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  • Tom Bastek | July 28, 2015 2:00 PM ET

    5 Calorie-Busting, Epic Burger Challenges Worth the Trip

    5 Calorie-Busting, Epic Burger Challenges Worth the Trip

    Photos courtesy of featured establishment unless otherwise noted.

    July 28 is National Burger Day so we thought that we would give you a reason to eat a huge burger and then feel like a trip to the gym was necessary. These aren’t all the biggest burgers in America, but they are five that if all else fails, get one and feed your family of four for a week. Oh, and to burn them off you will have to walk home.

    10-lb. Monster Burger at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar - Southgate, Mich.

    Oh yeah, this is the bomb – the gut-bomb.  This 10-pound monstrosity comes at you with the ability to feed 10 to 12 people and enough toppings to hurt a small child. They even have a challenge where if you eat it all in under two hours, they will pay you $100 and put your face on the wall.  But if you just want to see the kids freak, go ahead and order it up, because at that size, you can feed the family two full meals with leftovers and only spend $39.99.

    The Octuple Bypass Burger at the Heart Attack Grill – Las Vegas, Nev.

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    I am going to give the Vortex in Atlanta the props for coining the name “Bypass Burger” long before the Heart Attack Grill ever came along, but HAG’s Octuple Bypass Burger is really over the top in terms of calories.  

    Eight patties of beef, 40 slices of bacon, cheese, chili, tomato and onion round this out.  The good news is that the 19,900 calories that you won’t have a chance in hell of finishing could sustain an average human being for 10 days, so you certainly aren’t going to starve. 

    The bad news is when you don’t finish, it is company policy to get spanked by your nurse (server).

    Turducken Burger at Smokin' Betty’s – Philadelphia

    There are many places that have come up with the Thanksgiving Sandwich or “The Gobbler” as it is referred to in Thanksgiving’s home state of Massachusetts. 

    This would be the sandwich that has turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce on it, sometimes accompanied by cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato and/or onion.  But never before have you seen the ultimate Thanksgiving burger.  The Turducken Burger at Smokin’ Betty’s in Philadelphia is just what it sounds like.

    A chicken patty, duck mousse, a turkey patty, loaded down with homemade stuffing, homemade cranberry sauce, covered in gravy and topped with sweet potato ribbons.

    The Hot Fudge Sundae Burger at McGuire’s Irish Pub – Pensacola, Fla.

    There is not one thing that sounds good about this combination and the restaurant admits that by calling the burger, “the worst” right on the menu.  But if you are looking to boost your calorie and sugar intake and don’t have the time to wait around for dessert, this is the burger for you. 

    This starts with a three-quarter-pound Black Angus beef patty and then they add a giant scoop of ice cream and coat the whole thing with hot fudge.  Sounds like someone went and took the “if chicken and waffles was a good thing, what about …” thing way too far.

    Chain Restaurant Bonus: Wayback Burgers’ Triple-Triple Burger – Various Locations

    The Triple-Triple is the deal of the century, but your doctor will tell you that you are paying for this with your life. 

    This burger has nine patties, nine pieces of cheese, lettuce, tomato and all the condiments you want to put on it. 

    It will run you only $12.99 but it costs you 1,780 calories and 108 grams of fat. That is the equivalent of 10 Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts. Apparently some guy finished the whole thing in two minutes.

    Not that anyone really needed a reason to go out and get a burger today, but since it is National Burger Day, why not go out and be a glutton. 

    You're welcome in advance.


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Tom Bastek The Main Course

Tom Bastek Tom is a writer in the Atlanta Area. He has traveled to all 48 continental states and almost every stop in the Caribbean. In addition to Traveling, Tom geeks out on bowling, craft beer, trains, pinball, comic books, sci-fi and playing the tuba. You can get him at and @TravelWriterTom.
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