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Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction

Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction

“Hamburgers! The cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.”
— Jules Winnfield - Pulp Fiction

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Well, not really, but I have to say that Pulp Fiction has some very funny lines, and if you are into black humour you probably will find it a bit funny. It was released in 1994 and I remember all of my "cool" high school mates talking about it. I admit that I didn't have the maturity required to enjoy it. To me, at that time, it looked like nothing more than a very violent movie. Some things in life need a little bit of maturity to be enjoyed, and for me so was the case for Quentin Tarantino movies and Pink Floyd: two wonderful things that I only came to enjoy when I was already in my 30's.

The problem with Pink Floyd was overexposure, I think. I remember being very young and watching videos of "The Wall" everywhere: I got tired very quickly. After many, many years I discovered their rich discography and fell in love with their early years when Syd Barret was still around. Kind of the same happened with the very violent movies from Quentin Tarantino: at the moment I have a decent collection that I enjoy to binge-watch now and then, but couldn't find a reason to even see them when I was younger. I guess that is why movie ratings exist.

There is a fan theory around that says that all of the Tarantino movies exist in the same universe. I love the theory and makes a lot of sense. That is why you will see mentions of the Big Kahuna burger joint in other Tarantino movies, as well as references to other movies: like when Mia (from Pulp Fiction) talks about the Bride (Kill Bill). The Big Kahuna Burger Joint is a chain of Hawaiian fast food restaurants. Most people would assume that the hamburger would have pineapple but the one in the movie looks to me like a very plain and simple McDonald's cheeseburger.

Nowhere can we find instructions as for how to make it so one can only imagine. My husband was in charge of the cooking and he likes his patties to be thick and juicy, so we proceeded that way. You can use the same recipe we used for the Lady and the Tramp Meatballs that we made a while ago, the only difference is the quantity of meat of course. Each pattie we made was 250 grams!

Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction | FoodieFoodMood.com
Big Kahuna Burger from Pulp Fiction | FoodieFoodMood.com
Jules (Samuel L. Jackson) and Brett (Frank Whaley) share a friendly breakfast of Big Kahuna Burgers. For more from Pulp Fiction: http://miram.ax/pulpfictionmovie In this scene: Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson), Vincent Vega (John Travolta), Brett (Frank Whaley) About Pulp Fiction: Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega are two hitmen out to retrieve a suitcase stolen from their employer, mob boss Marsellus Wallace.

As a designer, it is worth for me to notice the small details, and love when movie makers go out of their way designing those little details that sometimes go unnoticed, such as the Big Kahuna Burgers logo: it was designed by a friend of Quentin Tarantino and the packaging can be spotted in movies outside of the Tarantino universe, go figure! 


Back to the hamburger, we are using breadcrumbs but you don't have them available you can use some slices of bread, cut them into very small pieces and mix them with the mince. The result is the same!

I hope you enjoy! I know I am eating all of the carbs but that is what seems to make my baby happy at the moment! The third trimester is super close and I am excited and scared at the same time! 

To end this post, check out this fun video I found, thank you, Internet! If you haven't seen the movie, this is a very cool synopsis!

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Pulp Fiction's Big Kahuna Burger #hamburger #foodfrommovies #pulpfiction #bigkahunaburger | FoodieFoodMood.com

Big Kahuna Burger


  • 2 kg. lean mince.
  • 1 white onion, thinly sliced.
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced.
  • 1/2 cup of breadcrumbs.
  • 1 pinch of salt.
  • 1 pinch of pepper.
  • 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil.
  • 1 cup of lettuce.
  • 1 tomato, sliced.
  • 1 cup cheedar cheese.
  • Gherkins.
  • 4 hamburger buns.

Takes , serves 4.


  1. Use your hands to mix the mince with the breadcrumbs, the garlic, and the onion.
  2. Add the olive oil to a pan over medium high heat.
  3. Cook until done.
  4. Assemble the hambuger: put lettuce and the pattie, followed by the tomato, the onion, the cheese and the gherkin .
  5. Serve with your preferred chips and sauces.

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