Annals of Aussie fast-food excess

From the Australia in the United States Facebook page (of the Australian embassy to the U.S.), this image of a double cheeseburger pie and comment on it:

(#1) “There’s nothing more Aussie than a pie and there’s nothing more American than a burger. Put the two together and you have… #Mateship?!”

(Hat tip to Aussie-American Jason Parker-Burlingham.)

The hybrid food seems to have been popularized by an Australian fast-food chain in 2016 (and then copied by others). From the UK Metro, “People are now making double cheeseburger pies and we may have gone too far”, by Ellen Scott on 6/21/16:


And so, our obsession with taking delicious food to its disgraceful extreme continues. Presenting the double cheeseburger pie. Created by Australian chain Pie Face, the double cheeseburger pie is, as the name suggests, pretty much what would happen if a double cheeseburger and a pie had a baby. It’s made up of two beef patties sandwiched with cheese, pickles, onions, relish, and mustard, encased in a pastry crust topped with sesame seeds. Which sounds delicious, sure. But at this point we have to ask the big questions. Is a humble cheeseburger no longer enough? Must a pie be tainted with another equally delicious thing?

Paraphrasing slightly and editing things down a bit:

They all laughed at Pie Face in Sydney
Now they’re eating humble pie
Who’s got the last laugh now?

[Literary note from Wikipedia:

“They All Laughed” is a song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin, written for the 1937 film Shall We Dancewhere it was introduced by Ginger Rogers as part of a song and dance routine with Fred Astaire. The lyrics compare those who “laughed at me, wanting you” with those who laughed at some of history’s famous scientific and industrial pioneers, asking, “Who’s got the last laugh now?” People and advances mentioned are Christopher Columbus’s proof the earth is round; Thomas Edison’s phonograph; Guglielmo Marconi’s wireless telegraphy; the Wright brothers’s first flight; the Rockefeller Center; Eli Whitney’s cotton gin; Robert Fulton’s North River Steamboat; Milton S. Hershey’s Hershey bar chocolate; and Henry Ford’s “Tin Lizzy” Model T car.]

2 Responses to “Annals of Aussie fast-food excess”

  1. arnold zwicky Says:

    From Kyle “emoji-san” Wohlmut on Facebook:

    “When the moon hits your eye like a double cheeseburger pie” 🌖 🤜 👁️ 🍔 🍔 🥧 🇺🇲️ 🇦🇺️

  2. arnold zwicky Says:

    Earlier on this blog:
    8/3/15: Annals of fast-food excess:
    Wendy’s Baconator, Arby’s Loaded Italian, Subway’s Italian B.M.T.

    And see my postings on food hybrids, for example:

    7/15/14: Hybrid dishes and foodmanteaus:
    wonut; other foodmanteaus; and other hybrid dishes

    8/12/18: Why choose when you can have both?:
    grilled cheese hot dogs; jambalaya poutine and gumbo poutine; starch-on-starch dishes (chip butty, crisp sandwich, chips on toast with baked beans); hybrid foods, companion foods

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