Where can you find the world’s biggest burger? With fierce competition, it’s hard to keep up, so here are five of the most recent claimants to the record:
Weighing in at 78.5 pounds, Big Bob’s Texas Belt Buster was American Bob Schindler’s contribution to the Thailand burger scene in 2007. The burger itself contains two heads of lettuce, 15 tomatoes, four whole onions, 35 slices of cheese, 1 cup of ketchup, 1 cup of mustard, four pickles, and four jalapeños. Priced at $400, this burger eclipsed the previous record by over 25 pounds and fired the first international salvo in the race to create bigger burgers.
As Crocodile Dundee might say, “That’s not a burger. THAT’s a burger.” Coming in at 90 kg (198 lb.), The Ambrosia constructed a special set of metallic plates and holders just to fit its massive burger containing 120 eggs, 150 slices of cheese, and about 5 pounds of lettuce.
In October 2011, Mallie’s created the Absolutely Ridiculous Burger, weighing 338 lb. This burger broke the 2009 record of 185.6 lb., a record they had previously set themselves, and which had outdone yet another Mallie’s record. The Absolutely Ridiculous Burger takes 22 hours to make and an army to eat.
In 2010, Canadian BBQ chef Ted Reader put together a ten-person team to accomplish one goal: create a burger massive enough to hide the sun. While it may not have done that, Ted’s creation could at least pass for a Pluto-sized dwarf planet. It took six hours to grill the beef, which was 300 lb. in itself. The bun weighed almost 106 lb. And all together, Ted’s burger added up to 590 lb. of sheer monstrosity. At that point, it tripled the pre-existing world record.
You thought 590 lb. was the highest it could get? On the 4th of July, the Alameda County Fair celebrated America’s grandeur by taking back the record from its neighbor to the north, Canada. The burger contained a bun weighing 100 pounds, 20 pounds of onions, 12 pounds of pickles, and 30 pounds of lettuce, for a grand total of 777 lb. and well over a million calories.
If you are getting a heartache just looking at all this, other food institutions have created more (at least relatively) human-sized burgers that still pack a punch.
At California-based burger chain In ‘n’ Out, you can order a 3×3 (3 patties and 3 slices of cheese), or a 4×4 (4 patties and 4 slices). Or, for about $100, you can order the 100×100, with 100 patties and 100 slices of cheese, all between just two buns. The next time you’re craving a big-time burger, gather your 99 closest friends and head to the west coast.
Las Vegas is home to many strange and over-the-top attractions, including the Heart Attack Grill. The restaurant celebrates artery-clogging fare like cheese, bacon, and meat, and offers signature health hazards like the Quadruple Bypass Burger. And for an extra $4, the restaurant will add 20 slices of bacon. So order your gut-busting burger, your fries deep-fried in lard, and keep your doctor on speed dial.
And if simply ordering a colossal burger doesn’t do the trick, take on one of the following burger challenges.
The Eagle’s Deli challenge started when hungry college students devoured the largest offering on the menu. The deli decided they would name a burger after them, until someone else could exceed their feat, having their name honor a burger, and so on, and so on. The current Eagle’s Challenge stands at 5 lb. of beef, 20 pieces of bacon, 20 pieces of American cheese, 5 lb. of fries, a deli pickle, and a fountain soda. Overtake that, and have your name immortalized on the Eagle’s menu.
A kooky Canadian relocated to Memphis, opened the Kooky Canuck, and devised the Kookamonga challenge, boasting 4 lb. of beefy intensity. After all the fixings, you have a whopping 7.5 lb. burger, and only 60 minutes to devour it. But not everyone needs all that time—the fastest finisher took only 7 minutes and 15 seconds. Just in case you’re counting, you’d need to ride a stationary bike for 17 hours, box for 15 hours, or sleep for 200 hours to burn off the over 12,000 calories.
Denny’s has seven different challenges ranging from a meager two-pound Pub Challenger to the massive 123-pound Main Event. Each challenge has a different time limit, and winners receive 50% off the burger, a t-shirt, and a place on the Wall of Fame.
Mr. Lew is a high school teacher from Montreal, Quebec. In 2009, after trying Montreal’s supposed best burger, he decided to see what else was out there. So, every week, a new burger was added to the Great Burger Search. Since then, Mr. Lew has tried more than 100 burgers in cities across Canada, and hopes to one day expand to the rest of North America. Since Mr. Lew is part Chinese, the search isn’t limited only to great burgers, but to other types of cuisine that makes Montreal one of the greatest culinary cities in the world.