awesome too. We had the loveliest waiter, who made sure to ask if everything was alright and who also managed to replace our almost-finished cokes in record time. High five! All in all, this place is well worth a visit and definitely got me out of my burger depression.
New York New York, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd
I had heard heaps of good things about Shake Shack and it wasn’t there the last time I was in Vegas. Basically, I was really excited… Until I saw that there was mushroom in the burger. I’m not terribly keen on mushrooms and for most places it’s just kind of the go-to meat replacement for veggie options.
I was deifnitely a little apprehinsive when I got my burger. All I could think about was mushrooms, but a bite or two later and I was a fan.
In this burger, the patty pretty much consists of crumbed cheese and mushroom. Biting into it, the patty quite literally disintigrated in my mouth; all in a wave of cheesy goodness. The lettuce was super crunchy and the bun was soft, soft, soft. Even just thinking about this burger has my tummy rumbling. It was so good!
Tropicana, 3801 S Las Vegas Blvd
This was hands down the BEST burger I ate during my entire time in America. Scratch that, this is probably the best burger I’ve ever, ever eaten. Even better, it was right in our hotel!
After getting a food and beverage credit, we decided that, hey, why not go try the Beach cafe. Talk about the idea of a lifetime! We tried this burger on our second-to-last day in America, and ended up getting it two more times for room service. I actually ate this burger twice in one day; once for lunch and once for dinner. Gosh it was gooood!
My favourite thing about this burger was that it quite literally had half an avocado in it. Pair that was a sour dough bun, gouda, and grilled capsicum, and you’ve certainly got a winner on your hands. I was a little sceptical about the chillis in the burger (I’m not great with spicy food) but it turned out that it added the perfect amount of zing. If you’re a vegetarian and heading to Vegas, this is definitely the burger I recommend most of all. It might be a little out of the way, what with the Tropicana located right at the end of the strip and all, but your tastebuds will be singing your praises for months afterwards.
3950 S Las Vegas Blvd
Obvoiusly this is the real ‘fast food’ place on this list. We don’t have Johnny Rockets in New Zealand, we were hungry, so hey, we decided to give it a go. While the order didn’t go off to the best start (they were out of the Soy Bocha patty; the vegetarian option) I didn’t really feel like one anyway, so it kind of worked out for the best.
I was left with a pretty simple, but tasty burger. I ended up filling mine with fries (my faaaavourite thing to do!) and it was good. We ended up going back a couple more times because I liked it so much! In short: this is the cheap option!
Stratosphere, 2000 S Las Vegas Blvd
This was a place I had found on Yelp months ago – and was really excited to visit! I’m a little obsessed with American diners (they’re such a novelty!) and having one that was reasonably accessible really was the bees knees.
You know how you hear about gigantic American portions? This was the real deal. We were a little peckish, so ordered a side of onion rings, thinking that, you know, normal onion rings would arrive.. These things were massive. I was feeling relatively full after two, so when the mammothly huge burger arrived, you can bet I felt intimated! In fact, this was the only burger I couldn’t finish on the entire trip. I even gave the sad little line when I couldn’t eat any more – “this burger has beaten me!”
I genuinely wish that I could have finished, because this burger was incredible. It was really, really greasy, but it kiiind of made it taste better (mmm, greasy). The pepper and black beans in the burger gave it a really Mexican taste, which was delicious. Oh, and I even ate the portobello mushroom too. And it was GOOD! I came away from this trip liking mushrooms way more than when I left!