As far as creativity and artistry are concerned in the world of fast-casual food, burgers are the ultimate blank canvas (right up there with pizza). For years now burger menus have included a wide range of bizarre and ingenious toppings, from classics like bacon and avocado to more complex items like braised pork belly and spicy kimchi. But the places on this list are upping the ante by creating the most outrageous topping combinations ever imagined (Photo credit: Wiener and Still Champion).
So what kinds of toppings are zany enough to make this list? How about a burger topped with a disk of deep-fried gravy that's breaded and cooked to order, so that when the hungry diner takes their first bite, the warm, molten gravy oozes out and coats the burger. Or perhaps a tofu burger topped with pan-fried plantains and potato salad? Surely a burger topped with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge fits the bill.
Whether it's a patty smothered in sweet ingredients, like creamy peanut butter and cinnamon sugar-dusted banana slices, or a savory creation complete with spicy tuna sashimi, these burgers are the epitome of culinary creativity.
-- Molly Aronica, The Daily Meal
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This outrageously large burger is big enough to share... with plenty of friends. It starts with a burger topped with melted provolone cheese, then topped with a mountain of french fries, tomato, and sweet-and-sour coleslaw, all piled into crusty Italian bread. It's a complete meal in a single bite. Click here to see 10 Incredible New Food Products Photo Credit: © Flickr/MartinBowling
This ¾-pound burger, comprised of Black Angus beef, is topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and drizzled with hot fudge sauce. It's not unheard of to dip french fries in a milkshake (in fact, Wendy's fries dipped in a Frosty is a cult classic combination), but combining the whole burger and fries meal with a sundae? That's a whole new concept. Click here to see Failed Products of Major Brands Photo Credit: © McGuire's Irish Pub
This Chicago hot spot specializes in serving up badass burgers in a hard-rock-inspired setting. The Megadeth is one of many outrageous burgers on Kuma's menu, but between the chorizo, red potato hash, pico de gallo, cayenne avocado cream and tortilla strips, it's one that takes creativity to the next level. Click here to see Products to Eat Before and After Working Out Photo Credit: © Yelp/Mike A.
Another burger hailing from Kuma's Corner, the Brujeria is topped with cream cheese- and chorizo-stuffed jalapeño poppers, Cheddar cheese, and charred tomato salsa. It's certainly messy to eat, but the cleanup is well worth it. Click here to see The Birthplaces of American Fast Food Photo Credit: © Facebook/Kuma's Corner
26 Beach claims to be the originator of the sushi hamburger, and this surf-and-turf combination is quite a feat. Chef Katsu's Original California Roll Burger includes an Angus beef burger topped with snow crab, avocado, pickled ginger, baby mixed greens, tomato, nori strips, and shoyu-wasabi aioli. World's Most Expensive Hot Dog Photo Credit: © Facebook/26 Beach
So, this burger cheats the list a little bit because the star of the show is stuffed inside the burger rather than perched on top. That said, this burger has plenty to offer by way of toppings as well -- the patty is stuffed with a combination of sautéed shrimp and Gouda cheese, then topped with a grit cake, Andouille sausage and tomato beurre blanc sauce. Click here to see 15 Ice Creams You've Never Tried Photo Credit: © Yelp/Huk
Wiener and Still Champion is upping the ante with their newly unveiled deep-fried gravy burger. When you order this 1/3-pound burger, a disk of gravy will be breaded and fried to order, so that when you take your first bite, the warm, molten gravy oozes out and coats the burger. Think of it like the burger equivalent of a soup dumpling. Click here to see More Tips for Making the Perfect Hot Dog Photo Credit: © Wiener and Still Champion
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