Earlier this year, we bit into one of the world’s most expensive burgers: a $900 foie gras specialty served up in Japan. We thought that was extra, but a new variant on the sandwich doubles down—on price, not patty. Say hello to the “Black Gold,” a $1,600 burger that’s just hit the menu at Houston’s H Bar.
The Black Gold sticks to the fail-safe formula we’ve seen flashy burgers dutifully follow over the past year—sliced wagyu beef + black truffle shavings + seared foie gras = winner—but it goes for an extra step with a topping of 24-karat gold leaf. This metallic touch was inspired by the Gold Rush, while the black brioche bun is a tribute to the state’s rich (pun intended) oil history.
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The burger features an entire pound of A5 wagyu beef flown in especially from Japan—everything really is bigger in Texas—which is plonked upon a caviar-infused bun because, well, they had to get another luxury ingredient in there somewhere. But the over-the-top extravagance doesn’t stop there: the blingy burger is paired with matching golden french fries and a bottle of 2006 Dom Perignon Champagne. You wouldn’t have a Coke with this thing, would you?
The new menu item is in lockstep with the other offerings at the Post Oak Hotel, in which the H Bar resides. The property in Uptown Houston has a $3 million wine library, a Rolls Royce dealership in the lobby and a five-star spa to boot.
It is worth putting that high price tag into perspective: For the same amount, you could buy you around 666 In-N-Out cheeseburgers that cost $2.40 apiece, or roughly 106 half-pound Luger Burgers from the famous Peter Luger Steakhouse, which go for $15 each. It’s also worth noting that the $1,600 which the Black Gold demands is still a lot cheaper than the world’s most expensive burger. The Fleur Burger, available at Hubert Keller’s Fleur de Lys restaurant in Las Vegas—is currently priced at $5,000. That sandwich doesn’t feature any edible gold, but it does come with a bottle of Chateau Petrus old enough to buy itself a drink.
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