This Burger Weighs 190 Pounds

Bring on the meat sweats.

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This Friday and Saturday, August 10 and 11, folks in Seymour, Wisconsin, will celebrate Burger Fest. And it's an all-out patty party, featuring a 190-pound burger cooked in a specially built pan and oven. Four volunteers flip it before it’s topped with ketchup, mustard, pickles, onions and cheese. The burger is served free to the first 800 attendees, with suggested donations benefiting the Seymour Food Pantry.

Massive as it sounds, in 2001, participants broke the record with a burger that weighed 8,266 pounds, measured 20 feet by 20 feet and required 12 chef-flippers.

Wondering why there’s so much focus on the burger in this midwestern city? Well, one of the earliest claims of the burger's invention comes from Charlie Nagreen, who sold a meatball between two slices of bread at the Seymour Fair in 1885. Nagreen named his alleged creation after the Hamburg steak popular with the region’s many German immigrants, and became known as Hamburger Charlie.

This year, in honor of the city’s 150th birthday (and the festival's 30th anniversary), residents will participate in the world’s largest hamburger parade and a burger-eating contest, buy burger memorabilia and ride a ketchup slide. Including the massive burger, Burger Fest goes through about 2,500 pounds of burger during the event.

That’s a lot of fun on a bun.

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