Today’s burgers are no longer just a bun, a patty and a slice of cheese
The days when we were satisfied with an underwhelming, not-what-it-looks-like-in-the-adverts fast food burger are well and truly gone. In the modern era, if it’s not served with an aged-beef patty, artisanal brioche bun and homemade sauce, it’s going back to the kitchen.
But while hipster burger joints have come to dominate the foodie scene in towns and cities across Britain, they haven’t quite reached the level of exoticism found in other corners of the globe.
Here are the 5 funkiest burgers known to mankind:
- Octuple Bypass Burger
- The world record holder
- The Douche Burger
- Colourful burgers
- Rat burger
Octuple Bypass Burger
Burgers featuring more than one patty between both halves of a bun are nothing new. But the Heart Attack Grill in Las Vegas has taken things to new extremes. A themed restaurant, the waitresses dress in nurses outfits, the diners are given patient gowns and the cooks wear doctors’ coats. A real medical professional would probably be a better idea, given that the Octuple Bypass Burger comes with eight half-pound beef patties – each topped with cheese, chillies, onions and tomato – and packs in an artery-clogging 20,000 calories. If you weigh more than 25 stone, you’ll eat for free.
Don’t forget: this is America, and you’ll have to pay handsomely if you end up in the back of an ambulance.
The world record holder
Speaking of XXL-sized burgers: According to Guinness, the biggest burger money can buy is found at the Outlaw Grill in Corvallis, Oregon, in the US. It weighs 352.44 kilogrammes – that’s over 55 stone – and contains 4.5 kilos of mustard, 4.5 kilos of mayonnaise, 5.4 kilos of cucumbers, 9 kilos of onions and 9 kilos of salad. At a cost of £4,000, it is also the most expensive burger in the world. If you’re feeling extraordinarily peckish and want to tackle this monster, you’ll have to order it 48 hours before eating.
The Douche Burger
Let’s face it: No-one is ever going to attempt to eat the Outlaw Grill’s record breaking burger. So the most expensive yet still edible burger in the world was probably served at New York’s 666 Burger food truck. The so-called $666 Douche Burger was initially only meant as a joke, consisting as it did of a Kobe beef patty wrapped in gold leaf, topped with caviar, lobster foie gras, truffle, imported Gruyere cheese melted with champagne steam, kopi luwak bbq sauce and Himalayan rock salt. If you fancy splashing out on such extravagance you’re out of luck – 666 Burger is no longer in business.
As far as coloured burgers are concerned, French chain Quick can be regarded as somewhat of a pioneer. To mark the release of Star Wars Episode I in 3D in 2012, Quick introduced the limited edition Darth Vader burger, featuring two patties encased in a jet-black bun. In the same year, Burger King Japan also unveiled a black burger featuring a black bun and black cheese, and followed this up in 2015 with the introduction of a red burger featuring a red bun and red cheese. Not to be outdone, in 2016 McDonalds China launched green and red bun burgers to celebrate the Angry Birds movie adaptation.
As disgusted as you might be if you perused the menu of Moscow’s Krasnodar Bistro and saw mention of what looks like a rat burger, any vision of the world’s most prolific pests being minced up and chucked between a bap is misleading. The animal used here is a nutria, a giant orange-toothed rodent also known as coypu or river rat, found across southern Russia. Owner and head chef Takhir Kholikberdiev told the Guardian: “It’s a really clean animal; not only is it a herbivore but it washes all its food before it eats. And it’s very high in omega-3 acids. A lot of doctors and dietitians recommend it.” So tuck in.
Meat from the test tube
Given the intensely negative effect that commercial farming and livestock has on the environment, physiology professor Mark Post has pioneered the technique of growing meat in his lab at the University of Maastricht. In 2013, a burger made from meat produced using the stem cells of a cow was eaten for the first time and given a cautious thumbs up from the taste testers. The project cost £214,000, but given that it might just save the world from catastrophic climate change, you can consider it money well spent.