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Downpatrick firm enters record books after making world's largest vegan burger

Sean Kearney of Finnebrogue enjoying the first bite of the record breaking burger

A CO Down food producer has set a Guinness World Record after making the largest ever vegan burger.

Downpatrick-based Finnebrogue Artisan scooped the accolade with its whopping 162kg burger, which measures 1.2metres in diameter and took nine hours to cook.

Ten colleagues were involved in the project.

Around 10kg of tomatoes, 4.5kg of lettuce, 7kg of cheese, 2kg of tobacco onions, 5kg of gherkins, 5kg of Naked 'Without The Oink' rashers and 5kg of Naked Burger sauce were used in the process.

Sean Kearney, Finnebrogue’s Innovation Process Manager, said they had a target weight of 100kg but were determined to go beyond that.

He said the team was "elated" with the result.

"Together we designed and built everything, including a swing to aid turning the patty during cooking. That was perhaps the most challenging part of the record as we didn’t want to break the patty," he said.

Once the record was verified by the Guinness team, the huge burger was shared between staff members and distributed to a local homeless community.

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