Has all that walking around playing "Pokemon Go" made you a bit peckish? Committed trainers need look no further for the perfect snack because Pokemon-shaped burgers are finally a reality! Australian burger pop-up restaurant Down-N-Out (a loving homage to Cali's notorious In-N-Out burgers) has created a tasty tribute to your favorite starter 'mon. Pikachu, Bulbasaur, and Charmander have been reimagined as fast-food treats, with toppings to match their personalities.
"The flavors and the ingredients match the Pokémon's style, character and color. The Charmander is a little bit spicy, there's kind of a volcanic cheese dripping off it," Ben Kagan, creative director of Hashtag Burgers, told Mashable Australia. That's right people, not only are these burgers squee-worthy, but they are topped with something straight out of your food dreams: volcanic cheese. I'm gonna have to sit down now.
Charmander the fire-type Pokemon may be fairly easy to envision as a burger, but Down-N-Out rises to the occasion when transforming the more challenging grass and an electric types as well. "The Bulbasaur is grassy and cleaner, but it tastes like a Big Mac actually — which is quite nice. The Pikachu is a bit sillier, with our 'tiger fries' through it," Kagan confirmed. Bulbasaur has a charming broccoli hat and of course Pikachu's burger would have something fried on it. Each burger comes with a "Pokeburg" card that lists the ingredients, and will make a pretty cool piece of Pokemon memorabilia.
The three unique Pokeburgers took Chef Seb four weeks of trial and error to perfect, and the team has nailed it down to the very last detail. "We’ve tried many different ways of getting them to look amazing," Kagan told BuzzFeed. "At one stage we were experimenting with a hot-iron brand and then we tried printing the faces onto rice paper." Whomever came up with the burnt Doritos for Pikachu's ears is a freakin' genius. May we humbly suggest a Squirtle milkshake to wash down that spicy Charmander burger?
Even the way the burgers are to be distributed is faithful to the Pokemon brand. Those who order a Pokeburger will receive one of the three flavors at random. In other words, Down-N-Out is the Professor Oak of the foodie world. To get your hands on one of these meaty works of art, hungry trainers can expect to shell out 15 Australian dollars, which is about $11.44 in U.S. currency (and approximately 1,150 in pokecoins). But it is so worth it — just look at this face:
The pop up, launched by Sydney's hamburger appreciation group Hashtag Burgers, will serve their first adorable creation Tuesday, August 23 and the Pokéburgers will be available in limited supply until Sunday, September 3 at the Sir John Young Hotel. That is only two weeks for devoted fans to taste 'em all! Trainers from the U.S. will have plenty of time to work up an appetite on the 21 hour flight.
Images: Down N' Out/Instagram