There are few foods more satisfying than the humble hamburger.
The all-American comfort food classic evokes the familiar, and yet, pair it with a martini and a dollop of caviar, a hint of foie gras, or a few shavings of truffle, and suddenly the richness of the simple staple tastes like a million bucks.
The universally delicious hand-held meal has been elevated across the globe with these upscale takes.
SINGLE CHEESEBURGER AT AU CHEVAL IN CHICAGO AND NEW YORK
All that’s griddled is culinary gold at this upscale Chicago diner that evokes the nostalgia of your favorite greasy spoon with the mastery of high-low ingredients. There’s bologna. There’s foie gras.
At Au Cheval, burgers are classified as “sandwiches” on the menu, and in this case for good reason, considering that topping suggestions can be an egg, crispy bacon, or house-made fried bologna for peak indulgence. The restaurant does not accept reservations, and the bar is perfect for solo diners. Pair your burger with a stiff martini to balance out the richness.
THE BAR BURGER AT MAISON DE LA LUZ, NEW ORLEANS
Japanese Wagyu beef is the star of this burger at Bar Marilou inside the Maison de la Luz hotel, located just steps away from New Orleans’ French Quarter. This French-inspired bar, located in a former library, has a menu fully loaded with indulgences—like foie gras with duck prosciutto and a caviar selection—so it’s no surprise that its burger is equally luxe. The Wagyu beef patty comes topped with French Saint Andre cheese—a soft-ripened blend of brie mixed with sour cream and whipped sweet cream—pickled cucumber, lettuce, and onion. It’s served on a fluffy potato bun.