Although Lilla Kiosken in Gråbo, located just outside Gothenburg, serves up normal-sized hamburgers for the mortal customer too, it is its over-sized monster burgers that have put the eatery on Sweden's fast-food map.
“I had nothing to do one day so I mucked around in the kitchen and created a one-kilo burger just as a fun thing. That's how it all started. I then made a 1.6-kilo burger and organized a competition where anyone who finished it in 20 minutes would get free food,” Ramtin Amirlatifi told The Local on Wednesday.
Nobody managed to complete the task. But Amirlatifi himself got a taste for more. Stories of his latest creation – a hamburger weighing almost 10 kilos – went viral in Sweden on Wednesday.
“We just did that one as a test, though, so you can't buy it. The biggest one we sell is a 3.6-kilo burger for 699 kronor. And people's favourite of our big burgers is the 1.6-kilo one,” he said.
The 3.6-kilo beast next to a 180-gram burger. Photo: Private
His next goal is to create a world beast of a burger weighing no less than 3.5 tonnes, breaking the current US record of 2,749 kilos.
“I think it will be cool to beat the US record, the country you normally associate with hamburgers. But now we're going to beat them so that the record becomes Swedish,” said Amirlatifi.
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Local groups and charity organizations working with children and the homeless have been invited to take part in event on September 19th, which will see the mega snack shared out once it has been cooked.
“We've had mostly had positive reactions so far. And everyone will be able to eat the burger for free,” said Amirlatifi.
But he added that his own favourite burger is by comparison a fairly low-key affair.
“A little bit pink and not too much stuff on it. Some dressing and fried onion, cheese and some bacon,” he said.