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Posted by Yoshita Singh on July 8, 2010

Do you want to win a $100 gift certificate, free T-shirt and have a burger named after you?

All you have to do is eat a burger.

But hold on. Conditions apply.

What you have to chow down is a 5-pound burger that has 10 patties, 20 pieces of bacon, 20 pieces of cheese, five pounds of fries and a whole deli pickle. Along with unlimited soda. And you have just an hour to finish this mountain of a burger.

Whew!! Not hungry anymore? Well, what’s in a $100 gift certificate anyway?

That’s Eagles Deli and Restaurant’s burger challenge for you. Located in 1918 Beacon St in Brighton, Eagles Deli started this challenge 15 years ago. So far, only one person – Pete from Canada – has been able to finish the entire burger.

“A lot of people have taken the challenge but so far we’ve had just one winner. Pete was here two months ago with friends, who also took the challenge. We have a Pete’s burger now, named after him,” says Moe, who runs the place.

The ‘Eagle’s Challenge’ burger costs $55 but if you finish the entire thing, you get your money back. Ever since the challenge started, Eagles has been gradually increasing the quantity of the ingredients. The burger initially had 4 patties, which were later increased to 6, 8 and now 10.


Eagles has a total of 5 “burger challenges” that you can choose from. ‘Paul Jones’ is a 4-pound burger with 16 pieces of American cheese, 5 pounds of fries and a deli pickle. It costs $38. Then there is the $28 three-pound ‘Reilly Burger’ that has 12 pieces of American cheese and 2 pounds of fries. The ‘Cowabunga’ has 8 pieces of cheese and 2 pounds of fries. It’s a 2-pound burger that costs $23. The last one is ‘Nick Lachey,’ which is a 1.5 pound burger with 6 pieces of Swiss cheese, 6 pieces of bacon and fries.  

Eagles organizes 7-10 challenges per week. But if you are not in a mood to eat a humongous burger, Eagles has a variety of sandwiches, appetizers, wraps and salads to choose from. The challenge burgers cost the most. Everything else in Eagles comes cheap. Like $5 breakfast and $8 lunch and dinner. Raul Jacob, who had come to the joint for breakfast, said he is not too keen to take up the challenge. “If I am not able to eat the whole thing, paying $55 for a burger is too much.”

The eatery is well-lit and spacious. Adorning its walls are scores of photos of people taking the burger challenge. Some are smiling faces of people just about to begin the challenge. Others have exhausted folks, half-way through their giant burgers. Those who finish the burger, get their picture up on the wall of fame. For others, there is a wall of shame, says Moe.

Eagles’ burger challenge was also attempted by ‘Man vs Food’ host Adam Richman last year. And even he couldn’t finish the entire burger. Ask Moe if he has taken the challenge himself and he lets out a laugh.

“The most I have managed to eat so far is a four-patty burger. I’m working my way up,” he says.

With Pete successfully completing the five-pound burger challenge, Moe says Eagles Deli is adding a new challenge. Come September and the challenge will be to eat a 6-pound burger. This one will have 20 patties. Anyone up for it?


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