Big E weird food review: The Craz-E burger

The Craz-E burger, found at the Big EZ Cafe next to the Better Living Center for $7,50. (Photo by Peter Currier)

WEST SPRINGFIELD- We have come to the end of the Eastern States Exposition and thus, my reviews of strange foods that can be found at the fair. 

To close things off, I decided to personally test out a Big E icon: The Craz-E burger. 

For those who are not aware, of which I am sure there are few, this burger is made up of a normal burger patter, two strips of bacon, cheese, and the most important part, a donut cut in half horizontally being used as the bun.

This is peak fair food. The Craz-E burger can be found at the Big EZ cafe just outside one of the gates of the Better Living Center. It is relatively small for a burger, thankfully, or I may not be alive right now to write this.

For $7.50, this burger is actually a pretty good deal as far as “calories per dollar” is concerned. The burger is reported to have around 1,500 calories, most of the recommended daily value for the average adult.

As a disclaimer: I was unable to actually eat this burger while I was still at the Big E. Due to some heavy rain coming in, and the fact that I had just eaten the catfish po-boy, I brought my burger home to allow myself to digest a little before doubling my daily calorie count within 5 minutes. Thus, the burger was not as warm and fresh as if I had eaten it right away. 

Regardless, my first bite into the Craz-E burger presented me with a mix of emotions. This thing is delicious, dangerously so in fact. This is one of those foods that you can taste exactly how bad it is for you, and that is what makes it so good. 

The donut was glazed, so grab some napkins if you’re going to tackle this one by hand. Strangely enough, a glazed donut, a burger, and bacon go quite well together. My only wish is that the Craz-E burger was made with a fried egg on top of the bacon and burger patty. My reasoning is that, if you are going to go in this ridiculous direction using a donut as a burger bun, you may as well go all in.

I am unsure if I will ever need to eat food for the rest of my life. Admittedly, I write this review 12 hours after having eaten the burger, and I still have not felt hunger since then. 

At no point during these reviews did I imagine that I would need to quote Jurassic Park to sum up my opinion of food, but this is the reality we live in now. 

So, in the wise words of Jeff Goldblum as Dr. Ian Malcom, “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.”

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