More specifically, they were imagining a world in which they were traveling through the galaxy in an experimental spacecraft when their food replicators were damaged and in turn were only to replicate a set amount of food items for infinity — or until they were rescued — one of which was a Cheddar bacon cheeseburger. If this sounds a little hard to follow just listen to Nerd Lunch episode 148 where you can hear them explain the concept a hell of a lot better than I just did.
Anyway, this led to a conversation about which bacon cheeseburger toppings they’d choose if they were limited to only five – again, due to issues with the replicator. After much discussion and back and forth they settled on American cheese, hatch green chilies, a fried egg, yellow mustard and peanut butter, which honestly sounds like it could make for a pretty unique and delicious burger. So, I decided to create the Nerd Lunch Burger for myself, with one small change. Instead of using only the five toppings they ultimately decided upon I instead opted to use every single topping the four of them had up for debate.
Wondering what the Nerd Lunch Burger all entails? Here’s a list of toppings from the bottom up:
- Cream cheese
- A burger patty topped with Cheddar cheese and bacon
- French fries
- Hatch green chillies
- Goat cheese
- Blue cheese
- A middle bun with peanut butter on it
- A second burger patty topped with American cheese
- Onion rings (battered, not breaded per CT’s specifications)
- Mushrooms (sauteed in bacon fat because according to Jess regular mushrooms are “too vegetarian”)
- Swiss cheese
- Beetroot (this is apparently a legit burger topping in Australia, which is where Jess is from)
- A fried egg
- A couple more onion rings (because you can never have too many onion rings)
Topping off the burger — literally — is a mini Cheddar bacon cheeseburger because when Pax suggested a second burger patty as an additional topping Jess questioned whether or not it should be an actual burger or just a smaller burger that sat at the very top like a hat. Clearly I had to go with both options….
There wasn’t much talk about what type of bun would be served with the burger, but a pretzel bun was mentioned so I went with that because let’s be honest, any time you have a pretzel bun as an option and you choose a regular bun instead you’ve just made a huge mistake.
So, there you have it… the Nerd Lunch Burger. It may not be the easiest thing to eat — or really even possible to eat at all without making a pretty ridiculous mess — but it sure is spectacular!