Mike Patrick, head chef at Melbourne barbeque institution Fancy Hank’s, grew up watching Toy Story. “Yeah, definitely a fan,” he says.
“I actually just started watching the movies again with my daughter, who’s like three and a half now. It was the day before we got the call, so I was like, ‘Ha! No way’.”
The “call” was a challenge to create a one-off menu item to celebrate the release of Toy Story 4 on June 20. It’s a rollicking adventure that sees Woody embark on a road trip with a gang of new and old friends. Another all-star cast convened to voice the film’s characters, with Tom Hanks and Tim Allen returning as Woody and Buzz respectively. Also joining the fun are Keanu Reeves as Duke Caboom and Christina Hendricks as Gabby Gabby as well as Kristen Schaal, Joan Cusack and Patricia Arquette.
Patrick has come up with a dish that encapsulates classic American nostalgia with a grown-up twist: the Reach For The Cheeseburger meal.
The meal includes a smoked black onyx, marble score 4+ (which is to say, very nice quality) brisket cheeseburger with American cheese, house pickles, Hank’s burger sauce and a Martin’s potato roll.
“We’re making our burger patty from fresh-ground brisket cuts, so we’re using up something we already have,” Patrick says. “Then we’re smoking the patty and we’re doing it with cheese on the charcoal grill.”
“It’s a really nice, grown-up dish, but it’s still a cheeseburger.”
The brisket burger comes with shoestring fries and you can order a special cola cocktail, which Hank’s is calling “Someone’s poisoned the cherry cola”, on the side. “It’s a cherry cola spiked with bourbon,” Patrick says, laughing. An adult cheeseburger meal indeed.
You can buy the Fancy Hank’s Reach For The Cheeseburger Meal exclusively from Friday June 7 to Sunday July 7. Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 is in cinemas from June 20.
This article was produced by Broadsheet in partnership with Disney. Fancy Hank’s and Disney are giving away 5 double passes to catch Toy Story 4 in cinemas. Take a photo of your cheeseburger, tag @fancyhanksbbq, @disneyaunz and @broadsheet_melb and caption the photo with your favourite Toy Story quote for your chance to win.