The dream was simple: to build a burger of epic proportions, inspired by the monster
6-pound burger offered
by Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in the US.
The dream presented a few questions:
Could we build it?
Could we then eat it?
Would this be the biggest burger seen in this wide brown land of ours?
The idea sounds sounds simple enough in and of itself: simply make a big meat patty,
throw it between two skabs of bread and bingo. But again we had to answer a few
quesions. How big should it be? How should it be cooked? How do we get a bread roll
big enough? What toppings should it have?
Iron Chef Billy took charge at this point
and decided on two burgers made from a combined total of 4.5kgs (10lbs) of mince,
two home-made bread rolls, and use
Denny's list of
The patties were to be baked in a similar fashion to meatloaf. Cooking of the
pizza-looking patties began at around 10am and went quicker than
Billy had expected,
but there was nothing wrong with getting a little ahead of schedule.
At around 12:15 a few of us crowded around and began preparing the toppings - 4
tomatos, 4 onions, a complete head of lettuce, and 20 cheese slices!
The burgers rapidly took shape, and what imposing shapes they were, standing 15cm
(6") tall, and I'd say a little over 30cm (12") across!
Once topped off with skewers to hold them together and garnished with gherkins, we
had a quick official photo session, before carving them up!
With 8 hungry people queued up for the feast, we got a quarter of a burger each.
Quarter of a burger doesn't sound like a very filling meal, until you realise that
equates to around 1.2kgs (2.6lbs) each! The challenge was then obvious: who could
polish off their burger portion?
This is probably the only time in my life I've eaten a hamburger with a knife and
fork, but it was virtually impossible without the use of utensils! I adopted the
"slow and steady" approach, carving small pieces off the side, but it was looking
pretty grim - I was not even at the midway point when I could feel the first signs
of being full.
However, I discovered I still had a bit more in me, so I kept at it, and much to my
surprise I managed to keep fitting in piece after piece without feeling any more full!
I finished off the meat patty first - like any good burger the top was sliding off, so
the patty got more attention then the rest. I then figured I'd have a few more
mouthfulls of the bun before calling it a day, but much to my surprise I made it all
Of the original contenders, I was the only one able to polish off my burger allotment!
I was, however, upstaged by Alonso, who stepped up to the table after finishing his
lunch to take over where Ian left off - Ian, having also had lunch before the burger,
had only had a few mouthfulls of his quarter. Alonso made short work of this, before
moving on to other people's leftovers! What a champion! :)
The final sentiments were that the recipe was right on the money, but the quantities
were a little too large for the number of people. There was much groaning and
sweating done by most of the participants after the eating was done.
Houmam looked a little worse for wear for the rest
of the afternoon, but I felt pretty good considering what I'd just done! I really
don't want to think of how bad it was for me, but it's a one-off thing so why not! :P
If you're thinking of doing this yourself I'd first say that preparing or eating a
burger of this magnitude is not for the faint-hearted! Each quarter of the burger had
as much meat as 4 quarter pounders, and the equivalent of half a loaf of bread! I
would be amazed if someone could finish even half of one of these things without
needing medical attention!
So if you're still thinking of attempting one, here's the full list of ingredients:
- 4 Tomatos
- 3.5 Onions
- 1 Whole Lettuce
- 4.586 Kg Mince
- 4 Eggs
- 20 slices of Cheese
- 2 Kg Bread Mix
- 1.2 Kg Water (for bread)
- Sesame Seeds
- 1 bottle MasterFoods Hamburger Spice
- 250g breadcrumbs
- ~200g American Mustard
- ~250g Heinz Tomato Ketchup
- ~200g Praise Mayonaise
- 500g Gherkins
And the bottom line? For only $50 you two of these puppies can be yours! :D