As part of the town’s July 4 celebration, pork producers in Humboldt County, IA, will be trying to set a new world record July 3 in Humboldt. Producers are planning to grill the world’s largest pork burger.
The giant burger will be 240 lb., 40 in. in diameter and 10 in. thick. A 42-in. bun is being prepared to hold the patty and pork producers are having a special grill built to cook the over-sized burger.
It’s expected to take up to 12 hours to fully cook the pork.
The county pork group is partnering with several local grocery stores and other businesses in what they hope will be a record-setting feat.
“The Hy-Vee and Fareway grocery stores and Vinnie’s Barbecue are donating the pork for the burger and Hy-Vee is baking the bun using 16 to 20 lb. of dough,” says Harold Trask, a member of the Humboldt County Pork Producers and past president of the National Pork Board. “Holstein Grilling Company is building the grill for use in the record-breaking attempt because mine isn’t big enough,” he says.
Besides helping promote pork, Trask says the goal is to try and get in the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest pork burger to help the city of Humboldt attract area residents to the celebration. A Guinness representative is expected to be on hand to witness the event.
“The closest we have found is a 125-lb. pork burger, so we hope this one does the job,” Trask says. “We’re just trying to break the Guinness record.”
Once the giant pork burger is fully cooked, it will be cut up and given to everyone attending the celebration that evening.