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5 Bites of Detroit

5 Bites of Detroit

The food scene in this city is experiencing a delicious renaissance

Pegasus Taverna

In the heart of Greektown in Detroit lies Pegasus Taverna, a family-owned and operated traditional Greek restaurant that epitomizes the ethnic diversity and showcases the cultural cuisine of the city. While many come to this boisterous restaurant after taking in a game or to see the waitstaff light one of their house dishes — Saganaki — on fire, my personal favorite was the Greek meat platter. I’d only suggest this for those dining with five or more, but it was a fantastic way to get a bite of their succulent lamb chops, gyro meat, marinated chicken, and shrimp, as well as to taste the classic Greek dishes of spanakotiropita, dolmathes, and moussaka. We paired it with some Greek red wine and in no time our table was shouting "Opa!"

London Chop House

The London Chop House is one of Detroit’s oldest and most treasured restaurants in all of the city, opening in 1938. It recently reopened in 2012 with a stellar chop house menu that exceeds gastronomic expectations. When you walk into the restaurant, you feel as if you’re being transported to another era, with a live jazz band playing classic tunes, a long bar with beautiful people sipping on martinis, and an adjacent cigar lounge. I started off my meal with fresh oysters and a classic Caesar salad, but what truly blew me away was the veal chop Oscar, a chop with asparagus, lump crab hollandaise, and a tarragon balsamic reduction. It was grilled to perfection with just the right amount of hollandaise to balance with the balsamic dressing. I’m certain the restaurant will once again become a staple in the Detroit food scene, espeically after a mention of London Chop House in the season six finale of Mad Men.

Detroit Eastern Market

For food lovers visiting the Motor City, the Detroit Eastern Market is a must-see. One can spend hours strolling through the large public market, eyeing the different food retailers, food wholesale operations, restaurants, food distributors, and food processors that are all under the Eastern Market roof. If you bring your appetite, you can bounce from stall to stall sampling different items. In the specialty food retailer section, I stumbled upon Ethel’s Edibles, a gluten-free bakery. The "hot blondies" were a hit, with people hovering around the table. The sweet treat is comprised of rich, tasty ingredients, including sweet brown sugar, creamy butter, and milk chocolate. The bakery uses a gluten-free flour blend made of Expandex modified tapioca starch, potato starch, cornstarch, corn flour, white rice flour, and xanthan gum. There were additional vendors offering samples of coffee, tea, and apple cider, to accompany a delicious bite of blondie.

Slows BAR*B*Q

While I love the smoky smells and flavors of a barbecue brisket or pulled pork, I often can find barbecue dishes to be overwhelming. After eating my way through most of Detroit and its surrounding neighborhoods, by the time I made it to Slows, I was interested in simply created dishes. Slows boasts a varied menu with gluten-free and vegetarian options to cater to all different types of diners. I opted for a plate of their homemade chicken wings and a glass of Red Streak cider they had on tap. The restaurant has a host of homemade barbecue sauces that were a delight to try with my chicken wings. My dining companions also raved about the blackened catfish and the pulled pork.

Café D’Mongos Speakeasy

While perhaps a cocktail at a super swanky speakeasy might not be considered a "bite," it was one of my favorite sips in all of Detroit. Café D’Mongos has a cool vibe the minute you walk in the door. With live music playing, I was instantly transported back into the 1920s in what I can only imagine was one of the coolest scenes in all of Detroit. What’s fascinating about the décor is the homage it pays to Detroit gangsters coupled with iconic musicians of the time period. I was also quite taken with one of the bartender’s favorite drinks, the Detroit Brown. It’s made with whiskey, Vernors (ginger ale), bitters, and a secret ingredient, according to the joint’s bartender, Chris Krsteski. This local hot spot is only open on Friday and Saturday nights and the buzz about the bar was that Hollywood heavy-hitter Ryan Gosling was in town filming a movie and had frequented D’Mongo’s on several occasions. Just another reason to hang out in Detroit.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


World's Biggest Burger: 5 Juicy Bites About $8,000 Michigan Sandwich

METRO DETROIT, MI — Mallie's Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate has crushed its own record for the world's largest commercially available hamburger with a hulking, 1,793-pound burger that's more than 3 feet tall and 5 feet wide. Guinness World Records has confirmed that Mallie's has broken its own record for a fourth time with the super-sized version of one of America's favorite gastronomic pleasures.

Mallie's old record is for an anemic, 138-pound burger, owner Steve Mallie explained to Bobby Mitchell from Detroit radio station WOMC's "Bobby and Stacey" morning show. A Japanese restaurant snatched the title away from Mallie, and he has spent the last several years trying to get it back. (For more local news, click here to sign up for real-time news alerts and newsletters from Detroit Patch, click here to find your local Michigan Patch. Also, like us on Facebook, and if you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app.)

Mallie told WXYZ-TV that his first stab at a big burger was a 10-pound burger available at his bar and grill. He went for his first competitive record in the Guinness category for the largest commercially sold burger in 2008, when he won with the 138-pound entry.

Here are five juicy details about the burger:

1. Where did Mallie find a grill big enough to cook it? He didn't. Instead, a 20-foot shipping container was converted into an oven. The oven is mobile, and Mallie and his crew plan to go to a Jimmy Buffett burger festival, the 17th annual Cheeseburger in Caseville Festival, where they'll try to top themselves with a 2,000 burger.

2. How long does it take to cook 2,000 pounds of raw meat, even in a shipping container oven? As it turns out, cooking time was a lot longer than Mallie expected. He put the ginormous beef patty on the oven grill about 11:30 a.m. Sunday and expected it to be done Sunday night, he told WXYZ. But it wasn't cooked until 4 a.m. Monday.

3. Hold the mayo? Yes, condiments will be served on the side. The burger, which is wider than your kid's backyard wading pool and taller than the shallow end of the pool is deep, also comes with 200 pounds of cheese and 100 pounds each of onion, tomato and pickle, sandwiched between a 250-pound bun custom made by the Michigan Bread Co, WXYZ-TV reported.

4. Wait, this is not for show and it's edible? It's not only edible, you can order your own from Mallie's menu. Brace yourself, though it costs $7,799 and will feed a crowd at your barbecue or festival.

5. Does moving the burger require an army of picnic ants? It would be quite a sight, but no. Mallie uses a forklift to move the burger from the oven to the grill.


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