07\ THE FAT HIPPO BURGER

Fat Hippo, 2-6 Shake­speare Street, New­cas­tle upon Tyne

Men's Health (UK) - - Burger Nation -

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“We’re not about fancy cui­sine,” says Mike Phillips, founder of Fat Hippo. “We serve the ul­ti­mate com­fort food – good old dirty burg­ers filled with high-qual­ity, gourmet in­gre­di­ents.” It helps, too, that a sin­gle serv­ing will crush your daily macros in one mon­strous swoop.

Its sig­na­ture item is the epony­mous Fat Hippo burger, a pro­tein-stacked, dou­ble 114g beef­burger with cheese, lean ba­con, chorizo, onion rings and the com­pany’s se­cret sauce – all crammed into a brioche bun. And while you’d have to be a lit­eral hulk of a man to stand a chance of syn­the­sis­ing its 42g of pro­tein (or near-equal mea­sure of gal­vanis­ing fats), it does form the per­fect fuel for the most hard­core of work­outs.

Pat­ties are made from scratch, blend­ing var­i­ous cuts of meat to create the per­fect bal­ance of fat and pro­tein, help­ing to power your en­durance, mus­cle growth and re­cov­ery with­out over­load­ing you with waist-ex­pand­ing carbs. While 1166 calo­ries in a meal may sound like a lot, re­mem­ber you can’t pull your dead­lift PB on willpower alone.

As Phillips says, quot­ing TV show How I Met Your Mother, “This is no mere sand­wich of grilled meat and toasted bread. This is God, speak­ing to us in food.”

This is an edited ex­tract from The World Is Your Burger: A Cul­tural His­tory (£ 25 Phaidon) by David Michaels

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