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article imageWashington Nationals introduce the StrasBurger, an 8-pound burger

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By Leigh Goessl     Mar 15, 2012 in Food
Washington - It looks like baseball fans attending the Washington Nationals stadium will have a chance to try some new eats this spring in the form of a burger.
Not just any ordinary burger though, this new creation will be a whopping eight-pounds and is called the StrasBurger.
Named for the Nats' star pitcher Stephen Strasburg, who has garnered a ton of attention as the top draft pick of 2009, the StrasBurger will be sold at the ballpark at the Red Porch Restaurant. The Red Porch sits out behind center field and offers outside dining with a view of the game.
Strasburg came into the big league, and Washington D.C., with big fanfare. And it looks as if the StrasBurger is carrying the same amount of 'big'
The StrasBurger's eight-pounds will include the bun and toppings.
The Washington Post's Dan Steinberg has the low-down on the new burger. Steinberg reports Nationals' public relations said,
"Weighing eight pounds total (including toppings), the StrasBurger is a monstrous all beef burger (combination of ground brisket, chuck and short ribs). The burger is served on a large burger bun with our secret sauce, American cheese, shredded lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced red onions, pickle chips and served with a cone basket of fresh cut fries and a pitcher of your choice of soft drink. This signature dish is the perfect entrée to share at this affordably-priced family restaurant."
Yahoo! Sports likened the the StrasBurger to "32 Quarter Pounders from McDonald's. Or a child's bowling ball. Or a smallish human head. Choose your own freakish comparison! They'd all be hard to digest."
Interestingly enough, Strasburg's mother is a dietitian, NBC Washington reported.
According to NBC News, Colleen Gerg, a registered dietitian from Chevy Chase, Md, gave her estimates of the StrasBurger. The dietitian said the burger contains about 8,000 - 10,000 calories, 600-700 grams of fat, 200-300 grams of saturated fat and 2,500-3,000 milligrams of sodium.
Even if shared by a family of four, still packs a lot of calories and fat per 'serving'.
"Here's an idea -- make a great burger (as in delicious) named after a great player (Strasburg)," Gerg said. "Make it awesome -- like him. I guarantee Strasburg didn't get to where he is by eating enormous amounts of unhealthy food laden with excess calories, fat (mostly saturated) and sodium. The guy's own mother is a dietitian after all!"
No word yet on how much the Strasburger will cost, but reportedly it also comes with a cone basket of fresh cut fries and a 'pitcher' of soda. Not clear if those are included in the breakdown of calories given by Gerg.
Red Porch Restaurant overlooks the field at Washington Nationals  ballpark
Red Porch Restaurant overlooks the field at Washington Nationals' ballpark
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