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Behold: The Blooper Burger. Your Arteries Will Clog Just Thinking About It

Aug 28, 2019
Originally published on September 17, 2019 2:22 pm

The Blooper Burger is what happens when ALL the food is stacked between two slices of Texas toast: four cheeseburger patties, a footlong hot dog, four chicken tenders, lettuce, tomato, onion, jalapenos and tater tots.

There's also American cheese and nacho cheese sauce.

Chef Pete Smithing holds the Blooper Burger, which includes pretty much all the concession stand foods you can think of, at SunTrust Park in Georgia. For dessert: caramel popcorn colored with the Atlanta Braves' red and blue.
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"It's got everything you would eat, just all at one time," says its creator, chef Pete Smithing.

It's SunTrust Park's contribution to outrageous baseball stadium offerings and is named after the Atlanta Braves' mascot, Blooper. The "official" origin story is that the massive sandwich is what a very hungry Blooper threw together for himself in Smithing's kitchen one day.

In reality, the concoction was inspired by a conversation between Smithing and another chef about what would be good on a burger.

"We wanted something that would be fun, exciting and different — something that would make people go 'wow,' " Smithing says. (You can hear more about the Blooper Burger by clicking the play button above.)

Across the country, concession stands are reinventing stadium dining experiences, concocting crazy menu items for patrons to eat at their seats.

In April, we reported on the bulgogi hoagie — Korean beef served with onions and kimchi cheese (known as "kimcheez whiz") — as well as a hot dog with piles of pastrami, sauerkraut and spicy mustard. Both are served at Nationals Park in Washington.

On Twitter, we also asked for your most outrageous stadium meals — and you delivered. Here's a sample of what you've eaten at stadiums across the country, including these nachos at Comerica Park, home of the Detroit Tigers.

Also at Comerica Park: a pizza with cheese, chili, mustard, onions and hot dog slices.

Behold the pulled pork parfait at Miller Park, home of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, offers a massive 2-pound chicken tender — called the Fowl Pole.

Toasted grasshoppers are a fan favorite in Seattle at T-Mobile Park.

Wash all the outrageousness down with a 22-ounce, $19.25 cup of craft beer in San Francisco at Oracle Park.

But there were concession stand purists among you. For them, stadiums should just stick to the basics.

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

This story falls in the category of things only one of us in this studio would eat.

RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Right. It's not happening.

GREENE: I mean, I would do it, although, I admit it's kind of gross. Though, if you're at the ballpark in Atlanta watching the Atlanta Braves game and you can't decide if you want a burger or a hot dog or maybe chicken tenders, this could really help you out. Here's WABE Summer Evans.

SUMMER EVANS, BYLINE: The Atlanta Braves are known for some key baseball staples. For instance, you got the legendary right fielder Hank Aaron, the traditional chant at every game...

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

EVANS: ...And now a notable concession stand item - the Blooper Burger.

PETE SMITHING: The Blooper Burger is four all-beef patties, cheeseburger - so American cheese.

EVANS: That's chef Pete Smithing, the guy behind this monstrous burger. It honors the Braves' furry, big-eared mascot Blooper. But those four hamburger patties are just the start.

SMITHING: Then we do a footlong hot dog, and then we do four chicken tenders. We top that with nacho cheese and then tater tots and jalapenos.

EVANS: That's all inside two long pieces of buttered Texas toast. Oh, and I almost forgot a few things.

SMITHING: And lettuce, tomato and onion.

EVANS: You got to have the veggies in there.

SMITHING: Yes.

EVANS: But don't worry. If you still have a hankering for something sweet, the burger comes with red-and-blue caramel popcorn on either side. T.J. Edness is a concession stand worker who serves between 60 and 80 Blooper Burgers a game. But can you believe he's never had one?

T J EDNESS: When customers come, they ask me, have I had it? How do I like it? I’m like, honestly, I don’t know 'cause it’s kind of intimidating

EVANS: So he decided to give it a shot.

EDNESS: Wow. This is really good. Those tastes really complement each other, honestly. If I don't like something, I'm going to tell you.

EVANS: And this calorie-packed goodness comes at the low, low price of $26. For NPR News, I'm Summer Evans. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.