Ask anyone where to find the best burger in Las Vegas and odds are they will say Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood. If you are one of the few people who don’t know who Gordon Ramsay is, he is a British celebrity chef well known for his television shows and restaurants. You can find the name Gordon Ramsay on multiple restaurants in Las Vegas including Hell’s Kitchen at Caesars Palace and Gordon Ramsay Fish & Chips at The Linq Promenade.
This casual gourmet burger restaurant, known as BurGR until 2017, has been popular for many years, mainly with tourists visiting the Las Vegas Strip. So popular that you can often find a line of people waiting out front for a table. Most visit for the flamed-grilled burgers, hand-cut fries, shakes, and the 30 foot fire display prominently located outside the restaurant at the entrance of Planet Hollywood. And, they visit to dine at a restaurant with Gordon Ramsay in the name.
But, with so many celebrity chefs operating restaurants these days in Las Vegas, restaurants need to find a way to stand out from the rest. I heard the burgers at Gordon Ramsay Burger were some of the best in Las Vegas. But, would it live up to the hype? And, would it live up to the name? I went to check it out for myself.If you are looking for more information about Las Vegas, I highly recommend picking up a guidebook such as Fodor's Las Vegas or the Unofficial Guide to Las Vegas 2020.
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30 Foot Fire Display
Gordon Ramsay is a bold and fiery chef. Also bold and fiery was the 30 foot fire display located at the entrance. This eye-catching wavy wall of fire, reminiscent of Hell’s Kitchen, made everyone stop and look, even those not eating at the restaurant. The display made me excited to eat at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
The interior of Gordon Ramsay Burger felt spacious and open, almost an extension of the Planet Hollywood casino. The modern and industrial décor, while sleek and hip, managed to complement the casual ambiance. You could feel comfortable here in shorts and sandals or in a suit. There was no dress code.
The subtle British themed décor featured retro tables and seats along with the red, blue, and white colors of the Union Jack flag on the walls and booths. The bright and colorful walls helped to brighten up the space while the wavy white ceiling added a pop of texture and dimension to the dining room.
Found near the entrance was a small but sleek bar, the perfect spot to enjoy a beer or watch a game . In the back of the dining room was an open kitchen where you could watch the chefs as they prepared burger after burger. Adorning the walls were plenty of photos of Gordon, in case you forgot you were dining at his restaurant.
Gordon Ramsay Burger Menu
The menu at Gordon Ramsay Burger featured eight gourmet burgers, nine if you count the chicken burger. These burgers varied from the traditional to the unique with some using ingredients I have never heard of. The restaurant is the only gourmet burger restaurant on the Las Vegas Strip that cooks their beef patties over an open flame over hard wood. Unfortunately, if you want to substitute a beef patty for a plant-based patty, it will cost you an extra $6.00 to an already expensive burger.
Other than burgers, the menu featured hot dogs, a fish and chips burger, soups, salads, snacks, and an assortment of fries. With burgers served à la carte, if you want fries, you will need to order them separately. While expensive, the fries were large, making them perfect for sharing.
As for drinks, you had a selection of fountain drinks, energy drinks, water, coffee, iced tea, wine, cocktails, and a good selection of beers. Alcohol was expensive, including $18 cocktails and $11 beers, so be aware before ordering. Tip: walk to the nearby ABC Store in the Miracle Mile Shops for a cheap drink before your meal or while you wait for a table.
Crispy Cherry Pepper Chicken
When I saw the Crispy Cherry Pepper Chicken ($17.99) on the menu, I knew I had to order it. This burger featured a crispy chicken patty, fried chicken skins, avocado, marinated tomato, butter lettuce, and cherry pepper spread. When the burger arrived at my table, it looked beautiful. It was so tall that I wasn’t sure how to eat it but I dug right in.
While I found the toasted bun to be buttery and soft, when I picked up the burger, the bun started to disintegrate on the bottom. The culprit might have been the soggy and wet butter lettuce. It appeared as if the lettuce was washed then immediately placed on the bun, making it soggy. From this point on, the burger fell apart. But, I kept on eating.
You can’t go wrong with battered and deep fried chicken skins. While it could have been crispier, the skins added a salty, rich flavor that reminded me of an onion ring. I also enjoyed the creamy, fresh avocado.
I found the oily breading of the crispy chicken patty, which tasted of old fryer oil, to be soggy. It had no texture at all. I thought that was bad until I tasted the dry, flaky chicken patty. It tasted like dry turkey but somehow had a fishy taste to it. I couldn’t believe this was served at a Gordon Ramsay restaurant.
On top of the chicken were pieces of sweet and tart marinated tomatoes and an almost non-existent cherry pepper spread. I saw a few tiny pieces of diced peppers embedded in the bun, so I guess this is what they called a spread. If I didn’t look for it, I would have missed it.
I had such high hopes when ordering, but I can say without a doubt, this was one of the worst things I have ever eaten. Gordon Ramsay would have been ashamed of this burger. I wish I sent it back but since they were closing soon, I decided against it.
Hell’s Kitchen Burger
I was hoping the Hell’s Kitchen Burger ($17.99) was better than the Crispy Cherry Pepper Chicken. This burger, made with asadero cheese, roasted jalapeños, avocado, roasted tomatoes, and jalapeño aioli, looked beautiful.
Just as before, the buttery, lightly toasted bun did not hold up to the juicy patty and ingredients on top. It was too soft and soggy for my liking even after a few bites. The oily, flavorless jalapeño aioli might have contributed to the soggy bun. Other than the bun and the jalapeño aioli, I did enjoy the Hell’s Kitchen Burger. But, this should not be happening with an $18 burger.
The beef patty was cooked to a perfect medium rare, resulting in a ruby red and moist patty. While not overpowering, I could taste a distinct smoky flavor in the patty after being cooked over an open flame. A sear on one side of the patty added a crispy texture and smoky flavor. Strangely, the patty was only seared on one side.
When melted, the asadero cheese became creamy with a mild flavor similar to fresh mozzarella. The thick roasted jalapeños, which were roasted until tender yet crunchy, added a smoky and spicy kick. Similarly, the roasted tomatoes added a smoky, sweet component. Surprisingly, the avocado had to be my favorite ingredient. It added a much needed creaminess to the burger. Without the avocado, the burger would have been dry.
While the Hell’s Kitchen Burger was cooked well, and the ingredients were fresh and flavorful, I don’t believe this burger was worth $18.
Thankfully, I found the service at Gordon Ramsay Burger to be better than the food. The moment I sat down at my table I was offered a menu and a glass of water by a friendly server. My food arrived promptly and correctly. With that said, after my food arrived, my server disappeared and I never saw her again until she brought the check. I had no problem with this because I didn’t need anything else. But, it would have been nice if she stopped by the table and asked how everything was. I thought about sending my chicken burger back, which I rarely do, but I never even had the opportunity.
I had such high hopes. Unfortunately, my visit to Gordon Ramsay Burger was a disappointment. Maybe the kitchen was having a bad night. Maybe the food lacked in quality near closing time. Or, maybe I just got unlucky. No matter the reason, a restaurant with Gordon Ramsay in the name, serving expensive burgers, should be held to higher standards. The Crispy Cherry Pepper Chicken was poorly executed and completely overcooked. The burger on the other hand, made with a perfectly cooked, fresh, smoky patty tasted fine. But, the soggy bun just ruined it. With better choices for a burger in Las Vegas, I just can’t recommend Gordon Ramsay Burger.
- Beef patty cooked well over open flame
- Sleek and modern décor
- Friendly service
- 30 foot fire display
- Bun could not hold up to ingredients
- Plant-based patty will cost you an extra $6.00
- Crispy Cherry Pepper Chicken was a disappointment
- Often a wait for a table
3667 S Las Vegas Blvd Las Vegas, NV 89109
GPS Coordinates: 36.11061,-115.17227