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  • Arabella Stratford

Colossal Food Challenges: Kooky Canuck

For this new series, we're covering massive food challenges, colossal, one might say.

For our first colossal food challenge, we're stopping in Tennessee, home of the Great Smoky Mountains, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and exceptional food.

Kooky Canuck (formerly The Big Foot Lodge) was founded in 2005 by Shawn Danko and is home to some of the biggest burger challenges. The restaurant has been featured many times on television. Host of Man v. Food's Adam Richman visited the restaurant for season 1, episode 2 of the hit show, attempting to take down the Kookamonga Burger Challenge.


The Kookamonga Burger Challenge

The Kookamonga Burger challenge is well-known in the world of competitive eating, with several notable eaters such as Matt Stonie, Randy Santel, Joel Hansen, and others attempting this colossal burger.

Fun Facts About the Challenge

  • It clocks in at 12,000 calories. There isn't much more that needs to be said. It is asked about so often that Kooky Canuck has it listed under their FAQ for the challenge.

  • You have 60 minutes to finish this beast. If you were wondering, no, you can't tag in a friend. This challenge is all yours.

  • It is seven and a half pounds total, including classic toppings like lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles, and cheese. Oh yeah, and the fries are optional.

  • If you can best the beast, you get bragging rights, the burger on the house, and even your epic photo on their Wall of Fame.

  • There are larger versions of the Kookamonga Burger Challenge, including a team challenge for up to four people, totaling a whopping 25 POUNDS!


Randy Santel, Ramsey "The Mantis" Hilton, Naader "Freak Eating" Reda, and "Magic" Mitch Dombrowski took on the 25lb "Humonga Kookamonga" Burger Challenge for Randy's 1000th food challenge win. You can check out that epic feat below!



Kooky Canuck has two locations, one in Memphis, TN, and another in Cordova, TN. In addition to giant burgers, Kooky Canuck is known for great food, friendly staff, and leaving a lasting impression on diners (and competitive eaters). Kooky Canuck lives up to its slogan of "BIG FOOD, BIG FUN."


Photo credit: Kooky Canuck

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