The end is near, Doomsdayers claim, based on an interpretation of the Mayan calendar that says the world will end when the calendar ends the day of winter solstice, 12/21/12 at 11:11 GMT.
From parties with live music and drinking, simply drowning your sorrows, to bacchanalian menus, hogging supplies like food and even weapons…many fear it will all come to an end on December 21. I have found myself pondering what would I like to be doing if the world really ended on the 21st of December? What would my Doomsday menu be?
ARMAGEDDON Á LA CARTE
Some restaurants have been advertising their Biblical Themed dishes and their Doom’s Day menu ideas that include everything from The Last Lamb of God, Chicken of Mass Destruction, Mayan Prophecy Feast, to the Armageddon Burger featured here.
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Yet perhaps the most infamous one is made of 50% ground beef—in some cases a mix of lamb, pig, and cow—and 50% bacon, pork belly, lamb belly, duck fat and/or pancetta. Once done, the burger is wrapped in (more) bacon and stacked with thinly slices of chorizo and prosciutto.
Did I mention there is a green, healthy side? There are some leaves lettuce and slices of tomatoes.
Fries anyone? Not that you’ll need more fat but yes, it comes with double-fried fries dusted with cayenne pepper and served with chipotle mayonnaise for dipping.
WHAT’S THE FUSS ABOUT THE END OF THE WORLD?
Pretty simple and fantastic all at the same time…we’ll apparently experience a unique planetary alignment that for many (except doomsdayers) will represent the beginning of a “new era” or awakening of the collective consciousness. Moreover, according to astrologers, December 21, 22, and 23 contain the most remarkable set of astrological, astronomical, energetic, and historical happenings that hold the greatest possibility for the grandest awakening of our time in the history of humanity.
According to NASA, there’s nothing to fear. In fact, they are so confident that they will be no apocalypse that they have released a video titled Why the World Didn’t End Yesterday.
In case you decide to celebrate the end of the Mayan calendar here is the once-in-a-lifetime burger for your Doomsday menu.
THE ARMAGEDDON BURGER
½ lb. ground lamb
½ lb. ground chuck
½ lb. ground pork
½ lb. bacon, pancetta, pork, or lamb belly
1½ tablespoon duck fat, butter, or olive oil
sriracha sauce, optional, to taste
sea salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1½ tablespoon fresh parmesan
1 egg, beaten, to bind ingredients
16 bacon strips, sauté, to wrap burgers (2 slices per burger, or more if desired)
Brioche or burger buns, warm
Crispy bacon strips, sauté
Crispy prosciutto slices, fresh or slightly baked or sauté
Chorizo, thinly sliced
French fries served with chipotle mayonnaise for dipping and dusted with cayenne pepper.
- Prepare grill or preheat oven to 350ºF.
- In a large bowl, combine meats, bacon, fat or oil, and season to taste.
- Combine well. Add the rest of the ingredients, and form patties (4 inches in diameter, 1 inch thick).
- If using the grill, grill over medium heat. If using the stove, preheat a large pan over medium-high heat. Add some butter or oil and sauté until both sides are browned and slightly charred, about 2 minutes per side. Finish in the oven for another 10 minutes or until desired readiness.
- Prepare buns, wrap burgers with bacon strips, place burger on buns, top with more bacon, prosciutto, chorizo, lettuce and tomatoes.
- Serve immediately with or without the french fries.