Making such an expensive burger was actually quite the challenge, says its creator.
Restauranter Robbert Jan de Veen was ironically inspired by the needy to create the priciest burger in history.
“I was feeling bad seeing the sufferings of the masses and the dismal situation of the restaurant industry,” the owner of Dutch restaurant De Daltons told Abu Dhabi-based publication The National, Esquire Middle East reported. “Therefore, I decided to create the world’s most expensive burger and donate the entire income to charity to do good for the society.”
Rober Wilemse, chairman of the Royal Dutch Food and Beverage Association, paid $5,964 for Veen’s creation.
“The ingredients complement each other very well and the flavors are intense,” Wilemse said of his experience consuming the obscenely priced meal.
Veen’s unique way of raising charitable funds was also inspired by a lifelong desire to be a world-record holder. While confirmation of the burger’s status is pending the Official World Record Association’s confirmation, Veen is confident he’ll receive it: The current Guinness World Record holder for the most expensive burger is a $4,971 situation sold by an Oregon restaurant in 2011.
Indeed, Veen did his best to construct a hamburger that at least somewhat lived up to its record-breaking price.
To do so, he opted for a veritable menu of extravagant ingredients, including Japanese wagyu beef, beluga caviar, Alaskan king crab and white truffle, Esquire reported. And he invested a good deal of time, too: The burger — which he named “The Golden Boy” — took him nearly nine hours to prepare.
Despite the lavishness of the high-priced meat sandwich, Wilemse noted that he still used his hands to eat it, as that is the only way a decent person devours one, no matter the context.
“Even though this burger is extremely costly, you should still use your hands because that is the only way to eat a burger,” Wilemse said, adding, “Since the bun is covered in gold leaf, your fingers will be golden by the time you finish.”
Those with cash to burn on extremely round-a-bout and tasty charitable donations can DM Veen’s restaurant on Instagram with requests.