We’re in an age of mashup-food mania, a time in which a new frankenfood unveils itself everyday. To help you keep up with all the new hypebeast snacks on the scene, we’ll be doing a weekly roundup of ridiculous mashup foods you need to know about right now, and ranking them on staying power. Read on!
Donut + Cheeseburger = Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger
there is a Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger in this world… pic.twitter.com/1nVbwYoZkB
— kursten berry. (@kurstenberry) August 5, 2014
The mashup: We’re in state fair season, an incredibly rich period for mashups in which preposterous foods provide a punchline for news programs to end on before everyone forgets about them for another year. Fox, CBS and the U.K.’s Daily Mail were all over this three-patty, donut-bun cheeseburger when it debuted at the San Diego county fair earlier this summer. As the Daily Mail pointed out, the donut-cheeseburger is the “brainchild of grease queen Paula Deen” that has been brought to new heights (literal and figurative) by Chicken Charlie’s.
Staying power: Low. Fairground foods tend to remain within state lines, which sadly means that non-Californians are unlikely to have the chance to try this mutant dessert burger. But if you do live within the Golden State, Chicken Charlie’s is currently thickening arteries at the Orange County Fair, and is set to move on to the Los Angeles County Fair later this month. (Photo: @kurstenberry)
Salad + Burger = Protein-Style Burger
The mashup: Meanwhile, over in Beverly Hills, Fatburger has started selling a carb-free burger that uses lean beef patties in place of bread. Which sounds way more “protein-style” than In-N-Out’s off-menu burger of the same name which replaces the buns with iceberg lettuce.
Staying power: High. With the rise of gluten-free eating, paleo diets and the ever-present penchant for pseudo-healthy food fads in L.A., we’re predicting this one’s going to stick around for a while. (Photo: Eater)
Corn Dog + Burger = The Carny
— Zombie Burger (@ZombieBurgerDM) August 6, 2014
The mashup: In honor of the Iowa State Fair, Des Moines-based Zombie Burger has taken a classic fairground food and shoved it into a cheeseburger, because apparently cheeseburgers are everyone’s favorite item to mess with this time of year.
Staying power: Medium. As Zombie’s burger of the week, The Carny is only available until August 18, but it might very well rise from the dead this time next year. (Photo: @ZombieBurgerDM)
Katsu + Burger = Katsu Burger
The mashup: This is similar to The Carny, but with a Japanese schnitzel instead of a corn dog. Seattle’s Katsu Burger takes beef patties, chicken cutlets, pork loins, and tofu steaks, breads and deep fries them, and then tops them with Japanese condiments like wasabi mayo, miso honey mustard, or tonkatsu sauce. And because everything is better fried, they also have a dessert of katsu dorayaki (red bean pancake) served with ice cream.
Staying power: High. Former sushi chef Hajime Sato opened Katsu Burger in 2011 and it’s still going strong, which means you have plenty of time to implement a rigorous training regiment in preparation for their monstrous Mt Fuji cheeseburger with three kinds of cheese, bacon, fried egg, beef, pork, and chicken. (Photo: Facebook/ Katsu Burger)
Ice Cream Cone + Fried Chicken = Chicken and Waffle Cone
The mashup: Water Street Brewery has ingeniously found a way to turn chicken and waffles into a sushi handroll, so you can walk around the Wisconsin State Fair with this in one paw and an oversized stuffed Spongebob in the other. Instead of ice cream, the rosemary cornmeal waffle cone is filled with blue cheese slaw, fried chicken, the brewery’s Honey Lager maple syrup, and their Oktoberfest beer candied bacon.
Staying power: Low. The Wisconsin State Fair runs through the end of this week, but this sounds so goddamn delicious that we’re considering road tripping over to binge eat these babies until our love handles merge in the middle of our backs, and wash them down with Mike’s Hard Lemonade because that’s a thing in Wisconsin. (Photo: Reddit)