World's Largest Burger Costs $8,000

The biggest commercially available burger in the world just passed a 1,794-pound cheeseburger. The meaty beast took four years to create and prepare at Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Detroit. And it is in fact listed on the menu.

Steven Mallie, the owner of the business, began by selling a burger that weighed 10 pounds. He has acquired a penchant for competitive burger production by 2008:

His 138-pound burger earned the distinction of being the biggest commercially available burger that year from the Guinness Book of World Records. But Mallie resolved to regain his title as the "literal burger king" after losing it to a Japanese eatery.

He was successful earlier this week when Mallie used a specially constructed grill to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat. 300 pounds of cheese, together with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and pickles, are placed on top of the burger.

The Michigan Bread Company donated a bun that weighed 250 pounds on its own. The burger was three feet tall and five feet broad when it was completed. It can be eaten whole.

This is a recurring prank: The approximately 1,800 pound burger can be found on the menu at Mallie's. However, if you want to order one, you'll have to pay $7,799 and give the restaurant three days' notice. It had better be a very significant event.

Mallie assures us that his enormous hamburger sculpture won't be wasted. On Monday, patrons had an opportunity to sample the burger; any leftovers were made into taco meat and given to nearby shelters.

Mallie told WXYZ that he made the burger as a birthday present for his two kids and in memory of his late wife, who died after a battle with breast cancer.

His 11-year-old daughter Brooke Mallie told the news station, "I'm incredibly proud of him. "He persisted even though it took a very long time."

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