Burgers Blow Up

There has been some serious inflation lately in the race for the Guinness World Record title of World’s Largest Commercially Available Burger. Way back in 2005, the largest burger a carnivore could buy off a menu was the 15-pounder at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania. Cost? $30.

In May 2006, however, Fuddruckers in the Foxwoods casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, rolled out a 29.6-pound burger. Twice as much burger, however, would inexplicably cost you more than eight times the money: $250. Bob’s BBQ & Grill in Pattaya, Thailand, topped that in December 2007, when it introduced a 78.5-pound monster, priced at $400.

Now, Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Michigan, has upped the odds: On Saturday, the bar introduced a 134-pound hamburger that may break the Guinness record, and warmed many a patron’s heart: “‘Whoa, that’s a big burger,’ said Marvetta Howard, 51, of Detroit, who had a seat near the kitchen.”

Mallie’s has added the 134-pounder to its menu, alongside its 6- and 12-pound hamburgers. And compared to Bob’s BBQ, it’s a steal: just $350, including fries and pop.

What is it about hamburgers that kindles this desire for enormity? Nobody ever tries to make a gigantic french fry.

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