Finally, Someone Made the Big Kahuna Burger From ‘Pulp Fiction’

Bryan Brandom
(Photo: YouTube / Miramax.)

Contrary to what Quentin Tarantino's films Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Four Rooms, and Death Proof (as well as Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Til Dawn) will tell you, Big Kahuna Burger is not an actual fast-food chain—it's just one that exists in the writer-director's film universe.

Its signature sandwich—also called the Big Kahuna Burger—found itself at the center of a pivotal scene of Pulp Fiction, when its mysteries entice hitman Jules Winfield, but not so much his partner Vincent Vega, as the duo retrieves an all-important briefcase for employer Marsellus Wallace from poor Brett and his doomed buddies.

"Mmm, this is a tasty burger!" a surprised Jules, played by Samuel L. Jackson, remarks at his first bite of the Hawaiian-themed cheeseburger.

Now, 23 years after the film's release, a hero has finally come along to fill in the culinary blanks for anyone whose mouth watered during this early scene from the cinematic classic: Andrew Rea of YouTube series Binging with Babish, who's no stranger to re-creating dishes from pop culture—months ago he concocted the famed "Moist Maker" sandwich from Friends.

Because the film leaves a little too much to the imagination, Rea took some liberties with the burger-creating process, making sure to make it a true Hawaiian burger with caramelized pineapple, teriyaki sauce, and a King's Hawaiian roll.

By the end, those all look like excellent calls.


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