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An ELEVATION of your BURGER experience

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Elevate your burger experience

There is a strange, sweet finish to the Elevation Burger burger that haunts ELV to this day — over a week after he tasted it.

It was a touch herbal, but almost sugary in its lingering presence, and might be the product of the grass-fed beef they brag of here.

Regardless, it was damn tasty.

In texture and form, the burgers here put us in mind of In-N-Out’s, but the standard cheeseburger is a slightly larger, double patty construction oozing with a thick layer of the stuff. They use good bread and cheese and cook them to medium without sacrificing much moistness — which is about all you can ask of a fast-food burger.

As for the fresh-cut, olive oil-cooked fries, they are f*cking fantastic.

So is the milk shake…even though we ordered a malt.

“Extra malt,” was how ELV shouted his order.

When he did this, the counterman smiled a knowing smile of agreement, but apparently was unsure of the concept,* as what arrived was a mighty fine shake with barely a hint of malt to it.

Regardless…we shall return.

Yeah, the food here is that good.

Ingredients matter.

ELV’s lunch for one came to $12 + a $2 tip.


5130 S. Fort Apache Road Suite 240

Las Vegas, NV 89148



* Only two places in Las Vegas know how to get with the program when it comes to making a proper malted: Luv-It-Custard and the Baskin-Robbins on the corner of DI and Jones — maybe because ELV stands there and insists upon three scoops of malt powder before they’re allowed to blend.

4 Responses to An ELEVATION of your BURGER experience

  • Nice Lunch ELV. I’ll have to check into the olive oil fries.

    I’ll never understand why so many burger joints are seemingly unable to understand the power of malt. A case of Malted Milk Powder is less than $50 bucks–and that makes a lot of malts. The only extra labor involved is moving spoon from jar to malt glass. The value of immeasurable pleasure is worth the effort.

  • Hi John – my name is Paul, and I manage franchise growth for Elevation Burger. Thanks for the great write-up, and for supporting us out there!

  • @dr. You are so right. The malted has been ignored for far too long. The powder elevates even a bad shake to decent status. Smashburger does a pretty good malted, even if it is a chain.

  • Great burger, I went and tried it after reading the above review and agree completely.

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