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The day of the donut burger

Donut burger

Yesterday at work we made hamburgers with Krispy Kreme donuts as the buns. I don’t know why. These things just happen. One minute you’re talking about chocolate-covered bacon and the next you’re daring your boss to cut off two years of his life in two Krispy, greasy bites.

Donut burger supplies

A lot of supplies are required to make donut burgers: a griddle, glazed donuts, ground beef, bacon, cheese, eggs and of course lettuce and tomatoes. Don’t forget your veggies! If you ever make these at your own workplace, a fried egg works well to cover up the donut hole. Don’t forget to toast your donut on the griddle for extra crispiness! But have thick plates and lots of paper towels because these are prone to drip.

I myself did not have a donut burger because the day before that we had frosted carrots for my birthday.

Birthday cake

See? There are twenty-eight carrot flakes on top of a carrot cake, and they even spelled my name right. My coworkers are awesome. I’m going to miss them when they all have coronaries.

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Rah • October 29, 2008 at 7:57 am

Laughing myself to death. DONUT BURGERS?? With EGGS? Oh, my gosh yes please inlcude vegetables.


Olivia • October 29, 2008 at 8:39 am

Donut burgers? I think I just lost my appetite. Your co-workers are strange. ;)


Liz • October 29, 2008 at 9:11 am

Oh sweet fancy Moses. Those burgers remind me of the bizarre concoctions I’d make in the kitchen when I was a kid . . . that I’d then force others to eat.

Happy belated birthday, by the way!


Jon Gray • October 29, 2008 at 9:17 am

Oh dear God…that first pic looks like the kind of stuff we used to come up with with four guys in a duplex in college. Wow.


Jen • October 29, 2008 at 9:23 am

What I think is funny is the lab-like environment in which you did the experiment. I think the donut burger sounds icky, but it seems like you have a lot of fun at work.


Jen • October 29, 2008 at 9:24 am

p.s. happy birthday! One more pic for your history of cake.


Newmo • October 29, 2008 at 9:24 am

It looks like a variation of “the Luther” (yes, named after Luther Vandross). This was shown on the Boondocks cartoon. Like you indicated, many people had coronaries in this episode.


Loth • October 29, 2008 at 9:25 am

Oh. My. God. That scares me and I’m Scottish! The nation that deep fries pizza!


dietgirl • October 29, 2008 at 9:27 am

@Loth – i was going to say, if we dipped that in batter and chucked it in the deep fryer we’d have a huge hit here in Scotland :P

That cake looks fab :)


catherine • October 29, 2008 at 9:30 am

@catherine – Generally it’s a bad thing to have nut allergies. BUT at work when there is cake/cookies/donuts alot I find the ol’ nut allergy to be helpful. “oh I can’t have that I’d be scared it touched nuts”


Jill • October 29, 2008 at 9:33 am

I’ll skip the donut burger, but I’m all about the frosted carrot.

Happy birthday Queen of the Pasta!


maggieapril • October 29, 2008 at 9:36 am

Aw, the Luther Burger. Well known in some (grease laden) circles. The first time I ever heard of deep-fried candy bars was when a coworker made them for us. Colleagues – the source of so many empty calories.

Good job resisting that monstrosity – I’m pretty sure I would have tried it. (I’m thinking about 40 Weight Watcher points.)


sarah • October 29, 2008 at 9:43 am

I feel faint! But happy birthday!


Jen • October 29, 2008 at 9:57 am

Ha, it’s the donut ham hamburger! Ever listen to Jim Gaffigan? He was making a joke about that a few years ago and then one of the ball parks started actually making the things. Ew.

Happy birthday!


Jen • October 29, 2008 at 10:24 am

Sounds like your co-workers are nice folks. It’s a shame that they can’t leave well enough alone.


April • October 29, 2008 at 10:29 am

The cake looks so good. Sadly, I cannot say the same for the donut burger. Did your boss like it? Or did he have a coronary before he could give an opinion?


Dawn • October 29, 2008 at 10:31 am

I’m so slow I didn’t catch on that yesterday was your Birthday lol, sorry and happy Birthday.

Boy those burgers looked gross yet for some reason I found myself wanting to taste one lol. I’ve never been a krispy kreme fan either or even a burger person. Maybe it’s the drippy egg yoke at the top with all the donut glaze around it that has me interested. I’ve always been a fan of the mcgriddle (or use to be) so it’s something to do with savory and sweet together. Anyway, I need to stop thinking about it lol.

Glad you decided to pass it up for the carrot cake which looked cute with it’s shredded carrots on top.


Lilbet • October 29, 2008 at 10:41 am

Wow. I’m almost speechless.

That burger ought to have a warning label from the Surgeon General.

So, is this an original recipe or did they just come up with this on a whim? I haven’t Googled to see if this is common practice in break rooms.

Great pictures.

Happy Belated Birthday!


Katharine • October 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

Happy birthday, youngster!


JEM • October 29, 2008 at 10:48 am

I have never heard of such a thing! I love burgers but this very scary doughnut burger does not even tempt me. It sounds yucky. I am not really a doughnut person. Its funny to me how we can take something unhealthy and still push it to a whole new level of unhealthy. Yikes! Glad you did not take part in this one.

The carrot cake looks yum though! :-)


asithi • October 29, 2008 at 10:54 am

I can feel my heart skipping a beat just looking at that photo of the donut burger. You workplace sounds like my last job. It was a great place to work, but everyone’s day center around lunch and goodies, it is really hard to watch your weight.


Xenia • October 29, 2008 at 11:00 am

Disgusting yet still tempting. I amaze myself sometimes.

Happy belated birthday!


Christine • October 29, 2008 at 11:06 am

Those actually look good!

Happy belated birthday!


lisa • October 29, 2008 at 11:11 am

This is so funny! I can’t imagine frying bacon and burgers at my company – people would freak out.

I think this would be really good with sausage instead of hamburger. You know how McDonald’s has those syrupy griddle sandwiches, with the pancakes as the bread? You’d get the whole sweet/salty thing going.

Now I’m hungry.


Lori • October 29, 2008 at 11:16 am

OK- I’m not normally one to spread food porn but since this isn’t a diet web site check these out-

“a hamburger today” at http://aht.seriouseats.com/

and “Slice” at


(and you started it!)


debby • October 29, 2008 at 11:17 am

Oh brother! Scary that I actually thought this sounded good! And I don’t even eat hamburgers anymore! But carrot cake…mmmmmmmm!!

Happy Birthday, PQ!!!!!!


Tim Rosanelli • October 29, 2008 at 11:56 am

I gained a few pounds looking at the picture!


Flora • October 29, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Just the though of that donut burger has my stomach doing backflips. There’s a donut place near my work that serves breakfast sandwiches (sausage, bacon, ham, and/or egg) on a plain unfrosted donut. I was desperate for a sausage biscuit one time and tried it, but it was gross. I’m just not a friend of the whole McGriddle trend, I guess.

Birthday cake looks scrumptious. Many happy returns!

Your office has a well-equipped kitchen: electric griddle? Wow. I haven’t seen one of those in manymany years, let alone in an office kitchen.


Calidaho • October 29, 2008 at 12:40 pm

I seriously had a little pain in my chest looking at that burger. Although, I think the Krispy Kreme take on the classic egg in a hole looks kinda tasty–without the meat and cheese. One donut and one egg–maybe for a relaxed Saturday brunch after a long run, right?


Calidaho • October 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm

Okay, so I had to add up the nutritional value (I use MyFoodDiary.com) to see what the damage would be.

Two donuts, one egg, 1/4 lb. burger, 1 slice of cheddar, and two slices of bacon.

883 calories

59 grams of fat

27 grams saturated fat

45 carbs

1 gram fiber

43 grams protein

376 grams cholesterol

730 grams sodium

The picture looked like there was a THICK slice of cheese and I am not sure if those patties were only 1/4 lb. Hopefully you didn’t need any extra oil or butter in your cooking!


Blake • October 29, 2008 at 1:18 pm

looks interesting! Based on the above nutrition info…i’ll take 2 please! haha. jk. I’m new to the site…i love it.


Kimberly • October 29, 2008 at 2:04 pm

Oh My Gawd! I was NOT expecting to see instructions on How To Have a Heart Attack in One Easy Step when I saw you had a new post up today. Seriously! The calories and fat on that bad boy is just insane.

I’m glad to see that you kept your senses and didn’t indulge in such wanton gluttony.


PastaQueen • October 29, 2008 at 2:16 pm

@Flora – Someone brought the griddle in just for this experiment.


Amanda • October 29, 2008 at 2:34 pm

Oh my…. I think this might be the next biggest rage… if you can stomach it! :)


victoria • October 29, 2008 at 3:15 pm

I’m surprised that McDonald’s hasn’t come up with the donut bacon-cheeseburger. The New York Times once ran an article about executives in large restaurant chains (like Applebees) and basically, the way to get ahead in a big restaurant chain is to invent new ways to inject more fat and sugar into the menu. This one woman made vice president when she invented cheesecake waffles: griddle-fried dough filled with cheesecake and topped with syrup. Why not just serve guests a stick of butter covered in deep-friend cake batter and topped with whipped cream and chocoloate sauce?


Alexia • October 29, 2008 at 3:37 pm

Blech! I’ve just lost my appetite. So glad you passed. (Loved the cake pics the other day, btw.)

Say, check your RSS feeds. I came by because I hadn’t gotten an update in my reader since just after your server crash and found lots of new posts and no RSS goodness. Missed you!


Laura • October 29, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Happy birthday! Glad you were able to abstain from the Krispy Kreme burgers… sounds like you’ll be around to celebrate your next bday even though your coworkers may not be! :)


Quix • October 29, 2008 at 4:11 pm

I would have tried a bite (sans the egg, I hate eggs), I’m curious like that. But I’m pretty sure it would have just been way too disgustingly greasy to eat. Again, happy birthday!


Laura N • October 29, 2008 at 4:12 pm

Happy Belated Birthday! And thank you for not eating one of those burgers. I have read of Paula Dean making those, but never seen one in “real life.” I’ll take my Krispy Kremes sans sirloin, thank you very much.

Your carrot cake looks lovely.

And, hey! I just got an email from the USPS–while I’m on your blog!–that your stevia was delivered. Hope you enjoy.


Ash • October 29, 2008 at 6:47 pm

You are a kak!

I love it!

BTW Happy birthday!


Princess Dieter • October 29, 2008 at 6:52 pm

Happy Birthday!!!

I gotta say, that picture turned my stomach. How anyone can eat that is beyond me. It’s completely, utterly GROSS.


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cloudy • October 29, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Now if they were jelly donuts you would have my interest…


Kari • October 29, 2008 at 8:04 pm

Wow, that donut burger looks disgusting…Krispy Kremes are good, hamburgers are good…but not together. :P


sarah • October 29, 2008 at 8:52 pm

Oh.My.GOD! That is the most disgusting thing I have ever seen. And man would’ t love to eat that stuff, too. Way to go on not eating that heart attack on a plate my friend.

BTW, I used to work in a place like that. I still WORK there but the guy who did all the cooking and insane things like that (we had a PORK LOIN cooking in our kitchen once) has since passed on.


s • October 29, 2008 at 9:11 pm

oh dear. happy birthday!


still reading • October 29, 2008 at 9:35 pm

this reminds me of something I ate in Morocco, loved it so much I tried to make it a home. Ground meat in spicy sauce inside flaky pastry, then dusted with sugar…oh, so good, and much prettier than the donut burger! Oh, and happy birthday!


Charlie Hills • October 29, 2008 at 9:38 pm

For a moment, I thought someone made a Fatty Melt. (Click my name to hit my blog and look under last week’s posts.) You’ll be glad you did (or curse me forever: basically, one of the two.)


Judi • October 29, 2008 at 9:55 pm

Happy Birthday Pastaqueen! You are the best! Thanks for blogging, I always look forward to your next post. Thanks also for permanently turning me off to Krispy Kreme!


Gwen • October 30, 2008 at 12:13 am

Oh.My.God. That is horrifying.

Seriously, it looks like some kind of aversion therapy for Overeaters Anonymous. One bite and you’d swear off KK and burgers all in one fell swoop. On second thought, maybe that’s not such a bad idea…

Happy birthday to you!


Keri • October 30, 2008 at 12:17 am

Oh my goodness…I don’t know if I’m the only one, but that donut burger looks SO GOOD!!! ^_^


Heather • October 30, 2008 at 1:04 am

Ew. Enough said.

Happy B-day!


Ann-Charlotte • October 30, 2008 at 3:24 am

I think I clogged an artery just by looking at the pictures! :)


Boilergrad1993 • October 30, 2008 at 5:39 am

Chocolate covered bacon…by chance was this discussion prompted by someone watching ‘Unwrapped’ on Monday night?


MB • October 30, 2008 at 7:34 am

I’m so glad that does not sound appealing to me. It must be so hard to stay away from things like that at work. The carrot cake looks great – I’ll definitely take a slice of that – the more carrot slivers the better. Carrot cake is healthy, right?



Jen • October 30, 2008 at 8:45 am

There is a minor league baseball team the St. Louis Grizzlies that serves krispy kreme donut burgers at their stadium. I was horrified then and I am horrified now, but the fried egg is a nice touch they don’t have that at the ballpark.


tokaiangel • October 30, 2008 at 9:00 am

Woah! Just delurking to say I was 28 on Monday too. What are the chances?

Hope you had a fabulous day. I love glazed carrots, they have extra vitamin C (especially when it’s your birthday, dontcha know?)

TA x


Dyan • October 30, 2008 at 9:42 am

Not quite as bad as the Krispy Kreme Cheesecake.


Deanna • October 30, 2008 at 10:56 am

I can’t believe I am writing this but that donut burger looks good.


Helen • October 30, 2008 at 8:40 pm

Happy (belated) Birthday!!

Donut burgers? Only in Indiana. ;-)


Emily • October 30, 2008 at 8:58 pm

But did they say what it tasted like?


Madison (FollowMyWeigh) • October 30, 2008 at 9:51 pm

wow your work looks fun…


Tracy • October 30, 2008 at 10:24 pm

A lot of supplies are required to make donut burgers: (ew)

a griddle, glazed donuts, ground beef, bacon, cheese, eggs and of course lettuce and tomatoes. (horrid look)

Don’t forget your veggies! (of course)

If you ever make these at your own workplace, a fried egg works well to cover up the donut hole. (EW)

Don’t forget to toast your donut on the griddle for extra crispiness! (and to shorten lifespan a tad bit faster)

But have thick plates and lots of paper towels because these are prone to drip. (horrid + shocked look)

There are really no other comments I can make. Eww.


Bella • October 31, 2008 at 12:55 am

Just yuck. I mean, I like an occasional donut now and then, and who doesn’t like cheeseburgers (well, except vegetarians), but really? This is just a heart attach waiting to happen. It looks so unappealing to me. And we wonder why we have a growing obesity epidemic in America? Sheesh!

I’m SO GLAD you didn’t eat it. Your carrot birthday cake looks so much better.


Haysacks • October 31, 2008 at 3:33 am

Lordy. I am a fat chick who loves to eat and I would not touch that thing with a ten foot poll.




Robyn • October 31, 2008 at 10:17 am

Bacon! Funny post.


Zandria • October 31, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Donut burgers at work! Craziness.

Happy birthday!!!!!


Kim • November 3, 2008 at 2:38 pm

Um. Chocolate covered Bacon? Was someone watching the food network’s dinner impossible about two weeks ago? I saw that one, the guy (Symon) put bacon in a fudge machine and whalla, chocolate covered bacon. I wanted a piece immediately. And, I have been telling my family for years that the donut hamburger would be the most amazing feat of food confection. I WILL make it one day.


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