When we visited Las Vegas recently for a burger tour, we were booked in to stay at the MGM Grand but had a list of potential burger joints as long as my arm, which spanned the entirety of the strip and beyond. After exploring our hotel a little, we stumbled upon Pub 1842 and decided to make it our first stop.
Inspired by celebrity chef Michael Mina, Pub 1842’s menu consists of classic pub dishes, most of which have a bit of a contemporary or unusual twist on them. Inside, the bar has a nice, old school watering hole feel to it with large comfortable booths and a few big screens scattered throughout. The place was very relaxed and chilled out and there was a great beer selection on offer too! We visited around 5pm and it was fairly quiet, but around an hour later when we left, there was a line of people waiting outside for a table.
The burger menu (above) consists of 6 options and there’s likely something here to suit everyone’s tastes. I was after something a little different, so I went with the Peanut Butter Crunch. Call me strange, but the idea of peanut butter, crisps (potato chips to any American friends on the blog) bacon jam, cheese and beef together sounded too amazing to pass up.
Was it as good as I was hoping it would be? Yes. Could I eat it on a regular basis? Probably not.
Let’s get this out of the way first: my only real issue with the burger was that it came medium-well, when I had asked for medium-rare. Despite this, it wasn’t dry – in fact, it was incredibly juicy, despite containing peanut butter, which I had worried might make it a bit dry.
The meat had excellent flavour and a lovely, slightly crisp, charred exterior. The patty was slightly smokey, which worked very well with the tangy bacon jam. The peanut butter….just works well. Almost too well, in fact, It mellowed the tanginess of the bacon jam and added a lovely creamy finish, which was especially great when paired with the crunch from the crisps. It felt worryingly right eating a burger with peanut butter on it – worrying because I’ve found myself craving another since I left Pub 1842 and I’m probably going to attempt to make many, MANY more of these at home. In fact, I’m adding a large jar of Skippy’s peanut butter to my Amazon basket as I type this.
The cheese was perfectly melted. Thick, charred and slightly bubbly, it wasn’t completely overshadowed by the peanut butter and bacon jam at all. All three flavours just worked well together. If I could rename this, I’d call it the ‘why haven’t you tried this before’ burger. Yes, it worked that well together.
I loved how the burger was layered too. From top to bottom, there was: bun, bacon jam, cheese, patty, peanut butter, bun. All of the distinct flavours hit one after another, from tangy to mellow, right down to creamy smooth at the bottom. The peanut butter had also been thinned down a little, which helped prevent the burger from being dry.
The crisps gave the burger a wonderful, satisfying crunchy finish. You know how sometimes a sandwich with ham, cheese and crisps is awesome when you’re hungover? Well, imagine that but much, much better and you can hopefully begin to imagine the satisfaction that comes with each, crunchy, creamy bite of this burger.
The bun used was well toasted, but was perhaps a little on the dry side. It did stay together well, which was a bonus, considering the toppings here.
The burger came served with fries, which were okay but rather forgettable. You’ve tasted these exact same fries a million times before.
To give you an idea of some of the other food at Pub 1842, the others at the table had the double smoked, double bacon cheeseburger (above) and the pulled pork sandwich (below). Both raved about their food, although it was ultimately decided that the Peanut Butter crunch burger was the better of the two.
I’d definitely recommend Pub 1842, especially if you’re staying in or near the MGM Grand. Don’t let the fairly unusual combination put you off – this is a fantastic burger. It’s not the cheapest around, but expect to pay these prices as standard on the Strip.
A few minor faults aside, this was one of the best burgers that we had in Las Vegas. Highly recommended.
+ Well seasoned patty.
+ Peanut butter, bacon jam and cheese worked incredibly well together.
+ Great, crunchy finish.
– Would have preferred it a little more on the medium-rare side.
– Fries were forgettable.
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