Burger Pursuit: Handling the Triple Triple isn’t easy easy

The Magnet Tribune: Victoriano Garcia
The nine patty Triple Triple burger from Wayback Burgers also contains nine slices of cheese.

Victoriano Garcia, Burger Pursuit Columnist

On a recent Saturday night some friends and I went to try out Wayback Burgers. My friends ordered some simple burgers to fill up their appetite, but I had my eyes on the legendary Triple Triple burger.

Wayback is known for this burger. It carries lettuce, tomato, a stack of nine patties, and to make things better there is a slice of cheese between each patty equivalent to nine slices of cheese. I did some research online and I found that the Triple Triple burger has 5,100 calories.

There are images of the burger around the restaurant on McPherson Avenue (next to Walgreen’s) and this caused me to have second thoughts of ordering it because it looks challenging and devastating.

Anyways, I walked up to the counter to place my order.

“I’ll have the Triple Triple, please,” I said.

I said it the calmest way possible. The employee gave me the expression as if the order wasn’t for me.

“Would you like that with a combo?” he said with a little laugh at the end.

I ignored the laugh.

“How much would it be without the combo?” I asked.

“The total price without the combo is $17.32,” he answered.

My jaw dropped to the floor. I only had $18 dollars with me. I expected for the burger to be $12 dollars max.

“No, no combo thank you,” I said.

I went to sit back with my friends. Since it was a big burger I assumed it was going to take over 15 minutes to arrive.

The restaurant was small, than half full, but it felt extremely crowded.

It carries lettuce, tomato, a stack of nine patties, and to make things better there is a slice of cheese between each patty equivalent to nine slices of cheese. I did some research online and I found that the Triple Triple burger has 5,100 calories.”

— Victoriano Garcia

I was going to step out for a minute, but then I see my burger arriving. I was surprised. It didn’t even feel as if 10 minutes went by.

The burger looked really small from mid distance but as it got closer and gets to your table you start sweating.

I stared at the burger for over a minute thinking about how I am going to finish it.

I held the burger with both hands. It was similar to carrying a baby. I didn’t know how to take the first bite. My friends were waiting for me to make a move on the burger. They thought I was going to cut the burger into pieces so it could be easier, but then felt really confident about eating the burger as a whole instead of making it into fractions.

Finally, I go for the first bite, and as my face and mouth get closer to the burger I feel the heat and steam slap me in the face. As my teeth stab the burger I sense that it requires a lot of force and pressure to complete the bite.

My first bite didn’t really do anything but mess up the top bun. This wasn’t really a problem since it left an opening to the meat.

I aimed my next bite were there was no bun but meat. I managed to open my mouth wide enough to put all nine patties in my mouth. I close my jaw to seal the deal and what I felt was amazing. I actually felt my teeth slice through each patty. The cheese that’s between each patty made it feel even better.  The meat was rough but thanks to the cheese which had a melty and hot texture it solved the problem.

I had to take a small break from that bite because the cheese heated up my whole mouth including my throat. The taste was great; it was just the intensity of the heat that caused a bit of a delay.

After several bites I was halfway done. I didn’t feel anything but the heat in my mouth.

The flavor is amazing, but since there is so much of it, the flavor becomes boring and annoying.

I begin eating the burger slower and slower. I was going to take another break, but I just wanted to get it over with and finish strong. The burger was all the destroyed by the last bite. All that was left were just two cheese covered patties. It is really difficult to eat a huge burger properly.

I give the burger a 7 out of 10. The price is fine now that I think about it. If it would’ve been $20 and up that would be a huge problem for me.

I managed to eat a 5,100 calorie burger in 17 minutes. I expected to finish in about 30 minutes or so.

I would take on the Triple Triple challenge again just to beat my own record, but this time take it to go. I’d prefer eating it at home while watching some Netflix or something.