Strip Burger gets its first review from Burger Grades and after trying the excellent “Famous Blue Cheese Burger”, we made a second trip just a few days later. Also, gigantic bowls of cheddar fries and garlic herb fries.
Our Review of Stripburger’s Famous Blue Cheese Burger
We visit Las Vegas several times a year but prior to a recent trip had never made it to Stripburger. The primary reason for that is that Stripburger is in the Fashion Show Mall on the north end of the Vegas Strip), so it’s a bit out of the way. However, we had heard such great things about it that we just had to check it out. I’m not sure what we were waiting for, because it was excellent.
Our choice of burger on this initial visit was easy. Burger Grades prefers to order blue cheese on its initial order unless the restaurant has a “signature” burger on the menu. Well, Stripburger not only declares their blue cheese burger to be “famous”, it lists the item in a different color font on the menu – clearly it’s special and we had to try it.
The burger comes topped with blue cheese and fried onions (generally we’re not big on onion but fried onions can be an exception and we always order them if the restaurant says they’re an integral part of the burger’s flavor), shredded lettuce, tomato and pickles.
We paired this famous blue cheese burger with a half-and-half order of Stripburger’s cheddar fries and garlic herb fries (which is a huge order – the bowl in the picture is a single order of fries). For dessert we added a salted caramel shake.b
Tasting the Burger
The burger came medium rather than medium rare, but that’s about the only element that wasn’t exceptional. The beef was well-seasoned and burst with a savory umami and a hint of pepper. The bun was soft and very lightly toasted, a solid if neutral foundation for the strong flavors of the rest of the burger.
The blue cheese was so soft and melty I wondered if it was a sauce and it was very sharp and tangy. We love our blue cheese here at Burger Grades and this was strong and wonderful. The onions – an element that usually makes us wary – were insanely good. They were crispy with a spicy kick that paired beautifully with the tangy cheese and the seasoning in the beef. The shredded lettuce was relatively blah – we later learned leaf lettuce is available on request. The pickles were salty and crunchy and the tomato, though a bit pale and firm, was very flavorful and both added a cool crispness to the burger’s mouth feel.
The fries are exceptional, some of the best we’ve ever had. The cut is mid way between skinny and fat and they have a crust that is both crispy and chewy. The fries burst with a natural potato flavor complimented by excellent toppings. The cheddar fries are topped with a mix of both shredded cheddar and a melted cheese sauce. The result is a strong cheesy flavor and a great soft texture. The garlic herb fries are covered in garlic and burst with flavor. In both, Stripburger really works the toppings down into the fries rather than just piling them on top (given how big the order is, that’s important).
Extra Credit (Salted Caramel Milkshake)
The salted caramel milkshake was good – a fine example of the recent salted caramel trend. It was smooth and the caramel was very sweet without being cloying and the salty accents cut through nicely.
- Stripburger’s Famous Blue Cheese Burger earns it’s name. It’s a wonderful mix of strong flavors and earns a solid A.
- Both the cheddar fries and the garlic herb fries are tremendous, some of the best fries I’ve had. The portion is very generous as well. A+.
- Overall Stripburger delivered a great meal with their Famous Blue Cheese Burger and receives an A bordering on an A+
- The burger and (giant order) of fries cost around $20, a lot for some parts of the country, but basically average for Vegas. The cost-adjusted grade is still an A