Serendipity’s $69 Haute Dog may have lost its "most expensive hot dog" title to a $100 offering from Vancouver’s DougieDog, but New York’s den of hyper indulgence has managed to snag the Guinness World Record for the most expensive hamburger in the world.
According to a press release, Le Burger Extravagant, Serendipity’s latest foray into conspicuous consumption, is made with "Japanese Wagyu beef infused with 10-herb white truffle butter, Salish Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt, and topped with Cheddar cheese — hand-formed by the famous cheesemaker James Montgomery in Somerset, England, and cave-aged for 18 months — shaved black truffles, a fried quail egg, and served on a white truffle-buttered Campagna Roll."
Because you can’t make a run for a Guinness title without caviar, the whole thing is topped with a blini, crème fraîche, and farm-raised golden caviar from Quzhou, China. It’s pinned with a solid gold toothpick encrusted with diamonds. You know, just enough to be tasteful.
At $295, it comes in at nearly three times the price of the previous holder, a $100 burger from Umami Burger. But that one’s called the "1-percent burger," so the title for tackiest hamburger name appears to be safe.
The burger was created for National Hamburger Month and will be available for a limited time, but must be ordered 48 hours in advance. Charity always takes the edge off these things, so profits from the burger will be donated to the Bowery Mission.
Noble causes aside, if Le Burger Extravagant is still a bit too extravagant, take a look through our burger recipes and see if you can’t find something equally satisfying.