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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Craz-E Burger: Americans embrace 1,500 calorie doughnut burger

Calorie-comfortable Americans have found the perfect rejoinder to the healthy eating lobby - the doughnut burger.

a bacon cheeseburger between a split and grilled glazed donut
a bacon cheeseburger between a split and grilled glazed donut Photo: STEPHEN DUNN/COURANT

Consisting of a bacon cheeseburger with a buttered, grilled and glazed doughnut standing in for a bun, the Craz-E Burger puts such fatty delights as the deep-fried Mars bar in the shade.

Its 1,500 calories of sugar and saturated fat did not stop it from becoming a huge hit at a major fair in Massachusetts.

Organisers of the Big E, which finished on Sunday, said visitors bought around 1,000 Craz-E burgers each day of the fair's 17-day run.

The fair's website described it as "classic fair food" but noted: "No single ingredient dominates the burger. They all complement each other with artistry expected from a celebrity chef."

It added: "The glaze smooths over the burger and oozes into a foreign but delicious combination with the crisp of the bacon."

The burger was believed to have been created by a bar owner in Decatur, Georgia, who substituted a doughnuts when he ran out of buns.

The restaurant also serves a hamdog, a hotdog wrapped in a beef patty and deep-fried.

The Decatur doughnut burger was named the Luther Burger after the late singer and record producer Luther Vandross, who was said to be a fan.

The Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team in Illinois, serves the Luther burger at games, piling on further coronary heartache by deep-frying the Krispy Kreme doughnut used as the bun.