Mallie’s: New Record for World’s Biggest BurgerBy Todd • Sep 21st, 2009 • Category: Burger Blog
In my very first post on this site, I theorized that there isn’t really a cheeseburger capital of the world, the way there’s a BBQ Belt or a Tex-Mex Mecca. While I suggested that the cheeseburger is so universal that there isn’t just one place that can lay claim to doing it biggest and best, it seems that the state of Michigan may be making a serious run at proving me wrong.
As loyal readers will remember, there’s the Fifth Third Burger in Grand Rapids, which will make a special TV appearance on Travel Channel’s Man v. Food later on September 30. There’s also Redamak’s in New Buffalo, the kind of burger joint that inspires people to make pilgrimages. And the tiny town of Caseville (the state of Michigan looks like a mitten; Caseville is on the thumb) hosts an annual 10-day festival called Cheeseburger in Caseville. And now there’s this:
That is the Absolutely Ridiculous Burger at Mallie’s Sports Bar & Grill, in Southgate, just outside of Detroit. It weighs exactly 185.6 pounds, according to Guinness World Records adjucator Danny Gurton, Jr., who named it the World’s Largest Commercially-Available Hamburger earlier this summer.
Restaurant owner Steve Mallie had already been serving half-pound “house” burgers, 1-pound “Big Daddy” burgers, 3-pound “jumbo” burgers, 10-pound “monster” burgers, and even “behemoth” burgers that tip the scales at 50 pounds and cost two hundred bucks. But even that’s like a slyder compared to the Absolutely Ridiculous Burger.
Steve starts with 200 pounds of 80/20 beef and sculpts it into a patty that takes three men to lift into the oven, where it cooks for 16 hours, and then rests for another 8. It’s topped with “a proportional amount” of bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles… then crowned with a 26-inch-wide bun.
According to the menu, “There is ABSOLUTELY no reason for this burger. But if you order it, we’ll make it, and you figure out what to do with it!” Just give them 72 hours advance notice, and it’s all yours for $499. Or a team of 30 can take the Absolutely Ridiculous Challenge: polish off the entire thing in 1 hour or less, and the burger is free, and everyone on the team gets a free T-shirt and a picture on the Wall of Fame. (I’d like to point out here that that’s still 6.2 pounds of burger per team member. Plus toppings. And a bun the size of a NASCAR tire. Just sayin’.)
Not heading to the Wolverine State anytime soon? No problem. Mallie’s delivers. Yep, for just $2,000 plus shipping and handling, this bad boy will arrive on your doorstep, pre-cooked and then frozen for safe keeping during transport. At that point, what you do with a 185-pound cheeseburger behind closed doors is entirely your business. Which, come to think of it, is probably for the best.
(All photos came from the Mallie’s Sports Bar & Grill website.)