Much thanks to Olivia Golding for this enlightening post.
We’re used to outrageous food creations – c’mon, our country is the home of all things big and badass. When it comes to burgers, we’ve seen a whole variety of toppings, from bacon and egg, through to pineapple and pickles. But that’s old news now, so it’s time to make way for some of the more bizarre and outlandish foodie creations out there. Welcome to burger obscura, a focus on wild and wacky burger toppings – I can almost hear the fanfare.
Zombie Burger and Drink Lab, Des Moines, Iowa
The perfect place to grab a burger with a twist, the smart folk at the Zombie Burger and Drink Lab, based in Iowa, have come up with a taste bud tantalizing mixture of ‘goremet’ burgers. You can grab a takeout burger or opt for the full waiter-service and sit down at one of the blood spattered tables.
If you’re wondering what exactly is up for grabs on the wackier side of things, how about sampling “The Walking Ched”? This comprises a breaded and deep-fried macaroni and cheese bun, filled with the patty of your choice, and topped with bacon, cheddar cheese, caramelized and raw onions, lashings of mayo, and yet more of the heavenly macaroni cheese.
Or how would you feel about chomping a mouthful of the “Undead Elvis”? This time the patty comes topped with bacon, American cheese, egg and mayo. Not so weird so far, but here comes the clincher – fried banana and peanut butter too! It’s like a main course and dessert rolled into one.
Wiener and Still Champion, Chicago
One of the current best-sellers at the Wiener and Still Champion is their Deep-fried Gravy Burger. Sitting atop a 1/3-pound beef burger is a deep-fried breaded gravy disc – the idea is that once you take a bite, the hot gravy will come oozing out of the disc and coat the burger. I’m not sure I like the sound of deep-fried gravy but I’d certainly give it a go.
Kuma’s Corner, Chicago
With a range of weird and wonderful burgers, the “Megadeath” hopefully doesn’t live up to its name literally. Fans of all things spicy will be in food heaven with the combination of eye-wateringly hot toppings, including chorizo, red potato hash, cayenne avocado cream, tortilla strips and Pico de Gallo.
Although not a topping exactly, this hybrid cheeseburger pizza is a great dish for those who can’t make up their minds on what to eat. Just think about it for a second; double the cheese, extra pepperoni, beef burger, and fried onions – what’s not to love? Speaking of pizza, online retailer Missguided did a pizza focus this month; check out some of the coolest pizzas around.
Weird Burger Taste Test
While we’re on the topic of outrageous burger toppings, some genius at redeyechicago.com came up with the stellar idea of a weird burger taste test. Judging all of the burgers on a scale of weirdness, the two that tipped the scales were the “Steakhouse Stacker” and “The Fat Magnum”.
Given a weirdness rating of four out of five, the “Steakhouse Stacker” is a meat-eaters paradise. Not only is there an 8-ounce beef patty, but it sits atop an 8-ounce grilled rib eye steak. In fact, the steak is so huge that it is barely contained by the burger bun. To top of the meaty goodness, there’s garlic spinach, horseradish cream, blue cheese and crispy fried onions – mm mmm.
You probably thought that burgers didn’t get much weirder than that, but “The Fat Magnum” managed to top it, scoring top marks in the weirdness test ratings. This double cheeseburger mountain is stacked with chicken fingers, mozzarella sticks, fried egg, bacon, mayo, ketchup and fries – all in a bread roll; even I’m slightly nauseous by the thought of it.
I have to admit guys, all this burger talk is making me kinda hungry, and so I’ll leave you with one final burger – enjoy!
McGuire’s Irish Pub, Florida
Now I couldn’t finish this post without giving you a taste of something sweet. When you think of a burger, the adjective “sweet” doesn’t really spring to mind. However, that’s until you hear the words “Hot Fudge Sundae Burger”, available at McGuire’s Irish Pub in Florida. This ¾ pound Black Angus beef burger is nestled underneath a scoop of vanilla ice cream, with hot fudge sauce drizzled over and a cherry on top – but of course.
Olivia Golding also writes for the popular retail website Missguided.