METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world’s largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that’s more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie’s has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America’s favorite gastronomic pleasures.
Mallie’s old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC’s “Bobby and Stacey” morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)
Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.
Here are five juicy details about the burger:
1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn’t. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they’ll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.
2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn’t cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.
3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid’s backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.
4. Wait, this is not for show and it’s edible? It’s not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie’s menu. Brace yourself, though; it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.
5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.
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