Places Where People Eat Doughnuts and Meat (Simultaneously)

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Written by George Hancock Jr. | Last Updated February 24th, 2020
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You're at a ballpark watching a minor league ball game somewhere the USA, in July. You're sweating as you adjust your hat to shield your face from the sun. The pitcher throws and the batter connects.  It's a pop fly straight to right field, where the ball is caught. The crowd releases a squeal or two and some claps. A couple of guys yell "yeeeaa!" from behind you. As the right fielder starts running towards the dugout, a kid passes in front of you and sits down with a little paper tray and a burger. You look back into the field but you realize that burger didn't look right. Is that....is it a doughnut for a bun? You're not going crazy. Doughnut burgers are a thing, and chefs are getting bolder with their doughnut creations. Here are some of the best-known doughnut and meat artists.

1. Wilmington, DE: The Wilmington BlueRocks

This is creative, I'll give them that. Sane? I don't know. Creative? Yea! The Wilmington BlueRocks, a minor league baseball team, went as far as to partner with Krispy Kreme to create the first-known doughnut hot dog bun. Here's where it gets wacky. The doughnut bun is opened, like a normal hot dog bun. It is then slathered with, not ketchup, but raspberry jelly before the hot dog is placed inside. Then, crispy bacon chips go on top. WHOA!

2. San Diego, CA: San Diego County Fair (and other events, possibly)

Last year, visitors at the San Diego County Fair fell head over heels for the Krispy Kreme Triple Cheeseburger. It has two whole doughnuts on either end of it and, of course, three burger patties with a slice of cheese on top of each. It was created and served by Chicken Charlie's. The vendor also offers a "krispy kreme sandwich", which appears to be two halves of a doughnut on either side of a single burger patty.

3. St. Louis, MO: Strange Donuts

At Strange Donuts, you can order normal doughnuts or you can order doughnuts that could only have been imagined by a mad man...or mad genius, depending on your tastes. Spaghetti and meatball doughnuts, fried fish doughnut burgers, grilled cheese doughnut sandwiches, maple bacon doughnuts... Just go there, and don't be surprised to find out that everybody calls them "dones". No, not "duns", Doughns. DOEns. Duh + Owns. Get it?

4. Sauget, IL: Gateway Grizzlies

I think I once heard that the original doughnut burger, sometimes called a "Luther burger", came from this place. However, the original creator is disputed within the doughnut/meat sandwich industry. I wouldn't be surprised if the original came from this area, though. Sauget is not far from St. Louis. The Luther burger is popular around here. Anyway, the Grizzlies are another baseball team you can enjoy while you eat beef patties inside Krispy Kreme doughnut halves. Here, there's also sharp cheddar and bacon in there.

5. Savannah, GA: Paula Deen's House

Yes, the queen of buttery, buttery, rich, salty, buttery......buttery southern dishes is known to enjoy a bacon doughnut fried egg burger. You're not surprised, are you?

Where else can you find innovative doughnut food? Let us know in the comments below.

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