Bacon Cheeseburger ... On a Donut?Posted on Oct 14th 2009 12:00PM by Victoria Stein
Filed Under: Diet & Weight Loss
What do you get when you combine a beef patty, two strips of bacon and a slice of cheese on a Krispy Kreme donut bun? For starters, about a day's worth of calories and roughly 50 grams of fat.
The 1,500-calorie bacon cheeseburger donut is the latest fried-food sensation at state fairs around the country. At the Big E, a 17-day fair in West Springfield, Mass., organizers report selling about 1,000 Craz-E Burgers each day, according to a recent article in the New York Daily News. Ironically, the burger concession stand is located right outside the city's "Better Living" center. Equivalent to about three Big Macs, you'd need to do three hours of high-intensity cardio to burn off the 4-inch burger.
The owner of Mulligan's in Decatur, Ga., came up with the idea in 2005 after running out of hamburger buns. He named the creation the Luther Burger, after singer-songwriter Luther Vandross, who is credited with inventing it. Incidentally, Vandross died of a heart attack at age 54.
In 2006, the Gateway Grizzlies, a minor league baseball team in Illinois, teamed up with Krispy Kreme and began selling a deep-fried version at their concession stand. Game attendance improved, and team managers declared the burger a home run.
More recently, Paula Deen -- never one to shy away from butter and cream -- updated the artery-clogging concoction by adding a fried egg.
Given that about 65 percent of Americans are already overweight or obese and heart disease is the No. 1 killer in this country, do we really need to be coming up with new ways to add fat to already-fatty foods? Instead, check out these five steps to add years to your life.