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Damn is that thing huge!!!



By Charlie Madigan
Tribune senior correspondent
Published May 3, 2005, 1:29 PM CDT

Matthew Williams, the kitchen chief at Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pa., picked up the phone and took a break from his kitchen work to describe how to construct a 15-pound hamburger.
You read that right: It's a 15-pound hamburger, the biggest commercial burger ever and now a menu item at Denny's, where bigger burgers have been a-buildin' since the doors opened in 1977. It costs $30.

Best call ahead.

It starts, of course, with the meat. Denny's buys its extra lean hamburger meat from Gordon Food Services of Pittsburgh. Take 15 pounds of it, put it into the shape of a very big hamburger and then cook it.

Matthew says you cook a burger that big in a slow cook oven on a sheet pan. "You can't put it in anything else because it's so big. It creates quite the grease mess and you have to pour all of that off."

It takes two-and-a-half hours to cook the 15-pounder, and that's just the oven part. They take the beast out of the oven and then put it on a charbroiler and flip it a couple of times to get the right kind of broiler lines in it. When it's 160 degrees f. in the center, it's ready to roll.

Actually, it's ready to put on a roll.

That comes from Pacifico Bakery in Altoona, about 55 miles down the mountain, as they say locally, from Clearfield. Matthew said it took quite a while to perfect the bun. A bun that big has to have some staying power, especially when it has 15 pounds of meat in it.

Matthew says it helps if you toast it a bit.

So, you shift back to the big burger once you have toasted the bun.

You put 25 slices of cheese on top, a mix of regular American, yellow American and Swiss American. If you alternate them properly, they add a nice color to the product, Matthew says.

You put the burger in the bun (forklift?) and serve it up to its victims...whoops, customers. Since last Saturday, when the 15-pound burger was introduced at Denny's, two of them have been sold and consumed.

We decided to ask Denny, that is 53-year-old Denny Liegey, a lifelong Clearfield resident, exactly why he is doing this.

Denny said he was looking for something extreme. He was the initiator of the original Clearfield burger challenge back in 1991, when he introduced the two-pound burger. In 1993, he introduced the three-pound burger. Then there was a quantum leap in burger construction in 1996, when Denny invented what he called "Ye Olde 96er," which was six pounds of burger and a whopping five pounds of topping.

My God! Who could eat such a thing?

Kate Stelnick out of Princeton, N.J., says Denny. No one had been able to eat that 96er until last February, when the 100-pound Garden Stater attacked all 11 pounds of one and finished it right down to the platter in two hours and 54 minutes.

"Actually, I just spoke to her. She's still down to fighting weight," Denny said.

Denny said when he was thinking about new challenges, he realized that the place has that whole line of big burgers for the individual artist on its 22-page menu, but he wanted something more communal.

"It's for the extreme person," he said of the 15-pound burger. "It's a two-man tag team challenge."

The deep motive behind this gigantic burger?

"With all the craziness in the world today, it's something to divert yourself from all the crap."

I checked and checked and there is absolutely no way to fit this into the South Beach Diet program, even for a team of, say, 30 people.



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There was a local place in naperville, Jumbo's, that sold that size burger. They had twist though, if ya ate it in under an hour it was free.
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There was a local place in naperville, Jumbo's, that sold that size burger. They had twist though, if ya ate it in under an hour it was free.
that seems to be along the lines of the infamous "milk challenge"

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There was a local place in naperville, Jumbo's, that sold that size burger. They had twist though, if ya ate it in under an hour it was free.

"Sinuses filling with meat."


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