20 Outrageous Hamburgers That Actually Exist

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Our favorite burger is no longer composed of just two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, and onions on a sesame seed bun. Since its creation more than 120 years ago, the hamburger has evolved from a blue collar meal to exotic, entirely customizable fare. These days, it features everything from alligator meat to donut buns, typically reflecting the tastes of the region in which it's served. New creations are constantly springing up all over the world, with various burger joints attempting to outdo one another in order to gain the allegiance of hardcore burger enthusiasts. Have they gone too far? Are they contributing to the gluttony epidemic? Or are they simply making something that's awesome even more awesome? Decide for yourself by scanning the burgers listed below.

  1. Lion Burger: One Phoenix restaurateur garnered worldwide attention when he served the king of the jungle in a bun during the 2010 World Cup. Outrage aside, you can't help but wonder how it tastes. Pungent and gamey? Like chicken? Most people would rather leave it as a mystery.
  2. Kangaroo Burger: According to an Australian scientist, switching to kangaroo burgers from beef could help reduce greenhouse gases. But does that incentive make eating such cute animals worth it? It probably depends on the taste.
  3. Alpaca Burger: Andean inhabitants once considered alpacas a delicacy. The South American Camelids resemble and are related to the llama, which aren't quite as appetizing.
  4. Gator Burger: Now that alligators are overpopulated, why not being them down to size by incorporating them into burgers? The taste isn't a lot different from a turkey burger, really, so it's no big deal.
  5. Sushi Burger: Adding sushi is a great way to make your burger trendier. Japanese Cafe Restaurant J in Australia uses an American concept to serve "the fresh taste of Japan" in a whole new manner. Different types include teriyaki eel and cucumber, teriyaki salmon and spicy raw tuna.
  6. FleurBurger: How much would you shell out for a burger guaranteed to be the best you've ever eaten? $15? $25? How about $5,000? Fly your private jet to Vegas and hit up the Mandalay Bay for a Kobe burger surrounded with a special truffle sauce, foie gras and a brioche truffle bun.
  7. DB Royale Double Truffle Burger: For the price of groceries, you can indulge in burger with red wine-braised short ribs, foie gras, preserved black truffle and a mix of root vegetables. It's the Cadillac of hamburgers — FleurBurger is the Aston Martin of burgers.
  8. Cupcake Burger: If that Coke accompanying your burger doesn't satisfy your sweet tooth, consider devouring the cupcake burger. It's a hearty dinner and dessert stacked into one delicious meal.
  9. Hot Fudge Sundae Burger: Beach dwellers looking for a cold dinner after a hot day on the beach in Pensacola can head to McGuire's Irish Pub for three-quarters of a pound of Black Angus topped worth vanilla ice cream and hot fudge. Fries included, of course.
  10. Donut Burger: There are several variations of this one, but there's one constant — it'll darn near kill you regardless if extras such as bacon, cheese or an egg aren't added.
  11. The King: The Boston Burger Company serves a burger made of peanut butter, bacon and fried bananas that must have been inspired by the always tasty peanut butter and banana sandwich.
  12. The Nutburger: Looking for a protein-rich meal? Visit Matt's Place in Butte, Montana, the home of the Nutburger featuring ground peanuts mixed with mayo. Expect an outrageously good treat.
  13. Bacon Patty Burger: With a meat grinder, skillet and a little intestinal fortitude, you can enter hog heaven. That's right, the bacon is the patty. No namby-pamby beef needed.
  14. Double Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt: For those who think the Bacon Hamburger Fatty Melt is neither bacon-y nor fatty enough. Get this: the top, bottom and middle buns are actually bacon-stuffed grilled cheese sandwiches holding together the two four-ounce beef patties, two helpings of bacon and two helpings of cheese.
  15. Bacon-and Cheese-Stuffed Pizza Burger: Someone managed to combine to the two greatest foods on Earth– the hamburger and pizza — ate it and lived to share the recipe (see link). God bless them for it. Here's a rundown of the ingredients: five-pound hamburger patty, two pounds of cheese, two pounds of sausage, an onion, two bulbs of garlic and two sausage and pepperoni pizzas.
  16. Burger King Pizza Burger: Here's Burger King's version of the Pizza Burger. The 2,520-calorie monstrosity consists of a nine and-a-half-inch sesame seed bun, mozzarella, pepperoni, marinara sauce and Tuscan pesto. Visitors of Times Square can feast on it at Burger King's Whopper Bar for just $13.
  17. Pattie LaBurger: In America, we fry everything — even the hamburger. Here we have two deep-fried bread patties engulfing a big hamburger patty, bacon and cheese. No longer are the buns the weak link.
  18. Deep-Fried Hamburger: As it turns out, Americans aren't the only ones obsessed with frying things. The Scottish have us beat on this one.
  19. The Tower of Doom: Stacking burgers to the high heavens is hardly anything new. Now, it's the challenge of seeing who can stack them the highest and if anyone is capable of eating them. Believe it or not, some brave soul managed to down this one in just 11 minutes.
  20. The World's Largest Burger: Several restaurant and cafes claim to have constructed the world's largest burger. Regardless of their specific measurements, it's always crazy to see a burger larger than a small child. In this case, with a 178 pound-patty, it's larger than a lot of grown men.
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