World's Biggest Burger

Such is the fascination with the hamburger across the world that the contest to produce the world's biggest burger is one with many claims. Indeed, the latest claimant to the title comes not from the USA - where many would have expected it to reside - but from a burger bar in Sydney, Australia.

In the summer of 2010 the restaurant, Ambrosia On The Spot, sought verification from the editors of the Guinness Book of Records - the world renowned compilation of biggest, best, fastest and more - that the 209-pound burger is in fact the biggest in the world.

The basic ingredients were 179 pounds of ground beef and 120 eggs, and served with cheese it requires 120 slices to complete! Furthermore, if the diner wishes to have bread with it the accompanying bun will weigh 46 pounds.

The burger took 12 hours to cook and four men to flip, and will remain on the menu for 12 months, as required by the adjudicators, although the owners are not confident that many - if any at all - will be ordered at one thousand Australian dollars a piece. Eating it, it is estimated, would require at least 100 people, so perhaps a group paying $10 each could stomach the bill!

The previous official holder of the record was an 185-pound burger made in the USA, and there is little doubt that someone in the country most associated with the hamburger will attempt to beat the record from down under.

Quite where the race to make the world's biggest burger will end is something we will never know, for publicity of this kind is valuable to restaurants and burger bars worldwide, but all we do know is that our fascination with this age old and simple yet delicious dish shows no signs whatsoever of diminishing, even 200 years after the burger first made an appearance in America.

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