Chefs are doing everything they can to make their burgers stand out, with surprising toppings like pastrami, smoked mayo and pulled pork. Here, the most over-the-top burgers.
Steak Tartare Burger
At his Flip chain, Top Chef All-Stars winner Richard Blais serves unusual chef-driven items like the Steak Tartare Burger, a mix of hand-chopped beef tenderloin blended with garlic, chiles, capers, cornichons, pickled shallots, a fried egg and smoked mayonnaise. He uses a slew of molecular gastronomy techniques on his Raw Tuna Tartare burger, which is topped with a mango sphere that recalls an egg yolk and compressed julienned cucumbers that resemble translucent glass noodles. flipburgerboutique.com