June 21, 2010

Struth! World's largest hamburger. Would you like fries with that?


IN his continuing search for the more weird, wacky and wondrous in this world, David Ellis says that a Sydney café touted as having this month created the world's largest hamburger, may not have the record in the bag (or the box) after all…

The husband and wife team at the café, in suburban Randwick made the meat "pattie" for their gargantuan burger from 84kg of mince bound together by 120 eggs, put it in a "bun" made up of 21kg of dough, and garnished the lot with 16 tomatoes, 120 slices of cheese, a couple of kilos of lettuce and a bucket of barbecue sauce.

But its been revealed that last month in Toronto, Canadian celebrity TV chef Ted Reader who hosts cooking show King of the Q, created a burger that left this seeming monster in the shade: his effort scaled-in at a whopping 200kg nestled in a "bun" that weighted a-near 50kg.

Chef Reader – promoted as Canada's "barbecue guru" – took six hours with a crew of ten helpers to grill his mammoth burger in Toronto's Yonge-Dundas Square, topping it off with 20kg of lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and sauce.

After completing their calorie-laden spectacular that weighed a total 265kg (590-pounds,) Ted Reader and his team cut it up and sold portions to an admiring crowd – raising $8,500 on-the-spot for a camping program for children suffering burns injuries.

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