Showing scant regard for the traditional January health kick, alchemists at PYT in Philadelphia ("Home of America's Craaaziest Burgers!") have constructed their latest meat and bun-based monstrosity, stirring pangs of morbid curiousity in the stomachs of fast food lovers around the world.
The 'Deep Fried Peanut Butter And Jam Sandwich Burger' is a beef patty surrounded by, well, peanut and jam sandwiches.
Which would be upsetting enough, if those sandwiches weren't also battered in kettle chips, marinated in bananas and sriracha sauce and then laced with applewood bacon.
Never has that percularily American love of mixing savoury with sickly, sickly sweet manifested itself with such aplomb.
PYT are not, of course, the first to take the humble burger and pimp it into something disturbing. We present you with just a few heart-stopping creations from around the world. Well, America and Scotland.
1 | The Deep Fried Burger
No strangers to dipping already unhealthy food in artery-clogging batter, the Scots gave the burger its 'national dressing' long ago. Cheese is slipped between two burgers, dipped in batter and left to swim in a vat of hot oil. Looks horrendous but probably, unfortunately, tastes delicious.
2 | The Ramen Burger
So outrageous we did a whole story on it last year, the ramen burger is a gift to the world from the Brooklyn Smorgasburg food festival. It replaces the traditional floured white bun with noodles, kept firm by kansui powder. With rocket and spring onions on the side, the Esquire team is officially split on whether this looks delicious or diabolical.
3 | The Tongue Burger
Created by Calfornian American-Japanese restuarant Hopscotch, this is officially known as the First Base Burger, probably in homage to the local baseball team rather than any teen rite-of-passage. It's topped with beef tongue – a term we strongly recommend you don’t Google first if you're planning to give this one a go.
4 | The Krispy Kreme Burger
How to make a standard Krispy Kreme donut even more indulgent? Slice it in half, and add a bacon cheeseburger of course. Never to be consumed in public, it probably functions as a mean hangover cure.
5 | The Cheesescraper
Little is known about the origins of the Cheesescraper, but then there isn't much a mystery to unravel. Someone out there decided the 'cheese' part of a 'cheese burger' was being woefully unrepresented, and addressed the inbalance by bookending their patty with mounds of cheese big enough to choke a cow.
6 | Le Burger Extravagant
Manhattan’s Serendipity 3 created a $250 burger (roughly £180) with truffle-infused beef, topped with cheddar, a fried egg and black truffles, and served in a gold-dusted campagna roll. A culinary ode to excess, we actually wouldn’t mind a bite of this one.