Burger Shot (known as The Burger Shot in GTA Vice City) is a chain of fast-food restaurants which appear in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories, Grand Theft Auto IV and its episodes, Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars and Grand Theft Auto V. The chain is based on Burger King. The name "burger shot" is a pornographic term referring to a photo or video scene with a close-up view of the female genitals. The franchise's mottos are: "Die with a smile on your face!" and "Kill your Hunger!"
|The Burger Shot logo in GTA IV.|
|Featured in|| Grand Theft Auto: Vice City|
Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas
Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories
Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories
Grand Theft Auto IV
Grand Theft Auto: Chinatown Wars
Grand Theft Auto V
|Locations|| GTA Vice City|
North Point Mall
GTA San Andreas
Marina, Los Santos
Mulholland, Los Santos
Calton Heights, San Fierro
Doherty, San Fierro
Financial, San Fierro
Spinybed, Las Venturas
Whitewood Estates, Las Venturas
Redsands East, Las Venturas
Old Venturas Strip, Las Venturas
Old Venturas Strip, Las Venturas
The Meat Quarter
|Menu|| Burger (GTA Vice City),|
Moo Kids Meal (GTA San Andreas),
Beef Tower (GTA San Andreas),
Meat Stack (GTA San Andreas),
Salad Meal (GTA San Andreas),
The Bleeder (GTA IV)
|Price range|| $2 - $12 (SA),|
Burger Shot first appeared in the form of "The Burger Shot", a rudimentary restaurant in GTA Vice City (among many other less known outlets) where the player can replenish their health if it is below 100 points. The restaurant risen in prominence in GTA San Andreas, where the restaurant becomes a large chain based in multiple locations. In addition to replenishing health, Burger Shot in GTA San Andreas allows the player to eat from a range of set meals in order to eliminate their hunger, or accumulate fat by eating fatty food. Burger Shot is absent as a restaurant chain in GTA Liberty City Stories and GTA Vice City Stories. However, it is mentioned in radio commercials in GTA Liberty City Stories, as well as holding a tie-in with V-Rock in GTA Vice City Stories (giving away V-Rock stickers).
Burger Shot is retained as a fast food chain in GTA IV, but is downgraded as a location where the player can only replenish their health as player customization is limited; players can purchase a $1 "Bleeder" burger at any Burger Shot restaurant for full health. The player can download a Burger Shot background for their upgraded phone via Vipluxuryringtones.com. Burger Shot operates its own website, Burgershot.net; certain Benson trucks also carry the Burger Shot logo. In Episodes from Liberty City, the Burger Shot and Weasel merchandise a menu with Republican Space Rangers action figures.
While it is impossible to access Burger Shot outlets in GTA Chinatown Wars, players can obtain food prizes from Burger Shot in the form of fries or burgers for health by purchasing its scratch cards.
Discarded Burger Shot bags can be seen in the trailer for GTA V, implying the company will be present in the game.
GTA Vice City — GTA San Andreas
Originally, The Burger Shot in GTA Vice City lacks any readable menus, although it still does display images of a variety of burgers, sandwiches and side dishes. Burger Shot in GTA San Andreas, however, offer the player four meals, each with different quantities of fats, with one meal, the Salad Meal, lacking any fats. The names of two meals relate to homosexuality; "beef tower" is slang for naked men stacked together and "meat stack" is pornographically-defined for women having sex together. In Las Venturas outlets, the pricing of the Beef Tower, Meat Stack and Salad Meal are 20% higher than in the rest of the state, as noted below:
In GTA IV, the player can only purchase a $1 "Bleeder" burger, and outings with friend or girlfriends to Burger Shots will nominally cost even higher at $100. It is interesting to note Burger Shot tills, as well as burgershot.net, also promote four meals on menus in a similar fashion as what is offered in GTA San Andreas, although only the "Bleeder" burger is available and consists of only a single burger costing $1:
- The "Meat-Free Meal" ($4.99);
- The "The Torpedo Meal" ($6.66 on restaurant tills; $4.99 at burgershot.net);
- The "Heart Stopper" Burger Meal ($6.99 at burgershot.net) that consists of six pounds of meat and cheese that will "kill someone in five seconds flat";
- The "Bleeder Meal" for $3.99; and
- The "Money Shot Meal" for $6.99.
GTA Vice City
In GTA Vice City, The Burger Shot exists in Vice City as only two outlets within North Point Mall in Vice Point alongside another three outlets (the Beef Bandit, Cheesy Crust Pizza and Shaft Hot Dogs) on both the east and west sides of the mall.
GTA San Andreas
In GTA San Andreas, Burger Shot is interestingly confined within the limits of San Andreas' three major cities, Los Santos, San Fierro and Las Venturas, and as a result is not found in rural San Andreas.
There are ten Burger Shot outlets in total; two in Los Santos, three in San Fierro, and five in Las Venturas (the largest number of operational fast food outlets within a city in GTA San Andreas). Old Venturas Strip itself has two Burger Shot outlets that are only a short walk from each other.
Mulholland, Los Santos, San Andreas.
In GTA IV, Burger Shot operates a total of ten outlets in and throughout Liberty City alone, including two integrated mini-restaurants at the city's two Memory Lanes bowling alleys, and one shuttered outlet in Cerveza Heights, Dukes. They include as follows:
Bohan Industrial, Liberty City.
GTA Chinatown Wars
The distribution of Burger Shots in GTA Chinatown Wars is mostly the same, but with the Alderney branch and Memory Lanes outlets omitted, as Alderney is not in the game and Memory Lanes are not accessible.
Prominent appearances in missions
In GTA San Andreas, the Marina Burger Shot in Los Santos is a significant location for several missions, where it temporarily becomes OG Loc's place of employment, working as a "hygiene technician" (a janitor) as part of his parole arrangement. It is from this restaurant that OG Loc asks for CJ's help to kickstart his rapping career. In addition, the Redsands East Burger Shot in Las Venturas features a parked Faggio that is used to perform a courier side-quest with the Burger Shot outlet as the nerve center where the player refills his stock of "merchandise." Upon completion of the side-quest, the outlet becomes an asset that pays the player $2,000 a day.
- GTA Vice City
- In GTA Vice City's rendition of Burger Shot, a picture of what seems to be chicken nuggets can be seen on the menu, referencing another fast food chain instead of Burger King, McDonald's.
- On Kent Paul's website, it is mentioned that a restaurant called Beef Shot was "exposed for using too many chemicals and no beef in their hamburgers". Beef Shot was possibly an early name for The Burger Shot in GTA Vice City.
- GTA San Andreas
- Burger Shot's target-style logo in GTA San Andreas resembles the Royal Air Force roundel, which might be a nod to the Mod subculture.
- All the cash registers in GTA San Andreas, regardless of the restaurant, read "Burger Shot - Double D-Lux, The Buster, 20.00 CASH".
- One of the Burger Shots in GTA San Andreas, the Big Burger, has a rat on the patty.
- The Burger Shot menu in GTA San Andreas also features "Fishy Shit".
- GTA IV
- Burger Shot is Roman Bellic's favorite place to eat in GTA IV.
- The signage of the closed Burger Shot in Cerveza Heights, Dukes, in GTA IV lacks several lettering, reading as "Bugs r Sht", seemingly translating into "bugs are shit".
- Certain Burger Shot cups in GTA IV have GTA San Andreas period logos on them.
- A Burger Shot outlet in GTA IV, along with any Cluckin' Bell outlet, is a good place to start a massacre and to earn the "One Man Army" Achievement. To do this, the player has to do the following: load up on Armor, Combat Shotgun ammunition, Molotovs or Grenades, Desert Eagle or Glock ammunition and AK-47 or Carbine Rifle ammunition and head to any "Cluckin' Bell" food outlet. Hug the wall next to the entrance and start murdering the customers, preferably the ones closest to the entrance, to avoid them from escaping. Once there are no more customers inside the outlet, enter the outlet and hug the inside wall next to the entrance. Wait for police to arrive and once they do, blast them away. Keep this up for 5 minutes and you'll have 6 stars in no time. Keep this up and you should gain the One Man Army Achievement. If you lose health, you can just eat their food.
- The same method above can be used to earn lots of money, weapons and/or weapon ammunition if the player wishes to or needs to, except that once the player runs out of customers to murder, they must immediately flee and lose the wanted level or they risk getting wasted or busted, therefore costing them hard earned money (or in the case of getting busted, weaponry).
An ad for the Double-Barreled special, as seen on bus shelters. A deteriorated version also appears inside Bucky Sligo's house in GTA IV.
A Burger Shot advertising at AmmuNation.net in GTA Liberty City Stories.