Big bad burgers
September 4th, 2011
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Kate Krader (@kkrader on Twitter) is Food & Wine's restaurant editor. When she tells us where to get our grub on, we listen up.

There’s something about a big burger blow out over the last weekend of summer, when you feel the need to grill as many burger patties as possible. Maybe, though, you’ve already hung up your grilling spatula for the season - maybe you feel like eating dressed up burgers without doing any work. These places are for you.

Le Burger Brasserie, Las Vegas
The marquee dish here is the 777 burger; that name alludes to its $777 price tag. It's a burger made with beef (Kobe) that's topped with lobster (from Maine), balsamic vinegar (100–year aged) and brie (imported). But the thing that really ratchets up the price tag is the bottle of Rosé Dom Pérignon that’s served alongside; apparently the burger is just $60 without the Dom. We hear it’s very popular with people who literally just hit the jackpot.

Flip Burger Boutique, Atlanta
Among the less conventional toppings that "Top Chef All-Stars" winner Richard Blais puts on the burgers at his Flip chain in Atlanta and Birmingham: Swiss cheese foam; seared foie gras; Coca-Cola ketchup. (Not all on the same patty.) Then there’s the steak tartare burger, a mix of hand-chopped filet mignon with garlic, chilis, pickled shallot, smoked mayonnaise and a 6-minute egg. If and when we turn our attention to dressed-up hot dogs, we’ll surely be looking at Blais’s upcoming Atlanta HD-1 Haute Doggery.

New York State Fair, Syracuse
There’s still time to get to the fair, which runs until September 5, and which offers the Big Kahuna Donut Burger. At four ounces, it’s not the country’s biggest burger, and toppings are relatively modest. It’s the bun - two halves of a glazed donut - that gets your attention. And the 1500 calorie count.

The Hubcap Grill, Houston
Recently I heard rumors of a waffle burger here, specifically a burger patty on a waffle with syrup. Turned out, that was just a special. Not to worry, Hubcap has any number of nifty full-time options, like the sticky burger with bacon, cheese and peanut butter. The sticky monkey burger adds grilled bananas to the mix.

M. Wells, Long Island City, New York
This hip diner garnered a fair amount of attention during its year-plus life. M. Wells shut its doors at the end of August but that doesn’t mean we can’t memorialize their 24-ounce, $42 burger. The burger was a blend of beef and lamb, generously dressed with cheese, caramelized onions and aïoli, served on a correspondingly giant toasted roll. The final touch is genius: onion rings stacked on the large steak knife that stabs the middle of the burger.

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  1. jesse Dziedzic

    Strikingly well executed writing...

    October 20, 2011 at 3:40 am |
  2. timmy

    i told him to eat a snot burger!lol!

    September 5, 2011 at 9:24 am |
  3. Kitty Peterson-Crain

    Teddy's Bigger Burgers in Hawaii are the best I've ever had. All fresh ingredients and made to order (I think the beef is local).

    September 5, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  4. TheLazyComic

    I love a good burger. Maybe not the best burgers in the world, but The Chernobyl Diner has a pretty decent burger for the price. Just don't order the condiments. They ala carte EVERYTHING.

    September 4, 2011 at 10:21 pm |
    • colleen doherty

      you aint tasted a burger until you have tasted my ELVIS BURGER , the best in Donegal Ireland OHH LA LA

      September 5, 2011 at 5:03 am |
  5. M.A. Johnson

    The food, namely meat does not taste the same as it used to. I have eaten Akaushi beef. It's very good. The only folks that can afford to eat it and Kobe on a regular basis are most likely people that have exploited those of us on the lower end of the "spectrum".

    Have you ever noticed how so many of us are in such a rush to a burger joint or to "grab a bite to eat". Always in such a hurry in the process of paying our bills! And, attempting to satisfy needs as a select few are eating their gourmet meals while we fund insatiable desires for things that really aren't necessary or reasonable. At the very least, some of the best should be reserved for those actually doing the work. That's what real leaders in such a position do.

    I don't have an issue with quality food being eaten. What is puzzling is how some are expected to consume inferior mass-produced foods or go without when a small percentage of people believe that the are above everyone else. I suppose it's supposed to be an "acquired taste"....

    September 4, 2011 at 7:59 pm |
    • Timetraveler

      I feel exactly the same way about cars. Why should I drive a piece of s**t Chevy when there are people out there who are driving Ferraris and Lamborginis?

      September 4, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
      • Lawlz

        time: "I feel exactly the same way about cars. Why should I drive a piece of s**t Chevy when there are people out there who are driving Ferraris and Lamborginis?"

        OMFG, SERIOUSLY. I mean it's only because we're EXPLOITED by businessmen that we make minimum wage and DON'T have Aventadors! I mean, forget that they risked all their savings, their credit, and everything they own to set up and run a business, because THAT LAMBORGHINI SHOULD BE MINE.

        September 4, 2011 at 8:34 pm |
    • qAEWF

      Lazy and a sense of entitlement... Let me guess Obama is your man?

      September 4, 2011 at 8:35 pm |
    • jay in florida

      I don't care about who acquired what, or even how they did it. Quality is something that is extremely relative... as much as beauty is. What I see in that burger is approximately enough cholesterol to clog the Panama Canal. I certainly don't mind if some fool wants to pay $777 to have their arteries turned into tar sands. Quite frankly, whoever pays $777 for that kind of overload of severely hideous substances into their bodies... deserves the title of moron of the year. The beauty of money is that the more some average moron accumulates, ... the more true it becomes that a sucker is born every minute.

      September 4, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
  6. blessedgeek

    Come to Maine before the lobster burger season closes for the year.

    September 4, 2011 at 7:54 pm |
  7. patrick2525

    For all the haters out there, please re-read the article – the titular burger *only* costs $60, the $777 pricetag is when it is ordered with the Dom. People can spend their money how they want... its a free market.

    September 4, 2011 at 7:35 pm |
  8. cpc65

    You put too much crap on a burger or try and make it all fancy and you just spoil it. Then it's not even a burger anymore, so what's the point?

    September 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
    • Leonard

      You can charge $777 for it. duh!

      September 4, 2011 at 7:24 pm |
      • travis

        Or even charge $60 for the burger.

        September 4, 2011 at 7:31 pm |
      • Steve

        My guess is that most are spending the $777 for the burger and Dom. After all, anyone willing to spend $60 on a burger is most likely doing it for the novelty and part of that novelty includes the accompanying beverage.

        September 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
  9. AzHitman assitant

    Some rich folks would pay $1000 for sh it sandwich if someone told them it was "special."

    September 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm |
    • Ruderalis

      What if I put special sauce on it? You know, cumm of some young guy?

      September 4, 2011 at 6:58 pm |
    • RoboBobo

      Guys, its not too late to get your GED.

      It is too late to get a job, but, eh, its important to dream.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm |
      • Matt

        LMAO robo, well said

        September 4, 2011 at 7:56 pm |
  10. jj

    looks disgusting and wasteful

    September 4, 2011 at 6:31 pm |
  11. Hooligan

    As it is their money they can do what they want with it. However the hamburger is supposed to be a staple of food that is filling and affordable. Turning dishes that area cheap in to dishes that have a computer price tag goes against the very purpose of the dish. Imagine a $400 bowl of top ramen?

    September 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • kana

      or a bowl of gelatinous, flavorless shark fin soup

      September 4, 2011 at 7:14 pm |
      • patrick2525

        Uhmm... that's a different story on CNN today.

        September 4, 2011 at 7:28 pm |
  12. Walter Weinzinger

    "A fool and his money..."

    September 4, 2011 at 6:02 pm |
  13. Peter Stegman

    It's a steal!

    September 4, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  14. Chris

    I can't criticize people for spending that much money on food. It's THEIR money, whether they won it gambling or worked at any job they could find. I can't insist you spend your money the way I'd want to do, it's not my money. What I can be is grossed out by some of the toppings – lobster on a burger????? Yuck. What the heck is "swiss cheese foam"? Peanut butter or grilled bananas? I'll never look at my Red Robin Sauteed S'Room burger the same way again!

    September 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Chris

      Actually, my $9.29 burger with endless fries!

      September 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm |
    • BADGUY

      Try the Solly's butter cheese burger in Milwaukee. When you bight into it the cheese and the butter drips down your chin. I think they keep heart paddles under the counter just in case...but..Oh so good!

      September 4, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
    • Dana

      Acutally, swiss cheese foam is probably delicious. But agree that lobster has no business on a hamburger. And btw, 100 year old balsamic vinegar is about $500/bottle so big chunk of that $60 is the vinegar and Kobe beef

      September 4, 2011 at 7:34 pm |
      • Leonard

        It's surf 'n' turf on-a-bun. duh!

        September 4, 2011 at 7:40 pm |
    • BeerBrewerDan

      I find mushrooms in general to be pretty gross. If you sautee them they are even nastier. So, keep your Red Robin whatever. I've had some Flip Burgers and they sure are tasty. The fois gras milkshake ain't so bad either.

      September 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm |
  15. sincity

    I happen to pass by Le Burger Brasserie on my way to work. One day I went up to the Hostess and asked her if she could help me make a decision, with a problem that I was having. I then asked her if I should get the $777.00 Burger or take a trip to Hawaii?

    September 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  16. TR

    Best burgers in Atlanta: Grindhouse Killer Burgers, Farmburger, Flipburger, Yeah! Burger, Vortex (in that order)

    September 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Carl Struble

    My favorite burger is Fuddruckers in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! mmm mmm it's soooo good!

    September 4, 2011 at 4:48 pm |
  18. jj

    No. And with the economy the way it is, I find it offensive! The only thing that trickles down from these extravagances is when the wealthy bend over and take a dump on us.

    September 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
    • jayman419

      Le Burger Brasserie generates several million dollars a year and employees more than a hundred people in Las Vegas. That's such a terrible thing to do. We should put a stop to it. McDonalds and Wal-Marts all around!!1!!

      September 4, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
    • Noel

      Offensive?? What do you care, that burger does not effect you on any level and paying 700 plus for one burger stimulates more for the economy then all the food stamps purchasing Big Macs for those that don't have health care, put that on your burger and eat it. Offensive...pulease.

      September 4, 2011 at 6:24 pm |
    • Cason

      You're a moron. Trickle-Down works - kind of. The money has to be spent in order for it to work. I would far rather see a billionaire spend his money on this rather than sitting on it. The "poor" class have to remember that the rich spending is a GOOD THING, no matter what it is spent on. Granted there are more charitable ways to spend, but that's besides the point. The reason Trickle-Down doesn't work as theory behind government cuts/taxation is because the rich are notorious at either making more money, or keeping it. BUT SPENDING IS GOOD. It's not the spending that's killing the poor. It's the lack-thereof.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:25 pm |
  19. Dee

    Better be a famous cow

    September 4, 2011 at 4:45 pm |
  20. Cowman


    September 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
    • Dell Cannon

      >They taste so good
      >They are so stupid
      >All they do is mooooo all day long
      > What a bunch of idiots cows are

      What so much hate for a gentle beast?

      September 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
    • Joseph

      Oh poor Cowman. You just run along and cry now... ok?

      September 4, 2011 at 5:07 pm |
    • Robert

      Eating meat is as socially-acceptable as was smoking cigarettes in the 1950's. Both are equally artery-clogging. When are people going to wake up? Another 50 years?

      September 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • Bet you are a hypocrit

      Do you have leather shoes? Own a leather belt? Any furniture in your house have leather on it? How about in your car? Ever eat Jello?

      September 4, 2011 at 7:12 pm |
    • Steve

      Cigs are the number possibly the number one culprit in vascular disease, both coronary and peripheral. While not technically artery clogging, the chemicals do damage to the endothelium that sets up a nidus for plaque formation. Cigs are more a culprit in heart attacks and peripheral vascular disease than cholesterol. Anytime I get a CT angiogram come across to be read and I see extensive coronary and peripheral vascular calcification, I know right away that this scan belongs to a smoker.

      September 4, 2011 at 8:29 pm |
  21. Pete

    How much per hour did the dude who makes the $777 burger make?

    September 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm |
    • jayman419

      $7.55 for the waitress who takes your order and carries it out to the table. About $11 bucks an hour for the untrained new hire flipping meat on the grill. Around $15 to $19 an hour for the sous chef, who would probably assemble the 777 and other signature dishes. And probably around $9 an hour for the guy who washed the plate after the meal, if he's a legal.

      Because of Nevada wage laws, they often share the meal tips with everyone so that can be upwards of an extra hundred bucks per shift.

      September 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Bill

      Probably $7.77.

      September 4, 2011 at 5:50 pm |
    • Evan

      if u read the story... the burger is like 60 bucks....

      September 4, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  22. Mike

    I agree that poor people should WANT the rich to buy these $777 burgers. The money trickles down to the middle class who work to put that burger on the table. A further ripple effect sees that money make it to the poor.
    You should be happy that the rich are spending large amounts of money into your society; encourage it.
    Its much worse for them to be holding all their money in a bank for example.

    September 4, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
    • Joseph B

      Mike – wrong, wrong & wrong. The "trickle down" here only works if you happen to be an investor in the French Champagne company (my guess is most poor people are not – so strike one for you). Since the money is really being spent on foreign goods (over 90%), the money is not really getting spent into the poor people's society (so strike two for you). So if instead the rich people were to put their money in a US bank, the bank could make further investments in the United States, stimulating the economy, and providing more jobs for people including poor people (strike three for you). Thanks for playing Mike. We hope you learned something and enjoy your parting gifts.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:37 pm |
      • Sheldon

        Well said dude... kudos!

        September 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
      • Dell Cannon

        >Since the money is really being spent on foreign goods (over 90%),>
        the money is not really getting spent into the poor people's society

        Hello? There are no poor people in Europe? Someone picked the grapes that were used to make the Dom Perignon.

        >So if instead the rich people were to put their money in a US bank, the bank
        >could make further investments in the United States, stimulating the economy,
        >and providing mocre jobs for people including poor people

        Do you know where interest rates are? Banks are not making much by loaning money. They are, therefore monstrously picky about funding loan requests. Sorry, but spending the $777 at Le Burger Brasserie stimulates the economy more that keeping it in a bank account. Not only do those who contributed to the production of the meal benefit (even those who contributed in the most tangential way) but the waiter will walk away with 10-20% tip on the $777 bill that is subject to tax.

        September 4, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
      • Econometrics

        Right on Dell and Mike. To say that the money should go into the banks than actually get paid out into the restaurant as a tip and profit to help the workers there is ludicrous. Sorry Joseph, it's you who we should thank for playing and time for you to review those lecture notes again.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
      • Joseph B

        Ok Dell Canon – so you can go ahead and support all the French people. I'll stick with supporting the Americans. And yes, I do know where interest rates are – I just took advantage of the low rates last month. Rather than looking at rates, look at a Banks' spread (the amount they charge in interest versus the amount they pay on deposits and other sources of funding) – that's what matters for a bank (did you happen to notice that 2010 was a banner year for large banks?). You also made the assumption that the purchaser tipped well (well, actually not that well if your lower limit is 10% for a tip – you sound like a cheapskate – but you do sure sound better than those who only tip on food and not alcohol in which case the waitstaff would only take home only $10 or so).
        To "Econometrics", you obviously missed English class – I think you forgot how to use the word "rather" (feel free to read your post again – heck read mine again too – and you could learn something). I am supportive of profits in US companies! I am all for tipping US individuals! I would sure prefer that someone spend their money supporting US wines and US products rather than spending their money stimulating the French economy! Feel free to come back and play when you want to get owned again. Either that or just stay over there in France.

        September 4, 2011 at 7:46 pm |
      • Dell Cannon

        And what did you do with the stimulus check that you received from the government in 2008? Keep back peddling Son.

        September 4, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
  23. Dave

    RON PAUL is the People's Choice in 2012! Join the rEVOLution!

    September 4, 2011 at 3:52 pm |
    • T3chsupport

      He would be tough, and gamey. He'd only be edible ground up, but he'd still have a funky aftertaste.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:08 pm |
      • Roscoe Chait

        Hahahahahahaha... I can't stop laughing. You are good. But what you say is absolutely true.

        September 4, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
    • Bob

      This is an article about burgers; kindly shut the f**k up...

      September 4, 2011 at 4:11 pm |
  24. Burger master

    It sounds pretty good but a $60 hamburger should come with a happy ending.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:42 pm |
    • bill

      That is not really a bad price considering the cost of the beef, and I am willing to bet that the vinegar may cost more than the meat.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm |
  25. Chris

    Half of you nim wits didn't even read the story! The burger is not $777, morons! It's 60 bones!

    September 4, 2011 at 3:31 pm |
  26. bob

    Pretty sure 4oz won't make it the largest burger. Perhaps they meant pounds.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • bob

      my bad, read that incorrectly.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:30 pm |
  27. wut?

    For $777 i'd just go to McDonalds, get a dbl quarter pounder for 4 bucks, get a bottle of bum wine for 3 bucks, and with the left over $770 i'd buy 77 $10 hookers

    September 4, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • gatechgrad

      Personally, I would only get 60 $10 hookers, that leaves $100 left over for pencillin.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm |
    • But you said I'd get 72...

      Jihadists reporting virgins now impossible to find, you'll have to wait in line for the hookers.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  28. Vignesh

    I don't know if you can call someone who hit a sub million dollar jack pot "truly wealthy" the cash probably won't last 10 years if it isn't invested well.

    The truly wealthy probably understand that according to the law of probability gambling is a negative sum game all of the time. If they don't they probably won't be truly wealthy for the rest of their life and/or they just gamble for "fun" and not for "income".

    Finally the burger is only $60 if your read the article, the wine is $717.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
  29. Raymond

    burger tasted like shit. Yeah I bought it for $777. This is worst than In N Out Burgers.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • shawn l

      You didn't pay 777 for a burger, you paid 60. The rest is for overpriced bubbly wine.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • Zombietech

      In n Out? Those are good burgers Walter

      September 4, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  30. Joe Black

    You have to be rich or crazy to pay that much for a burger. Well most rich people are money crazy.!

    September 4, 2011 at 2:49 pm |
  31. ModSquad

    Oh brother. So poor people can't afford Champagne and Kobe beef and we're supposed to cry about it? What nonsense. I suppose we shouldn't live in nice houses either due to all the homeless wandering around with signs at intersections. Or maybe we should pitch tents on all the golf courses to serve as free camp grounds for welfare families. Goodness knows that we shouldn't study hard in school and try to make some money for ourselves. That just wouldn't be right now, would it?

    September 4, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
    • ilikeyou

      I like you.

      September 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
    • Chuggers

      spot on. I work very hard for a company that helps people 24/7. The wife has 3 degrees and works hard. People whine that we have money and can live above most means and whiners want me to hand them a free $100 bill because alcohol made them poor. boo-hoo.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
    • Josh

      Spend money on what you will, but you are not that bright if you pay 42 or 777 dollars for a burger. That's just plain stupid. It just says, "Look at me! I can throw away a bunch of money!" If you need to be noticed go ahead.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
    • Chincy Coot

      Goodness is a real hottie that is so bad, in such a good way....

      September 4, 2011 at 4:18 pm |
  32. newmexican

    777 is a bit much for a burger but who cares, it's their money not mine. For a really good burger go to the Buckhorn
    Tavern in San Antonio, New Mexico and enjoy a Green Chili Cheese Burger. Even Bobby Flay could not beat it in a
    throw down.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • Geographygal

      San Anthonio is in Texas, not New Mexico.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
      • DDOG

        There is a San Antonio, NM. This reminds of a scene from idiocracy.

        September 4, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
      • KandyKane

        Really, Geographygal?? You haven't figured out that more than one state can have a city with the same name? Perhaps you should actually study geography before you try to correct others on the topic.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
      • Yep Yep

        There is no such place as Texas or New Mexico. These are fictional places.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:47 pm |
      • newmexican

        This is a prime example as to why our school system today really sucks. Little town on highway 60 just off Interstate 25
        about 12 miles south of Socorro, NM. Look it up on any map. You do know what a map is.....right???

        September 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
  33. bobby

    You messed up a perfectly good bacon Cheese Burger with fruit. You guys would mess up a wet dream.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  34. Janie

    Welcome to America.. and we wonder why we're the fattest country.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:38 pm |
    • ilikeyou

      You didn't even read the story did you fatty?

      September 4, 2011 at 2:53 pm |
      • noneofyourbusiness

        No, you didn't read the article. 1500 calorie burger? Burger in a waffle cone with syrup. 24 oz. burger?

        September 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
      • Tony

        Ilikeyou your most likely a fatty yourself. and you're exactly right noneofyourbusiness . 1500 calorie burgers are way to much that's how much calories i eat in a day. for Americans? ha and they wonder why we "other countries" make fun or their weight. Think of it this way $60 for a burger is a lot of money and to add on with the wine served with it? Its kind-of something you'd think about before buying it. Think of how many starving kids you could feed with that money? All you inconsiderate rich people need to snap back into reality.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  35. jordan

    $777 burgers !!!
    This type of garbage just keeps reinforcing my proper belief in seeing the rich pay at the very least the same percentage of tax i have to pay on my app. $14 grand per year tops.

    truly disgusting to see people who have money complain about it when they go out and in one meal for one person spend more than a whole poor family does in one month.and these people complain about paying some taxes.
    i say to all of them cheapskates YOU CAN GO TO HELL !!!

    September 4, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Zorak

      They do pay a lot of taxes. If you pay 25% and they pay 20%, they're still paying way more than you. If you made $20k a year and they made $1 million a year, you'd be paying $5k for taxes while they'd be paying $200,000.

      September 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm |
      • Emeljay

        Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.... they won't have anyone to blame if you tell.

        September 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm |
      • Josh

        Faulty logic. It's about the % not the amount of money. There is no reason a wealthy person should pay a lower % of taxes.

        September 4, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • KandyKane

        Riiiiiight Josh...and there's no reason why poor people should be eligible for welfare or free college tuition or rent assistance or food stamps. Why should someone who has actually studied and WORKED for a living be forced to give up what they have earned for someone who has dropped out of high school and refuses to actually GET a job? If anything, the wealthy SHOULD be given a tax break because they're being forced to pay for your lazy liberal ass to sit on your couch all day and play video games while you're complaining to your other lazy liberal ass cronies that you deserve someone elses money. You suck.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
    • Dell Cannon

      A little perspective here – the restaurant that features the $777 burger, Le Burger Brasserie, is located between two casinos in Las Vegas. People who are truly wealthy, i.e. referred to you as "cheapskates", spend very little time in casinos. As pointed out in the article, the type of customer most likely to buy the $777 special is one who has just hit the jackpot. If an individual visited by Lady Luck wants to by an expensive burger as a treat, I say, “God bless”. Who am I to judge how people spend their disposable income? Behind ever burger sold are numerous people who profit. This includes the rancher who provided the beef to the waiter who uncorked the Dom Perignon.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm |
    • Chuggers

      @Jordan: Don't penalize me just because I work extra hard, evenings and weekends. Finished school. Nothing handed to me since the parents are dead. Just because I can easily buy this burger and toss it in the trash is not the countrys problem. You whiners make me sick. You lazy, lazy people want to work 20 hours a week for $200k a year. Get off your couch and do something.

      September 4, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
    • John R

      Jordan, many do pay their share in taxes...many paid tax, and still have enough left-over from their inheritance or annual bonus to still buy a $777 burger (or as many have tried repeatedly to point out in the comments, a $60 burger with $717 Dom Perignon). It sounds to me like you won't be happy until 'the rich', whoever they actually are, aren't as poor as you. After running a small business for 7 years, with a housing bust and financial freeze, I don't have two dimes to rub together. I'm just about ready for food stamps and needing to take a job again. It sucks. The Americian dream is dying. But I do not wish that all the rich people fall from their grace or luck to become like me. If anything, I still like living in a country where there's a chance of obtaining what they have, rather than socializing everything down to a common level of poorness.

      - A green card holder who grew up in a socialist country, who's never taken or wanted unemployment or food stamps, and who briefly created a few jobs for Americans in a small business, but who just couldn't make it all work.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
      • Goat Bottoms

        The American dream isn't dying... It was murdered long ago. Many have just been humping... sorry, beating... a dead horse for years.

        September 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  36. John

    Ray's Hell Burgers in Arlington, VA top all of these.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
  37. Scott A

    "We hear it’s very popular with people who literally just hit the jackpot."

    Or people who don't care or understand the value of a dollar. $777 will buy a lot of things that go to much worthier causes, but it is important to know what the rich who don't like to pay taxes because they claim it will make them poor are spending money on.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm |
    • Zorak

      Who is entitled to determine what a "worthy" cause is? The person with the money? Some other person who doesn't have the money?

      September 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  38. Rick Springfield

    How much did the meal cost Miles when he popped open a bottle of Cheval Blanc to have with his In and Out burger? Well my preliminary research has found the most expensive burger meal in history. That's because Niles' choice of drink with that fine burger was $17,973.00.

    September 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm |
  39. fistface

    They should change the name of the burger too: Government Spending

    September 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Sheldon

      I "lol'd" haha

      September 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
    • Uhhh

      Well at least when the government spends money, pretty much all of it is spent in America or pays for the wages of actual Americans, thus contributing to our economy. When corporations get tax breaks and spend their money, a lot of it is spent elsewhere and contributes zilch to the US economy.

      September 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
      • Sheldon

        I lol'd again ;) Made in China much? I am surprised it's not every piece of military equipment already...

        September 4, 2011 at 4:42 pm |
  40. Sheldon

    Why am I not surprised when these types of articles are put up in times like these? Is this supposed to motivate the middle class to invest in burgers or just show that people like eating an $777 burger w/ 100 year aged vinegar? Must be a slow news week again....

    September 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Ancient Curse

      You realize you're reading CNN's "Eatocracy" page, right? They print stories about food here. This is a story about food. It is not meant to be "news." I'm sorry you're disappointed with the free story you read after clicking the link you selected. Are you always so disappointed with the decisions you make? But it's not your fault, right? Darn that CNN...

      September 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • Dell Cannon

        Love the response. Too funny!

        September 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • Sheldon

        @Ancient Curse
        This is a story about the price of food... maybe you should read it again. I am disapointed in people's choices to to write up a story on a $777 burger. (Yes it's freedom of speech on the net, I am criticizing) I work for a living and can afford a $777 burger. Maybe I should write up a blog on how awesome it was for the world to read!? It is a serious burger bro... so tasty... the best... you should try this burger after winning the jackpot bro!? Darn those poor people.. one day after you bust your ass as long as I have you too can buy a $777 burger... the vinegar is aged 100 years... cool story bro! :)

        @Blue Templar
        I just put another point of view out there on a story about a $777 burger, its the internet expect criticism. Let me hit you with some knowledge Blue, maybe one day I will be President and I can run this country then go back to governing my own family, or better yet both hand in hand. Yes many people dream of fulfilling this gap in their life of a $777 burger... ooo my taste buds are on fire man just thinking about it, this is an epic burger.

        This is the problem with people... everyone is so selfish. You people need to be raised in a real third world country and see how rough life is... This is why the worlds heading where it's heading*. The problem is so much deeper than a story about an expensive burger, or Lindsey Lohans drug habits/porn tapes... Would you be surprised if Nancy Palosi spent over $100,000 in chocolate covered strawberries a year, courtesy of you? Problably not because you are lazy as shit and will do nothing about it.

        You are the one killing the dream... I dream of one day everyone helping eachother and countries not raping other countries over resources... I dream of a country were people dont label people on income or skin color... I make positive choices in my life everyday to help make the world a better place. Money* can be used for much more positive things. I regret taking the time to read a story on a $777 burger, it does make me a bit bitter :). This story is as informative as Kim Kardashians sex tape? Only a fraction of the general public cares...


        Nice constructive response. Maybe you can have your nanny change your diaper since you just shit yourself.

        Ignorance is bliss on the internet, you people are awesome!

        September 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
      • Leonard@Sheldon

        "... maybe you feel like eating dressed up burgers without doing any work. These places are for you"

        The article was, in essence about the snippet above. Your comment focused on the cost of burgers. Maybe you aren't as comfortable being as well-off as you claim to be. There's a remedial reading comprehension course in the stfu cafe – no waiting. Have a seat ... have a seat.

        September 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
      • Sheldon

        More like " case you missed it, these burgers are $777... 1500 calorie burger... top notch wine... aged vinegar... blah blah"
        This was on CNN's main news page... as if it were news or something of importance. I did not browse to the "eatocracy" section to stir shit up :) (Extra to add) I dont know if you got it from my dry sarcasm... but I am not "rich". I earn an honest living. I am well enough off to realize that $777 could be used for much more important things like a local business near my home. Now run along back to McDonalds peasant...

        September 4, 2011 at 7:48 pm |
    • Blue Templar

      Oh no! A story about food in the food section. Oh the humanity. Seriously, everyone should stop whining about the prices and costs. (Complaints about some of the combinations though are ok) But people who go on and on about the rich and poor. You're the ones killing the dream. Sure, I'm not rich. But know what? Maybe someday I will be, and I can try something unique like that.... then go right back to cooking my own food. Or better yet, make these combinations for myself. Dreams... not a bad thing to have. Too bad everyones lately is "whatever is someone elses should be mine."

      September 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
      • Sheldon

        Read response @ Ancient Curse... leave some love :)

        September 4, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
    • writing devil

      when i read posts like mr/ms sheldon's, makes me glad there are people out there who care about big issues. also makes me sad that some of those people take the time and energy to preach to others about how things should be (in their world.) the burger article is like reading a comic book and no matter how tough things are, it's best not to ban comic book reading or mentality. otherwise the 'thought police' would knock out anything online, in print, in media, maybe even orwellian speech control, that isn't earnest in it's approach to right all the wrongs in the world, before it's ok to have ridiculous fun, over the top fun.

      there's something to be said for someone who will pick out one article out of hundreds of thousands on the net and spend time responding, in detail, to critics of their critique. then there's also a lot to be said for people who spend their time and energy in doing things, not telling others why what they're doing isn't good. every body has their own choice...a good thing.

      September 4, 2011 at 4:34 pm |
      • Sheldon

        @writing devil

        Mr. :)

        Why thanks, being a free thinker isnt easy. Not much energy or time involved in making that post... I dont veg out on here, more like in and out:) Nice Orwellian reference, I dig but does not apply to what I am getting at. This is not news? Or is it? (There's something to be said when someone will pick out an individual's post out of hundreds and assume that the person is deeply involved in a response/post lol. :) )

        We are supposedly in a recession/depression... yeah... it's obvious.

        September 4, 2011 at 7:47 pm |
  41. commandrea

    "It would probably feed a poor family for a month. Shame on those people."

    Where I'm from it would feed a poor family for 3+ months...

    September 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
  42. marjee

    So why the rich get richer and the poor and middle class get poorer, being rich is rubbed in our faces. Paying that much for a burger when it would probably feed a poor family for a month. Shame on those people.

    September 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      I agree. It's disgusting reading articles like this when people can't feed their families in this country.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm |
      • adam

        There are families starving in developing countries who would be well-provisioned by what you are paying for the internet access and electricity to leave self-righteous comments on Get over yourselves.

        September 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
      • Greg

        So you go to college, study for years, possibly go on to some form of graduate school, med school or law school maybe, spend years doing that, get a job at a company finally, work years to pay off the debt from going to school, finally have enough money to live comfortably - maybe start a family, get a nice house in the suburbs that's expandable when your kids have grandkids, or your family is staying over, and you've got a little dough to spend. God forbid you buy something you want with your money, because there are people who are not advantaged as you? Fuck that notion. If somebody has worked hard for some well deserved money, they can do whatever the fuck they want with it.

        September 4, 2011 at 1:55 pm |
      • Zorak

        I don't know about you, but I don't see many people in the USA that are dying from being underweight. I do, however, see a bunch of people dying from obesity.

        September 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm |
    • Former Marine

      Sure, it sucks for the poor people, but the rich are rich because of their work. Or from inheritance, or from winning the lottery. Most of the very rich (that would be buying this burger) give millions to charity a year. You have no right to tell them how to spend the rest of it.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:47 pm |
      • Gary

        And some of those "rich" made millions destroying the economy in the bank industry. Yah they worked hard, skirting the system,

        September 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
      • Quit Blaming

        Hey Gary, a lot of the poor people who steal increase our insurance rates, prices at stores. I'm thinking that pretty well evens things out.

        September 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm |
    • JG

      $777 to feed a poor family for a month? That would feed a family of 4 for 6 months.

      Though, I have to say, for $60 I'd try the burger once. Don't need the $700 bottle of wine, though.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
    • Roscoe

      How do you feed a family on a burger and a bottle of Dom Perignon. Maybe a very small family of alcoholic pigmys. Pehaps "eatocracy" should include a series on dumpster diving for the rest of us. That way the food section of CNN could be depressing too.

      September 4, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
      • Quit Blaming

        Awesome post.

        September 4, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • sockpuppet

      no kidding you morons, but in case you haven't noticed, this country is in a serious economic crisis, where there are literally families that do not have food to eat, that previously were doing fine. So how about during the depression when the entire country pulled together and worked to bring it back around again. They didn't laugh at the majority of Americans who were struggling and said, too bad, I earned it, go F yourself. Mags didn't print crap like this to remind people how poor they really are. Yeah I get it, we live in the age of GET OVER IT, I'm the only one that is important. So nice of you.
      BTW you do understand that many people these days or going to public libraries and such to use the internet–so don't just assume that the people that can read a post have money enough to spend on internet access.

      September 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm |
      • jimbo

        Well said sockpuppet.

        September 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • Dell Cannon

        Today is Sunday. Most libraries are not open.

        September 4, 2011 at 3:16 pm |
      • Wastrel

        The great Depression was a little different than the economy today. Back then, bankers and stockbrokers jumped out of windows because they lost everything, and they were responsible to others. This time around, the bankers and stockbrokers stole it and got away with it, and they are thumbing their noses at the rest of us.

        September 4, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
      • sockpuppet

        Dell clearly you don't spend any time in libraries.....MOST libraries are open on Sundays. Nice try, though. WHy don't you visit one sometime and notice the massive line of people waiting to use the computers.

        September 5, 2011 at 1:44 am |
      • sockpuppet

        and just one further comment about the idea that rich people "earned" their money and they can spend it however they want to...yes, I understand how capitalism and greed work, so thanks for reminding me. But just because people have the RIGHT to spend their money like A holes, doesn't make it RIGHT.

        September 5, 2011 at 1:46 am |
    • Frank

      You should not be angry at the rich people who buy the 777$ burgers. They are helping spread the wealth.

      September 4, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
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