The world’s biggest hamburger made its appearance over the weekend at the Alameda State Fair in Pleasanton, California. According to SFGate, the behemoth burger weighed in at 777 pounds, topping the previous maxi-burger record of 590 pounds.
Clearly a burger that big had to come from more than one cow. Considering that your average single 4-ounce ground beef patty could contain meat from as many as 55 cows, according to a 1998 study done R.P. Clayton and K.E. Belk, and could contain a few other “ingredients” (such as ammonia, it’s possible that the award-winning burger has its share of “filler.” As a USDA report on Public Health Risk-Based Inspection System for Processing and Slaughter says, “mixing, grinding, formulating, needling, marinating, rework” are all involved in processing raw ground meat.
So, just speculating, if there’s meat from 52 different cows in your average 4-ounce burger, that’s about 208 cows per pound, could there really be 161, 616 (208 times those 777 pounds of hamburger) animals in the big burger? Such figures do make the big burgers below perhaps a bit less…appetizing.
(They already are to me; I’m a long-time vegetarian, but my son does like his burgers.)
Here’s the 590-pounder:
Here’s the 777-pounder, quite a contender for the title of hamburger heavyweight.
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