The Benson Blakes Beat-It! Burger Challenge beat them all on Sunday.
The intrepid five diners who thought they could eat the 2kg monster burgers, plus side dishes, found that even an award winning burger looks unappetising when you have munched through a kilo and are only halfway there.
The St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, independent pub’s Tim Blake said: “No-one actually finished so it’s now the Impossible Benson Blakes Burger Challenge — we will be running it again.
“They all started really well but after half an hour they were looking peaky and after an hour it was looking like pain, so I offered to do the weigh-in.”
The burgers were based on a 1kg patty in a 500gm bun specially made by Gastrono-me across the road, but then bacon, cheese, salsa, tomato and salad brought the weight up to 2kg with the sides adding about 600gm of fries, onion rings and coleslaw.
Chris Kennedy won by leaving only 994gm. Second place went to Joe Speare, who Tim described as ‘the skinniest boy on our staff’, while the only woman to attempt it, Emma Sewell, came third. Bury fund raiser Mike King, best known for his tutu tombolas at the arc, came fourth and Benson regular Josh Munday was too ill to finish (must have been something he ate).
They were serenaded throughout by an Elvis impersonator.
“It was quite a surreal event,” Tim said. “It was great fun. We offered them all dessert, but they weren’t into it.”
But as they recovered from their efforts they can be proud that they have helped raise money for our Beat-It! appeal to buy a prostate probe for West Suffolk Hospital.