Vegas Values: World’s Greatest Hamburger?

1/2 lb burger loaded with toppings
photo by Kellee Kunovic

Thirty years ago in San Antonio, Texas the “world’s greatest hamburger” was born when Philip J. Romano founded Freddie Fuddruckers. Later, Freddie was dropped from the name and this burger joint was simply known as Fuddruckers. It has since become a successful chain with more than 260 locations worldwide. Philip J. Romano left the chain in the late 80’s to develop Romano’s Macaroni Grill. Despite his departure, the focus of the chain remained unchanged. Fuddruckers prides itself on using only 100% USDA fresh ground beef, freshly baked buns from scratch and fresh toppings. They believe “there are no shortcuts to perfection”.

My personal concoction, jalapeno cheese fries - yum!
Photo by Kellee Kunovic

I don’t recall the first time I had Fuddruckers. I do remember dining there on occasion as a kid. It was one of the places my brother often chose to celebrate his birthday. Burgers were tasty and shakes were delicious. In my late teens that location closed, leaving only a few locations in the Chicago area. Others were further out so when we did dine at Fuddruckers it was a treat.

Then, there was long dry spell after we moved to Las Vegas; that is until we unexpectedly came upon a Fuddruckers while visiting Anaheim, California. My husband and I missed the burgers so much that from then on whenever we visited Arizona or California we sought out locations before our trips. We plotted out locations on the drive and near our destination so we could stop in for an inexpensive tasty meal. We’ve dined at Fuddruckers in a dozen different cities. Their fresh deliciousness always hit the spot.

Sometime in late 2007 I got word that Fuddruckers was coming to Las Vegas. The first location was opening just a few miles from my house. You can imagine my excitement. We regularly drove by the shopping center near the 215 and Flamingo Road to check the progress. Construction was slow going. We didn’t think it’d ever open. But like all good things, it was worth the wait.

Fuddruckers opened to large crowds on July 16, 2008. We waited in line almost a half hour to get a taste. The staff welcomed us, they offered water and cookies while we waited. Soon we were biting into juicy burgers on soft buns dressed to our liking and noshing on jalapeno cheese fries. We no longer had to travel hundreds of miles for a bite, a location was now in our backyard. Since then, a second location has opened in the food court at The Orleans Hotel & Casino. It is open 24 hours. Take out is also an option and breakfast is served 2:00-11:00am at that location only.

1/3 lb meal deal from the Orleans' Fuddruckers
Photo by Kellee Kunovic

Both, however, serve up their “world’s greatest burgers” as well as other specialties including ostrich ($7.99), buffalo ($7.99), salmon ($7.99), turkey ($6.59) and veggie burgers ($6.59). Chicken and fish sandwiches ($7.99), hot dog ($4.99) and salads ($8.99) are also available. If ordering a beef burger, you’ll choose your patty size ranging from 1/3 lb ($5.59) up to a full pound ($8.99) and they’ll cook it to order. Cheeses and other extras can be added for a nominal fee. All burgers and sandwiches are served open-faced to allow you to add additional toppings at the produce bar. There are also warm cheese sauces available, nacho and jalapeno cheese (jalapeno cheese not available at the Orleans location). It’s the jalapeno cheese that I go nuts over. I put it on my burger and make my own jalapeno cheese fries with it. The cheese sauces and the buns are what set these burgers apart from all others. I can’t say they are in fact the world’s greatest hamburgers but they are indeed one of my favorite.

The Orleans food court location is convenient in a pinch or late-night, but otherwise I recommend a visit to the restaurant on Grand Canyon Drive for a complete experience. It’s also worth a mention that kids eat free on Tuesdays 4pm-close at that location.

4195 Grand Canyon Dr. #101 Las Vegas, NV 89147
4500 W Tropicana Ave. Las Vegas, NV 89103

Comments

7 responses on “Vegas Values: World’s Greatest Hamburger?

  1. I have been to the Burger Bar at Mandalay Bay and found it delicious. There were so many options to choose from, can’t wait to go back!

  2. The research for the hamburger group effort would be delicious. When shall we do that?

    My favorite is at Annie’s Parlor, but that’s many miles away in Minneapolis. Fuddruckers is pretty darned good too, as is the burger bar. However, I shall endeavor to try a few more before passing judgment on Vegas burgers.

  3. Favorite Burger – The Cherry Cricket in Denver CO. Close second is Fuddrucker’s. I believe they plan to open another in Palace Station too. Great article.

  4. It’s hard to say what’s the best in the valley. I find it’s much easier to have favorites.

    I know Burger Bar is a favorite among many, but my experiences there have been flawed. On the strip, I prefer Stripburger. Juicy burgers, atomic fries and chocolate shakes – Yum!

    Never heard of the Dispensary before I will have to check it out. A article covering favorite burgers sound like a great addition to the staff pages.

    There are a few other burger joints that have opened that I still must try Smashburger, Create and Grind.

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