On Saturday, five HCIers and myself took a 2 1/2 hour drive to Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub, home of some friggin huge hamburgers. It’s discussed in detail on this urban legends site, but the short story is that Denny’s serves 2lb, 3lb, 6lb, and 15lb burgers (though the 15lber is the weight of the entire end product, whereas the others weigh the beef itself), each with various eating challenges associated with it.

It may be mind-boggling to think of what a 6-pound burger might look like, so here it is sized up against yours truly:

zsz + burger

Actually, if you know me well, you won’t be surprised to learn that I got a simple less-than-one-pound buffalo chicken wrap… I prefer to steer clear of steers. The burger that I was holding was actually one of Dave’s:

dave the man

No no, seriously, each 6 lber was shared by two people, and even then, I’d say that each pair ate about 1/3 of their burger, if that. Can you imagine that someone has actually completed the 6lb challenge of eating one of those alone in 3 hours?! A 100lb woman no less. Rock on.

But unless you are a real glutton (for punishment, I mean), burgers like this make for great family meals. There was a family of about 15 sitting near us that ordered one (15lb) burger for the whole family. Yes, it is larger than the child…

15 pounder!

In seriousness, though, it was a really fun time, and the food was pretty good. Plus, I think Jenn, who has been dying to go for quite some time, got her fill of 6lb burger for a while. But don’t worry – if any of you want to come visit me, I’m happy to make the trip up there with you. As for eating the 6lb burger, though, you’re on your own.

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  1. On October 17th, 2005 at 5:29 pm, zsz said:

    Dave found some pictures of the woman who finished the 6lb burger in 3 hours. Check it.

    Also, if you are a CMUer and want to join the 6-pounder club, you should check out the Facebook group

  2. On October 20th, 2005 at 9:45 pm, Dave Young said:

    Every great Odyssey needs a narrator and you my man are a fine fit. The royal academy would be proud.

  3. On October 21st, 2005 at 8:21 pm, Jenn said:

    i would just like to give you props for the fact that you took my photoshopped version of the 15 lb burger. we didn’t want a baby with evil red eyes, right!

  4. On November 3rd, 2005 at 3:02 pm, virginia zaiss said:

    Well, it’s nearly lunchtime so I wanted to see that 15 pounder — perhaps to whet my appetite. Well, that thing would feed my Friday night poker group — 7 ladies aged 75 to 82. I think it would be a bit much, even including Peggy’s Alaskan husky as a participant. If I ever get to Pittsburgh I would like to see this humongous burger but not eat it.

  5. On November 1st, 2007 at 9:25 am, vbn said:

    Man , how lame , he can’t even hold the burger in his own hands

  6. On February 13th, 2008 at 5:21 pm, zsz said:

    Considering I wasn’t eating the burger, I felt that holding it in my own hands would have been impolite.

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