Few foods strike the spot like a cheeseburger when you’re searching for something affordable and filling to eat. Nonetheless, this hasn’t prevented a slew of chefs from attempting to elevate the fast-food staple.
Robbert Jan de Veen, of De Daltons restaurant in Voorthuizen, Netherlands, is the most recent. The burger, called “The Golden Boy” because to its gold-leaf bun, takes something that can still be found on McDonald’s Dollar Menu and transforms it into a sumptuous monstrosity that costs more than an Omega Speedmaster.
Over the last decade, there have been several pricey burgers, but none can match to Jan de Veen’s creation. What’s the story behind its exorbitant price? Ingredients from throughout the world that are among the most costly. It all starts with the burger, which is produced of A5 Japanese Wagyu beef and chuck short ribs mashed together. White truffles, Paleta Iberico Bellota ham, onion rings battered with Dom Perignon, Beluga caviar, and king crab are then added. All of this is sandwiched between two pieces of a saffron gold-leaf bun with some Dom. Even the condiments are high-end, as the “Golden Boy” comes with a barbecue sauce made with Kopi Luwak coffee and Macallan single malt whisky. The flavor of the burger is described by De Daltons as “intense,” and it’s easy to understand why.
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So, how much did de Veen’s laden burger cost in the end? According to today’s conversion rates, the stated price is €5,000, or slightly under $6,000. By a wide margin, it is the most expensive burger in the world. The term used to belong to a $5,000 burger served at Fleur in the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas. However, that burger, which comprised wagyu beef, foie gras, and black truffle shavings, also included a bottle of Bordeaux’s 1995 Chateau Petrus, which accounted for a significant portion of the bill.
The first “Golden Boy” has already been sold for $6,000, which may seem excessive to some. Best of all, the revenues will benefit a local food bank, ensuring that the astronomically priced sandwich will feed a large number of people.