Gordon Ramsay Burger
At a Glance
What is it?
A fancy burger joint from fiery celebrity chef Gordon Rasmay.
Where is it?
At Planet Hollywood on the Center Strip.
What kind of food is served?
Mainly burgers (hence the name) but a few other sandwiches, salads, appetizers, and milkshakes.
What is the atmosphere like?
It builds off of Ramsay’s “Hell’s Kitchen” concept with a fire theme.
How is the service?
Very, very good but be prepared to wait for a table on busy weekend lunch times.
What are the prices like?
Expensive for burgers but cheap compared to most Strip restaurants.
What else do I need to know?
Beware the jalapeno poppers.
What’s the bottom line?
A really good burger place and don’t forget the milkshakes.
The most casual of fiery celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay’s Vegas restaurants is, in many ways, the most successful. It’s got a relaxed, almost whimsical approach to food, atmosphere, service, and cost that makes it accessible for just about everyone.
Located inside Planet Hollywood, just off the northernmost casino entrance from the Strip, the restaurant space is done with a flame motif, complete with a wall of fire feature and a sunny design of gold, orange, and red hues. Chairs and booths are comfy although a bit low for the height of the tables. There are also TVs, music, big pictures of Gordon Ramsay screaming, and open walls to the casino foot traffic so a peaceful respite for a light nosh is not in the cards here.
The food focus is, of course, on burgers but we’ll get to that in a moment. Start with the “Snacks” portion of the menu for a big heaping pile of their beer battered onion rings, sprinkled with cheese and served with a slightly spicy chipotle ketchup and a sweet cheddar ranch dip. Delectable. Other options include nachos, wings, and poutine if you’re feeling Canadian.
There are a couple of salads and hot dogs but the aforementioned burgers take up the bulk of the menu. You can go traditional with American cheese and butter lettuce or bump it up a notch with Maytag blue cheese and arugula or go all the way to “Hell’s Kitchen” with asadero cheese and avocado. Other options, appropriate from the British chef’s brain, include a “UK” burger with dubliner cheese, one topped with apple raisin chutney, and so on. You also have some non-beef options including veggie, turkey, duck, and chicken (and one that mixes all three of the latter).
The Blue Cheeseburger was great – smoky flavor, soft bun, savory toppings that felt like quality marriages of taste instead of a cheap afterthought condiments. While they may not be my favorite burgers in all of Las Vegas, they are still really, very good and absolutely worth your time and stomach space.
Prices are pretty reasonable. Burgers are all $15-$22 and you can get a buck off if you show your Total Rewards players’ club card. More than McDonald’s, sure, but about average for an upscale burger joint like this.