There is no doubt that we have mouthwatering burgers of all kinds, just a short drive away from anywhere. May is National Burger Month, so I’m bringing you a list of specials to help guide that next mouthful.
But I need to put what we take for granted into perspective. When we order a burger, we receive a fairly easy-to-hold sandwich, usually between buns, topped with some of our favorite things. It’s a given.
The Grand Hyatt Tokyo decided to go 1,000 miles further when it announced the Golden Giant Burger on its menu in honor of Japan’s new emperor. This behemoth costs $900 (not a typo), is 9.8 inches wide, and weighs 6.6 pounds. The patty is 2.2 pounds, then (!) there’s a Wagyu steak, foie gras, fresh truffles, two full onions sliced, lettuce, cherry tomatoes, and a cheese aioli sauce.
Oh, and a gold powder-infused bun on top. Real gold.
You do get a salad and fries, too, thank goodness, plus a magnum bottle of wine. It’s suggested the burger be shared with seven of your closest and wealthiest friends, so they can pick up part of the check. More here, if you don’t believe me.
But back to Palm Beach County reality:
The Restaurant at The Norton
The Norton Burger (pictured above), $17, is on the menu as the main “art” for National Burger Month, with Norfolk sauce, cheddar, lettuce, red onion and pickles on brioche bun. Norton Museum of Art, 1450 S. Dixie Highway, West Palm Beach; 561/268-0500; norton.org/visit/eat-shop/TheRestaurant
CWS Bar + Kitchen
Here you’ll find the Damn Good Burger ($16, pictured) with Vermont cheddar, hydro bibb lettuce, red onions and tomato. With a complimentary glass of house wine, beer or soda to mark the month. 522 Lucerne Ave., Lake Worth; 561/318-5637; cwslw.com
For National Hamburger Day only—May 28—the restaurants are offering a $5 cheeseburger. One per customer and in-store purchases only, not website, phone or delivery orders. All locations; burgerfi.com