By Stephanie Gallman, CNN
(CNN) -- Step aside Iowa and fried butter -- there is a new national fried treasure to feast upon.
The country's first deep-fried cheeseburger is making its debut among at least 30 other varieties of hamburgers served by 15 different vendors at the National Hamburger Festival in Akron, Ohio, this weekend.
"We cook the cheeseburger, put it on a bun and dip it in batter before dropping it in a deep fryer," said Drew Cerza, the festival's founder.
Cerza came up with the idea for a deep-fried burger alongside a chef at a local burger restaurant. He wanted to combine two of his favorite things -- hamburgers and chicken wings. Cerza said the special batter is a cross between funnel-cake batter and pancake batter, making the deep-fried cheeseburger both sweet and savory.
By Michael K. McIntyre
Inventors in Akron, the nation's invention capital, have solved one of the most vexing issues of our day: Deciding between a burger and a wing.
What if you wanted a cheeseburger and buffalo wings, but you could only order one item. Voila. The deep fried cheeseburger was born, and it will debut at the National Hamburger Festival in Akron this weekend.
The slider-sized burger – cheese, bun and all – is dipped in batter and deep fried, giving it that wingy crust and that cheese-burgery insides. It's the creation of Drew Cerza, the festival's founder, and Scott Buford, chef/owner of MetroBurger.
AKRON, Ohio - The sixth annual National Hamburger Festival is expected to draw thousands of people this weekend at Lock 3 in Akron.
It will also bring a unique—heart-attack-waiting-to-happen—attraction: a deep-fried cheeseburger.
The calorie-packed treat is made by taking a slider-sized cheeseburger, dipping it in special batter and deep frying. It is a creation of the festival’s founder Drew Cerza and MetroBurger’s owner Scott Buford, according to a release from the city of Akron. Drew Cerza, the founder of the festival, said the batter taste like a mix of funnel cakes and pancakes.
Scott Burford, CEO of Metro Burger, who defines the concept as "fast-casual with a metro-chic atmosphere," spoke about why Metro chose to franchise: "We believe franchising provides the best opportunity to dominate the fast-casual segment of the $100 billion burger industry. So we designed our concept from the very beginning to be a franchise. Every aspect was carefully implemented to ensure maximum efficiencies and profitability for our franchisees."