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Grabbing A Burger At Gordon Ramsay's BurGR

January 24, 2013 at 1:55 PM | by | Comments (8)

Gordon Ramsay BurGR's got beef. Three kinds. In each patty. Short rib, brisket and chuck. But, that still wasn't enough to get us to recommend one of the city's newest restaurants as a must stop. That's not to say that we had an awful time at the Planet Hollywood eatery. We didn't. The company was fab, the service was great and the food was good. But, just good. Not OMG. Not even worthy of a 'hey, you should go here' note to a colleague who's long been on a quest to find the perfect burger in Vegas. We digress, however. Let's start at the very beginning, a very good place to start.

The Location:

BurGR is located right next to Planet Hollywood's Extra Lounge. We say that because, at least when we visited, there were no directional signage anywhere to be found. We'd heard it was by the lounge, though, so we meandered that way. Upon sighting it, we did make the mistake of beelining it to the first open wall and tables we saw. Unfortunately, that was the back of the restaurant. We had to double-back and go around Extra Lounge, skirting the front of the casino to access the real entrance. (Tip: If you don't see a bevy of hotties, you're headed the wrong way.)

Obviously, we did a disservice here. But, at least you got a photo bomb bonus?

The Food:

Clearly, there is a marquee attraction here. Beyond burgers, there are also hot dogs devil dawgs, salads, fries, onion rings, and desserts. And, booze. Cocktails and 30 different kinds of brew.

This writer went with a Euro Burger ($16), a patty topped with truffle aļoli, goat cheese, arugula, and an oven roasted tomato. It was a solid burger, made to our order. Fine and filling at the time, but forgettable by the next day.

Behold, the Euro Burger.

Sides are extra here. The waitress recommended the Beer Battered Maui Onion Rings ($9) and we went along with it. Anything featuring bacon, cheese or beer being right up our alley. And, they were. The rings were actually more memorable than the burger and our second favorite thing at the joint.

Our tablemates ordered the Truffle Parmesan Fries ($11). We tried one. The waitress had it right.

So, what was our top pick, you ask? Dessert. Sticky Toffee Pudding Push Up Pops ($6 for 2) featuring, erm, sticky toffee. And, salted peanut ice cream. Divine. And, a bit of unexpected fun. One is more than enough for one person so try to share if possible.

Mmmm....

Side note: Bring your Total Rewards card, or sign up for one prior to visiting, to shave a buck or two off of almost everything on the menu.

Side, side note: A glass of soda is $4. Hear that, Rattlecan?

The Service:

Insane. As in, insanely good. Almost too good if that's even a complaint. Personally, this Chatter'er would rather take too much than not see a soul. (We're looking at you, Holsteins.) Wait staff were chipper, friendly and checked in often, bringing refills before drinks were even half gone. It was hard not too appreciate their, umm, dedication to the job. Their commitment to wear do whatever it took to make the customer happy. Oh, so happy.

Coming or going, the view service was great.

Another plus? Pulse of Vegas blog notes that BurGR hostesses will text you when there's a wait, allowing you to roam around rather than stand around.

Bottom Line:

Even though Ramsay towered over our booth with a faux scream on his face, we just couldn't work up that much emotion about BurGR. This isn't destination dining. But, if you're already at Planet Hollywood or if you're a fan of Ramsay and are looking to go for the GR Vegas trifecta, go. It won't disappoint. It just won't impress, either.

BurGR is open daily for lunch and dinner. Hours are Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to midnight and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Editor's Note: Our bill for a party of three was $86.48. That was for two burgers, a Saba Noodle Chicken Salad, the onion rings, fries, the push up pops and a trio of fountain drinks. While the dining experience for this writer's portion of the bill was complimentary, our opinion remains our own.

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Wow

how many times could you have gone to In-N-Out Burger for that $$ ?

THE DAWG ROCKS

After work one day shortly after opening, I stopped here for takeout. I ordered the American Burger, The basic dog, whatever it's called and a side of fries. Agree on the Burger--damned good, but not oh-my-god. Fries, I won't bother with again--okay, but not 8 bucks worth.

But the hot dog....OH. MY. GOD. The best  I have ever had, by far, and actually more memorable than many meats I've had that cost a lot more. Go back and try it.

And cameraman, they are still TONS better than In-n-out, just not really worth 13 bucks a burger.

NOTE: working at the hotel, I got a discount.

Scowl overload

Gordon Ramsay has become the restaurant equivalent to Cirque du Soleil in Vegas.  His scowling face is now on way too many restaurants, billboards, taxicabs, magazines, and even on the Arc de Triomphe.  I suppose the next step is a Cirque-Gordon Ramsay cooking/temper tantrum acrobatic show inside The Paris?  No thanks.

Nah,

Won't be the Paris, they've got the steakhouse. Probably Flamingo or Bill's

Whoopin'

This GR guy is whacked and anytime ANYONE eats at his establishments, they encourage his verbal abuse. He needs to come to a Texas BBQ. After his whoopin' he can then taste good food. 8*)
$90 for 3 burgers? Come on!

GR vs everyone else

I agree, how about the Texas burger at Ellis Isle? or the ultra burger at Harley Davidson cafe? But I guess there will always be someone who likes to wait forever for a burger, or pay $22(@GR) to $5000(@Mandlay) for a burger just to say they did? more money than brains eh?

Bucks for Burgers

Wonder what is the most expensive burger in Vegas?

I was staying at the Aria about a year ago and got hungry before bed around 2 in the morning.

I never would have believed I would pay 24 bucks for a burger...at that point what the hell why not a side of fry's for 6 bucks more...LOL

My problem with BurGR

My main problem with BurGR was with their "pudding milkshakes" - I was expecting more of a milkshake-pudding mixture of some sort, instead of the "half a milkshake on the bottom, and half a glass of pudding on the top" that I got.

@DFW - it's hard to say what the most expensive burger in Vegas is, as a number of them are actually meals that come with very expensive bottles of champagne.  Burger Bar has one for $60 (includes fries but no drink).  I would expect it to be at some top-name restaurant

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