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Aghhh the Big Mac… but over the past few years stock standard fast food has now become a staple menu item in some of the best restaurants around the world. No longer is McDonalds or Burger King the only choice for burgers, as no matter where you live in the world, there is always a good chance you will find a “fancy hamburger” somewhere in that city. And no, Chilli’s or Applebees do not count as fancy!

So where are the most expensive burgers to be found? And I am not including room service burgers in hotels (always over-priced) and the one off Guinness Book of World Records (does the book even still exist??) entries.

Coming in at number one is the FleurBurger 5000 (at Fleur de Lys in Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas) and it will set you back $5,000. Foie gras, a special truffle sauce, it is served on a brioche truffle bun with black truffles on the side. But the price is hiked due to the bottle of Chateau Petrus 1990 it comes with.

Le Burger Brasserie (Paris) in Las Vegas is number two with a $777 Kobe Beef and Maine Lobster Burger, caramelised onions, imported brie cheese, prosciutto and 100-year aged balsamic vinegar. The burger is served with a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon champagne.

New York City delivers the $666 Douche Burger – a foie gras-stuffed burger topped with lobster, truffles, caviar, Gruyere that’s been melted with champagne steam, a barbecue sauce made with coffee beans that have been digested (and pooped out) by an Asian palm civet and served in a gold-leaf wrapper. Yes only the most pretentious would eat this.

The $295 Serendipity Burger from New York’s Serendipity 3 restaurant comes with its very own diamond-encrusted solid gold toothpick.

London’s One Burger King restaurant offers a $200 Wagyu beef, white truffles, Pata Negra ham slices, Cristal onion straws burger in an Iranian saffron and white truffle dusted bun.

The $175 Richard Nouveau Burger( the Wall Street Burger Shoppe in New York) was topped with real gold flakes, 25 grams of black truffles, a seared slab of foie gras and aged Gruyere. And I say “was” ad unfortunately the store closed when banking wages plummeted.

The $120 DB Royale Double Truffle Burger, on sale at New York’s B Bistro and the Daniel Boulud Brasserie in Las Vegas, is stuffed with red wine-braised short ribs – off the bone – foie gras, a mix of root vegetables and preserved black truffle.

Indonesia’s Million Rupiah Hamburger, served at the Four Seasons Hotel in Jakarta, earns its place in the top ten with the $108 patty topped with foie gras, portobello mushrooms and Korean pears.

The W Hotel in Seoul serves up a $160 burger that’s topped with seared foie gras, a lobster tail and shaved black truffles.

Oh, and don’t count on getting fries with any of those, that is extra!

Where have you had your most expensive burger experience?