The newly crowned World's Most Expensive Burger by the Guinness Book of World Records is as ridiculous as it sounds — but at least it comes with a side of charity. 


The $295 wallet-buster is being advertised by New York’s Serendipity 3 restaurant as Le Burger Extravagant and requires an advanced order time of 48 hours. It features a patty made with white truffle butter-infused Japanese Wagyu beef and is served on a gold-dusted campagna roll slathered in white truffle butter. Also added to the mix are Alderwood smoked Pacific sea salt, cave-aged cheddar cheese, shaved black truffles and a fried quail egg. 


To tie everything together, the burger is topped with blini, crème fraîche, Kaluga caviar, and a solid gold fleur-de-lis toothpick encrusted with diamonds. (Something tells me the toothpick has something to do with the price tag!) 


Either way, the good news is that the folks over at Serendipity have generously decided to donate the profits from this limited-edition meal to the Bowery Mission, which has been serving homeless and hungry New Yorkers since 1879.


Curious about to how it tastes? Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb of the "TODAY" show recently scored their own versions of the expensive dish to sample. Their reactions in the video below (skip to the eight-minute mark):


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World's Most Expensive Burger to benefit charity
$295 creation is held together with a solid gold fleur-de-lis toothpick encrusted with diamonds.