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Black Bear prepares record-breaking burger

Black Bear Casino Resort will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the largest hamburger during Big Burger Bash, a free public event at the casino on Sept. 2. Spectators and guests will even get the chance to sample the record-breaking fare.

Black Bear chefs will cook a bacon cheeseburger weighing in at 1,200 pounds, which would break the previous record of 881 pounds 13 ounces in the biggest burger one-off event category.

Big Burger Bash will take place from 2-6 p.m. outside the Otter Creek Event Center's east entrance and will include a concert from the Jimmy Buffet tribute band "Son of a Sailor."

"Black Bear is known for its great food and as a destination for fun and excitement," said Black Bear Casino Resort General Manager Joe Quiroli. "This event is another example of how the bear is unique, entertaining and always unexpected."

A giant outdoor oven was specially constructed for the record-breaking attempt and a bun big enough to hold the burger will be baked by Twig Bakery. A special scale is also being brought in to weigh the jumbo burger.

Even though special equipment is being utilized in the cooking process, the finished burgr will not only be edible, but delicious, Black Bear Food and Beverage Manager Holly Austin said. The burger will be served to spectators and guests free of charge.

"We hope we have a lot of people show up because there will literally be over a half ton of food," Austin said.

A representative from the Guinness Book of World Records will be in attendance to authenticate the record.