Ambitious grillers took that one stage further after setting a new world record for the largest commercially available hamburger.
The massive 777lb burger – which included a 110lb bun, 20lbs of onions, 12lbs of pickles and 30lbs of lettuce – beat the previous record holder, a Canadian creation that weighed a measly 595lbs.
The largest commercially available hamburger weighs 352.44 kg (777 lb) and is prepared by Juicys Foods and Ovations Foodservices for Juicys Outlaw Grill, based in Corvallis, Oregon, USA, as of 2 July 2011.
Available on the menu for more than a year, the hamburger has sold for $5,000 (£3,181) and is available for ordering with 48 hours notice for preparation time.
It was cooked up by organisers of the Alameda County Fair on Saturday in a bid to bring the world record to America in time of Independence Day.
It contains around 1,375,000 calories – enough to feed one person for almost two years.
Bits of the mega-burger were sold off for 99 cents at the fair, with proceeds going to the Alameda County Food Bank.
Officials from the Guinness Book of Records were at the fair to verify if the burger had set a new record.
A burger in Canada held the previous world record, weighing in at 590 pounds, condiments and all. That means the Alameda County Fair burger, cooked for 14 hours by Juicy’s LLC on the “Juicy’s Outlaw Burger” trailer, smashed the world record by 187 pounds.
A requirement for the burger to win was that it had to be eaten by the public afterward — and it was. Hundreds lined up to get a taste of history for 99 cents a bite. Many had skipped dinner in favor of the world’s most awesome burger. By the time it was served at 9 p.m., stomachs were growling.
This burger was five feet in diameter and three feet thick — a whole cow’s worth of beef. The lettuce on top weighed 50 pounds, plus 12 pounds of pickles and 50 pounds of onions. The bun, baked for six hours by Athens Baking Co. out of Fresno, weighed 272 pounds and was 28 inches thick.