Plymouth restaurant JD's Grill cooks up Britain's ‘biggest' burger

02 September 2013 by
Plymouth restaurant JD's Grill cooks up Britain's ‘biggest' burger

A Plymouth restaurant reckons it has cooked up Britain's biggest burger after producing a 25,000 calorie plateful in celebration of the venue's first birthday.

Chef-patron Meaney described the burger as "incredible". He told Caterer and Hotelkeeper: "We thought we'd do something a little bit different; a bit crazy. We do pretty big burgers anyway so we just scaled it up a bit. We used the same recipe, the same local supplier with good quality beef."

Speaking of the burger's huge size, he added: "It took over two hours to cook in the oven; we literally couldn't fit it on the grill."

The burger had enough meat to create 18-20 normal (although still-large) portions, leading the restaurant to cut it up into smaller pieces, rather than ask a single customer to settle a beefed-up bill for the whole thing.

"We cut it up like a cake and served it free of charge to people who have helped us along the way!" said Meaney. "They loved it."

Of the "record-breaking" claim, he explained: "Through every bit of research we've done, which is a lot, the biggest competitor we can find is someone doing a 24lb (10kg) burger with lots of fillings, whereas ours is just the burger, no extra fillings or fries."

The meal has some way to go before scooping the top spot in the world, however: that accolade must go to a Minnesota casino, whose belt-busting burger weighed in at over a ton last year.

It's perhaps no surprise that a big burger has hit the news now - gourmet grills have become increasingly more popular in recent months, with names such as Five Guys, Shake Shack, Byron, Patty and Bun and GBK regularly appearing in many a "top food trends" list.

JD's Grill is already considering its next massive snack, although has yet to decide for certain. "We're already planning something larger, but I don't know what," said Meaney. "It's an obstacle to overcome, as we haven't got anything big enough to cook it in."

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