I love hamburgers. I mean, if I had to choose my favorite all-time food, hamburgers would win hands down. And when I was younger, it was nothing for me to chow down on two or three Big Macs at one sitting.


Gobbling down a 15-pound burger, on the other hand, is entirely different.


The Associated Press recently reported that “a chef at a western Pennsylvania Italian restaurant ate a 15-pound burger with 5.2 pounds of toppings in 4 hours and 39 minutes. Brad Sciullo, of Uniontown, is the first person to successfully eat the huge burger at Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, said pub owner Dennis Liegey.”


Wow! That is one massive burger. Appropriately referred to as the Beer Barrel Belly Bruiser, this “whopper” includes a bun, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, onions, mild banana peppers and a cup each of mayonnaise, ketchup, mustard and relish. I wonder how much Pepto Bismol® or Alka Seltzer® was handed out later – you know, “I can’t believe I ate the whole thing.”


As much as thinking about that juicy burger right now makes my mouth water I am just going to stick with a Quarter Pounder with Cheese or two from my local Mickey D’s.


© 2008 Jeffrey Alan Miller