Do you have an extra $5000 that you do not know what to do with? If your answer is “yes”, then why not spend it on the world’s newest most expensive hamburger? Hubert Keller, the silver-haired Top Chef Master, has included the FleurBurger 5000 menu of his reopened Fleur de Lys restaurant located in Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas.
While the name FleurBurger 5000 sounds more like a high-tech robot, its taste is far from being cold, dull, and boring. The FleurBurger 5000 has a combination of luxury food ingredients that only the affluent can afford, which includes:
• Wagyu Beef Patties. Wagyu beef is the most expensive protein that you can get from cattle. Wagyu’s price comes from the delicate way that the Japanese handle and raise their cattle. The calves are handfed with milk, and the cattle are allowed to roam and graze freely. Wagyu beef costs around $500 per kilo or $100 per pound.
• Foie Gras. Foie Gras is a French delicacy consisting of the fatty livers of force-fed geese. This ingredient has a rich and creamy flavour with a firm and smooth texture. Foie Gras costs around $40 to $80 per pound or $90 to $180 per kilogram.
• Truffles. Costing from $2000 to $4000 per kilogram or $1500 per pound, truffles are a very expensive ingredient that gives an earthy flavour to the FleurBurger 5000. Truffles are highly expensive because they are impossible to cultivate and have very short shelf-life.
To create the FleurBurger 5000, Chef Keller sears the Wagyu patty and seals its flavour by dousing it over and over again with rich, high-quality butter. Next, a few slabs of premium foie gras is seared and placed on top of the patty. After placing the patty and foie gras over freshly baked brioche bun, Chef Keller adds in shavings of prime black truffles doused in truffle oil before covering the burger up with another brioche bun.
When you compute the luxury ingredients’ costs added into the burger, the price tag of $5000 is ridiculously obscene. Do not worry since each burger order includes a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus Bordeaux which is priced at around $2500 per bottle in restaurants. To add to the experience, the wine will also be served in Ichendorf glasses you may take home after your meal.
If you want to boast to all of your friends of your lavish spending for a burger, a certificate of authenticity will be sent to your home as proof. You can frame it in your kitchen wall or your den, and it may serve as a conversation starter when you host small parties at your place.
With all the inclusions in the FleurBurger 5000 meal, the price tag of $5000 does not seem so obscene now since you get to have a great tasting meal and the experience and prestige that goes along with it. None of your friends can outboast you when you talk about tasting the world’s most expensive burger.