125 lb Cyclist Takes on 3 lb Veggie Burger


What happens when a 125 pound cyclist takes on the challenge of eating a 3 pound veggie monster burger?  A better question may be…why would someone even want to?

As I’ve mentioned before, one of our sponsors over here at Loving the Bike is Big Daddy’s Restaurant in Austin.  On their menu is what they call the “Monster Burger” and it’s one of those crazy food challenges where if you can eat the entire thing in 33 minutes or less…it’s totally free.  Since Big Daddy’s serves up one of the best homemade veggie burgers I’ve ever tasted, I asked their executive chef if they’ve ever done a veggie monster burger.  He responded saying it’s possible, but hasn’t yet been attempted….and right away I knew we had a new kind of challenge on our hands.

The Cyclist VS The Monster Veggie Burger

Personally weighing in at 125 pounds and knowing that eating a 3 lb veggie burger along with 1 lb of fries is absolutely insane, indulgent, and grossly un-healthy….I still just had to take part in the name of publicity and good marketing for Big Daddy’s.  Being such a unique and interesting story, not only are we highlighting the event on our site, but it’s also been picked up by several local and national food blogs as well.

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Before having a look at this video that shows all the details from the challenge, I wanted to mention that Big Daddy’s truly has one incredible homemade veggie burger…and the original is definitely the size you’re accustomed to.  It was actually my love for their veggie burger that led to my Family being regular customers and the ensuing sponsorship that followed.  If you are up for a crazy challenge like that of the Monster Burger, the beef burger challenge can be done at any time…and the veggie challenge requires you giving them a heads up at least a day prior.


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20 Responses to “ 125 lb Cyclist Takes on 3 lb Veggie Burger ”

  1. DDX on January 30, 2015 at 3:08 pm

    Great to see a vegetarian food challenge! I don’t know why people think it’s more difficult to eat a 3-pound beef burger than a 3-pound veggie burger. Heck–even eating 3 pounds of lettuce would be tough!

    • Darryl (@lovingthebike) on January 30, 2015 at 6:58 pm

      Our Loving the Bike nutritionist says a 3lb veggie burger is way tougher than a 3lb meat burger……beans are much tougher to digest.
      Thanks for your comment……this old post has me craving one of those awesome Big Daddy’s veggie burgers.

  2. Julesmpg on May 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm

    Laughing so hard. Love that you tried to do that. I love a good veggie burger and that looks really good!

  3. Samantha Studebaker-Carl on May 29, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    Darryl, That is the biggest Veggie burger I Have EVER seen! Awesome, you are like the vegetarian Man vs Food

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on May 29, 2012 at 8:48 pm

      Thanks Samantha. It was a lot of fun….and as far as I know, I’m still the only person here in Austin to attempt a 3lb veggie burger. Not sure I’m willing to try taking on that thing ever again, though.

  4. Pamela H on November 22, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I’ve never seen a burger that big before.  It’s a good thing it was veggie.  Did you really eat half of that huge burger?

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2011 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks Pamela….it was pretty darn close to half.  I did take the rest home and ate it the next day.  I think I’ve had enough veggie burger for a while.

  5. Aaronthestrong on November 22, 2011 at 11:29 am

    I am HUNGRY!

  6. Kelli Myers Jennings on November 22, 2011 at 11:21 am

    Ay-yi-yi…That thing is huge!  I think you were at a definite disadvantage with all the fiber in a veggie burger – it’s likely more filling than the beef one!  Good job!

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2011 at 11:24 am

      That’s what I started thinking as I was ready to throw in the towel…..maybe this veggie challenge is even harder than the beef burger.  Being vegetarian, though the thought of that much meat kind of creeps me out a little….hahahahaha

      • Kelli Myers Jennings on November 22, 2011 at 12:02 pm

        I bet!  Either way, I’m a little creeped out – ha!  I can NEVER make it through an entire episode of Man vs. Food, and I’m not even the one eating the food!  This one does have my vote of being one of the healthiest food challenges I’ve seen.  Again, so much fiber.

  7. Kendall on November 22, 2011 at 11:19 am

    back before I went vegetarian, we lived in Boise, ID across the street from Big Juds. Their claim to fame was the “Big Jud”, a 1 pound burger – that if you could eat the entire thing and fries, they posted your picture on the wall of fame (shame). I tried to do it once. Made myself completely sick. Don’t know how you powered your way through more than half of that monster. 

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

      It took some serious training, Kendall….hahahahaha.  I did actually crank out as many miles as possible last week so I would be ready for this bad boy.  You’re going to have to come over to Austin and at least try out their regular sized veggie burgers.  They rock.

  8. Amanda Gale Kotyk on November 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

    That’s one HUGE veggie burger!!  Still can’t believe you attempted that! 

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2011 at 11:26 am

      Thanks for rolling with all my crazy ideas, Sweetie.  You’re the best.

      • Amanda Gale Kotyk on November 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

        Love it….It was definitely fun to watch!! 🙂 

  9. John on November 22, 2011 at 10:59 am

    You made me feel sick just reading this, but all in good fun right?  I would like to try something like this one day.

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2011 at 11:01 am

      Thanks John….yeah I’m glad I stopped before really getting myself sick.  I was definitely at a point where I was awfully close.

  10. Tim Starry on November 22, 2011 at 10:58 am

    you should think about a TV show….oops, somebody already doing it

    • Darryl is Loving the Bike on November 22, 2011 at 11:00 am

      I’ve never seen the show, but I kind of felt like that Man vs Food guy.


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