Delicious or Sacrilegious? Burger Topped with Communion Wafer Sparks Controversy

A Chicago burger joint is serving up burgers topped with communion wafers in a tribute to a Swedish heavy metal band

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Communion wafers are not typically considered a culinary garnish, but a Chicago restaurant is touting the sacred cracker as a part of a new monthly special.

Kuma’s Corner, a longstanding heavy metal-themed burger bar on the city’s North Side, features behemoth speciality burgers named for metal bands. October’s special is named for Swedish metal act Ghost B.C., a ghoulish-looking band known for performing in hooded robes. The lead singer, who calls himself Papa Emeritus, is clothed as a Roman Catholic Cardinal and wears skeleton makeup.

The $17, 10 oz. monstrosity is dressed with Ghost chile aioli, slow braised goat shoulder, aged white cheddar cheese, a red wine reduction — meant to symbolize the blood of Christ — and of course the body of Christ: the unconsecrated Communion wafer to top it all off.

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“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,” the restaurant posted on its Facebook page.

But some diners are vexed by the burger’s religious references, and have taken to the restaurant’s Facebook page for a colorful discussion on whether it’s offensive. “It’s not a commentary on the state of religion or anything like that,” Director of Operations Luke Tobias told the Chicago Tribune. “It’s literally, ‘We like this band; we think what they do is cool.'”

Other burgers include the Iron Maiden, High on Fire, and the “Slayer,” a burger served on a bed of fries with chili, caramelized onion, andouille, cherry peppers, monterey jack, scallions and — anger.

Customers can opt to order the monthly burger sans wafer, but it may detract from the divine experience.

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