The Roethlis-Burger from Peppi's

The one holiday that virtually every American celebrates is this Sunday. Aside from Thanksgiving, we probably consume more food during this four-hour period than on any other day in the year. I could probably go on for hours about all the goodies I like to eat during the big game, but this a hamburger blog. Thus, I shall bring you a Super Bowl worthy burger.

Last season, Ben Roethlisberger took the city by storm when he won 13 games during his rookie season for the Pittsburgh Steelers. This year, he's managed to get them into the Super Bowl. As you can imagine, the city of Pittsburgh would happily marry this man (if cities could marry people). Jeff Trebac of Peppi's is no exception.

In October of 2004, when the young phenom started his 13-game win streak, Trebac noticed that the last six letters of of Roethlisberger's name were very similar to another love of his. From this astute observation the Roethlis-Burger was born. The sandwich consists of ground beef, sausage, scrambled eggs, grilled onions and American cheese and is served on a portuguese roll. Depending on who you ask, it weighs between 1 and 1.5 pounds. The burger sells for $7 (the number Big Ben wears) and the cheese is seven cents extra.

The burger was an undeniable hit and, as far as I know, is still being served there today. There have been plenty of imposter Roethlis-Burgers, but the Peppi's version has reigned supreme.

My only concern about the burger, based on the photo, is that the meat is loose and not in a patty, whch would mean it's not really a burger. So, if any Pittsburgh-folk can confirm the state of the meat it would be much obliged.

Finally, since you're pretty much required to make a bet this weekend, I will partake. If the Steelers win on Sunday, I will make a Roethlis-Burger at home and post the experiment here for all of you. Go Steelers!

Roethlis-burger on Wikipedia [Wikipedia]
Marketing of Big Ben [ESPN]
Peppi's Restaurant [Citysearch]

Photo Credit: Jason Cohn/Special to the Seatlle Post-Intelligencer


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