Look & Learn – Australia’s Biggest Burger

THERE’S a bunfight on in Cavendish, a beef so big you can’t get your head around it.

For three years, the one local shop has been daring all comers to open their big mouths.

And every person who tried has walked out beaten.

They have bitten off more than they, or anyone else, can chew.

In 2006 the Cavendish Cafe at the general store wanted a gimmick, something that would stop traffic.

They came up with Australia’s biggest hamburger, a 4kg meaty megalith that does stop traffic and could probably stop a motorbike cold if you sat it on the road.

Owners Roz and Rodney Duffin issued a challenge that anyone who could eat it in an hour would get their $38.90 back. Nobody has come remotely close.

“It’s just a hamburger with the lot,” Roz says, but that’s like calling the Sahara a sandpit. The burger is Australia’s biggest, the cafe’s standard one-with-the-lot alarmingly upsized.

Blokes full of bravado drive the three hours west from Melbourne. Blokes full of beef and bacon drive home, stuffed, with half a burger in a doggie bag.

Tourists change their itineraries to tackle it.

Its fame has reached as far as Germany.

“The whole burger weighs four kilos and the meat pattie itself weighs a kilo and a half, which is the equivalent of 17 of our regular patties,” Mrs Duffin says.

“The buns are specially made in Warrnambool. They are spectacular.”

Nutritionist Matt O’Neill from Metabolic Jumpstart said Australia’s biggest burger was the equivalent of three days worth of energy for the average person – almost 23,000 kilojoules.

The cafe’s sign promises “Fast Food” but the big burger is anything but.

Cooking a pattie that big is a cow of a job. It takes 20 minutes, and a pizza shovel to flip it.

Eating one is a bigger production. A construction crew from Melbourne split one 10 ways for smoko yesterday, and still didn’t get it down.

“You need overalls to eat it,” one bloke warned.

Kane Parish, 19, a builder from Horsham, sank his teeth into one around lunchtime.

“Not a chance,” he said, surrendering after a quarter.

Nobody has ever got far past half.

“I don’t think we’ve ever brought one out where people haven’t said ‘Oh My God!’,” Mrs Duffin says.

“I’ve seen grown men look like they’re going to cry when they couldn’t finish it.

“I’ve had a couple that were just so disappointed. His mate just sat there eating a normal hamburger with the lot, laughing at him.

“He was so disappointed. He took it personally.”

The burger is lovingly made, tasty, not greasy, and some locals buy one to take home and feed the family.

– Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big.

– Explain why people would try and eat this burger.

– Choose one of the following situations and complete a snapshot piece of writing.

  • You see the burger for the first time as a waiter brings it towards you. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
  • You are more than half way through the burger and starting to feel extremely full. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.

23 thoughts on “Look & Learn – Australia’s Biggest Burger

  1. 1) I think that the restaurant made a burger so big because they might of wanted to make a lot of money and they might of also wanted to attract more customers so that they could be a popular shop.

    2) I think that people would try and eat this burger because they might want to try to impress their friends or family. They also might want to get full.

    3) I had nearly eaten three quarters of my delicious enormous hamburger! I could hear everyone yelling at me saying “you must go on!” and “don’t give up because I know that you can do it!” I was trying my hardest. I could see the crowd taking pictures and gazing in amazement. The scent of the filling made me dribble a little but I still felt like I was going to be sick because I had eaten three quarters of this monstrous burger. I really was wondering if I was ever going to get the courage to finish the massive burger. I was really as full as ever and I was about to be horribly sick. I could still see a whole quarter of the 40cm tall burger. So I actually gave up, I could not stand the pain in the chest.

  2. I think that the restaurant would want to make a berger so big is to see if someone can finish a huge Berger. I also think that they would make a huge berger is so lots of people can join in and have some fun and try and have a go at a huge berger. I think they wanted to do this is because they want to stop all of the traffic and so more and more people would want to come in and by this huge berger.

    I think that people would want to try this berger is because that they might want to complete this berger so that they can get their money back and that they can win this.
    I can hear all of the people the cheering for me and my friends behind me. I am thinking am I going to complete this challenge. I can see the berger coming towards me and I can also see the big patty. i can smell the big berger coking in the oven right in front of me and I just want to eat it right now because of the smell and the tasty taste of it. I am feeling scared because I have never seen it.
    I think that it is 40cm long and it is probably 1m long.

  3. – Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big.
    Because it would earn them a whole lot of money and by putting it in the news it makes more people want to go there so they could get more popular, I mean 38.90 is a lot of money and no body’s eaten the whole thing yet so they still have all their money, this makes them really wealthy. It would also be to impress others and be really arrogant because there saying how long it took them and saying “No one’s ever finished it and no one probably will! It’s massive and it’s taken us about 20 minutes to cook the paddy’s which is 17 of our usual ones and we need to use a huge pizza flip to flip the paddies we get the tops and bottoms specially made in Wornabal! Do you feel sorry for me? There really bragging and it makes them famous.

    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger.
    Because, it’s a competition I mean you get your money back and all but because nobody’s managed to eat it it’s hard to eat and it’s like when Josh and Brandon have a competition, they don’t care if there’s a prize they just want to beat each-other and then show off like “I’m the best you can’t even eat a burger” or “Look I’m the best I just ate Australia’s biggest burger and you didn’t because you can’t even eat a burger!”, also it could be like a talent like if you finish this burger then it’s like a talent and you could go on X-Factor or Australia’s Next Big star and just sit up there eating massive burgers and if you win you could become famous just for eating a massive burger not only would that make you famous but it would make the shop famous too and then they could keep doing that too see it there’s a second place, but if no-one does and you would just be up there bragging about how they ate Australia’s biggest burger and no-one else could because you’re the best.

    ■You are more than half way through the burger and starting to feel extremely full. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    I feel really sick and my tummy hurts, there was 8 eggs inside that 20 pieces of bacon 9 slices of cheese 3 whole tomatoes, lots of lettuces and a whole bottle of mayo, I can still smell the delicious burger and it smells like rainbows and unicorns, the burgers just sitting there I think it wants me to eat it, the waitress is telling me that I’ve got past the record and that if I keep eating it’d make me famous, I really didn’t care about being famous, but I had eaten most of the burger, but I didn’t want to give up that money wasn’t mine to take it was my sisters I need that money back, but that means that I need to eat, I can eat I feel really sick and I’m just about to throw up all over my gorgeous burger, it still smells like rainbows and unicorns and now it’s starting to smell like lollypops too, if I spew it will go all over my delicious burger and smell like spew and dead unicorns and out of date lollypops and I don’t want that but I need my money back. What can I do? I really need to eat this and it’s really annoying if I don’t get this money back I mean, how am I going to get $38.90? I’m going to take another bite and try my best to eat it but I feel really sick… BURKKKKKKKKKKKK, oh now my yummy burger that smelt like unicorns, rainbows and lollypops smell like a unicorn that’s just been spewed on a rainbow that’s gone away because it was raining spew and an out of date, lollypop. I’m going to be sick again BURKKKKKKK, the waitress is handing me a paper bag, I wonder if I get my money back, oh look I do, I wonder if Mr Price could eat all of this burger?

  4. Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big- I think they would make a big burger like this to impress others and be arrogant. I think they would make a burger this big because they would feel like they are the best. I think they would make a burger this big to get loads of rewards and make more people come check it out. I think they would make this so more people can come and so they are popular and getting more money. I think they would make this because to get all the credit and make more people come and watch them suffer. I think they would also make this to give people a spot to try and win something. I think they would make this to give people a big challenge and show off their talent. I also think they would make this because so they can get lots of money and so everyone can appreciate them. I think this because they want to be in the zone and lead all of the shops and see if they can beat them. I think they would make this so they can see all these people trying and having a go.

    Explain why people would try and eat this burger- I think people would eat this burger to be confidents and show off their talent. I think they would try this so they can be better then everyone else and get more attention. I think people would try this because they might want to prove someone wrong and show them that they are the best. I think people would try this because they want to get money and spend it on their family and people that need help. I think people would try this to have a competition and have fun. I think people would do this maybe to impress others so they can bow down to them. I think they would try this because if they win everybody will love the person and the person will be the next biggest hits. I think they would try this to see how it will go and all the other pathetic people trying it. I also think they will have a try because they might be lonely and not even recognised so they might want the spotlight for once. I think they would also try it to be in something and even if they don’t complete it at least they wore a part of something.

    ■You see the burger for the first time as a waiter brings it towards you. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive- I am think really nervous if I will manage to fit this big juicy pile of junk in my mouth. I would smell the nice yummy juicy meat swishing away in the air. I could smell the cooked cheese sizzling in my face. I can smell all of the other burgers coming towards all of the competitive. I can smell all the ingredients on the big delicious burger. I can see all of the burgers coming towards us. I also see the ingredients. I can see the people with their hands up cheering clapping shouting out names. I can see all the competitors looking like Oh My God this is really happening. I can see people in the audience ready for us to start our job. I can hear all of the competitors breathing really fast and loud. I can hear the audience yelling calling out the names. I can hear the people clapping and cheering. I can hear people’s laughter. I can hear people crying for their mates to win. I am feeling very nervous as the burger coming towards me. I am feeling very confidents that I might achieve something really exiting. I would be feeling very exhausted. I am feeling very sick when it coming towards me.

  5. – Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big.
    I think that the people would make a huge burger because they maybe want to have a challenge for people around the world and for people in Australian.
    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger?
    People would try to eat this huge burger because they would like to give it a go and see if they can broke the world record of Australian burger record.
     You see the burger for the first time as a waiter brings it towards you. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.

    It was my first time trying to eat this enormous burger. I can smell the fat, juicy burger with the healthiest vegetable in Australian. I can hear the chefs cooking the biggest burger in the hole of Australia and I want to try it out. I feel like I am a hungry lion looking for it pray. I wonder if anyone has past at list half way. Hear it comes, 4kl of enormous burger coming towards me. I wonder if I can eat that burger. What to do.

  6. – Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big?
    A restaurant would have a burger so big so they can get famous and compete for people around the world. They also wanted to stop traffic that means to get costumers into their store/café!
    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger?
    They would try to win their money back my eating this huge burger and to break the world record off eating the enormous bugger.
    You are more than half way through the burger and starting to feel extremely full. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    I feel so sick and feel like throwing up. All of the people around me cheering for me I might eat it all I have no idea. The left overs smell so decent to my tastes. I think that I might break the world record by eating the whole burger. I wonder if anybody would break the world record if I eat the complete burger. I ate the entire bugger I’m so full I think I need to go to the bathroom and to go to the toilet.

  7. Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big.
    I think that they made a giant burger because people were having a stomach ache so the people wanted to make something massive for people to nibble on for thousands of weeks.
    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger.
    I think that people what are confident wants to try out and eat a giant burger because the burger would have been and cheaper food to buy.
    – Choose one of the following situations and complete a snapshot piece of writing.
    ■You are more than half way through the burger and starting to feel extremely full. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    I have over done it because I just eaten a half of a tasty yummy burger what so deloused. I said to myself I’m feeling a little bit SICK and I don’t want to eat anymore so leave the amazing restaurant.

  8. – Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big.
    I think that a restaurant built this burger because it will stop all the traffic somehow. If the restaurant tried to stop the traffic I think they could stop it by bringing in more people to try their burger and that will eventually stop all the people from driving and they will all park their cars. I think they also built this because they can get more money. This gigantic burger that costs at least $50 or less to eat this burger, so if they didn’t sell any of these burgers, I’m sure that they wouldn’t have as money as they do now.
    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger.
    I think that people eat this burger because it would fill them up and because if they finish the whole burger they would get a money back guarantee. Because people pay a lot of money to eat this burger it would be nice to get your money back because first of all you get money for just eating a gigantic burger and it is a really good meal you wouldn’t have to eat for a long time. I think people would eat this just to get obese and to get on the biggest loser. I would love to be on television. I would be like the new ‘BIG KEV’ guy.
    – Choose one of the following situations and complete a snapshot piece of writing.
    • You see the burger for the first time as a waiter brings it towards you. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    As I watch the humongous and beautiful burger come towards me, ready to be eaten, I prepare myself. I chomp my jaws and get everything out of my teeth with a toothpick. I can smell the satisfying aroma in the room. It smells like big beef, lettuce, cheese and many more delicious features. There is the waitress, in a wonderful looking dress which is black and white polka dots. She has a plate so big, I thought never knew existed. The burger is so big, it can barely fit on the plate. She places it down onto the table right in front of by big fat gut. What should I do, turn around and be a little sissy, or be a real man and show people what I can do?

  9. I can not believe that they had to use a pizza shuffle to flip the bugger and The buns are specially made in Warrnambool. They are genomic I think that everyone how tried to eat that burger would probably fail if you asking me.It smells like big beef, lettuce, cheese burger if I tried to eat that I would spew up that can like fit 100,000 cheeseburgers in side it and this burger would proubly cost about lets say 60$for a humongous burger.
    I think someone would try to eat a burger like that to be a champion like oh look at me I am the only one how ate the burger I am the best.

  10. Reblogged this on Our Global Classroom and commented:
    4J I’d like you to check this out. We need to look at Mr Andrews class 5/6A and hope they answer the Look to Learns on his blog. His students follow our blogs comment success criteria magnificently. Today we will take a look and see if we can reflect in the questions Mr Andrew has asked on his class. Can we in our Notebooks respond as well as 5/6A. We should thank them for their great work and 5/6A should know that we follow them closely and use their work as models in our classroom.

  11. – Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big.
    They might have made the burger so big so they can make more money maybe because they won’t that popular. Or maybe they just wanted to challenge some people to finish the burger so they get their money back.
    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger.
    Maybe because they paid so much to get it so they want to get their money back. Also they would have wanted to make a world record for eating the whole thing. But some people’s eyes are bigger than their bellies.
    – Choose one of the following situations and complete a snapshot piece of writing.
    ■You are more than half way through the burger and starting to feel extremely full. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    Finally! I am more than half way through my massive burger! Now if I just eat this last little bit I will get my $38.90 back. And I will also probably make a world record. This burger has: 8 eggs, 9 slices of cheese, 2 or 3 onions, 20 slices of bacon, 2 or 3 tomatoes in it! Ok now I am so full I just want to explode! But I kept going, all the way down to 1 more bite I went to eat it and when my mouth got around it I…….

  12. Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big?
    So they can get more money and because they know you’re not going to finish it because how big it is.

    Explain why people would try and eat this burger?
    So they can challenge themselves. So they can try to get their money back. So people can know that they finished the biggest burger in Australia.

    Choose one of the following situations and complete a snapshot piece of writing
    See
    I see the burger for the first time as a waiter brings it towards me.

    Smelling
    I can see a ginormous burger in front of me with a huge beef pate that I’ve never seen in my life.

    Smelling
    I can smell the beautiful meet in the ginormous burger as I get ready to eat it.
    Hearing I can hear people saying oh my gosh when she go’s past. I can hear her foot steeps as she is coming towards me.

  13. – Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big?
    The restaurant wanted to stop the traffic because they wanted more money for themselves.
    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger?
    The people wanted to try this burger because they wanted to get their money back to them.
    You are more than half way through the burger and starting to feel extremely full. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    I feel very contender because I my full the I my nearly finish but I my feel very sick. I think that I can finish the burger that would be awesome.

    By Aaliyah Fitzparick

  14. Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big?

    The waiters thought that because they found a gigantic bun which was made specially. The buns that they use are specially made in Warrnambool. The café wanted to have a competition to see if someone could eat this humongous burger and the one who could eat the whole burger would get their $38.90 back. Nobody has come remotely close to finishing the burger.

    Explain why people would try and eat this burger.
    So if the customers who want to compete against eating the whole burger, they would get their $40.00 back. Tourists change their intineraries to tackle this giant burger to be the first person to EVER finish. If I was to eat this humongous burger when I’m just before half way I would not want to eat anymore of the burger because that burger is way too big for me to eat. Australia’s biggest burger was the equivalent of three day worth of energy for the average person – almost 23,000 kilojoules. This burger has eight eggs, nine slices of cheese, 2-3 tomatoes, 23 slices of bacon, lots of mayonnaise and is the size of an Elephants foot.

    -You see the burger for the first time as a waiter brings it towards you. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    When I first saw this gigantic burger I thought WOW!!!! “Who would ever eat this giant burger”? All I could see was these two massive buns and in between the buns was this massive beef Pattie with 8 eggs, 20 pieces of bacon, 9 slices of cheese, 3 whole tomatoes, lots of lettuce and a whole bottle of mayo.

  15. I think the restaurant made a burger that big so that their restaurant can be known all around the world.They want lots of customers come to their restaurant and to challenge the customers to eat this huge burger. People try and eat the burger so they could get a valuable reward or they might be really hungry so they try and eat this enormous burger. They might be able to take on the challenge and they think they might get something like money because they are the first ones to finish the burger.

  16. Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big.
    So people would try to eat it but they can’t because it’s too big. They also do it because they get money out of it so they don’t care if they make it they just want the money out of it. They try to make you think it’s easy so you try but every won no they won’t get that mush. It looks like it’s easy but when you start it’s really felling to fit in. If you eat it you will get really fat they don’t care because they want the money. They also want you to win to say I bet you can’t eat that burger at that shop and then more people will come.
    Explain why people would try and eat this burger.
    People would try to eat it because all then they would have all the bragging rights with the shop and with other people you can go up to them and say” or I am, full because I just eat a 4 kilo burger” That’s what the people who tries to eat it thinks about but they never had the chance because they don’t ever finish the burger so they don’t get the chance to tall everyone.
    During a bright sunny day, as I was driving a huge bright sign caught my eye. It was a burger challenge so I went and parked my car. As I parked my car and seen this fat guy with a red t-shirt on he was feeling silk. As my stomach rubble I went inside and said I want to do the challenge he told me to wait for a sec and then he came out and put a burger on the table then I said” this is easy”.

  17. Australia’s Biggest Burger
    – Describe why a restaurant would make a burger so big?
    I think the restaurant would make big to see who loves there food and who would try it out, as well a challenge to the restaurant and see if they could make a burger that huge.

    – Explain why people would try and eat this burger?
    I think the people would try to eat this burger because there hungry as well to challenge themselves into that competition and try with round about their $40:00 back.

    – Choose one of the following situations and complete a snapshot piece of writing.

    ■You see the burger for the first time as a waiter brings it towards you. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    Ill would be thinking why are you bringing this big burger towards me and seeing the biggest burger in life I have seen and smelling 20 times then a normal burger and I’m just hearing people talking quietly talking about the huge burger and I am just feeling shocked that a waiter is bringing a huge burger towards me, and is this the burger what I ordered?…I did not think it was going to be this big.

    ■You are more than half way through the burger and starting to feel extremely full. What are you thinking, seeing, smelling, hearing and feeling? Be descriptive.
    Did I just really eat this burger half way? Wow me seeing a this huge burger that I just eaten half way and feeling full and sick I’m still smelling the cheese melting and all of the ingredients mix altogether and steaming off and coming towards my nose while I’m breathing in and out.

    Author- Abby Siddle

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