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Sorry America, the world's biggest burger may very well be Canadian

May 6, 2010 |  6:18 pm

In the "Is that really necessary?" department, we bring you today's biggest burger news, in the form of, well, what may be the biggest burger in the world. Canadian barbecue chef Ted Reader took six hours to grill this 590-pound behemoth at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto in an attempt to one-up the Guinness Book of World Records' current 185.8-pound record holder.

Writes the Toronto Sun of Canada's culinary--dare we say cultural--coup:

The award-winning chef used a specially designed grill with a built-in forklift mechanism designed to flip the oversized culinary creation.

Reader says it took six hours to cook the behemoth of a burger, starting off with a patty weighing 139 kilos. The grilled patty was then nestled in a 48-kilogram bun, dressed with lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, red onions, pickles and barbecue sauce.

A built-in forklift mechanism will likely be needed to extract the burger's future consumers from their chairs after they finish off this meaty beast. Can we get a calorie count, please?

--Jessica Gelt

Photo: AP Photo / The Canadian Press, Patrick Dell