It’s safe to say that burgers are a crowd favorite throughout the United States. Statistics indicate that approximately 50 billion burgers are eaten every year in the U.S. alone. Though the true inventor of modern-day burgers remains a mystery to this day, the concept of meat patties has been in use for a long time in many regions of the world.
Historical records indicate that meat patties were consumed as early as the 13th century by the Mongol army. It was devised as an easy-to-eat meal for soldiers during war. The soldiers would place the patties under their saddles. As they rode, the meat would be tenderized then eaten raw.
It is only in the 20th century that modern burgers (meat patties between two pieces of bread) came into existence. From that point, the love for burgers has consistently grown, and now, you can find a burger joint on every street.
Over the years, burger joints have come up with countless burger-centered competitions, and along the way, some exceptional individuals have set remarkable records.
1. The World’s Largest Burger
When it comes to burgers, bigger is better. In 2017, Germans Wolfgang Leeb, Tom Reicheneder, Josef Zellner, Rudi Dietl, Christian Dischinger, and Hans Maurer took up the challenge of making the biggest burger in the world.
Over 3,000 people gathered in the Bavarian town of Pilsting to watch the 2,500-pound burger be assembled by 300 people. The hamburger had three huge meat patties topped with tomatoes, cucumbers, hamburger sauce, lettuce, and a bun.
2. Most Burgers Eaten in a Minute
A 24-year-old Filipino named Ricardo Francisco (AKA Rix Terabite), ate five burgers in a world record 60 seconds at his local burger joint. Francisco beat out ten competitive eaters to win the record.< p>
The participants were only allowed to eat one burger at a time. Also, they could only use one hand to hold the burger while the other hand could only hold a glass of water. Additionally, they were only allowed to use one condiment on the burgers.
3. The Largest and Most Expensive Commercial Burger
On social media, 65% of conversations revolve around where to eat out. Burger joints are popular eating spots primarily for their tasty yet affordable cuisines. The most expensive burger, however, costs a whopping $7,999.
The cheeseburger, which weighed 1,794 pounds, was the brainchild of a Detroit-based burger restaurant owner Steve Mallie.
4. Most Burgers Eaten in Three Minutes
In 2014, competitive eaters Takeru Kobayashi from Japan and Italian Vittorio Noschese went head to head in a competition aimed at breaking the world record for most burgers eaten in three minutes.
In the showpiece event, 38-year-old Takeru emerged victorious and set a new record by gorging an impressive 12 four-ounce burgers. As per Guinness World Record rules, the competitors were only allowed to use one condiment.
Though this is not a record-setting attempt, it is worth being mentioned. Model and former Miss Earth New Zealand title holder Nela Zisser attempted to eat 100 cheeseburgers in a row. Though she didn’t hit the mark, the 5’7″ model managed to eat 45 burgers.
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These records are impressive, but nothing beats the simplicity of a good burger and bourbon. The next time you’re hankering for a good burger joint, come down and share your burger knowledge with the rest of us. You’ll be glad you did.