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


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

By Nora Landis-Shack

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.

11 replies on “Chicago Restaurant Serves Sacrilegious Burger with Communion Wafer and Red Wine Reduction”

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.

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.

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.

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