The Luther BurgerBy burrger • Dec 14th, 2007 • Category: Burger Blog
The Luther Burger, named after Luther Vandross, is a burger with the traditional burger bun replaced by a Donut, usually a Krispy Kreme. This has got to be the world’s unhealthiest burger!
Possibly the worlds unhealthiest burger, the Luther Burger contains more than 1000 calories and typically has over 45 grams of fat per portion.
If you haven’t already guessed the Luther Burger differs from usual burgers in one major way – the burger bun is replaced with a sliced sugar glazed donut. The donut of choice is usually a Krispy Kreme. In the current air of anti junk food and pro health food, how did this concoction come about and does it really sell?
Where Did The Luther Burger Come From?
The creation of the Luther Burger is a bit of an urban legend but it is widely accepted that it was invented at Mulligan’s bar in Decatur, Georgia on a day when the cook ran out of hamburger buns and decided to use two donuts instead.
Its creator named the sandwich ‘Luther Burger’ after R&B legend Luther Vandross, who reportedly enjoyed the sandwich; some rumors claim that Vandross himself invented his namesake burger. The Luther burger name has stuck since then but the creation is also referred to as the Donut Burger.
The owner of Mulligan’s bar, Chandler Goff, has sold the rights to the Luther Burger to the Atlanta Braves baseball team, who will begin selling them in 2006 or 2007. So only the Atlanta Braves can sell a burger named Luther Burger.
Some versions of the Luther Burger are made with two donuts, at other times a single donut is cut in half and grilled after the meat has been cooked separately; the donut halves are placed around the meat glazed-side-in and the whole sandwich is flattened on the grill and cooked briefly to allow for somewhat less messy consumption. They often include cheese and/or bacon, but normally no vegetables or condiments.
A smaller baseball team in St. Louis, the Gateway Grizzlies, have just started serving their own version of the Donut Burger on game days and claim that for $4.50 you get dinner and desert all in one go. Marketed as “Baseball’s Best Burger” the burger has proved a hit with fans and has played a critical role is supporting the clubs finances.