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Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger: Today, state fairs. Tomorrow?

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(Read caption) The Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger, served at a concession by the Machine Shed restaurant, was a hit at this year's Wisconsin State Fair. Will a restaurant chain pick up the idea?

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The Krispy Kreme cheeseburger – that's right, a cheeseburger between doughnut halves – reportedly got its start when a chef in Decatur, Ga., came up with the idea. The chef, Chandler Goff, named it the Luther Burger.

Then in 2006, an independent baseball team, the Gateway Grizzlies, began selling its own version at their baseball park in Sauget, Ill.

That's when the doughnut/burger combination began to attract all kinds of attention. Sports Illustrated, ESPN, CNN, and others reported on the Grizzlies' burger. Paula Deen, of TV cooking fame, added an egg to the Luther Burger and loved it.

Word began to spread.

Admittedly, the Krispy Kreme Cheeseburger (KKC) sounds atrocious to just about everyone who hasn't tried one. The doughnut is halved, then its cut sides are grilled and become the outside of the sandwich so that the sugary glaze makes mortal contact with the cheese and the meat.

Even if that sounds good, there are all kinds of objections from the eat-healthy crowd.

Nevertheless, the sweet 'n salty combination seems to be attracting a growing number of fans.


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