Heart Attack Grill

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Heart Attack Grill
TypeLimited liability company
IndustryFull service cafe
Founded2005; 17 years ago (2005) in Tempe, Arizona
FounderJon Basso
HeadquartersLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Number of locations
Area served
Las Vegas, Nevada
OwnerJon Basso

The Heart Attack Grill is an American hamburger restaurant in downtown Las Vegas, Nevada, (formerly located in Chandler, Arizona). It makes a point of serving food that is very unhealthy and high in fat, sugar, and cholesterol; in other words, food that, if eaten frequently, will increase the chance of a heart attack, hence the name.

The menu is generally themed around items that are exceptionally high in calories and fat.[1] It includes "Single", "Double", "Triple", "Quadruple", all the way up to "Octuple Bypass" hamburgers,[2] ranging from 8 to 64 ounces (230 to 1,810 g) of beef (up to about 16,000 calories (67,000 J)), all-you-can-eat "Flatliner Fries" (cooked in pure lard), beer and tequila, "butterfat milkshakes," and soft drinks such as Mexican-bottled Coca-Cola made with cane sugar.[1] Customers can also order unfiltered cigarettes, or candy cigarettes for children.[3]

Customers over 350 lb (160 kg) in weight eat for free, if they weigh themselves on a scale before eating. Beverages and to-go orders are excluded and sharing food is also not allowed for the free food deal.[4] One of the restaurant's promotions is a reward for customers who finish a Triple or Quadruple Bypass Burger, after which they are placed in a wheelchair and wheeled out to their vehicle by their "personal nurse".[5]


Heart Attack Grill waitress wearing uniform

The establishment is a hospital theme restaurant: waitresses ("nurses") and waiters ("doctors") take orders ("prescriptions") from the customers ("patients"). Each patient dons a hospital gown and wristband before ordering.

Those who do not finish the Heart Attack Grill challenge will receive a paddling by one of the "nurses" with the option to buy the paddle afterwards.[6][7]


The Heart Attack Grill was founded in 2005 in Tempe, Arizona, by Jon Basso, with the declared intent of serving "nutritional pornography,"[8] food "so bad for you it's shocking."[9] The idea came when writing a marketing thesis about fitness training studios, as he became inspired by stories about his clients cheating on their diets.

The Arizona location closed on May 31, 2011,[10] with a Heart Attack Grill opening in Dallas, Texas, earlier that month.[11] The Dallas restaurant closed in October 2011 due to non-payment of rent,[12] and the restaurant's official website was scrubbed of any Dallas location information.[13]

The Las Vegas location opened in October 2011.[14]

Illnesses and deaths[edit]

The restaurant's spokesman, 575-pound (261 kg) Blair River, died on March 1, 2011, aged 29, from complications of pneumonia.[15] The Arizona location closed shortly thereafter, on May 31, 2011.[10]

On February 11, 2012, a customer suffered what was reported to be an apparent heart attack while eating a "Triple Bypass Burger" at the restaurant.[16] Restaurant owner Jon Basso called 9-1-1 and the customer was taken to the hospital.[17][18] Reportedly patrons thought it was a stunt and started taking photos. Basso later said, "I actually felt horrible for the gentleman because the tourists were taking photos of him as if it were some type of stunt. Even with our own morbid sense of humor, we would never pull a stunt like that."[16]

On April 21, 2012, a woman fell unconscious while eating a Double Bypass Burger, drinking alcohol, and smoking.[19][20]

In February 2013, an unofficial spokesman and daily patron, 52-year-old John Alleman, died of an apparent heart attack while waiting at a bus stop in front of the restaurant.[19]

Double Bypass Burger & Flatliner Fries with a bottle of Mexican Coke


Heart Attack Grill has deliberately courted controversy as a marketing strategy.[1] The restaurant has been criticized and drawn complaints for its uniforms and naughty portrayal of nurses.[21][22]

The Quadruple Bypass Burger with 9,982 kilocalories (41.76 MJ) consists of four half-pound beef patties, twenty strips of bacon, eight slices of American cheese, a whole tomato and half an onion served in a bun coated with lard.[23][24]

In 2012 and 2009 a video published by ABC News called "Heart Attack Grill: Monument to Greasy Gluttony" and another video covering the Heart Attack Grill called "The Heart Attack Grill: Restaurant that promotes unheathy food". It was not until years later in June of 2021 were it got more attention by Penguinz0 in a video called "Real Supervillian Gives People Heart Attacks" reacting to the video created in 2012 (Monument to Greasy Gluttony).

In television[edit]

The restaurant was featured on an episode of Extreme Pig-outs on the Travel Channel All You Can Eat on The History Channel,[1] World's Weirdest Restaurants on Food Network Canada, ABC News,[25] on a CBS report with Bill Geist,[26] on Khawatir 10 on MBC,[27] on 7 Deadly Sins on Showtime,[28] on the pilot episode on Fluffy Breaks Even, and The Kyle Files.[29]

In France, it appeared in an episode devoted to Las Vegas of the television program Drôles de villes pour une rencontre.[30]

In Spain, it appeared in the thirty-third episode of the seventh season of the television program Madrileños por el mundo,[31] dedicated to Las Vegas, and also in the tenth episode of the second season of the television program Viajeros Cuatro,[32] also dedicated to Las Vegas.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Edelhauser, Kristin. "Heart Attack Grill-an anti-marketing strategy that works". Entrepreneur.com. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  2. ^ Lee, Robyn. "Heart Attack Grill Is Up Front About Slowly Killing You | A Hamburger Today". Aht.seriouseats.com. Retrieved 2008-12-26.
  3. ^ Martin, Bradley (February 20, 2017). "A Quick Demise for the Heart Attack Grill on the Strip". Eater Las Vegas.
  4. ^ "Heart Attack Grill". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2017-09-05.
  5. ^ Briggs, Bill. "Heart Attack Grill serves bypass burgers, flatliner fries". msn.com. Archived from the original on 2010-11-11.
  6. ^ Richa Fulara. In Pics: Heart Attack Grill- A Restaurant Known For Spanking Customers If They Don’t Finish Their Food. - ED Times. September 7, 2021.
  7. ^ Videos about spankings in Heart Attack Grill - YouTube
  8. ^ "Heart Attack Grill Turns Bad Press Into Big Business | Wall Street Fighter". Wallstreetfighter.com. Archived from the original on December 16, 2008. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  9. ^ "Heart Attack Grill". Popgive.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2009. Retrieved December 26, 2008.
  10. ^ a b Jensen, Edythe (June 1, 2011), "Chandler Heart Attack Grill Closes", The Arizona Republic
  11. ^ Wolke, Alice (May 13, 2011), Protest Greets 'Heart Attack Grill' Opening in Dallas, myfoxdfw.com, archived from the original on August 21, 2011
  12. ^ "Is Heart Attack Grill in cardiac arrest?". Dallasnews.com. October 13, 2011. Archived from the original on October 16, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  13. ^ "Heart Attack Grill Continues Death Spasms". Dallasobserver.com. October 14, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2011.
  14. ^ "Owner of Heart Attack Grill, opening in Las Vegas, insists he helps people eat better". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2018-03-29.
  15. ^ Johnson, Weldon B. (March 3, 2011), "575-pound Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies", The Arizona Republic, Gannett, OCLC 61312426, retrieved March 4, 2011
  16. ^ a b DeLucia, Matt (February 15, 2012). "Man suffers heart attack while dining at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas". Fox 5 Vegas. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  17. ^ Jaslow, Ryan (February 15, 2012). "Man suffers heart attack at Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas: Report". CBS News. Retrieved February 15, 2012.
  18. ^ "Man suffers heart attack at Heart Attack Grill - FOX5 Vegas - KVVU". FOX5 Vegas. 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2012-02-19.
  19. ^ a b Paul Takahashi (February 11, 2013). "Heart Attack Grill spokesman dies from heart attack". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved February 12, 2013.
  20. ^ AP (April 23, 2012). "2nd patron falls ill at hospital-themed restaurant". Associated Press. Retrieved February 23, 2012.
  21. ^ "Waitresses Dressed as Nurses Rile Real RNs". FoxNews.com. December 9, 2006. Retrieved December 26, 2008.[dead link]
  22. ^ ""Naughty nurses" prescribe controversy". The Associated Press. The Denver Post. December 9, 2006. Archived from the original on 2022-05-04. the attorney general’s office wrote Basso a letter informing him that he is illegally using the word “nurse” at his restaurant and on his Web site.
  23. ^ Fowle, Zach (31 August 2010). "Heart Attack Grill's Quadruple Bypass Burger Challenge". phoenixnewtimes.com.[dead link]
  24. ^ "Heart Attack Grill, Where a Burger is 8,000 Calories and the Fries are Cooked in Lard". friendseat.com.
  25. ^ Nightline from ABC News: The Heart Attack Grill https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqf_SIQ3JAk
  26. ^ CBS. November 25, 2008. A Meal To Die For on YouTube.
  27. ^ "خواطر 10 - الحلقة 7 - الأكل المزيف - YouTube". Retrieved 2014-07-07.
  28. ^ Maharana, Kabita (14 August 2014). "Heart Attack Grill on Showtime's 7 Deadly Sins: Restaurant Owner 'Not Guilty' of Employee Deaths, Says Sacrifices Have to be Made". ibtimes.co.uk.
  29. ^ "The Kyle Files Episode 1". "ITV Press Centre". Retrieved 2017-02-28.
  30. ^ Le restaurant de la crise cardiaque - Extrait "Drôles de villes pour une rencontre" en streaming | France tv
  31. ^ «La hamburguesa con más calorías del mundo» - Madrileños por el mundo - Telemadrid. 25 de abril de 2017.
  32. ^ «El gran reto de Las Vegas: si no te acabas esta hamburguesa de ocho pisos y 20.000 calorías recibirás unos azotes» - Viajeros Cuatro - Cuatro. 8 de septiembre de 2019.

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