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Entry from September 14, 2006
Beltbuster (1/2 pound hamburger)

Texas Dairy Queens have offered a “beltbuster” sandwich since 1971. It appears that Chicago-area restaurants offered a “belt buster” sandwich from 1969.

Bob’s BBQ & Grill in Thailand served up a 78.5-pound sandwich called a “Texas Belt Buster” in 2006.


Dairy Queen
1/2-lb. Beltbuster

It takes a real Texan to finish one!TM We use two big 1/4-lb. all-beef patties and pile them high on a fresh toasted bun. Add lettuce, tomatoes, pickles, onions, and mustard, and you’ve got one big burger.

Bob’s BBQ
The Big Bob’s Texas Belt Buster 35.6 Kg (78.5 lbs)

Slashfood
Thai eatery grills up world’s biggest burger
Posted Aug 14th 2006 1:03PM by Joe DiStefano
Filed under: Beef, Cheese, South Asia, Food Oddities, Grilling, Super Size Me

Ever had a hankering to order up a 78.5-pound hamburger with 12 hours notice? Now you can thanks to Bob’s BBQ & Grill. This Texas ‘cue joint recently cooked up what it calls the Texas Belt buster in a bid to unseat Fuddruckers Guinness World record for the largest burger.

Bob’s grilled the gargantuan ground beef sandwich in honor of the King of Thailand’s 60th year accession to the throne. And just why is a Texas BBQ celebrating a Thai holiday? Because the restaurant is located in Pattaya, Thailand. It was founded by Bob Schindler, a former competetive barbecuer from Houston.

Once it gets certified, the Texas Belt Buster will hold the record. Fuddrucker’s burger weighed in at a paltry 29.9 pounds. The Texas Belt Buster used 55 pounds of ground beef and took more than six hours to grill up. It comes topped with two large heads of lettuce, 35 slices of cheese and four jalapeƱos, among other things. 

9 May 1969, Chicago Tribune, pg. B15:
(Beef ‘n’ Barrel, 19W011 Butterfield rd., Oakbrook—ed.)
Specialty of the house, the “original belt buster” [a one-half pound hamburger, $1.50], is served on a bun or dark Bavarian rye and comes in a basket with french fries, lettuce, tomato, pickle wedges, and [if requested] a large slice of onion.

29 May 1969, ChicagoTribune, pg. SIND12 ad:
MAXO’S
BELT BUSTER
SANDWICH
FREE
with half quarter of Michelob, $1.45
Old Town on the South Side
1615 E. 87th St.

27 September 1969, Chicago Tribune, pg. S5 ad:
Aquarius Inn
Madison & Wells, Chicago
Featuring the
Belt Buster Hamburger

14 December 1972, Commerce (TX) Journal, pg. C4:
The featured item of the Dairy Queen is the Beltbuster, an extra large and delicious hamburger.

30 May 1975, Chicago Tribune, pg. B1:
Vic’s Sub Shop, 1056 W. Webster Av., 549-3082. At his shop in the De Pail University area, Vic has been selling sub sandwiches for 17 years. His specialty is a 13-inch Belt Buster. For $2.79, Vic includes slaw, tomatoes, onions, green peppers, oil and vinegar, bologna, American cheese, cotto and hard salamis, swiss and provolone cheese, ham, and pickles.

(Trademark)
Word Mark BELTBUSTER
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: FOOD PRODUCTS-NAMELY, BURGERTYPE SANDWICHES FOR CONSUMPTION ON OR OFF THE PREMISES. FIRST USE: 19711101. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19711101
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 73157655
Filing Date February 6, 1978
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Registration Number 1114619
Registration Date March 6, 1979
Owner (REGISTRANT) TEXAS DARIY QUEEN TRADE ASSOCIATION CORPORATION TEXAS 3467 WEST FREEWAY FORT WORTH TEXAS 76107
(LAST LISTED OWNER) TEXAS DAIRY QUEEN OPERATORS’ COUNCIL CORPORATION BY CHANGE OF NAME FROM TEXAS 2120 FORUM PARKWAY BEDFORD TEXAS 76021
Assignment Recorded ASSIGNMENT RECORDED
Attorney of Record MOLLY BUCK RICHARD
Prior Registrations 1039426
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR).
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 19990506
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(Trademark)
Word Mark BELTBUSTER JR.
Goods and Services IC 030. US 046. G & S: FOOD PRODUCTS - NAMELY, BURGER TYPE SANDWICHES FOR CONSUMPTION ON OR OFF THE PREMISES. FIRST USE: 19881229. FIRST USE IN COMMERCE: 19881229
Mark Drawing Code (1) TYPED DRAWING
Design Search Code
Serial Number 73788911
Filing Date March 24, 1989
Current Filing Basis 1A
Original Filing Basis 1A
Published for Opposition August 29, 1989
Registration Number 1567411
Registration Date November 21, 1989
Owner (REGISTRANT) TEXAS DAIRY QUEEN OPERATORS’ COUNCIL CORPORATION TEXAS 2120 FORUM PARKWAY BEDFORD TEXAS 76021
Attorney of Record MOLLY BUCK RICHARD
Prior Registrations 1114619;1152733
Type of Mark TRADEMARK
Register PRINCIPAL
Affidavit Text SECT 15. SECT 8 (6-YR). SECTION 8(10-YR) 20000621.
Renewal 1ST RENEWAL 20000621
Live/Dead Indicator LIVE

Posted by Barry Popik
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