Britain’s best burger backing Beat It!

Tim Blake with a normal Benson Blake's Burger.
Tim Blake with a normal Benson Blake's Burger.
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Could you support our cancer scanner appeal and be the Benson Blakes Beat It! burger king?

The independent eaterie in St John’s Street, Bury St Edmunds, is to raise money for Beat It! by challenging people to eat one of its award winning burgers with chips, onion rings and coleslaw — but there is a catch.

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Tim Blake explained: “It’s a Benson Blakes burger on steroids. It’s six times the size of our normal burger.”

A prototype has weighed in at 2kg. It comprises a 1kg patty topped with six rashers of Suffolk Black Bacon, six slices of Emmental cheese, fresh tomato salsa, tomato slices, lettuce and onions.

They would never get it in a standard burger bun, so Benson Blakes has commissioned special 500gm rolls from Gastrono-me across the road.

The chips, onion rings and coleslaw challengers will have to scoff are normal portions.

The usual size burgers were named best British burger in the Morning Advertiser’s National Pub Food Challenge in March but even Tim believes mastering the monster may require tactics.

“We’ve all been debating the best way to do it,” he said. “It’s big and if it starts to cool down, cold burger is tough to eat. I think the answer would be to deconstruct it so you can eat the patty while it’s hot.”

The challenge will be held on the afternoon of Sunday, August 25, as part of the Bury Food Festival and to ensure fair play ‘Elvis’ will be compere, being an ambassador of burger bashing.

The winner is the first to eat everything and will get a T-shirt and modest trophy.

But if you want to take part, you need to start now. Tim said: “It’s open to 10 contestants who must raise at least £100 in sponsorship. They will have to set up a Just Giving website and send us the details so we can monitor it. The first 10 with £100 of sponsorship will get a place.”

You must email your Just Giving site address to

He added: “It’s a great cause and it’s something that needs a lot more done about it.”

Beat It! aims to raise £55,000 to buy a new prostate probe for West Suffolk Hospital to help with prostate cancer treatment. We have raised more than £34,000 to date.

The easiest ways to donate are to visit or to text Beat59 followed by a space and the amount (eg Beat59 £5) to 70070. You can also send cheques made to Bury Free Press Beat It Appeal 2013 to the Bury Free Press, King’s Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3ET.

For more information on prostate cancer visit or talk to a specialist nurse on 0800 074 8383.