Have you ever wanted to eat a 20,000-calorie burger served by a waitress in a nurse’s outfit? Do you love greasy cheeseburgers and wine served in an IV bag? Then the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, is the place for you!
You can live large at the Heart Attack Grill, which serves excessively high-calorie burgers, fries, and shakes. This controversial Vegas restaurant has made headlines for years due to its unhealthy food and humorous name. It is open from 11 am to 10 pm, and menu items run between $10-$30 each.
Keep reading to learn more about the Heart Attack Grill, its history, what to eat while you’re there, how much it will cost you, and how you can eat for free.
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Table of Contents
- 1 What Is the Heart Attack Grill?
- 2 How Much Does it Cost to Eat at Heart Attack Grill?
- 3 The Heart Attack Grill Menu
- 4 How Much Do You Have to Weigh to Eat For Free at The Heart Attack Grill?
- 5 Can You Make Reservations at Heart Attack Grill?
- 6 Is Heart Attack Grill Cash Only?
- 7 Heart Attack Grill Location and Hours
- 8 History of the Heart Attack Grill
- 9 Death at the Heart Attack Grill
- 10 Final Thoughts
What Is the Heart Attack Grill?
The Heart Attack Grill is a burger joint located in downtown Las Vegas. It is a hospital-themed restaurant that serves burgers, hot dogs, and fries that come in at a whoppingly high calorie count.
Customers of the restaurant are “patients” and receive a hospital gown when they arrive. From there, “nurses” serve the food and will even publicly spank patients who don’t finish their food.
The Heart Attack Grill boasts about its unhealthiness. The owner Jon Basso, refers to himself as the “Chief Surgeon.” Jon (who’s not a real doctor by the way) has been very vocal about fast food and the adverse effects it has on people’s health.
Having said that, the artery-clogging good time provided by the Heart Attack Grill makes it a standout for Las Vegas tourists. The gluttony of the patrons is on full display and everyone revels in the experience.
How Much Does it Cost to Eat at Heart Attack Grill?
On average, it costs $19.40 for an individual to eat at the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas. This price includes a Double Bypass Burger, a side of fries, and a milkshake. The costs can go up from there if you want a bigger burger or choose to add alcohol or jello shots to your meal.
The Heart Attack Grill Menu
The entire menu is heart attack-themed, and the stars of the menu are the many Bypass Burgers. These range from the Single Bypass Burger, which has one patty, to the Octuple Bypass Burger, which has eight patties.
If calories are your goal, you can’t go wrong with the Octuple Bypass that comes in at nearly 20,000 calories.
No main dish would be complete without sides. At the Heart Attack Grill, you can enjoy a ½ pound (⅕ kg) coronary dog, some Flatliner Fries with or without chili cheese, and onion rings. All sides are deep-fried in pure lard. A pack of no-filter cigarettes to go is also an option.
Of course, you’ll also need a beverage to wash down all those calories. You can choose an ice cream float or a classic milkshake, but the whipped vodka is optional.
You can also choose one of the many alcoholic beverages offered. Craft beers include:
- Blonde Nurse
- Dark Nurse
- Red Nurse
- Bald Doctor.
If you are feeling dehydrated, you can also get your red or white wine in an IV bag. There are also various spirits and liquors to choose from, but if doing straight shots isn’t your thing, you can get a Jello shot from a nurse that comes in a syringe and is ready to shoot into your mouth.
Be sure to stop at the ATM before you go because this restaurant is cash only.
The price of your Bypass Burger will depend on how many beef patties you need.
- Single – $9.70 (add 5 bacon slices for $0.92)
- Double – $11.55 (add 10 bacon slices for $1.85)
- Triple – $13.63 (add 15 bacon slices for $2.75)
- Quadruple – $15.01 (add 20 bacon slices for $3.70)
- Quintuple – $18.01 (add 25 bacon slices for $4.62)
- Sextuple – $20.09 (add 30 bacon slices for $5.54)
- Septuple – $21.02 (add 35 bacon slices for $6.47)
- Octuple – $24.02 (add 40 bacon slices for $7.39)
You can add a side to your meal or a coronary dog for less than $10.
- Flatliner Fries – $1.85
- Chili Cheese Flatliner Fries – $5.31
- Onion Rings – $7.16
- Coronary Dog – $9.47 (add bacon for $0.92)
Family-friendly beverages range from $2.31 to $6.00.
- Bottled Water – $2.31
- Ice Cream Floats – $5.31
- Milkshake – $6.00
The alcoholic beverages are a little more expensive, ranging from $5.54 to $17.32.
- Craft Beer – $5.54
- Jello Shots – $5.54
- Wine – $15.70
- Monster Shots 3.4 oz (100.6 mL) – $12.01
- Matador Tequila
- Castillo Rum
- Czarina Vodka
- Whipped Cream Vodka
- Monster Shots 3.4 oz (100.6 mL) – $13.86
- Jack Daniels
- Jim Beam
- Monster Shots 3.4 oz (100.6 mL) – $17.32
- Captain Morgan
- Crown Royal
- Ketel One
If you want a souvenir, a pack of cigarettes is $8.31, and t-shirts are $18.48.
How Much Do You Have to Weigh to Eat For Free at The Heart Attack Grill?
One of the most famous claims of the Heart Attack Grill is that all customers who weigh over 350 lbs (136 kg) and are willing to prove it via a weigh-in on their giant scale, eat for free!
So the deal is that if you weigh over 350lbs and are willing to publicly weigh yourself in front of a rowdy crowd on a scale made for animal livestock you can, in fact, eat for free.
If you qualify, you can have an unlimited number of free Single Bypass Burgers but you’ll need to order a drink with each one. To-go orders and meal sharing are not allowed with this deal.
Can You Make Reservations at Heart Attack Grill?
Heart Attack Grill does not accept reservations. It is first come first served. You shouldn’t have much trouble getting in with a small party during the week but during busy weekends or with large groups you may want to eat at slightly off meal times when it’s less busy.
Is Heart Attack Grill Cash Only?
The Heart Attack Grill only accepts cash. No debit or credit cards will be taken. You can find an ATM machine close to the restaurant near the Fremont Street Experience before you head inside.
You can find directions to the closest ATM machine here (google maps).
Heart Attack Grill Location and Hours
The Heart Attack Grill is open daily from 11 am-10 pm. It is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner before taking advantage of all the other things Fremont Street has to offer. And since they are open until 10 pm, you can fuel up before you head to the many 24-hour casinos.
You’ll find the Heart Attack Grill in downtown Las Vegas just before the entrance to the Fremont Street Experience (google maps).
Jon Basso first opened the Heart Attack Grill in Tempe, Arizona, in 2005. A second restaurant opened in 2011 in Dallas, Texas. Both locations closed, and the Las Vegas location debuted in October 2011.
Before opening the Heart Attack Grill, Jon Basso was a franchise owner at Jenny Craig. His job was to help people lose weight and start an active lifestyle. Though you may think his turn to greasy food is a stark change of events, he claims the opposite.
Jon says that the restaurant is making a statement about obesity and coronary issues.
It may not surprise you to learn that several people have had health issues and even died at the Heart Attack Grill. This death toll includes two of the company’s spokesmen.
In addition to these two tragic events, another man had a heart attack while dining at the restaurant, and another woman collapsed while eating a burger and smoking a cigarette.
The Heart Attack Grill is a one-of-a-kind restaurant. If you are looking for a full stomach, some hospital fun, and a good story to tell, be sure to stop by.
The Heart Attack Grill has truly earned its name. It is important to note that even the owner boasts about the associated health risks of eating at the restaurant regularly.
Have fun and enjoy a Quadruple Bypass next time you are in Vegas.
Disclaimer: While the food may be delicious, you should obviously eat these high-calorie and unhealthy meals in moderation and at your own risk or not at all.
Tip: If you don’t want to eat here but are still curious, you can see what’s going on inside the restaurant through the large front glass windows.
Looking for a healthier burger in Las Vegas? Check out Gordon Ramsay Burger at Planet Hollywood.