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Nindigully Pub monster burger stuns Sunrise's Grant Denyer

MACK ATTACK: Sunrise weatherman Grant Denyer hams it up for the camera with the Nindigully Pub's 24-kilogram goliath, the Real Big Mack.
MACK ATTACK: Sunrise weatherman Grant Denyer hams it up for the camera with the Nindigully Pub's 24-kilogram goliath, the Real Big Mack. Lyndon Keane

YOU know a burger is big when it weighs as much as a 22-month-old baby.

Australia had an oversized taste of just how seriously the Nindigully Pub takes its big buns this morning when Sunrise personality Grant Denyer presented the weather from the iconic watering hole.

The pub, established in 1864 and situated 45 kilometres south of St George in south-west Queensland, has a reputation for the unique and cooked three of its goliath burgers - which are all on the standard menu - for the excitable weatherman.

Despite the age-old suggestion that television presenters should avoid working with animals and children, Denyer had the spotlight momentarily stolen when 22-month-old Jett Challenger - whose father Trent is the baker responsible for the giant burger buns - took centre stage on the main bar, in order to provide a size comparison to the Road Hog burger.

At 13 kilograms, the burger is made with a whole leg of pork and weighs the same as a toddler.   

The next two burgers were even bigger and more ridiculous, and a stunned Denyer was lost for words as the 24-kilogram Real Big Mack was carried out on a small door.

"I'm shocked," he said as he surveyed the gargantuan burger, which is shaped like a semi-trailer.

"I think I'm going to cry."

Nationals senator Barnaby Joyce was on hand for the unveiling of the Real Big Mack and told Denyer that if it was any bigger, "you'd have to register it".

Speaking exclusively to the Balonne Beacon after the cross, Senator Joyce said he believed it would put the region on the map.

"What this thing does is make the Balonne (Shire) relevant," he said.

"It gives us a presence in front of Australia."

In a burger-sized boost for tourism in the Balonne Shire, Denyer and his crew were lured to the outback by Jamie Turner, the son of the historic pub's owners, Steve Burns and Debbie Lee.

"This is pretty unbelievable," Mr Turner said.

Mr Burns and Ms Lee watched the telecast from the Sunshine Coast and said they were overwhelmed by how successful it had been.

By 10:30am, the pub had been inundated with orders for more than 500 copies of its "cheeky" calendar, which raises much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and featured on the final live cross.

"There are no words to describe the feeling I've got right now," he said.

"Jamie has done an incredible job to get the Sunrise team there and watching it go so smoothly is probably our proudest moment as parents."

Mr Burns said he was "in tears of laughter" while watching the crosses and praised his staff.

"You couldn't ask for a greater family and bunch of staff than we've got at the 'Gully," he said.

When asked whether he believed the coverage would spark a flurry of attempts to create a burger bigger than the Real Big Mack, Mr Burns simply laughed.

"If someone beats it, we'll have to come up with something even wilder," he said.

 

Fast facts about the Nindigully Pub's big burgers

 

· The Road Train weighs 7 kilograms and is considered the Nindigully Pub's "smallest" big burger.

· The Road Hog weighs a whopping 13 kilograms, contains a whole leg of pork and is made with a 3.5-kilogram bun.

· The Real Big Mack has a 6-kilogram bun, weighs an eye-watering 24 kilograms and is served on a small door.

· Trent Challenger from St George Bakery is the mastermind behind the behemoth buns and creates 16 individual designs for various burgers and hot dogs.



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