The Mother of All Burgers

A burger so flavorful, you won't know what hit you.

Sure, there are fancier burgers. There are even more expensive burgers.

But Snake River Farms American Style Kobe Beef burger patties are pretty hard to beat.

And this is coming from a Food Gal who is not typically much of a Burger Gal, either.

The huge, 1/2-pound patties are made of American-style Kobe — Japanese Wagyu cows that have been crossed with American Black Angus ones. If you’ve ever experienced the over-the-top, fatty heaven known as Kobe beef, then you have an inkling of what these burgers are like.

If fat indeed equates flavor, these burgers are exploding with both. Take a deep breath and let me fill you in. Each of these patties alone has 750 calories — 610 of those from fat. Yowza! Indeed, each patty has more than 104 percent of a person’s daily recommended allotment of fat, and 126 percent of your daily value of saturated fat. Lordy, that’s a true case of too much information, if there ever was one.

It would be an understatement to say that you probably can’t eat these burgers too often — and still live to tell about it. But boy, what a treat at least once.

Snake River Farms sent me a two-patty sample to try. The burgers normally sell on its Web site for $55.12 for a box of 16 patties. They arrive frozen, and if you read the fine print on the box, you’ll learn that you’re supposed to cook them while still frozen.

Uh, we missed seeing that, and ended up defrosting them in the fridge, then grilling them. Even though flames did erupt every time my husband (aka Meat Boy) flipped them on the grill because of the fat dripping out, we don’t think the burgers suffered any because of that.

Indeed, these were some of the juiciest, moistest, and richest burgers we’ve ever eaten. They have a tremendous lush, buttery quality that really coats your entire mouth. Like a fine wine, these burgers have a finish that just linger on and on.

You really don’t need any condiments on this burger, because it’s so incredibly flavorful. And that’s saying something because I am a total condiment fanatic. As for Meat Boy, he gave the burger a big thumbs up.

One of these babies is definitely a meal unto itself. Just be sure to indulge when you don’t have an appointment with a cardiologist anytime soon.

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22 comments

  1. 1

    You’ve inspired me to try these burgers, especially since there’s some still some summer left! I came across your blog via blogher and I thought you might be interested in the blogger tools we have at Foodista. If you’d like to learn more, please visit us @ http://www.foodista.com/

  2. 2

    Just when I am trying to lower fat in my diet!

  3. 3

    Whenever I’m on a diet, which is like right now, I always crave a big, fat juicy burger. Looks oh so good.

  4. 4

    Sorry, but I have to disagree. A friend sent us a box of these patties, so I felt obliged to try them (although I have tried and disliked kobe beef in the past).

    No, I will stick to my bison burgers, made from South Dakota free-range bison. They’re healthier, have far more taste (not ‘fat’ taste), and free of all hormones and who knows what else that “American-style kobe beef” may have.

    But, your photo was nice – that’s what caught my eye.

  5. 5

    Your photo is gorgeous! Being very much a burger gal and loving Wagyu probably means I will be hugging these patties.

  6. 6

    This sounds like the perfect burger!

  7. 7

    The burger looks so good…though I wish I didn’t know the calories and fat content information. It’s a lot easier to eat when you are ignorant to that stuff. =)

  8. 8

    Yikes, 750 calories and that’s before the bun and sorry, but I’d have to put SOME condiments on it or it’s just not a burger (like cheese). But then what are special occasions for if not to splurge on the calorie chart? :)

  9. 9

    I like to occasional burger, crave it in fact, but this is taking it to the next level – oh my!

  10. 10

    I can’t hear you. I did not just read this post. For some reason my screen suddenly went blank just before the calories and fat part.

    (Heavily in denial in Cupertino!)

  11. 11

    foodgal, I went through a phase where I spent a fortune on these burgers. They are the most delicious burgers in the entire universe, but I didn’t notice the calorie count. Wowza!

  12. 12

    Mrs. L: Meat Boy topped his 750-calorie Kobe patty with a hunk of bleu cheese. I thought he might keel over right in front of me. ;)

  13. 13

    Wow what a nice Burger. Def the best Meat there !!!

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  15. 15

    Mmm, sounds good. Sometimes you just have to eat food that shortens your life.

  16. 16

    yum! they look delicious enough to be worth the calories! burger today, exercise tomorrow, right? :)

  17. 17

    Oh my gosh, they look amazing. I’m going to have to investigate where to find these & try them out before summer grilling season ends. Gotta indulge once in a while, right?

  18. 18

    Those look really good. I’m wondering – how well did you cook the burger? I like my burgers medium well or even well-done (afraid of germies). Do you think they would still be moist if cooked well?

  19. 19

    Lisa: We cooked our burgers to medium-rare. But — dare I say this — there’s so much fat in these babies that I’m sure if you cooked them to even well-done that they would still be pretty darn juicy. Yes, one of the benefits of major fat. Hah!

  20. 20

    I love their burgers too! And yeah, I totally didn’t read directions first time either. But still turned out great. Hey, that’s a killer shot of a burger!

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