Story and photo by Daniel Gaona
Imagine a burger so big you can’t even take a standard bite. So big, it towers 12 patties with as many slices of cheese packed inside a regular bun, not to mention the lettuce, onion and special sauce. Try to envision that monster sandwich.
Or, just go to Lindy’s on 4th in Tucson.
It’s not a joke or a trick: there is a burger joint in town that actually serves this heavyweight. When it hits the plate, it weighs more than three pounds and is held together with a long skewer.
It’s called the O.M.F.G. and costs $19.99.
However, if someone conquers the beast in less than 20 minutes, they get it for free. Just finishing it in 30 minutes will get that person’s picture on the wall and a $5 gift card. Not finishing it earns nothing.
“I just had one more patty to go but I couldn’t eat anymore,” patron Michael Craven said about trying the O.M.F.G. “It’s the closest I have come to getting the whole thing down. I’m not going to be able to do any eating contests for a while now.”
For someone seeking a lesser challenge, there is the AZ Hooligan. This one is stacked with six patties and six slices of cheese, plus the basic toppings.
It weighs about half as much as the O.M.F.G. and costs $14.99. The only award for finishing it is your picture on the wall.
The “challenge burgers” are not available for takeout, most likely because there are not boxes capable of holding them.
Lindy Reilly, the restaurant owner, said the O.M.F.G. originated from his Hooligan burger because the Hooligan just didn’t seem like enough. There is a slim margin of victory against the 12-layer burger.
“We have just under 1,200 sold to date and less than 60 have been finished,” Reilly said.
Last month, a patron set a time record and finished one in 3:47 minutes. Even Reilly was in awe.
Aside from challenges, the eatery specializes in unique burgers.
There are 17 burgers to choose from, and patrons can select their preferred size: one, two or three patties. For an additional cost, Lindy’s will replace the standard patty with a fried chicken breast or vegetarian patty.
The menu also includes cheesesteaks, which can be ordered with the same toppings as the burgers.
The menu classifies Super Sunrise Burger as a breakfast sandwich, but it is available at all times. It is a single patty, topped with two fried eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, tater tots and ketchup.
“That was probably the best burger I ever had,” Ernie Cruz said after eating one for the first time. “It was awesome how the tater tots are actually part of the burger and having eggs on it too was great.”
Other options include the Lindy’s Original, known as “The OG,” and the Blue Suede Cow. The Mac-N-Cheese remains a top seller, along with the ever-popular Dirty Sanchez, which is drenched in green chiles, jalapenos, guacamole and pepper jack cheese.
“It’s a burger filled with flavors from south of the border,” patron Will Russell said. “The best part was all the cheese on it.”
While Reilly offers many burgers, he has a personal favorite.
“I love the Velvet Hammer,” he said. “It’s a fried egg on a cheeseburger. The Fat Bastard is my No. 2 to that one.”
The Fat Bastard is a newer addition to the menu, based on the Krispy Kreme burger. The patty is loaded with lettuce, tomato, onions, mayo, bacon, eggs and cheddar packed between two honey buns.
“It’s like pancakes and eggs and steak, it’s so good,” Reilly said.
Regardless of the toppings, Reilly wants to respect the beef.
“I don’t like to lose the flavor of the meat because that messes with the burger,” he said.
Lindy’s is always a good choice for lunch. The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. every day except Sunday, when it opens at noon.
On Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, Lindy’s stays open until 2 a.m., making it a prime spot to gather and end the night. With an O.M.F.G., perhaps.
Lindy’s on 4th
431 N. Fourth Ave.
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