This $3,000 burger comes with fries — and an engagement ring

Nothing says love like proposing with beef.

Big Boy Burger with a ring at Pauli's
The Big Boy Burger with an engagement ring from Pauli's. –Pauli's

Proposing on Valentine’s Day? Totally expected. Proposing on Valentine’s Day with an engagement ring hidden on top of a pile of onion rings? Now that’s true love.

Pauli’s, a North End sandwich shop, is bringing back its $3,000 Big Boy Burger special for a second year. If the price tag sounds steep, consider this: Along with the burger’s standard toppings of onion rings, American cheese, bacon, and barbecue sauce, the hefty meal also will feature a 7/8-carat, princess-cut diamond engagement ring. Oh, and a side of fries.

The juicy offer is available only on Thursday, Feb. 14, though the deal will need to be ordered 48 hours in advance and reserved with a valid credit card. Tax and gratuity are not included in the purchase.


Pauli’s owner Paul Barker told that the offer is customizable in terms of whether the buyer wants a different style of ring or even a different burger.

“I think it’s a fun thing to do,” he said. “Also, we wanted to do this for a young couple starting out. I’d do anything in my power to make it special for them and work with them to make it happen.”

Pauli’s North End; 65 Salem St., Boston;