Hamburgers are the backbone of the American fast-food diet and new burger joints are popping up on every block. Things to do in Las Vegas include classic and traditional favorites like a good old cheeseburger bar as well as one-of-a-kind places serving gourmet takes on the classic burger.

1. FukuBurger

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With humble beginnings as a food truck – it still is one of the most popular in Las Vegas – FukuBurger now has a stationary restaurant in Chinatown with a colorful indoor-outdoor space that serves gourmet burgers with a distinct Japanese influence.

Fukuburgers feature tasty additions such as teriyaki, furikake, applewood-smoked bacon, and wasabi mayo as well as pickled red ginger, grilled shiitake mushrooms, crispy onions, and habanero kabayaki. Other tasty offerings on the menu include the chicken katsu burger with shredded cabbage or the Naga Dog with grilled kimchi and daikon relish.

3429 S Jones Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146, Phone: 702-262-6995

2. Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood

Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood
© Gordon Ramsay BurGR at Planet Hollywood

World-renowned chef Gordon Ramsay takes burgers to the next level at Gordon Ramsay BurGR. Based at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, the name is a play on Gordon's initials and Gordon Ramsay BurGR focuses on traditional burgers, fries, and milkshakes with a modern twist, using unique ingredients to add a special touch.

Gourmet beef patties using prime cuts of meat are cooked over an open flame fueled by hard woods and piled with a range of unique toppings such as goat cheese, oven-roasted tomato, smoked bacon, and truffle aioli. Sides include honey-pig bao buns, truffle parmesan fries, and sweet potato fries with vanilla powdered sugar along with chicken sliders and freshly prepared salads. The milkshakes leave nothing to be desired, combining traditional shake ingredients with creamy pudding for a silky dessert.

3667 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109, Phone: 702-785-5462

3. Holsteins Shakes and Buns

Holsteins Shakes and Buns
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Elegant, stylish, and cosmopolitan, Holstein's fits perfectly into the upscale Las Vegas scene with an exhaustive cocktail menu, an extensive selection of alcohol-infused shakes, and Veuve Clicquot and Dom Perignon Champagne.

The burger menu is just as good with a gourmet offering of burgers and sides ranging from the Classic with lettuce, tomatoes, onion, pickles, ketchup, and mayo to the signature El Caliente with avocado, pepper jack cheese, pickled jalapeños, pork chicharrones, and tequila-cilantro mayo. The Billionaire Burger is stacked with 100% Japanese Kobe beef, foie gras, frisée, port onion marmalade, and truffle mayo. All burgers are served with sweet potato fries, golden hand-cut fries, and onion rings.

The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, 3708 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 702-698-7940

4. Stripburger

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Located in the Fashion Show Mall, Stripburger is the only all-outdoor restaurant on the Strip and serves a variety of traditional burgers including classic burgers, cheeseburgers, and signature stacks such as Stripburger's blue cheese burger. For those who want to taste a bit of everything, Stripburger serves a mini burger sampler that offers three small, bite-size burgers – the cheddar burger, the blue cheese burger, and the whiskey barbecue burger – perfect for sharing.

There are plenty of other options for non-beef eaters as well, including turkey, ahi tuna, and veggie burgers, served on fresh buns with a variety of toppings and crispy salads. The menu also features classic chicken sandwiches and freshly prepared salads as well as an extensive menu of beers, cocktails, and adult shakes.

3200 South Las Vegas Boulevard, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 702-737-8747

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5. Anthony's Gourmet Burgers & Brews

Anthony's Gourmet Burgers & Brews
© Anthony's Gourmet Burgers & Brews

Anthony's Gourmet Burgers & Brews is a modern, contemporary eatery at the M Resort that specializes in gourmet burgers and fries paired with a variety of craft beers. This grown-up burger bar experience promises the finest varieties of burgers featuring delicious toppings with a twist, including the Stout Burger with Irish cheddar cheese, smoked bacon, and stone-ground stout mustard, and the eight-ounce Red Ale "Bison" Burger with white cheddar, avocado, cherry peppers, fried onions, and thick red ale-chipotle sauce. Other entrées include New York steak, barbecue spare ribs, herb-roasted salmon, and a variety of delicious sides, salads, and sauces.

12300 S Las Vegas Blvd, Henderson, NV 89044, Phone: 702-797-1000

6. Broadway Burger Bar and Grill

Broadway Burger Bar and Grill
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Based in the New York-New York Hotel and Casino, the Broadway Burger Bar and Grill is a casual restaurant that offers a variety of creative burgers made with organic, free-range beef and accompanied by a selection of excellent craft beers. Located at the Village Streets, Broadway Burger Bar and Grill uses 100% free-range and grass-fed Estancia beef from Uruguay for their burger patties, which are topped with a range of delicious fillers from smoked cheese and applewood-smoked bacon to avocado, grilled mushrooms, pickled jalapeños, and sweet peppers.

Sides include a variety of hand-cut fries such as garlic, sweet potato, and chili cheese as well as buttermilk onion rings, while a selection of delicious desserts end the meal in style.

New York-New York Hotel & Casino, 3790 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89109, Phone: 702-740-6540

7. Flippin' Good Burgers and Shakes

 Flippin' Good Burgers and Shakes
© Flippin' Good Burgers and Shakes

Flippin' Good Burgers and Shakes is a traditional burger and fries joint on Fremont Street in Las Vegas that serves up hearty burgers and fries and thick shakes. Burger patties are made with 100% USDA lean Angus beef and topped with yummy fillers such as cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomato, pickles, fried egg, and grilled jalapeños. Buns are soft, fries are golden and crispy, and the salad is fresh – making the burgers second to none.

There are also chicken and turkey options as well as chicken strips and grilled chicken sandwiches, and the vegetarian choices include the Portobello Philly with grilled mushrooms, melted provolone cheese, onions, and peppers with mayo. Sides include hand-cut fries, chili cheese fries, fresh cut sweet onion rings, and a variety of sauces.

505 Fremont Street, Las Vegas, NV 89101, Phone: 702-776-7991

8. Sammy's L.A. Pastrami & Burgers

Sammy's L.A. Pastrami & Burgers
© Sammy's L.A. Pastrami & Burgers

Sammy's L.A. Pastrami & Burgers is a cozy hole-in-the-wall joint renowned for its oversized burgers, super-stacked sandwiches, and heart-stopping, meat-laden french fries. Fondly known as a "glutton's paradise," Sammy's has a menu packed with specialty sandwiches, hearty burgers, and traditional hot dogs including meat-on-meat options topped with Sammy's signature pastrami.

Signature items on the menu include the famous Garlic Romano Fries – shoestring fries in garlic truffle oil tossed in dried garlic and Romano cheese, the Pastrami Burger topped with Sammy's famous pastrami, mustard, pickle, and provolone cheese, and the Big Ass Bacon Burger for big eaters, with two or three quarter-pound Angus beef patties topped with 12 strips of bacon and a third of a pound of cheddar cheese (double or triple available).

2191 E Tropicana Ave, Las Vegas, NV 89119, Phone: 702-482-8192

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9. Wahlburgers

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Wahlburgers is a famous burger chain owned by the Wahlberg family, whose star power has propelled the casual burger restaurant into a hit. Run by Chef Paul Wahlberg and his famous brothers Donnie and Mark Wahlberg, Wahlburgers is located at the back of the Grand Bazaar Shops in front of the Bally's casino and serves a broad menu of hometown classics such as chili, mac 'n' cheese, salads, and "Alma's Classic Macaroni"' named in honor of their mother, as well as tempting burgers and specialty sandwiches.

Signature burgers include The Beast with two 5-ounce burger patties, pulled pork, pickles, house-made blue cheese sauce, lettuce, tomato, and barbecue sauce. There is also a "Smahlburgs" menu for the little ones.

3635 Las Vegas Blvd. South Unit 100, NV 89109, Phone: 702-405-9090

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