Ranking the Most Expensive Stadium Food Right Now

Nick DimengoFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2014

Ranking the Most Expensive Stadium Food Right Now

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    I don't care who you are or how much you're trying pinch pennies, because the one thing that every sports fan enjoys when going to games is the stadium food.

    Sure, it can get expensive—I once spent $70 on five beers and a burger at a baseball game—but there's nothing like housing some grub while watching your favorite team play.

    That's why I have the dubious task of ranking the most expensive items that a fan can find on the menu at various stadiums around the country.

    While they may break the bank, I have a feeling that your taste buds won't be disappointed.

10. D-Bat Dog (Arizona Diamondbacks)

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    Price: $25

    For those who might not want to deal with the complete hassle of loading up a meat patty with all the fixins, maybe an 18-inch hot dog is the way to go.

    That may be the hope of the Arizona Diamondbacks' D-Bat Dog, which they introduced prior to the 2014 season.

    On top of the insane length of this wiener—go ahead and laugh at that—the D-Backs have stuffed and deep-fried this thing with jalapenos, cheddar cheese and bacon. They also serve it with french fries on the side, making it one tasty (and calorie-packed) treat.

    Sure, it might cost $25, but seeing how anyone who eats it will be so full that he'll skip his next three meals, it's not so bad, right?

    Still, it doesn't look too appetizing to me.

    Score: 7.5/10

9. Seafood Mac 'N Cheese (New Orleans Pelicans)

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    Price: $18

    I don't know about you, but one of my favorite meals growing up was some cheesy, creamy mac and cheese.

    And while I used to have my mom make me that stuff on the reg, I have a feeling this Seafood Mac and Cheese that is served at New Orleans Pelicans games is just a tad better than the Kraft kind I used to eat—sorry, mom.

    Considering that it's loaded with shrimp, crawfish, scallops and crabmeat tossed on top of cheesy shells, I wouldn't be surprised if the team's star (Anthony Davis) would consider shaving his unibrow in a trade to get some.

    This stuff looks dangerously delicious.

    Score: 8/10

8. 40 for 60 Burger (Minnesota Vikings)

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    Price: $13

    Want to know what $13 gets you in TCF Bank Stadium while taking in a Minnesota Vikings game? Surprisingly, it's quite a bit.

    That's because the team's 40 for 60 Burger packs a hell of a lot of items in between two pretzel buns for a delicious flavor bomb inside of your mouth.

    Made up of 40 percent bacon and 60 percent ground beef—is your mouth watering yet?—the burger is then topped off with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, crispy onions, a fried egg, special sauce and, yes, even more bacon.

    And seeing how it's only 13 bucks, it's a meal worth attempting to eat—though, it may kill you by the time you're finished.

    Score: 8.1/10

7. The Beast Burger (Seattle Seahawks)

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    Price: $15

    With a name like "Beast Mode," it's no secret that Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is an absolute, well, beast.

    That's why the team honored his ridiculous, bulldozer-like runs—and love of Skittles—with a hamburger prior to last year's playoff game against the New Orleans Saints. It is appropriately called The Beast.

    Featuring two hamburger patties, two pieces of bacon, a couple slices of cheddar cheese, some ham, onion rings, lettuce, tomato and red onion, this $15 burger is about as bullish as Lynch's running style, making it a solid choice for any 12th Man.

    With a side of fries and, of course, those Skittles that Lynch loves so much, it's both savory and sweet.

    Score: 8.5/10

6. Anything at Amway Arena (Orlando Magic)

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    Price: Varies

    OK, so I know that just listing "anything at Amway Arena" inside the Orlando Magic's home is a serious cop-out, but—after looking at what they grill up—I just couldn't decide on just one item.

    From delicious burgers that are topped with cheese, bacon, onions and mushrooms, to things like blackened shrimp flatbreads and a hot dog called The OMG Dog, the Magic pulled the trick of getting rid of crappy food and serving their fans some incredible options.

    The team may have been struggling in recent years, but the food menu might just be the champion of the entire league.

    Score: 8.6/10

5. Emperor Burger (Pittsburgh Steelers)

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    Price: $12

    The Pittsburgh Steelers have always been known for having a blue-collar, beefy defense, so what better way to show the team some love than to offer a burger at the team's stadium (Heinz Field) that epitomizes that same mentality?

    That seemed to be the thought behind the Emperor Burger, which was just released before the 2014 season.

    At the reasonable price of $12, fans can scarf on two beef patties with shaved kielbasa, onions, bacon sauerkraut, a fried egg and a Heinz Field Secret Sauce, all sitting between a Brioche bun.

    So while the Brioche might add a little bit more business to the meaty party going on otherwise, I'm sure no one cares when trying to conquer this beast of a burger.

    Score: 8.8/10

4. The Hog Molly (Carolina Panthers)

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    Price: $12

    If there's one thing people down south really know how to do, it's brisket.

    So what better way for fans of the Carolina Panthers to enjoy a game than with an insane brisket sandwich that will satisfy their mouth-watering desires?

    After the team's General Manager Dave Gettleman stated last season that he wanted "hog mollies" as players on his roster, the team figured they would honor him by creating a sandwich called, well, The Hog Molly (which was introduced in the 2014 season).

    For $12, sliced and smoked brisket, tomato BBQ sauce, fried onions, pickled jalapenos and slaw can be all yours—so come hungry and leave stuffed.

    Score: 9.3/10

3. The Boomstick (Texas Rangers)

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    Price: $26

    Have no doubt about it—spending $26 on a two-foot-long hot dog is not something that I, nor anyone else, probably looks forward to doing.

    But seeing how The Boomstick that is offered at Texas Rangers games is loaded with toppings and, hopefully, will be shared among people, it's actually not that bad of a price.

    Smothered in chili, nacho cheese, jalapenos and onions and tossed between a potato bun, this wiener is bound to make the people sitting around you very jealous—I'm talking about the one you're holding, pal.

    Score: 9.5/10

2. H&F Burger (Atlanta Braves)

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    Price: $12 for one, or $30-$40 for a ticket package

    What to know just how coveted the handcrafted burger from Chef Linton Hopkins is at Atlanta Braves games? The club actually offers 24 ticket packages to have the burger during each home game.

    That means it's about as rare as, well, the meat being cooked.

    Widely considered to be one of the best cheeseburgers in the country, H&F Burger has three different locations in Turner Field for fans to try and get one. But it won't be easy, as lines will cost them a few innings worth of baseball watching.

    So while the price of one isn't too bad at $12, I highly recommend buying an advanced ticket package—yes, for the burger—which will allow you to bypass the lines and guarantee that you get yours to enjoy.

    Score: 9.6/10

1. The StrasBurger (Washington Nationals)

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    Price: $59

    Like a few other items on this list, the Washington Nationals' StrasBurger—aptly named after the team's ace, Stephen Strasburg—is a massive pile of meat that one person should never attempt to tackle alone.

    Why?

    Well besides the fact that it's an insane 8,000 calories, it also weighs eight pounds, meaning that you'll be getting a workout just by lifting it to your mouth.

    The burger is garnished with the normal stuff like lettuce, onions and pickles (while also including a special sauce and a cone of fries). The $59 tab should just be split among buddies who cut the thing into mini-burgers to chow on.

    Score: 9.8/10