Just mentioning a big ole juicy hamburger can get even the tiniest of taste buds all aflutter. A thick, meaty burger with all its drippy goodness has the power to masterfully turn heads more quickly than a bee turns to honey. But those are facts you already know! Let’s take a stroll down Hamburger Fun-Fact Lane for some other tasty tidbits about your favorite all beef patty.
SETTING A WORLD RECORD
Exciting hamburger eating contests have been around for eons. Countless pounds of beef have passed through the lips of many willing, tried-and-true hamburger contestants over the years. But none have had the chops to bypass the 3-minute hamburger eating world record made in 2014.
According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Mr. Takeru Kobayashi is the proud world record holder of eating the most hamburgers in 3 minutes. He ate 12, 4 ounce patties and 50-gram hamburger buns in Milan, Italy on July 11, 2014.
SIZE ISN’T EVERYTHING. OR, IS IT?
Shula Burger said, “Hamburgers always seem to be tastier when they have a little density to them.” Add a few select spices. Maybe add a little cheese to bring out more of the burger’s finest flavors. Voila – instant deliciousness.
But, how big could a burger be? This was a question a 10,000-person group wanted a final answer to. In 1982, the largest hamburger ever formed weighed in at 3,591 pounds. Every last bite went in to every last mouth of the 10,000 astounded visitors. These folks definitely didn’t go home hungry.
HAMBURGER HIGHWAY ROBBERY
To celebrate National Hamburger Month during the month of May, it only makes sense to create the most expensive hamburger on the planet. According to The Huffington Post, New York’s Serendipity 3 restaurant declared homage to the burger.
Mixing an unprecedented recipe of extravagantly priced ingredients like Japanese Wagyu beef, quail eggs, black truffles and Kaluga caviar turned a normal $2.99 hamburger into the world’s most expensive hamburger at $295.00 – EACH. A definite night out to remember.
If that isn’t enough of a vacuum to suck your pocketbook dry, eat even higher on the hog at one of Las Vegas’ most desirable dining locales – the Fleur de Lys. Their ooh-la-la, FleurBurger is made with sheer cuisine showmanship. Kobe beef, foir gras and black truffles will only set you back about $5K. Luckily, that bottle of 1990 Chateau Petrus you were hoping for actually comes with the burger.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST
Hamburger fun facts wouldn’t be nearly as fun without a heavenly list of great hamburger joints to swing into. Forbes and other reputable sites have quite the conversations going about America’s top hamburger hot spots we all should take note of. Take a gander at some of America’s favorite burger stops for yourself!
Hops Burger Bar – Greensboro, North Carolina
Enjoy certified Angus beef burgers topped with scrumptious and locally grown ingredients. For your fall holiday pleasure, try the Hoptober Burger with grilled onions, smoked kielbasa sausage, gruyere-beer cheese sauce, horseradish mustard fit for a king on a toasted pretzel bun.
Fred’s Meat and Bread – Atlanta, Georgia
A hearty namesake for a hearty meal. Fred’s Meat and Bread serves up classic burgers with stellar ingredients. Applewood smoked bacon, jim-dandy bread and butter pickles, and good old American cheese leaves patrons coming back for more Americana cuisine.
The Grape – Dallas, Texas
You’ll want to shut the front door after tasting The Grape’s yummiest cheeseburger. This twist on a Texas classic pours on the love with Vermont cheddar cheese, in-house-made pepper bacon, Nathan’s half-sour pickles on a soft and tasty pain au lait bun. With its popularity sky-rocketing, consumers better be there on Sunday or Monday. These are the only days this impressive little burger number is on call!
Discovering the juicy little secrets hamburgers and their entourage of friendly chefs, delectable produce and flavor-enhancing herbs and spices is a great part of a hamburger’s personality. Dare to explore more fascinating details that the history of hamburgers may surprise you with. It isn’t everyone that knows that after World War I, hamburgers were referred to as “Liberty Sandwiches” and the Hamburger Hall of Fame is in Seymour, Wisconsin, after all.