Hey, Who Took A Bite Out Of My Cheeseburger?

Jesus and his family stopped at the drive-thru window of a newly opened Sonic in Wilkes-Barre, Penn. on their way home from a shopping trip. When they got home and opened their bags, Jesus noticed something weird about his bacon cheeseburger. Part of it was missing.

Once we got home ( we ordered using the drive thru, so we just went straight home to eat ) I opened my bag, and unwrapped my burger only to see what seemed at the time like a part of the burger was missing. I take the whole burger out and remove the bun and notice that the part that seemed like it was missing, was bitten into! I have attached photos of the burger and receipt.

I called the number on the reciept 7 times and I get no answer. I have also tried getting in touch with corporate, with no luck on the phone.

Check out the full-detail cheeseburger carnage below. Is this a simple case of misshapen patty, did his burger fall apart, or did someone really chomp down on this burger before putting it on a bun?


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  1. Stephen Schenck says:

    If that’s a bite mark, someone’s got a jaw with the oddest curvature I’ve ever seen.

  2. chattanooga says:

    It looks like the burger fell apart on the grill.

    • djyox says:

      @chattanooga: I can’t believe this is even post worthy… Anyone who has cooked a burger before knows that chunks can some time fall off. To me this sounds like someone grasping for a lawsuit or attention.

      • TheObserver says:

        @djyox: I also agree here. It’s getting kind of ridiculous how everyone out there seems to think there’s something nefarious behind every little thing. That is no bite mark. Relax folks, not everyone is out to screw everyone. Much ado about nothing.

    • Coles_Law says:

      @chattanooga: Agreed. I worked at McD’s and saw this from time to time. The main issue here is they served a partial patty instead of wasting it.

      • lizk says:

        @Coles_Law: Yep, that’s what I was thinking, too. Usually fast food places toss the partial patties (or, in the case of places like BK, they’ll throw the rejects into “chili”).

    • YarrrSquiddy says:

      @chattanooga: Totally agree. It just looks like a misshapen patty / patty w/ battle (aka “grill”) damage

    • RonDiaz says:

      @chattanooga: Agreed, as soon as I saw the pic I thought it looked like some burger got torn off on the grill or somewhere else int he process. Should have gotten tossed but I don’t think anyone took a nosh on it.

    • "I Like Potatoes" says:

      @chattanooga: Especially when the burger is that flat and thin – pieces just fall off like that.

      • Coles_Law says:

        @changed my name: The fat content doesn’t help. These burgers are usually 73% lean/27% fat or thereabouts-it’s not uncommon for the departing fat to leave holes in the patty.

  3. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    To me, it looks misshapen and this can happen in a variety of ways. When I’m cooking burger meat, I pick it up with a spatula – there really isn’t a spatula big enough to support the entire patty, so sometimes a little bit of it falls off. I won’t try to reattach it, or pick it up if it’s fallen on the counter, so the patty comes out less than circular.

    Also, that burger just looks kind of gross.

    Thirdly, the line “Jesus and his family stopped at the drive-thru” sounds like the opening line to a hilarious joke.

  4. outinthedark says:

    It’s not a bite mark. Having worked there in the past the stupid frozen [or re-frozen from the night prior] patties sometimes get suck together and break off like that. Seen it before working the grill. Nothing to worry about.

    • AppleAlex says:

      they re-freeze patties?, why?

      • henwy says:


        So they don’t go bad. You might not want to risk them, even in the fridge overnight so since you have to thaw another lot in the morning, just chuck it back into the freezer.

      • outinthedark says:

        @AppleAlex: They have a smaller freezer beside the grill to “cook to order” [yea right like that happens during rush] and occasionally I know those thin patties thaw and will get refrozen.

        Which is why I said that because the refrozen moisture is what makes them break like that. There probably is another patty with a big chunk stuck to the backside of it.

        • AppleAlex says:

          so that’s how fast food works?

          it’s all frozen to the side?

          • krispykrink says:

            @AppleAlex: Your cave, get out of it. Or did you just skip every teenager’s right of passage to work in at least one fast food joint during high school?

            • AppleAlex says:

              sorry I never did much research on fast food

            • Trai_Dep says:

              @krispykrink: Perhaps you need to exit your cave and embark with haste on a trip to In & Out Burgers. Even a junk food hater such as myself occasionally swoons over their never-frozen-always-fresh goodness.

            • joshua70448 says:

              @krispykrink: I worked as a grocery store cashier through high school, so while I have no knowledge of the workings of a fast food restaurant, I did work 30 hour weeks during school at a minimum wage job. Perhaps you should take a look around your own cave?

  5. wvFrugan says:

    I grew up in the area of that hell hole. With a name like Jesus, I’m surprised that is all they did. Anything that is remotely different from their ethnic background can get you killed. That area is where that young man from Mexico (I believe) was murdered & the teens that did it just got off recently by a jury there. It makes where I live now in WV look progressive.

    • pax says:

      @wvFrugan: Me too, and I know the case of which you speak. Terrifying.

      That said, it’s probably not fair to tar everyone from there with that brush either.

    • mac-phisto says:

      @wvFrugan: oh, come off it. there’s much worse places than the WB.

      btw, when did they get a sonic??!?

      oh, & note to editors: it’s PA. not penn, not penna, just P-A.

      • ekzachtly says:

        @mac-phisto: Actually, I think Penna. and Penn. both used to be acceptable alternatives, especially when written in an article like here. PA used to only be used by the Post Office, but it’s become more common.

        That said, I’ll always call my home state Pee Ay.

        • mac-phisto says:

          @ekzachtly: that’s why i put it there. i realize they’re accepted alternatives, but you & i both know there’s only one way to say pennsylvania & that’s PA.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        @mac-phisto: In Associated Press style, it’s abbreviated Penn., not PA.

      • docrice says:

        @mac-phisto: I live right outside W-B, and it just opened 3 weeks ago. I’ve been there a couple times, as have friends, with nothing but outstanding notes about their service.

        And the Wilkes Barre area is not that great, but I would rather live here than a LOT of other places (DC, NY, NJ, CA, TX, etc…). And I’ve heard way too much about that Mexican beating death. It’s not as cut and dry as so many distant observers make it out to be.

        Not that I have no qualms with the area (I’m originally from central PA and moved here a few years ago), but it’s a good compromise – bigger towns, lots of “city” amenities, close to lots of areas (NYC/Phila/NJ), cheap cost of living, modest crime rate, lots of outdoors activities/parks/etc.

        • henwy says:


          I still say that guy got what was coming to him. He was the first one to throw a punch and he reinitiated the fight after it broke off. Actions like that file the whole thing into just desserts in my book and that doesn’t even begin to take into account he was some sorta pedophile.

          • ScarletBegonias says:

            @henwy: No one seems to care that he was a 25 year old MAN with a 16 year old girlfriend and I believe a baby with her…

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          @docrice: Aw, DC isn’t bad at all! Northern Virginia is even better!

        • mac-phisto says:

          @docrice: the drugs are getting bad in the WB, which imo is why you’re starting to see more violent crimes. when i lived there it was mostly pot, now it’s heroin & crack. & that’s certainly a problem.

          but anyone who thinks the WB is the _worst_ hasn’t been very many places in this world. i can rattle off a dozen just off the top of my head – reading in pa, camden in nj, new haven & hartford in ct, baltimore in md, & as much as i love NYC, when you get to the fringes of the 5 boroughs it gets pretty darn scary.

    • tbax929 says:


      I lived there and worked as a newspaper writer at the Times Leader. The cops were horrible. I’ve never been pulled over so much in my life (I’m black). There are some nice folks there, but I couldn’t get away fast enough.

      • wvFrugan says:

        I’m sorry to hear that, but not surprised. I’m as white as a cracker comes and of german heritage. I hate that backward area. Yes to the person that said I was painting with a broad brush, but that area deserves it. You have to go into the deep south to see intolerence like they have there.

        • pecan 3.14159265 says:

          @wvFrugan: I’ve been in the deep south…as someone who isn’t white, I think I got a few inquisitive stares, but no intolerance or rudeness. I had a heck of a time understanding what everyone was saying though! But boy, the food is good.

        • labeled says:

          @wvFrugan: If you’re trying to make yourself feel better by tossing out ‘the deep south’ as the be-all/end-all of racist behavior, don’t bother. I’m a Texan who’s lived in NY and CT and can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that there is only one place on this earth I will never move, visit or drive-the-hell-through ever again, and it’s WB.

          • wvFrugan says:

            You are correct, there is plenty of racism to go around. It is sickening in every form and location, so no, it does not make me feel better. I used “deep south” based on my experiences some 20+ years ago when I was somewhat well traveled for extended periods of time in Houston, Raleigh, and Charleston. I believe/think that it is more concentrated & societal in the south, just my observations. Funny, I got my renewal to donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center today.
            With regard to the comments that the Mexican man who was beaten to death deserved it, he was the victim. Racists take there victims as they find them, flaws and all do not excuse their over the top behavior. Likewise, his death does not make him a saint. Yes, he was probably a pedophile and obnoxious, but we do not play judge, jury, and executioner in the streets. Or is that what some are suggesting we do?

    • Bobby Smith says:

      Just curious as to what part of WV you live in. I’m live in North Central WV (Fairmont)

  6. AppleAlex says:

    the worst thing that has ever happened to me in fast food was that they put the wrong burger in the right wrapper (well the wrapper of what I ordered)

    Didn’t a man once find a rat in his Burger Kind burger?

  7. Carey Drake says:

    It looks to me like someone hurled on the bun…

  8. The Marionette says:

    Yeah, it’s not bitten into. I worked at wendy’s before and it happened pretty often where for some reason a portion of the patty would fall off prior to putting it on the bun. So pretty much this was a waste of a submit for the op.

    • chenry says:

      @The Marionette: This is exactly what I was going to say. Burgers fall apart all the time.

      And really, if that’s a bite mark we’re looking for a guy who’s like 10 or 11 ft tall. A jaw that wide holy crap

  9. zacwax says:

    Ha I like how the logical conclusion is that someone is messing with your food or eating.

    The Consumerist needs to do a bit of critical thinking before it posts stuff like this, that would just raise “hysteria” and ire.

    Perhaps the OP too should think before crying out in disgusts.

    It simply looks like part of the burger didn’t make it to the wrapper, probably because it fell on the floor. I’d be more thankful that the cook decided to use good judgment and not apply the 5 second rule.

  10. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    So did Jesus eat the burger anyway?

  11. William Brinkman says:

    What was the Jesus’ plan here? What was the end-game?

    I mean, were we as readers supposed to go “Yes, that is a bite” as if we’re more qualified to identify it? I’m predicting there will be many “no’s,” a few “yeses,” and we’ll be exactly where we started.

    I’m just so confused. I don’t know what the Jesus wants or if he thought about what they want. Umm… Ms. Northrup? What was your play here?

    • henwy says:

      @William Brinkman:

      Jesus just wants attention. First that whole cross thing and now this.

    • Laura Northrup says:

      @William Brinkman: The OP is trying, and failing, to get in touch with Sonic corporate. He thought there was a bite taken out of his burger. His family thought there was a bite taken out of his burger. I don’t eat beef and haven’t worked in fast food, so this is more of a “is the consumer justified in complaining, or did his burger just fall apart?” question.

    • rpm773 says:

      @William Brinkman:

      What was the Jesus’ plan here? What was the end-game?

      You find all that you seek in the four Gospels, my son.

    • Coles_Law says:

      @William Brinkman: The concensus is that it’s not a bite. However, Sonic’s lack of even a stock response is poor form and worthy of note.

  12. Anonymous says:

    I ate at Sonic a few times when I lived in a town that had one. They had great shakes and drinks but we called their burgers gristle burgers because they had little bits of gristle and even bone in them. After a few weeks we stopped eating there even with really good coupon deals. Sometimes we would go through the drive through and get a shake though.

  13. strathmeyer says:

    Wow, I’m a meat lover and hate simple-carbs. How do you eat the burger without hitting the bun or toppings?

    It’s nice to see the Consumerist is finally stepping up to the standards of fake news.

    • RvLeshrac says:


      The general consensus is that it isn’t a bite. And reading the post would give you a good clue toward what the point of it was.

      Also, incredibly easy to eat a burger without eating the bun or toppings: You take a bite out of the burger, then put it on the bun with the toppings.

    • solidbrassfasteners says:

      @strathmeyer: Actually, I’ve taken to removing the bun, scraping it along the side and top of the burger to transfer as much of the condiments as possible straight onto the patty, and then re-wrapping the patty in the paper wrapper. It’s a little time consuming and sometimes messy, but it does the trick.

  14. feckingmorons says:

    I hope he has a lawyer. He can get ten or twenty bucks out of that.

    Why is this even on here? Slow consumer news day?

  15. I Love New Jersey says:

    The virgin bite?

  16. Joeb5 says:

    Is Beavis & Butt-Head working the gill there?

  17. Daniel Ocasio says:

    I used to work at Wendy’s on the grill and chunks of burgers would fall off all the time. When you flip them the first time they’re usually pretty weak still…also you can see the bun isn’t bitten into. I call shenanigans.

  18. unpolloloco says:

    I find it rather amusing that no one has yet to identify it as a bite.

    //it’s not a bite

  19. rpm773 says:

    I’m not sure about the bite, but if you look tomato and the patty the right way, well, it kind of looks like Jesus.

  20. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    I worked at a chain pizzeria where some employees would take a small slice out of a pizza then wedge it back together again. Nobody ever noticed.

    • MsAnthropy says:


      My husband worked at some pizza place while he was in high school, and has often told me of how they’d take a not-so-small slice of pizza and squish the remaining slices back together again. Grr.

    • RvLeshrac says:


      How can someone not notice that? I can tell if the pizza was jostled in the box a little during the trip, and I shudder to think what a squashed-together pizza would look like.

  21. Jesse says:

    Someone apparently brought their lolcat to work.

  22. cunninglinguine says:

    Didn’t these bozos hear?

    You don’t fuck with the Jesus.

  23. MikeB says:

    I had this happen to me at a McDonalds about 10 years ago. I had bought 2 cheeseburgers and fries while doing errands on my lunch break. Ate 1 of each and left the others in the bag. When i went home later, my wife heated the 2nd cheeseburger and fry for me. When she brought it to me, I took a look at it and asked her if she took a bite. Got a weird look as she doesn’t eat beef period, hasn’t for about 10 years at that time and gets sick if she does.

    This wasn’t a broken patty, there was a bite out of the meat and bun. Never went back to that McD’s

  24. HogwartsAlum says:

    If someone took a bite, wouldn’t part of the bun be missing? Also, the cheese looks okay.

    I’m getting kind of hungry. I’d eat it.

  25. wallspray says:

    There are thousands upon thousands of fast food joints across America. If we had to read about each and every “my burger looks like” or “my taco had a” in it, there would be time for nothing else. This sort of thing must happen hundreds of times each day given the number of transactions that happen.

  26. Baccus83 says:

    now if there parts of the tomato, lettuce and cheese were missing, then you’d have a case. as it is, you’ve got a burger that fell apart on the grill. let’s move on, shall we?

  27. "I Like Potatoes" says:

    I had an issue with Sonic once. I had a slush and carried it into my house only to have the entire bottom of the styrofoam cup fall out resulting in slushie all over the floor and wall. Fun to clean up. Anyway – I called the number on the receipt and had no problem reaching someone to complain to. Seriously – I knew it was just a freak accident but I thought they should know how it inconvenienced me. They comforted me over the phone and sent me a coupon for a free sandwich – anything off the menu. I always check my cups now.

  28. chatterboxwriting says:

    This new Sonic has been ridiculously busy since it opened. There are police directing traffic on Saturdays because there is a 45-minute wait. We’re in the grip of the worst crime wave in years, and the cops are directing drivers into stalls at Sonic…

  29. Jason Schaeffer says:

    It’s pictures like those in the article that make me want to stop eating meat. That looks incredibly disgusting. Unfortunately I love meat and am not the biggest vegetable fan.

  30. Andi Lee says:

    I’m with everybody else. That’s just what happens with a thin patty. Part of it will fall off. I’ve had that happen so many times, and at times, I’ve found the part that has fallen off or a partial patty and a full patty when I’ve ordered a sandwich with one patty.

    No one bit the burger. Seriously… Must be slow day.

  31. Admiral_John says:

    There’s no way that’s a bite… as everyone has said, pattys fall apart when you cook them. At best this is a case of someone not noticing/not caring that the patty lost a chunk when they made his burger.

    Sometimes things are just mistakes and not part of some employee plot to be gross.

  32. sillylittleme says:

    I went to this SAME EXACT Sonic on Saturday – also going through the drive thru. My entire order, right down to the drinks, were incorrect. Like the OP, I went through the drive thru and didn’t notice till I was home.

    Not to mention the “staging area” for the cars. They built the sonic on a small piece of land in a mall parking lot that can’t house the amount of cars they need to. When you drive into sonic, you first have to loop around the mall parking lot and sit in a holding area across the street. When a free spot is open, they’ll make you cross the mall traffic with your lights on to go into sonic. It’s a mountain of fail.

  33. Smashville says:

    Jesus is Jewish. Why would He be eating bacon?

  34. Dracoster says:

    This started as a really good joke, then didnt end up as one.

  35. chocogray says:

    You guys just earned back your own Poop trophy for printing this complaint, it is quite obvious consumerist that no one took a bite out of this dumbasses burger. And if he really believed that happened he could have easily returned it for a full refund. Consumerist is looking more and more like a Fox news affiliate!

  36. Anonymous says:

    What happened to this burger is simple, those who have ever worked at a McDonalds will know what a clamshell grill is. It is a grill that had a clamshell shaped lid above the cooking surface so both sides can be cooked at once. (Think huge George Foreman grill). When very busy and cooking mass volumes of patties, some cooks put the burgers too close to the edge and when the clamshell lid closes it cuts off part of the burger and this is the result. It happens often and the restaurant will usually provide a replacement burger or in this case coupons for a return trip.

  37. a_pink_poodle says:

    Burger fell apart. Must be a newbie griller.

  38. Winteridge2 says:

    Never ate at a sonic, but mebbe the server just takes his tip out before packing the burger. 10% off the top? Oh, yeah, sorry, what is a tip?

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