Would You Eat This Burger Made Out Of Rats?

This is a serious question.

The Russian restaurant Krasnodar Bistro is serving a burger made out of river rats at their restaurant for the USD equivalent of $8.50. The restaurant’s owner, Takhir Kholikberdiev, believes that anyone resistant to eating rats is misinformed, per Mashable.

And honestly, based on how the burger looks, I’m not entirely sure I’m ready to write off what he’s saying. Am I about to resolve myself to being okay with eating rats? I think I am.

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“It’s a really clean animal; not only is it a herbivore but it washes all its food before it eats. And it’s very high in omega-3 acids. A lot of doctors and dieticians recommend it,” he further explained. But in this scenario alone, I think there are some other things to consider outside of simply the rat meat.

First and foremost, when you’re eating a burger of inferior meat quality, a bun and toppings can pretty much save that patty from itself. And call me crazy, but that bun and accompanying toppings look prettttttty delectable to me.

Furthermore, you’ve probably eaten worse. McDonald’s and Burger King? Their meat is so processed that it’s probably barely even beef when it’s all said and done. I’m not sure how they get these rats, but for all we know, they’re free range and snatched directly off the street.

And finally, the price is right. $8.50? You can spend upwards of $18 on a burger at a hip restaurant as long as you’re assured you’ll get some likes out of it. I’m sure it’ll come served on a monogrammed plate with a knife stuck through it, an egg on top, and a pile of truffle fries made with France’s finest bottom-of-the-barrel truffle.

All I’m saying is, you’d probably eat this burger in the right circumstances – and I’m not judging you for it.

Oh, and apparently they’re serving “river rat hotdogs, dumplings and even river rat wrapped in cabbage leaves” as well, so don’t spoil your meal before showing up.

[via Mashable]

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Will deFries (Twitter / Instagram) is a Senior Writer at Grandex and the world's foremost authority on Sunday Scaries (Twitter / Instagram). Email me at

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