In honor of Burger Week 2015, Eater NOLA now turns its attention to the best all-around burgers in New Orleans. While the burger heatmap shows the hottest burgers of the moment, it's equally important to recognize the city's burger stalwarts. To do this, we'll break things up into the best fine dining, casual and bar/pub options. First up, the best fine dining burgers in NOLA.
Normally when one thinks about New Orleans fine dining, a burger isn't exactly what springs to mind alongside visions of Trout Amandine, souffle potatoes and shrimp remoulade. But some of our city's finest restaurants are home to amazing burgers. Here are twelve you should definitely mark off you burger bucket list next time you step out for a fancy lunch or dinner.
Justin Devillier's signature LPG Burger is a hot commodity when it comes to New Orleans burgers. Topped with onion marmalade and gruyere, the burger is then set off by mustard, mayo, arugula and housemade pickles.
The bubbly street-food restaurant from the Commander's Palace team has a pan seared Hudson Valley foie gras burger topped with a sunny side up yard egg, duck bacon and foie gras mayo on caramelized onion brioche, and it's served with pork cracklin, a mini Abita root beer and foie gras ice cream float. For those putting off the impending gout, SoBou also has a smaller 1/4 lb. burger with no foie involved.
Naturally, chef David Slater gives his double-stacked cheeseburger some new New Orleans flare with Creole seasoning and remoulade, along with American cheese, red onion, and housemade pickles.
An absinthe barbecue burger with flippin' onion rings, y'all. That's what's in store from chef Carl Schaubhut at this CBD gem from the always creative Commander's Palace empire.There's also bacon, and Manchego on board this gluttonous wonder.
Chef Ryan Haigler's Painted Hills ground beef burger is stuffed with something he calls Thunder Cheese (boom!) and topped with spinach, apple smoked bacon and housemade ranch on brioche.
Chef Neal Swidler recenlty lightened up the grand dame's menu with a slew of new dishes, including this burger, a simple half-pound patty topped with housemade ketchup, red onions, and smoked gouda, and served with roasted potatoes.
Chef Philip Lopez made a mean burger during his time at Rambla, so his restaurant Root is no exception when it comes to creative burgers, and at reasonable lunchtime prices. Try the "BBB" or Big Black Burger with Point Reyes Blue Cheese, Benton's Bacon, a black brioche bun, and bitter arugula.
Chef John Besh's CBD bistro is home to the best oyster happy hour in town, but the Lüke Burger also has a cult following and for good reason, it's topped with Emmenthaler (swiss cheese) and Benton's bacon, along with caramelized onions and tomato. Plus, the fries are some of the best in town.
Coquette doesn't seem like the type of place that would do a burger, and for a while they weren't, but Chef Michael Stoltzfus recently brought back a killer version for lunch which features a house ground Two Run Farms sirloin, Hook's cheddar and bacon on a housemade bun, served with fries.
This glitzy French Quarter steakhouse, adjacent to the original Galatoire's, is actually home to a pretty awesome bar menu, including this burger from chef Michael Sichel.
This French Quarter steakhouse's bar features one of the best bacon cheeseburgers in town, and comes topped with cheddar or blue cheese, a red onion jam, and garlic aoili for slathering on top or dipping your fries in.
Pepper jelly and cream cheese on a burger? Hells to the yes. At this Warehouse District restaurant the Two Run Farms burger gets slathered in roasted garlic cream cheese, pepper jelly, and is also dressed with pickled onions and bacon.
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