There are some pretty crazy, weird and interesting records in The Guinness Book of World Records. This past Labor Day weekend, a ridiculous world record was broken when Minnesota’s Black Bear Casino made the world’s biggest hamburger. Why did the casino decide to make a colossal hamburger? They would say, just for the fun of it.
As reported by Eater.com, Jerry Bayerl – Black Bear Casino’s executive chef – recently decided he wanted to make the world’s biggest burger.
At first, he thought the record for the biggest burger was 200 pounds, but after some extensive research he found out the previous record for the world’s biggest burger was 881 pounds. In order to secure the new title, Jerry made sure his bacon cheeseburger clocked in at an amazing 2,014 pounds!
Cooking the cheeseburger was no easy feat. It required a crane, parking lot, and a gigantic homemade oven.
The diameter of the buns and meat patty measured up to a total of 10 feet. It took seven hours to bake the bun and four hours to cook and flip the meat patty. Stacked on top of the patty was even more ingredient madness. There were 60 pounds of bacon, 50 pounds of lettuce, 50 pounds of sliced unions, 40 pounds of pickles and 40 pounds of cheese.
The calories in the 2,000-plus pound hamburger were outrageous. Think about this: just one pound of uncooked bacon has about 2,077 calories. Take that number and multiple it by 60, then add the fat and calories of the oils used to cook the bacon and your eyes will start spinning from greasy food overload. Sounds appetizing right? We didn’t think so.
The amount of calories in a 777 pound hamburger is an estimated 1. 3 million calories. Since the world’s biggest cheeseburger is more than two times the size of the 700 pound burger, the new champ clocks in at close to 3 million calories! That’s a lot of burger.
Phillip Robertson, a Guinness Book of World Records official, tried the burger and said, “It’s pretty good.” Pretty good? If I’m going to take a bite of a 2,000 pound burger, it better knock my socks and pants off!
In our opinion, the time and money used to break the record for world’s biggest cheeseburger could have been used for something else that would actually benefit society. The fact that Americans would spend their time breaking a world record for the biggest cheeseburger might suggest there’s something wrong with our world.
Yes, it’s fun to break a world record; but the world’s biggest cheeseburger? Perhaps, someone should try breaking a world record for something actually worth praising. Maybe next time they should try the world’s healthiest sandwich! Don’t worry, we won’t hold our breath.
photo via black bear casino
September 5th, 2012