Achieving the title of world’s most expensive X involves a constant game of one-upmanship, especially in the case of cuisine. Successfully dethroning all previous titleholders, Dutch eatery De Daltons now finds itself retaining the honour of world’s most expensive burger – dubbed The Golden Boy – which requires nine hours of preparation and will set you back €5,000 / AU$8,046.
Between the gilded saffron buns, the featured ingredients are – for better or worse – exceedingly lavish. While any individual element is fine on its own, the sheer combination will likely slow you down: A5 Wagyu beef and chuck short ribs, Alaskan king crab, beluga caviar, white truffles, Paleta Iberico Bellota ham, onions rings battered with Dom Perignon; served with pickled tiger tomato in matcha tea, smoked duck egg mayo, as well as BBQ sauce comprised of both Macallan Single Malt whiskey and Kopi Luwak coffee. Yeah… we needed to take a breather, too.
The first customer to experience De Daltons’ Golden Boy was one Rober Wilemese, Chairman of the Royal Dutch Food & Beverage Association. While the ingredients listed above read like an incongruent medley of high-end components, Wilemese reveals the experience was fairly pleasant, albeit understandably OTT. Of course, for $8,000, you’d certainly hope it was pleasant, at the very least.
“The ingredients complement each other very well and the flavours are intense,” says Wilemse.
“Even though this burger is extremely costly, you should still use your hands because that is the only way to eat a burger. Since the bun is covered in gold leaf, your fingers will be golden by the time you finish.”
In a wholesome twist, the world’s most expensive burger has been crafted with charitable intentions. Where other restauranteurs would simply be satisfied with a headline-making flex, De Daltons owner Robbert Jan de Veen has a little more social good in mind.
“I was feeling bad seeing the sufferings of the masses and the dismal situation of the restaurant industry,” Jan de Veen told The National.
“Therefore, I decided to create the world’s most expensive burger and donate the entire income to charity to do good for the society.”
Robert Jan de Veen and De Daltons is currently awaiting confirmation of The Golden Boy’s status as most expensive burger status from the Official World Record Association. But there doesn’t seem to be a single shred of doubt from anyone involved that they have it in the bag.
If the numbers being reported are even remotely accurate, The Golden Boy soundly beats the 777-pound burger made in Oregon; and the Fleur burger made in the kitchens of Mandalay Bay Casino, Las Vegas – the latter of which is arguably even more decadent, featuring A5 Wagyu beef, foie gras, black truffle shavings, along with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus straight from Bordeaux.
For anyone interested in trying The Golden Boy firsthand, book your very own world’s most expensive burger courtesy of De Daltons here (minimum of two weeks’ notice in advance, deposit of €750 / AU$1,206 required).
Check out the insane assembly process above.