A charity auction in Dubai on Wednesday witnessed the sale of a giant burger for a whooping 36,700 dirhams, or $10,000. It was a part of a campaign to raise awareness about breast cancer by the United Arab Emirates-based nonprofit Pink Caravan.
The burger contained seven beef patties, for the seven emirates of UAE, with aged cheddar and veal bacon in a saffron brioche burger bun topped with seven spices and Harissa burger sauce, the Khaleej Times reported. It was prepared by Russell Impiazzi, culinary director at Le Gourmet in The Dubai Mall’s Galeries Lafayette — also the venue of the fundraiser— and Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdullah Al Thani, a member of Qatar’s royal family.
“I have been an ambassador of Pink Caravan since the very beginning, and I am extremely honored to be here today,” Al Thani said in a statement. “Two years ago we broke the world record by selling one burger for $7,000, and this year we wanted to top that. Of course, all proceeds will go to breast cancer awareness and free detection at an earlier stage.”
The “Burgerstack” was bought by Asma Al Fahim, the founder of Dubai lifestyle magazine Villa 88, who said her aim behind the bid was to support the good cause and honor Ameera bin Karam, the former Pink Caravan director who died in a house fire last year, CNN Money reported.
The burger was not the only item up for grabs. Teams of chefs and influencers got together to whip up some UAE-inspired delicacies for the initiative, Pink Bite, and raised a combined total of almost $30,000. Other options presented to buyers were the “Yasa Caviar with hot smoked sturgeon and Al jabab,” “Braised short ribs with desert truffles,” “Lobster kibbe with avocado labneh” and “Pita surprise and steam buns,” among others.