Step aside Iowa and fried butter — there is a new national fried treasure to feast upon.
The country’s first deep-fried cheeseburger is making its debut among at least 30 other varieties of hamburgers served by 15 different vendors at the National Hamburger Festival in Akron, Ohio, this weekend.
“We cook the cheeseburger, put it on a bun and dip it in batter before dropping it in a deep fryer,” said Drew Cerza, the festival’s founder.
Cerza came up with the idea for a deep-fried burger alongside a chef at a local burger restaurant. He wanted to combine two of his favorite things — hamburgers and chicken wings. Cerza said the special batter is a cross between funnel-cake batter and pancake batter, making the deep-fried cheeseburger both sweet and savory.
“We’ll serve it with a side of Lipitor,” Cerza said with a laugh.