Behold! A 100 percent ground bacon hamburger patty.
Southern California burger chain Slater’s 50/50 whipped up the cholesterol-heavy item as part of its new offering, the "‘merica" burger. The all-bacon patty is topped with a slice of thick cut bacon, a sunny side up egg, a new “bacon island” dressing and a heartly slice of bacon cheddar cheese.
Foodbeast reminds us that the 'merica burger is only the latest in a series of gut-busting monthly burger creations.
Just last month the chain featured a Pulled Pork Burger, the month before that was a Chorizo Burger, and in months prior they’ve had items like an Orange Chicken Burger, a Lamb Burger and even a Chili Cheese Frito Burger back in January of 2011.
It's also worth noting that Slater's 50/50 namesake is a burger that's 50 percent ground beef and 50 percent ground bacon. Other wacky creations include the Burger Carbonara complete with creamy Alfredo sauce; the Peanut Butter And Jellousy burger and the Thanksgiving Burger topped with stuffing, turkey gravy and cranberry sauce.
OCWeekly has some insight into the burger's origins:
In a press release, the restaurant says this is the burger that started it all: "The concept for Slater's 50/50 Burgers by Design came out of a dare at a Charger's tailgate party between owner Scott Slater and some of his San Diego State University buddies. Could a 100 percent ground bacon burger work? After some tweaking and perfecting (and a few small grease fires), the answer was yes."
Well, now we know.
Things Made Of Bacon That Probably Shouldn't Be
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/briankusler/2337430825/">(Via Flickr)</a>
The BA-K-47 was made by the folks at <a href="http://www.thisisfreakingridiculous.com/tifr/2009/4/13/ba-k-47.html">ThisIsFreakingRidiculous.com</a> for their first annual bacon day.
<a href="http://eatliver.com/i.php?n=3696">(Via EatLiver.com)</a>
<a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2006/10/29/a-bacon-martini/">(Via Slash Food)</a>
Bacon Business Cards
<a href="http://www.meatcards.com/">Actually made from jerky, but close enough.</a>
<a href="http://hatsofmeat.com/">(Via HatsOfMeat.com)</a>
<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/netdiva/sets/72157608179195754/">(Via Flickr)</a>
These images may look computer generated, but they're not. They are all meat (mostly bacon)! A British photographer, Carl Warner, made the "foodscapes." <a href="http://unusuallife.com/2009/01/29/bacon-world/">(Via Unusual Life)</a>
<a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/10/a-lampshade-made-out-of-bacon.html">(Via Serious Eats)</a>
<a href="http://www.aldenteblog.com/2009/01/bacon-cupcakes.html">(Via the Aldente Blog)</a>
Bacon Lip Balm
<a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00247ASKY?ie=UTF8&tag=200921-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00247ASKY">Ok, it's not actually MADE of bacon, but it's flavored to taste/smell like it.</a>
Bacon Thermal Lance
<a href="http://allbleedingstops.blogspot.com/2009/04/thermal-lance-made-out-of-bacon.html">It can cut a steel pan in half!</a>
<a href="http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/debs-style-file/just-plain-bizarre/2009/07/my-love-of-bacon-put-to-the-test-by-bacon-dress/">Yes, it's embellished with real bacon!</a>