SLIDESHOW: Making a 250 pound burger
MANTECA, CA - Make no mistake -- when California needs a massive hamburger, all eyes turn to Manteca.
Shattering the record they'd set just three years ago, Manteca meat company Fagundes Meats workers began serving up portions of their latest masterpiece Saturday -- a whopping 250-pound burger that retains the title of California's biggest burger ever for the San Joaquin County community.
After grinding the meat Thursday, Fagundes started the four-and-a-half hour cooking process for the colossal construction around 7 a.m. Saturday, Fagundes owner Frank Teixeira said. By noon, nearly 500 people were on hand at Fagundes' Main Street and Louise Avenue location in north Manteca to marvel at the giant burger, topped with cheese, lettuce, pickles and tomatoes.
The visitors didn't just get an eyeful -- each visitor got a taste as well as the monster burger was sliced and diced into one-pound chunks for the hungry fans.
The huge burger broke the California biggest hamburger record of 220 pounds, set by Fagundes in 2007. The Manteca meat company researched the idea of a world record, but discovered that would require going past 8,000 pounds of beef.