Chicago Restaurant Serves Sacrilegious Burger with Communion Wafer and Red Wine Reduction

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Kuma’s Corner, a burger joint in Chicago, is known for its heavy metal-themed burgers that are serious enough to bust your belt. But their most recent creation, the Ghost Burger, has some people in a religious uproar. On top of ten ounces of meat (beef and slowly braised pork shoulder), aged white cheddar cheese, and ghost chili aioli, there’s an unconsecrated communion wafer and a red wine reduction.  

Unsurprisingly, many have found the communion wafer and red wine reduction to be sacrilegious, as the wafers and red wine symbolize the body and blood of Christ. For Jeff Young, who runs a blog called The Catholic Foodie, this “is a mockery of something that is holy.”

However, Luke Tobias, Kuma’s general manager, says that since the wafers haven’t been blessed, which just makes them “simple, pretty crackers.” So, Foodbeast readers, is the Ghost Burger something that sounds absolutely offensive or downright delicious?

H/T chicagoist + PicThx Kuma’s Corner



Nora Landis-Shack was born to be a foodie. With a classically trained French chef for a father, she’s been exploring new tastes since she was big enough to help chop vegetables for dinner. Pig’s feet, frog’s legs, and tripe are delicious child’s play. Which isn’t to say she doesn’t love a great steak. Because she does. With frites, please.



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  • chris

    i acknowledge the technicality that they point out about it not being blessed… but overall it’s in bad taste…

  • Michael Kelly

    That burger is metal as f**k. But, according to their Facebook, it’s goat shoulder, not pork.

  • http://www.ruethedayblog.com/ Jill

    If you’re eating at a metal-themed burger joint, why are you going to be all sensitive to a religious icon being used in your food? Isn’t that one of the basic foundations of metal music?

  • Paulo Acoba

    I couldn’t give a flying eff what you do with an unconsecrated host. To us Catholics, at that point it’s just a cracker honestly. Now if you’re going to a church, standing in line and stealing a consecrated host, that’s a different story. But have fun with your cracker that looks like a communion wafer. It isn’t the body and blood of Christ.

  • Lorrie O’Connor

    All the burgers are named after bands. Maybe do a lil research
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_(Swedish_band)

  • Powerline

    I personally ain’t offended and I’m a churchgoer myself (I even volunteer to mow once a week there). But I could see where it could tick some people off. There are elements of it that seem to exist for the sake of “stirring the pot”, particularly claiming that it is a “communion wafer”, even though I think the manager has the right idea about it. They could have easily not used the term “communion wafer” and probably gotten away with it (though now that the controversy has started that probably won’t be enough), and even now they could just use a different design (something more “metal”) or not have designs. Nobody would think anything of it.

    Heck, I’ll even admit the burger itself sounds excellent and I’d make a trip if it was in my area…seems like outside of BBQ and chicken Kansas City gets the short end of the stick on these unique items.

  • Christian DiSalvo

    One day when all of the communist propaganda and socialist dystopia will cease, we will be back to burning blasphemers and heretics who have no respect for the God who created them. It will be a nice warning of and prelude to the eternal flames that await them. No such luck for the sodomites http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IksUJCFCaMo&list=TLFAicaLXUpv_Om2I0Oz0VoCeasByZextw.

    • Anonymous

      Christ taught us to love one another. You’re doing other Christians, not to mention yourself, a diservice be proselytizing hypocrisy.

  • http://ascii.textfiles.com/ iPadCary

    Wow ….
    A restaurant based on 2 dying things, metal & religion.
    What is this, 1978?

  • Anonymous

    When I was a child going to Catholic Mass, the priest used to give the children large unconsecrated wafers after mass.

    This was because it was basically a pretty saltine before concentration.

    No biggie. It hasn’t undergone transubstantiation.

  • Anonymous

    more like sacrelicious, amiright?

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