'So wrong!': Australia Day lamington bacon burger hybrid divides online critics
An Adelaide restaurant has split opinion around their new hybrid dish, which critics have slammed as "disgusting" and "so wrong".
Chuck Wagon 175 in North Adelaide recently shared a picture of their new Australia Day special, made up of overloaded burger fillings clamped between two chocolate lamington "buns".
The hybrid monstrosity features double layers of beef, bacons and oozy yellow cheese, all wedged between the classic Aussie dessert.
The caption alongside the themed dish reads: "Alright she's on! Australia Day is coming and we're rolling out the specials! Double beef, double bacon, double cheese between two Aussie lamingtons! Say what you want.. you know you love it! Available Australia Day week!"
The restaurant is already known for it's over-the-top creations; among them, a burger with Southern fried chicken fillets for buns, and a "Commando Challenge" that sees contestants attempt to consume a monster burger stacked with six patties and every filling imaginable, fastened in place with wooden skewers - all in just 20 minutes.
The polarising sweet-savoury lamington dish has both fans of the treat and burger purists calling for blood on social media, with comments ranging from "Why spoil a perfectly good Lamington" to "now they've ruined burgers".
"You cant do this to BACON - its just wrong," one cured meat fan wrote.
"Good way to destroy two Aussie food icons...pfft," spat another critic.
Many critics simply found the combo stomach-churning, with accusations of "it's too much" to "that's disgusting".
"There's something wrong with you people," one commentator wrote.
Some users even cited health concerns over the unneccessarily overloaded dessert/lunch combo.
"Are these cream filled lamingtons or plain? Just trying to work out how many extra cholesterol tablets I'd need to take," one user said.
One user blamed the creation on the rising obesity crisis: "And we wonder why obesity is becoming a bigger issue."
"Might as well get a glass of melted cheese to wash this heart attack crap down," another user wrote, while another called it "totally totally gross".
Some commentators joked it was lacking other Aussie burger essentials.
"Y'all ain't right. Needs beetroot," one user pointed out, while another critic claimed it "Needs pineapple".
Many comparisons were drawn to the recent controversial lamington flavoured Smith's chips, which likewise polarised Aussies.
"100% better then Smith's lamington chips. We couldn't even give them away at work."
"First lamingtons ruined Smiths chips, now they've ruined burgers. WHEN [WILL] THE HORROR END!!!"
The bizarre diner mash-up follows a series of high-profile brands launching hybrid flavours this summer, including Arnott's Shapes Aussie Legends range, featuring Sausage Sizzle and Meat Pie flavours, and the unpopular Smith's Lamington flavoured chips.
We think we'll be sticking to the traditional Aussie dishes this January 25, thanks.
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