Once upon a time, fans went to a baseball game and ate hot dogs and peanuts and Cracker Jacks. You can still find those staples at Major League stadiums, but these days, the menu has gotten much weirder. You want a hot dog? OK, how about a hot dog smothered in Froot Loops, bacon and mac and cheese? Or how about a 4-pound hamburger packing more than 8,000 calories? It’s all part of an effort by clubs to increase revenue by making the ballpark experience more unique and social media-friendly. (Really, it would be unthinkable to order a 4-pound hamburger without posting a photo of it on Instagram). Here are some of the most bizarre food items that can be found at MLB stadiums.
10. Slider Dog (Progressive Field, Cleveland)
Hot dogs have been a staple of big-league parks for years. Never has a vendor felt the urge to smother a hot dog in Froot Loops, bacon and mac and cheese … until this year. The vendor Happy Dog has created a new “Slider Dog” with all of the above ingredients. We totally get the bacon and mac and cheese part, and we’ve long been partial to Froot Loops, but all together in the same dish?
9. Bull Testicles (Coors Field, Denver)
They’ve been serving these at the Rockies’ home park since the mid-1990s. OK, so they don’t call them bull testicles. They are known as “Rocky Mountain Oysters.” But they are, in fact, bull testicles. They’re pounded flat, salted and deep-fried, but it’s hard to forget you’re eating some bull’s manhood.
8. Murph-a-dilla (Globe Life Park, Arlington)
Former Rangers outfielder David Murphy had a passion for Tex-Mex cuisine, so the team named the Murph-a-dilla in his honor. It’s a 24-inch quesadilla filled with beef brisket, cheese, lettuce, pico de gallo and jalapenos, all on a bed of Doritos.
7. Primanti Bros. Sandwich (PNC Park, Pittsburgh)
The Primanti Bros. chain is an institution in Pittsburgh. They’ve been serving their signature sandwich, piled high with grilled beef, French fries and cole slaw, since the 1930s. It sounds very strange, but if you’re in Pittsburgh, or PNC Park, you’ve got to try it.
6. The Hammer (Turner Field, Atlanta)
Named in honor of Braves legend Hank “The Hammer” Aaron, this concession does his name proud. It’s basically a fried chicken filet sandwich, only using waffles instead of bread, covered in onion straws, bacon, pepper jack cheese and maple mayonnaise.
5. Pulled Pork Parfait (Miller Park, Milwaukee)
Pulled pork is good. So are mashed potatoes. Stick them together in a tall glass and you get an ice-cream-sundae-looking treat at Miller Park called the Pulled Pork Parfait. It’s such a trendy dish it even has its own Twitter account (@MillerParkPork).
4. Churro Dog (Chase Field, Phoenix)
The Diamondbacks introduced a new taste sensation in 2015 in the Churro Dog. It’s a cinnamon churro nestled inside a Long John chocolate-glazed doughnut and topped with frozen yogurt, caramel, and chocolate sauces. Because after eating all those ginormous hot dogs and other monstrously big foods, you need a great desert.
3. Brunch Burger (PNC Park, Pittsburgh)
Take a 60-percent ground beef, 40-percent ground bacon hamburger, add a fried egg and cheese and sandwich it between giant glazed doughnuts. PNC Park introduced this concoction in 2013, which happened to be the Pirates’ first winning season in 21 years. Coincidence? You decide.
2. Burgerizza (Turner Field, Atlanta)
Here we have a 20-ounce burger, smothered in cheese and bacon. If that doesn’t sound unhealthy enough for you, stick an 8-inch pepperoni pizza on each side to use as the bun. Presto — the Burgerizza. Before you try this, you might want to get a cardiologist’s phone number programmed into your speed dial.
1. Fan vs. Food Burger (Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg)
Have you ever eaten a half-pound burger and thought to yourself, “I could eat about seven more of these?” Then you might be the perfect candidate to eat Tropicana Field’s Fan vs. Food Challenge Burger. The team is giving away two tickets to a future game to anyone who can eat this monstrosity, which includes two pounds of ground beef and a half-pound of bacon smothered in cheese. Oh, you have to eat a pound of French fries along with it. All in 30 minutes. Someone estimated that’s close to 10,000 calories in one sitting. There have been no winners yet, although many have tried.