Kuma’s Corner ‘Ghost’ burger features communion wafer as topping

Colin Joliat

Colin Joliat


Chicago burger mainstay Kuma’s Corner made news and stirred debate with their Ghost burger, which features a communion wafer as a topping. I ate this most blasphemous burger in America, and it was gloriously delicious. It’s a perfect fit for a restaurant made famous for their heavy metal burgers and music.

In the spirit of our undying reverence for the lord and all things holy, we give you the Ghost which we think is a fitting tribute to the supreme blasphemous activities carried out by the band itself.

10oz patty
Ghost chili aioli
Slow braised Goat shoulder
Aged white cheddar cheese
Red Wine Reduction (the blood of christ)
with Communion Wafer garnish (the body of christ)

As you can imagine, Christians were outraged by this. To them, it’s an outright attack on their religion. It’s a gimmick intended insult what they believe. There is no way this is just a burger. People have called to complain, protested, and even held a candle light vigil last night outside the restaurant.

Meanwhile what they all fail to realize in their indignation is that the burger is f’ing delicious. You could take away the unconsecrated host that adorns the top, and I would still eat this burger three times a month. I’m a big fan of meat on meat in a burger, and braised goat shoulder was amazing. The red wine reduction and goat are perfect together, and the ghost chili aioli brings a little heat to this oversized slice of heaven. Smite me almighty smiter!

Kuma’s creates a new metal band themed burger every month. Yes, this is the first I can recall with religious connotations, but they seem perfectly appropriate for this month’s band, Ghost. I had never heard of them before, but it only takes about 2 minutes of internetting to find that blasphemy is a major part of their shtick. To not include it would be like making a Mike Ditka burger without sausage.

It’s good to see Kuma’s isn’t backing down either. Not only are they keeping the burger on the menu for the rest of the month, which I’ll be going back for again, they also dropped a First Amendment on people.

We are fortunate to live in a place where we are granted particular freedoms not available to most people in most locales and we feel it is our obligation to not stand down in the face of threats but instead to stand up for something we hold to be much nobler; the First Amendment. If you are not familiar with it, let us provide the text for you:

There’s nothing quite like playing the Constitution card. Nibble on that, haters.

I do have to give a warning about going to eat at Kuma’s Corner though. My first ever trip there ended about a half mile short when I crashed my motorcycle. Yesterday was my second trip, and my rear brake went out about halfway there. Thankfully I was able to get it fixed and continue on to the promised land. God apparently has been doing his best to keep me away from the unholiest of holy burger joints, so be careful out there.