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‘That Burger’ Challenge

Restaurant: That Bar
Location: Danville, California

A massive, undefeated burger challenge can be found at That Bar in Danville, California.Appropriately named “That Burger,” the monstrous mass of meat and cheese measures approximately 1 foot in diameter, and includes two 100 percent Angus beef patties, one of which has a hole in the middle where a grilled cheese sandwich is placed. Each patty is topped with four different cheeses — cheddar, American, pepper jack and Swiss — as well as a woven bacon patty. Finally, the burger is topped with crispy shoestring fries and doused in barbeque sauce, with an appropriately sized bun. The challenge also includes one-quarter pound each of fries and onion rings on the side.

In more than 40 attempts, nobody has been able to finish the challenge in the allotted time of one hour. “We’re going to need a professional eater to do this challenge,” says Stephanie Emig, co-owner and co-founder of That Bar, which is located about 30 minutes outside of San Francisco. “We wanted to have a giant burger. It was a collaboration between the three owners and our chef, and it took a couple tries but eventually we got it to work.”

Emig says the burger was created in order to have an interesting menu item. When someone does place an order for the That Burger, it’s likely for a group to share. It’s a popular burger on weekend nights for big groups, says Emig. And if someone does manage to get through this pile of meat and grease all by themselves: They will earn a T-shirt that reads “I ate That Burger at That Bar and it was That Good.”

Photo: Stephanie Emig | That Bar