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Burger Challenges

Think you have what it takes to conquer a massive burger challenge? These local restaurants will let you give it your best shot.

The Yet-to-be-Named Burger Challenge >>>
Chester’s Restaurant, 2005 W. Hwy. 76. Suite 209, Branson, 417-334-7838,
This burger is so big that it has to be charbroiled, then finished in the oven. When it’s all prepared, the gigantic burger is almost 8 inches tall and 1 foot wide! The 64-ounce beef patty is topped with a head of romaine lettuce, 20 pieces of cheese, three tomatoes, a whole red onion and a bunch of  fry sauce. And it weighs approximately 7 pounds. It has never been eaten by one person within an hour. The first person to finish the burger and the fries within an hour gets the burger for free, a free T-shirt and perhaps the coolest prize of all: They get to name it. (Chester’s Restaurant needs at least 24 hours notice for the burger.)

Boomer’s 4-pound Challenge
Boomers Campus Sports Bar & Grill, 631 S. Kimbrough Ave., Springfield, 417-866-2700
This massive burger weighs 5 pounds before it’s cooked. The prepared weight is 4 pounds, and the enormous beef patty can be topped with cheese and the works (lettuce, tomato and onion) if the challenger dares. If it is eaten in 30 minutes or less, the burger is free. If not, it’s $29.99. 

The Double E Burger Challenge
The Double E Burger & Ice Cream Shoppe, 3632 Mo. EE, Highlandville, 417-443-2000
Challengers have 30 minutes to complete this challenge. It consists of a 1.5-pound burger and 1.5 pounds of fries. The burger is topped with four pieces of cheese, plus lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and onions. If you finish, it’s free. If not, it’s $15. (Challenge held on Saturdays from 3 p.m.–7 p.m. And Sundays from 3 p.m.–6 p.m. The restaurant recommends calling ahead.)

Bair’s “Mac Daddy” Burger
Bair's, 5419 S. Campbell Ave., Springfield, 417-881-7266; 1644 US Highway 60 East, Republic, 417-732-5077,
This heavyweight burger weighs in at just less than 3 pounds. It features two 1-pound burger patties, covered with eight slices of bacon and eight slices of melted American cheese. It’s served on a massive bun and paired with a double order of fries. Challengers must eat it in 45 minutes or less (including the fries and garnishes). If you finish, it’s free. If not, it’s $18.99.

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