NBA Player Al Harrington Attempts Bugsy Challenge at Burger Joint

Al Harrington and Justin Cooper
On Saturday, Oct. 22, Denver Nuggets player Al Harrington took the Bugsy Challenge at Burger Joint at Flamingo Las Vegas (Pictured above: Al Harrington and Assistant Executive Chef of Burger Joint Justin Cooper with The Bugsy Challenge)

Created at the beginning of August, The Bugsy Challenge consists of a burger with six one-third-pound burger patties, six types of cheese (American, cheddar, pepper jack, fresh house-made mozzarella, Swiss and panko-crusted deep-fried provolone), chorizo, sautéed mushrooms, black and tan onion rings, three strips of applewood smoked bacon, three strips of cayenne peppered bacon and a fried egg, all oozing with Burger Joint’s special pink peppercorn aioli.

This massive burger is accompanied by a cast iron skillet packed with two whole potatoes cut in wedges and deep fried, then smothered in cheddar cheese sauce, three cheese blend, crumbled bacon, sliced green onions and topped with two strips of cayenne peppered bacon. The full Bugsy Challenge weighs in at 4.5 pounds and is on the house for anyone who can finish it. Harrington was given 45 minutes to complete the challenge and unfortunately did not succeed. The NBA player is the fifth person to attempt the challenge and the fifth person to be thwarted by it.

This burger haven serves patties shaped from ground beef, turkey and even salmon. Guests can order one of Burger Joint’s original creations or make their own with ingredients such as applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onions, jalapeños and more. For more information, please visit