Canadian chef Ted Reader attempted to set the world record for largest hamburger in Toronto earlier this month. The massive burger weighed in at 590 pounds — more than triple the previous record holder’s 185.8 pounds — but is still awaiting official Guinness World Records certification.
The bun alone weighed more than 100 pounds. Reader spent six hours grilling the 300+ pound patty, then topped it with a liberal amount of lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, red onions, pickles and barbecue sauce.
Reader says he believes he will get the official record, but doesn’t really care that much:
Whether they say ‘yea’ or they say ‘nay’, I don’t care. We built it, now we’re going to serve it. We tried to do all the checks and balances and make sure we followed the rules. Let’s hope they go, ‘Yea’.
The hardest part of grilling a 590-pounder? Just getting it on and off the grill:
I’m amazed that we got it out of the grill and onto the bun. That was the whole trickiness to it, but it held together, it’s edible, it’s delicious.
The tasty monstrosity fetched over $8,500 Canadian in an auction with proceeds benefitting Camp Bucko, an Ontario-based camp for children with burn injuries.
Here’s video of the perilous burger flip:
And the official weigh-in:
[Image: LA Times/AP Photo/The Canadian Press/Patrick Dell]