A great meal can easily put a dent in your wallet, but would you pay $500 for a burger? That's what it would take to eat the world's most expensive burger. Compared to some foodstuffs, however, that's a bargain.
Zagat reported the world's priciest burger costs $500 at Oliverio in Beverly Hills, Calif. Meanwhile, it said the Guinness World Record for the priciest burger currently belongs to Serendipity 3 in New York, which features Le Burger Extravagant for $295.
So, what is on a $500 burger? At Oliverio, the Hamburger al Tartufo is made with 12 ounces of Kobe beef, but that is not what makes the burger truly special: It's the toppings. First, there is the truffle cheese that is melted on top of the burger and then, to top it all off, two ounces of white truffles. The white truffles are what truly sets the burger apart as adding any amount of white truffle will add several zeroes to the price tag.
White truffles can fetch thousands of dollars, while giant-size fungi can fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars at auction. Sprinkling some white truffles onto any meal is a surefire way to make it memorably pricey.
Even at $500, Oliverio's expensive burger is not the priciest burger-centered meal you can buy.
There is a $666 Douche Burger sold by the 666 Burger food truck in New York. It features a foie gras-stuffed Kobe beef patty topped with caviar, lobster, truffles, and a BBQ sauce made with the world's most expensive coffee, Kopi Luwak. Don't worry: That burger is considered a joke even by its creator, according to Bloomberg Businessweek.
There is also a burger that will set you back $5,000, but you do get a drink and some added bonuses. At Fleur by Hubert Keller in Las Vegas, the Fleur Burger 5000 will cost you $5,000. It features Wagyu beef, foie gras, and truffles, but the bonus that makes the burger stand out is the bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus, which costs about $2,000.
If you don't want a burger, but are craving pizza, there is a pie that will cost you $2,400. Margo's Pizzeria in Malta has a pizza adorned by gold leaf along with white truffles that you have to order a week in advance, Pizza.com said. The owners of Margo's will donate that money to charity.
If you want something more exotic, then you might be intrigued by the Bombay Brasserie's Samundari Khazana curry, which costs $3,200 in London, the Daily Mail reported. The curry encompasses white truffles, Devon crab, Beluga caviar, Scottish lobster abalone, and edible gold leaf.
And the Guinness World Record for most expensive sushi will set you back $1,978.15. The sushi, created by Angelito Araneta Jr. in the Phillipines, has a garnish of diamonds and 24-karat gold leaf wrapped around five pieces of nigiri.
No meal would be complete without dessert: For just $25,000, you can have the world's most expensive dessert at Serendipity 3. The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate is an ice-cream sundae topped with five grams of edible gold in a goblet that features more edible gold. There is also an 18-karat gold bracelet with 1 carat of diamonds. All of this is eaten with a golden spoon that has white and chocolate-colored diamonds that you get to keep.