My “Cheeseburger In A Can” Taste Test! I Cooked One! I Ate It Too! Here’s My Review!


Behold The Majesty Of A “Cheeseburger In A Can!”

Yes, my son Jeff got me the greatest birthday present of all: the hilarious – and hilariously REAL “cheeseburger in a can” – designed by a German company for people who want to go out into the wilderness, but STILL need to be close to a cheeseburger at any time!

A “Trekking” Burger!

Here’s how this all began: I came across a review of a “cheeseburger in a can”
a few years ago, and I posted some of the hilarious reviews – more on those in a minute. I showed them to my son, who then secretly located the real product form Germany and had it shipped to me – so I can easily hold one in my hand and read the ingredients!

The ingredients are all listed in German, but it really doesn’t matter, does it? The gauntlet had been thrown down, and now I had to live up to my parental responsibilities and enjoy his gift – so time to make – AND CONSUME – a “cheeseburger in a can!”

Time To Cook!

I assumed that, since this product was developed for campers, the best thing to do was to imagine I was out in the woods with a pot of water and an open fire.

The idea is to put this can in some hot water, let the burger inside warm up, then pop the top and enjoy!

I wanted to follow the heating directions – or what I assumed were the proper heating directions – so that I could experience this food in the same way a German hiker would – and I’ve always wanted to be a German hiker:

Once we let it cool, it was time to dig it out of the can:

OK, as you saw from the video, the bun got a bit torn up as we wanted to make sure it would come out of the can…and as the video showed, it was “WELL CEMENTED” TOGETHER!

So my original plan of adding mayonaise and pickles wasn’t going to happen – instead, we cut it open and got a look inside…

As you can see, it was glued together with some sort of “ketchup and pickle meet thousand island dressing by way of Siberia” dressing – the bun was literally glued to the meat from both sides…nothing to do now but to eat it!

The Review!

First, let me say that everyone I told about this told me I was a fool to try one – but I had to do it, and guess what?


First of all, as you can see, there was plenty of “meat” between the bun – and it had the flavor and texture of meat – since I can’t read the label, I have to assume that it IS meat, and it does have a “perfectly acceptable” meat flavor!

The “Secret Sauce!”

The strange sauce was actually flavorful, a slight bit of tanginess and some pickle slivers that were noticeable. If there was cheese on this, I didn’t see it, but that could have been due to the “compressed” nature of the meat and bun – but again, it tasted fairly good!

It didn’t have the flavor of a “grade school” burger, it actually tasted fine – the bun was a bit yeasty, but not in a bad way – it was just a canned cheeseburger that would do just fine in a pinch so bravo to Kraft and their “Trekking Burger” for a job well done!

I was originally intrigued by this product when I saw this picture on the internet:


Yes, it’s one of the funniest reviews ever posted – thanks to The Onion, which purchased the same style of German “Cheeseburger In A Can” that I did for their own taste test:


The review includes comments like this:

• “I cannot swallow this. It will not go down.”

• “It’s not quite meat, is it? It looks like freaky airline food.”

• “It tastes like beef-flavored something. Beef-flavored matter.”

You can see more of this hilarious food review here:

Thanks to my son Jeff for the gift – he knew that we’d have some fun trying this out! It’s all part of my obsession with food in a can:


I found this “hamburgers in a can” ad – and can only imagine how popular these were at one point – and how quickly people learned to buy them fresh!

I am a fan of “canned food” because it is so unique in our history:


This “potted meat food product” for example – it’s “everything but the oink” from a pig, turned into a “canned food product” that you can put on crackers, I guess. Here are some of my favorite “canned foods”:

Some of you also know that I recently tried “weasel coffee” – thanks to my friend Sabrina Miller, who brought me THIS from Asia:

weasel coffee

It’s th world’s most expensive coffee, because it goes through a real live Weasel first! See more about his delicious and unique “premium Weasel product” here:

Let me know your favorite “canned” food!


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16 replies

  1. I’m with you I’d have to at least try it. If it didn’t have a skull and crossbones on it we should be good to go!

  2. I must say you were very brave!! I don’t think I could have done it. But as your review says it wasn’t too bad at all in the end!! What a fun way to try new foods 😊

  3. I think this is hysterical. Imagine resorting to a cheeseburger in a can. Must be for our generation Z kids. Great post, John.

  4. And you have five more to enjoy!
    Like you, I cannot think of anything worse than camping. But I agree that eating one of these on that (not happening) camping trip would be more than acceptable. In fact, i would happily eat two. Maybe not that hot though. I could see the steam coming from that burger in the video!
    Best wishes, Pete.


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