The Best and Worst Food Challenges

Oh, America. The free, the beautiful, the patriotic… and, home of the morbidly obese. What speaks more to the American way of life than a good ole’ food challenge? Of course, some food challenges are not equal to others, so here is a look at some of the best and worst challenges you can participate in around the country.

Try a Big Fat Ugly

Though food challenges are supposed to be challenging, this one is a bit absurd and probably earns a place as one of the worst ones. The ingredient list on this one includes: 2 rolls, 4 cheeseburgers, double cheesesteak, chicken cheesesteak, gyro meat, grilled chicken, bacon, sausage, mozzarella sticks, chicken fingers, chicken nuggets, mac-n-cheese bites, fried mushrooms, jalapeno poppers, pizza bites, onion rings, mini corndogs, hash browns, American cheese, ketchup, and mayo. OK, this might not sound too difficult if you had all day, but with only 15 minutes to win, you don’t really stand a chance. If you’re insane and want to try it, check out the Fat Sandwich Company in Champagne, IL.

Try an 11 Pound Pizza

This might not be much easier (if any) than the previous challenge, but who doesn’t want to try and eat a giant pizza? You’ll have a full hour for this one and you can take a friend along, making it one of the best for those who are willing to scoff down a bunch of meat on their pizza. The challenge is held at Big Pie in the Sky in Kennesaw, GA and if you win you’ll be rewarded with $250. Most likely, you will be rewarded with a good vomit and then have to clean it up yourself. Then again, maybe you are better than Adam from Man vs. Food, because he couldn’t make it.

The Jack-N-Grill Challenge

A breakfast burrito made with 12 eggs, 7 potatoes, a pound of ham, cheese, chili, and a few other ingredients (like an entire onion), this 7 lb. monster is not your typical breakfast. Located in Denver, CO, the Jack-N-Grill restaurant was featured on Man vs. Food and few have been able to achieve this triumph. Utterly ridiculous and still somehow delicious, this earns itself a place as one of the best.

The Eight Wonder Burger

It’s hard to say if this one should be classified as one of the best or one of the worst challenges. Located at the Clinton Station Diner in Clinton, NJ, this massive behemoth of a burger is sure to give you heartburn. Contestants are allowed to use a team up to 10 members and have one hour to eat a 105 lb. burger. Though the $5,000 reward sounds enticing, no one has won to date.

Food Challenges to do at Home

If you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home but want a good food challenge, you might also consider putting one on at your own home. One potential is the “Manwich,” which is made using: a foot long sub bun, fillet steaks to cover two bun widths, chicken strips to cover two bun width, two 1/4 pound burger patties, and 1 lb. of mac and cheese.  I hope you are prepared to spend plenty of time on the toilet if you plan to attempt.

This is surely more creative than one of those 15 Capri Suns in 15 minutes or simply eating an extra large pizza yourself in 20 minutes. Still, with enough creativity, you can make just about anything into a food challenge.


Have you succeeded in any fun food challenges? Any of them that you completed at home?




Joseph Macolino
Joseph Macolino
When Joseph is not writing for his Evorath fantasy series, he tries to spend time honing his physical prowess to one day become the Punisher. Most of the time, he just ends up perfecting the art of procrastination by watching Netflix, reading other good fantasy books, or playing some mindless game. Follow him at Evorath