MIDDLETOWN >> Imagine eating the Tyrannosaurus Rex of burgers: a towering multilayered creation that is so big even promotional cards at the city’s Wayback Burgers location can’t depict its true size.
“The Triple Triple burger has nine patties, nine pieces of cheese, lettuce, tomato and a bun. “It’s a beautiful burger when it’s built,” said co-owner Jessica Light of Durham.
Yes, it’s a whopper.
“It’s 10 inches tall and you have to put a little kabob through it because it’ll fall over on the plate. It’s a humongous sandwich,” said Manager Chris Baker. “People are either aghast or feel challenged to eat it.”
It sounds like something only someone like the Travel Channel’s “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman or a Major League Eating contestant would dare try. But anyone can come into any Wayback Burgers restaurant nationwide Monday and try their hand — or, rather, stomach — at consuming the entire thing in less than 20 minutes.
Crushing that time will earn customers a Wayback T-shirt and gift certificate and qualify them for the national contest, with a top prize of $3,333 — a triple, triple prize.
Light, whose husband, Michael Light, also owns the shop, has never tried it. But she has witnessed its power.
“A couple kids added chili and all this other stuff to it and they ate the whole thing,” she said. “I was shocked: One primarily ate it.”
The contest, which only happens once a year, was won in a truly astonishing 39.95 seconds three years ago by Molly Schuyler of California. As proof, the feat, which really has to be seen to be believed, was videotaped…
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