The Tarantula Burger is the creation of Bull City Burger and Brewery in North Carolina, which is serving the eight-legged LTO as part of its annual Exotic Meat Month promotion. The restaurant says it’s been doing promotion annually for seven years to give customers a chance to learn about new flavors. Other meats on the menu during Exotic Meat Month include turtle, elk, alligator, python, scorpion, and more. But the most jaw-dropping item on the menu is definitely the Tarantula Burger.
Bull City’s Tarantula Burger is a burger made from pasture-raised North Carolina beef topped with Gruyère cheese, spicy sauce, and a whole oven-roasted zebra tarantula. It costs $30, and if you eat the whole thing, you get a T-shirt.
The tarantulas are lightly salted and baked in the oven, but according to WRAL, the restaurant only has 18 tarantulas to serve. People who want to try the burger have to come to the store to enter a lottery for the chance to eat one, then watch the restaurant’s social media to see if their tickets are drawn. And people have really been eating them. Some people consume the tarantula first, then the burger. Others just squash the house-made bun on top of it and eat the burger whole. The raffles will take place until the tarantulas run out, and in the meantime, people can check out these other new burgers that everybody is talking about.