Baseball Park Adds Gargantuan Burger to the Menu

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Fifth Third Burger

After winning us over with its tasty veggie burgers and meatless taco salads (yum!), the West Michigan Whitecaps’ Fifth Third Ballpark has held a special place in our hearts. Unfortunately, the newest edition to the Whitecaps’ 2009 menu has us reaching for the Pepto-Bismol.

Weighing in at a hefty 4 pounds, the Fifth Third Burger contains a whopping 4,800 calories. Between two 8-inch buns lie five 1/3-pound beef patties and enough fixins’ to make even the heartiest eaters clutch their chests in horror: a cup of chili, five slices of American cheese, salsa, nacho cheese, Fritos, lettuce, tomato, and sour cream. And what do you get for finishing this artery-clogging sandwich? A T-shirt.

Well, PETA is challenging anyone who chows down on the Fifth Third Burger to take on a side order of all the resources it took to create the massive meal. Producing just one pound of animal flesh takes 16 pounds of grain and 2,468 gallons of water. You’re probably busy gagging over the mere thought of this monstrous burger, so I’ll do the math for you: on top of the 4-pound sandwich, you’ll be required to shovel in 27 pounds of grain and wash it down with 4,000 gallons of water. Think you can handle it?

For those gourmands who are intent on ingesting several days’ worth of food in one sitting, we’re asking the Whitecaps to offer the Fifth Third Veggie Burger. Vegetarian burgers don’t waste all the valuable resources that meat products do, so they’re a guilt-free indulgence for baseball fans who care about animals and the planet.

Written by Liz Graffeo

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