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Iceland Launches UK’s Hottest Burger Made With World's Strongest Chilli Pepper

Iceland Launches UK’s Hottest Burger Made With World's Strongest Chilli Pepper

The Carolina Reaper is 200 times hotter than the humble Jalapeño

Rebecca Shepherd

Rebecca Shepherd

Iceland is launching the hottest supermarket burger out there with its Carolina Reaper Quarter Pounders.

The frozen supermarket chain is on hand to serve up the spice once again - the beef burgers have been blended with the world's hottest chilli pepper, rather than topped with spice which according to Head Chef, David Lennox, intensifies the taste of chilli within the meat.

The Carolina Reaper Quarter Pounder.

The burgers are on sale for £2.50 and if customers think they can handle the heat, Iceland have also launched Carolina Reaper Chilli Chicken Wings (£3, 900g) in time for the al fresco dining season.

Fans of spicy food have previously praised the supermarket's Carolina Reaper range, which includes Carolina Reaper Chicken Breast Fillet Strips (£3, 540g) and Carolina Reaper Chicken Breast Fillet Chunks (£3, 500g).

The Carolina Reaper was first created in 2013 and gained an instant reputation around the globe for its blazing heat of up to 2.2 million Scoville Units. It remains the hottest chilli in the world.

The Carolina Reaper range.

Speaking about the wings last year, Iceland said: "BEWARE: These chicken wings are not to be taken lightly, they are seriously hot and should only be consumed under adult supervision.

"We would recommend having a pot of cooling yoghurt, a pint of milk, latex gloves, protective goggles and maybe even a fire extinguisher close to hand."

According to Guinness World Records, the Carolina Reaper chilli rates an average of 1,641,183 Scoville Heat Units - so at least you're not having to eat one whole, eh?

If of course you'd rather spend some time making your own burgers (we are in lockdown after all), Australian restaurant Mary's - and its co-founder Jake Smyth - has been kind enough to show us its burger recipe, with an added twist.

According to Jake, you'll need to grab the following from your supermarket:

  • Soft bun
  • High fat, grass fed beef smashed patty
  • Green oak lettuce
  • American cheese
  • Diced white onion
  • Pickles (Frank's special edition)
  • Sliced tomato
  • Mary's Sauce (or just regular mayonnaise)
  • Frank's RedHot Sauce (Frank's special edition)
  • Unsalted butter
  • Clarified butter
  • House smoked bacon

Now for the method. It's best to get the Frank's RedHot butter sauce done first so that you can use it on the cheese when you need to.

Jake Smyth co-founder of Mary's.

To create this tantalising sauce, you have to do the following:

  1. Place pot on cook top
  2. Add unsalted butter and melt gently
  3. Add Frank's RedHot Sauce and stir vigorously
  4. Reduce until it's silky and thick

And now for the burger itself:

  1. Toast the bun on cooktop with clarified butter
  2. Cook patty using press to smash it down, then flip. Place cheese on top while it's cooking and douse in Frank's RedHot Butter Sauce
  3. Cook bacon until crispy
  4. Place bacon on top of cooked patty and cheese and take off grill so it's medium rare
  5. Assemble lettuce, diced onion and tomato with pickles on board. Season with salt and pepper
  6. Squirt Mary's sauce or regular mayonnaise on bun on both sides, then place patty/cheese/bacon burger in. Add salad on top.

That's all you need to recreate the Mary's burger in your very own home with a cheeky, spicy addition.

Featured Image Credit: Iceland

Topics: Food, Community