Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Hamburgers and Heavy Metal

A strange culture is emerging which combines food and heavy metal music.

Recently, the music news site,, ran an article about Chef Ryan Harkins and Matthew Chernus, two dudes with a van and a dream to combine their love of all-things-metal and hamburgers.

The idea culminated into Grill Em' All, a roadside business operating out of a van with an outer design featuring wizards wearing long-flowing robes and a burger dressed in a viking hat.

The Los Angeles based roadside eatery is currently debuting the Death-Punch Lunch, which contains Applewood smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese and beer-soaked onions, for a limited time only. While I don't necessarily enjoy Five Finger Death Punch the idea is cool and I would support these guys if I was in the area (plus they do offer cooler burgers like Behemoth and Molly Hatchet).

Surprisingly, Grill Em' All is not the first business created which combines burgers and metal.

Kuma's Corner in Chicago is the originator of the metal burger and has a wide range of themed-sandwiches named after a variety of bands, including Mastodon, Motorhead, and Mayhem.

And if that wasn't enough savory metal goodness, self-proclaimed "Morbid Chef" Annick Giroux recently put out the Heavy Metal Cookbook, containing a list of recipes from underground metal artists, such as Udo Dirkschneider's Roast Beef with Green Beans, After the Bombs’ Speed Metal Vegan Tofu, or Eyehategod’s New Orleans Blood Red Beans and Rice.

While the mixing of heavy metal and food culture may be a bit strange, anybody that can find a way to mix metal and business to make money is OK in my book.

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