The Hellfire Burger from Xtreme Smokehouse isn’t exactly comfort food. There may be a good two or three seconds of warm and fuzzy when you first bite into it. That’s when the honeymoon ends and unadulterated mouth-terror kicks in. At a claimed 1 million SHU, the Hellfire may be the hottest hunk of ground beef ever tucked between two buns. Outside of the porn industry, that is. For point of reference, Ed Currie’s Carolina Reaper, the hottest pepper on Earth, clocks in at 1.5 million SHU. American pepper spray weighs in at 2 million SHU. Conquering a Hellfire Burger is asking a lot of digestive system. In fact, you should probably buy it flowers and wine before you even ask it to process the thing.
Here’s how Xtreme Smokehouse twists an innocent hamburger patty into what can only be described as Satan’s suppository. They mix ground beef with cayenne pepper, powdered ghost pepper, and pure chile pepper extract. It’s grilled with an indent on it, topped with a wrecking crew of serrano, jalapeno, and habanero peppers, and capped off with Xtreme’s secret Hellfire sauce. Oh, and some grain alcohol in the center. Not so much for flavor. The restaurant lights it on fire, because reasons, that’s why. The Hellfire burger also has lettuce, pickle, tomato, and cheddar on it. Not that you’ll notice after the first few bites. You’ll be too busy updating your will for that.
Restaurant owner Loren Gingrich submitted the $12 creation to the Guinness Book of World Records for the hottest hamburger title. We wish Gingrich the best of luck!