Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Canned Cheeseburgers? How do you say WTF in German?

As the old cliché goes, you just can't make this stuff up. The photo you see here has not been doctored. It's directly from the German website Trekking-Mahlzeiten, which offers ready-made meals for hikers. They're selling, for $3.95 euros each, a canned cheeseburger. Of all the food products I've wished existed, I can say that a canned cheeseburger has never crossed my mind. I've added a link to the site in hopes that someone orders one, and writes a review for the site. Frankly, I just don't have the guts to try one myself.

As disturbing as the thought of a canned cheeseburger is, what really bothers me about the photo are the garnishes. I'm assuming it doesn't come dressed with lettuce and tomato, and that these are just "serving suggestions" to make the whole thing seem less horrible. But, cucumbers? Cucumbers? Do German's put cucumbers on their cheeseburgers? Imagine the shame for the citizens of Hamburg. It's enough to make you want to move to Frankfurt.

UPDATE!!!
Thanks to a tip from scallywag, here is a live taste test of the above mentioned canned cheeseburger! I don't speak German, but you really don't have to in order to understand this review. Enjoy?


34 comments:

lily said...

where do I get the canned french fries?

Anonymous said...

oh
my
god

Anonymous said...

It's been reviewed already:

http://gizmodo.com/351304/cheeseburger-in-a-can-reviewed

Cheers!

scallywag said...

yeah...I've seen someone eat it, definitely looks like one of those white castle burgers... here's the link if you wanna see someone eat it:

http://www.techeblog.com/index.php/tech-gadget/video-cheeseburger-in-a-can-gets-cooked-and-eaten

Jairus said...

thats amazing i think you should start canning your recipes for your viewers chef john.

scallywag said...

sweet, I get a mention from Chef John , score :) Doesn't look so bad, it just costs like 6.00 usd

Dominick said...

When I saw the title, I really hoped you'd managed to get hold of one of these yourself, Chef John. Ah well, 'twas not to be.

Chef John said...

it might have been the last post I ever did!

Aristolochia said...

i read the youtube video description, the sound of the meat when he bit into it...sounds like asian fishballs actually haha....ew...

LYT said...

Wow! I guess if I were lost in a forest and starving, it would taste fantastic. I bet it lasts forever as well!!

Connie said...

I used to belong to Nutri systems, oh 20 years ago. My favorite meal was the dehydrated hamburger. It came in a foil pouch. It looks like dried styrofoam. You put water on it and it puffed up and looked and tasted like a burger. Probably meat flavored sponge. But I liked it. Probably because I was so hungy anything tasted good.

Chef John said...

mmmmm....meat flavored sponge

Mimmi said...

I'm italian and live in Germany. Thanks God I have never seen something like that. It's almost worst than the canned ravioli with tomato sauce...!

A Week In The life of A Redhead said...

I believe it goes something like, "Was fickt das?"
Catherine, the redhead

Hao said...

It gives new meaning to the phrase:
"1 can has cheeseburger"

Sorry, couldn't resist.

Anonymous said...

Actually there is no analogy to wtf in german.

but from time to time you get to hear "Was zum Fick"?
Coming from "Was zur Hölle" (What the hell)

Greets :-)
Dan

Megan said...

I'm doing Nutrisystem now and am sad that I've yet to encounter the burger. All I know is that I look at this site while eating my 200 calorie meal. It makes me feel better... like taste bud porn.

Chef John said...

its a pleasure to tease you!

Elisabeth said...

Pfui, and pfui again ! As a grad student in Germany I had to eat military rations on a botanical excursion in 1980: same stuff. They actually mixed beef with shredded pancakes in one pouch, which you heated in boiling water ! Scarred me for life ... WTF = Was zum Teufel (what the devil) in the South.
Just found your site - looks great,very informative. Will make the stuffed pork tenderloin tonight. Then on to the Strudel

Marion said...

I'm an actual German living in Germany, and I haven't encountered anyone who ever heard of canned cheeseburger! It was a first for me, too.
But after I watched the video I'm pretty sure the guy eating it was Austrian. And in Austria they actually traditionally put cucumbers on their burgers, wouldn't surprise me if they invented this ... whatever it is (I refuse to label it Cheeseburger)!

BTW, love your website!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, he is Austrian but the burger is from a German company. And no, net even Austrians put cucumber on their cheeseburgers.

sweet said...

No Germans do not put cucumber in their Burger...and Scheisse (pronounced as shy-se) can be used as synonym for WTF, which is generally used in everyday speaking language.

Kätzchen said...

Actually, I found cucumber on several burgers here in Germany, alas, all served in "American style" burger restaurants.

And I wouldn't say scheiße is synonymous for WTF, since it lacks the disbelieving element...

Anonymous said...

Yes, Marion blame the Austrians again... WTF is by the way WZF - either you say WTF with German accent: "WHAT ZEE FACK?" or translate it literally to "Was zum Fick?" That means the same.

I actually ate stuff like this on manoeuvre while drafted in the German military. I'm very sure that this is one of the producers that also makes the food for the EPA (Einmannpackung). They had 3 different Nato-standardized-rations, and you are even thankful that for once you got this ratio and not the bean-gruel or goulash (camouflage-coloured) out of the 100 liters-pot which would mess up your cookware again. Nothing worse than half-cleaned cookware while in the field.

Anyway, if you had to eat this kind of things for a while you really learn to appreciate fresh home-cooked food.
Thanks Chef John!

Alec006 said...

In my country we have precooked patys inside of a plastic bag so the only thing you have to do is boil that bag for a few minutes and it's done

Frau Traumberg said...

wtf = "Was zum Henker...?!"

But Germans would prefer driving to McD or BK than eating something like that! ;-)

Anonymous said...

I have eaten burgers with cucumbers in them in Hungary as well. Also ones with sauerkraut, roasted peppers, coleslaw, etc.
It's often treated as a normal sandwich, which happens to have a burger patty in it, instead of cold cuts.

Bill R said...

it's not a total loss, you can save the can to use as a mold for homemade english muffins

Anonymous said...

I'm German and I have yet to see a single burger with cucumber on it. Pickles are standard.
Also, if you want to say wtf in German, say wtf. You just have to say the letters in German. It's commonly used.

Anonymous said...

It surprises me to read so many negative reactions to the 'cucmber scandal'.
The evolution of all cuisine has always been a question of trying and daring. The German invention 'hamburger' has given us all the possibility and inspiration to experiment 'selon le goût de chacun' and I think there are probably worse than 'cucumber on a cheeseburger'.
Try the unusual, and your creativity will lead you to new horizons;)
In northern Germany they eat their fries with mayonnaise ^^!
The Brits pour vinegar on them ^^!
In France some people eat them with mustard ;)
Just free yourself from mental slavery and enjoy.

Chef John said...

Nice Bob Marley reference!

Anonymous said...

The translation for wtf is Was das fickt

Alysha said...

I am from CT, but lived in Germany over the Summer and this does not surprise me at all. And yes, somehow the occassional cucumber will find it's way onto a burger. Surprisingly, it is hard to find good pickles!

Anonymous said...

What would you take frome these?!
-> Cheeseburger

http://www.oddee.com/item_96711.aspx