Bele Chere food report: Krispy Kreme burger

Despite the occasional editorial piece we’ve seen this week asserting that it’s entirely possible to survive Bele Chere with your health intact, artery-hardening evidence points to the contrary. We say why bother with barley this weekend, anyway (unless it’s in your barleywine)? Though healthy food could be found with some sleuth-work, the majority of this street festival’s food was about grease and heft. With a funnel cake taking the prize for overall best Bele Chere food offering (as voted by this year’s official panel of judges) and giant turkey legs galore, Xpress says: If you can’t beat em, join em.

The (sugar-fueled) buzz-about-town all weekend has been about the Krispy Kreme burger at the Crazy Good Burger truck. According to employees at the CGB truck, set up near Pritchard Park within easy shouting distance of the always enthusiastic Bele Chere street preachers, 900 of the burgers were sold on Saturday alone. We thought the real sin of the weekend would be not to try this concoction — a half-pound beef patty topped with American cheese and bacon and sandwiched between two Krispy Kreme donuts — so we set out to get you the full report.

A sign on the truck out of which these burgers are vended declares them to be “crazy good.” What did we decide? Well, if you’re a breakfast for dinner kind of eater, this sweet and meaty treat may be just your thing. Our official assessment? The Krispy Kreme burger “is what it is.”

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13 thoughts on “Bele Chere food report: Krispy Kreme burger

  1. uh-oh

    The thought of 900 people paying seven dollars for that experience slightly depresses me.

  2. The Trolls Troll

    It’s novelty food, folks. No need to get so uptight. Haters are going to hate, I guess.

  3. Margaret Williams

    Oh my. I had a weird fascination with that burger idea and almost got one on Friday.

  4. Ken Hanke

    I had never heard of such a thing until Young Jeremy (the guy who does the pictures for the Elitist Bastards) from Australia was here about a month ago. He seemed to think it was a southern staple. (He’d been in Tennessee, so I have no idea what he encountered there.) Thing is, I rank Krispy Kreme in its “hot sign” form as one of the best things in life and I have nothing against a nice cheeseburger. But together? Just thinking about it makes me slightly queasy.

  5. brebro

    Hmmm… that’s not a bad name, “The Queaseburger!” Just put another burger and a jelly donut on it and you’ve got a double queaseburger.

  6. Steve Shanafelt

    I had one. It would actually be OK if they’d used something other than super-cheap hamburger patties and that generic-tasting American cheese. It had a kind of deep-frozen ingredient, school-cafeteria taste to it. If the ingredients had been fresher and higher grade, I could almost see recommending it.

  7. Just the thought of what the ground “meat” was is enough of a Kweezy for me to not venture into kweezeyburger land.

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