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Mallie's offers record-breaking 150-pound burger

Last Saturday, "Mallie's" was looking to break the long standing records of "The World's Largest Hamburger". Currently being held by Denny's Beer Barrel Pub with their "Main Event" 123lb Burger, Mallie's have designed a 150lb burger to break the record. Guinness Book of Records were contacted and consulted throughout the design stages, they've had successful test runs, this is the real deal people! Will Mallie's take the coveted record from Denny? It'll be a few weeks until we can officially confirm whether they've won, but we should be able to get a pretty good idea very soon, especially considering that we've managed to find a pic. Will Denny contest this burger if they end up taking the title? What if they fail? All these questions answered soon!


Steve Pardo / The Detroit News
SOUTHGATE -- Where does a bar and grill go when it's looking to top its everyday fare of 6-pound hamburgers and sundaes the size of basketballs? At Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar, the 240-person capacity establishment in Southgate, the answer is straight toward the record books.


Manager Steve Dudus holds the 6- pound burger and server Mary Bujdoso carries the half-pound Angus burger, current favorites at the restaurant. (Velvet S. McNeil / The Detroit News)

Romeo Mallie, left, and son Steve Mallie, owner of Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar, hold the top of a test bun. The bun used Saturday will weigh around 50 pounds as they attempt to break the Guinness World Record by unveiling of the "Absolutely Ridiculous Burger." (Velvet S. McNeil / The Detroit News)

The 150lb Burger

The 2 1/2-year-old enterprise looks to set a Guinness World Record on Saturday for biggest commercially available hamburger with the unveiling of the "Absolutely Ridiculous Burger" -- a leviathan mass of beef, bacon and cheese thudded inside a custom-made, nearly 50-pound bun.

Denny's Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pa., holds the record, boasting a 123-pound burger on its menu. It claimed the honors last year from a restaurant in Thailand that serves up a comparatively paltry 78 1/2-pound burger.

Owner Steve Mallie says today's indulgence will destroy the current record holder. The ARB will top out around 150 pounds, he said. He's so confident he's already reprinted the bar's menus in anticipation of today's triumph. The goliath sells for $350 and requires customers to order at least 24 hours in advance. The menu acknowledges the zaniness of the enterprise: "There is ABSOLUTELY no reason for this burger but if you order it, we'll make it, and you figure out what to do with it!"

"It's just a giant version of our house hamburger," said Mallie, 39. "We like things big here. We don't like anyone leaving here hungry."

Kim Dickson, a manager at the Beer Barrel, said people come from all over the world to that establishment. She remains skeptical of Mallie's quest. "Everybody keeps trying and trying to break our record," Dickson said. "It's been fun."

Mallie and his staff spent the last four months planning, engineering and developing the burger. One does not just call up Guinness World Records and inform them one has broken a record after all, explained Jamie Panas, marketing assistant for Guinness World Record.

"There's a lot of prep work involved," Panas said. "It's very important to get the guidelines first."

The guidelines for the "largest hamburger commercially available" say the ingredients must be found on a traditional sandwich. It must appear on a menu. Authenticated weights and measures are vital. A community member above reproach must bear witness to the event and vouch for the record seeker's moral soundness.

"The mayor's going to be here," Mallie explained.

Grosse Ile resident Chad Hammonds is a regular at Mallie's, located just over the railroad tracks at the corner of Northline and Allen roads. He wished the eatery success. "The food's great. The waitresses are hot. There's a good selection of beer. What's not to like?" said Hammonds, 28. "I think they're going to break the record. They already know how to make big burgers. There's no other bar in Michigan that I know of that serves a 6-pound burger."

Mallie's chef Arthur Laramie figures the meat will take about eight hours to cook. He'll fit the meat into a specialized pan 27-inches across. The mold fits -- barely -- into the kitchen's convection oven, where he'll cook it at 300 degrees. It's similar to how a meatloaf is cooked and the test runs have been encouraging.

"The record kept changing on us and getting higher," Laramie said. "So we figured lets just shoot for the moon and blow the record away. This one is going to be hard to beat."

Staffers will unleash the mammoth meat to the crowd in the afternoon. "It's going to be an amazing day," Mallie said.

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