Pleasanton Weekly

News - July 8, 2011

Fair fun: Giant hamburger weighs in at 777 pounds

Alameda County Fair seeks Guinness certification

by Jeb Bing

Alameda County Fair officials tentatively declared victory Sunday in their quest to break the record for the world's largest hamburger.

The giant hamburger grilled at the Fair on Saturday weighed in at 777 pounds with all the trimmings, 187 pounds more than the previous record holder, said April Mitchell, event and marketing manager for the fair. All that remains now is for officials from Guinness World Records to certify the results.

A crew of 10 people spent 13 hours cooking the giant burger patty on the world's largest barbecue, owned by Juicys Outlaw BBQ, a mobile food and beverage company that serves large events. The grill is mounted on an 18-wheel, 72,000-pound truck.

The burger was cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees, and served with trimmings including a 110-pound bun, more than 50 pounds of cheese, more than 20 pounds of onions, more than 12 pounds of pickles, and 30 pounds of lettuce.

Fairgoers were able to purchase bites of the burger for 99 cents, with proceeds going to the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

"It was a wonderful event shared by the community," Mitchell said.

The burger was expected to be a total of 1,375,000 calories, which is enough to feed one person for about 22.5 months.

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