Fat Tuesday 2011, also known as Mardi Gras, is finally here, which means it’s time for everyone to participate in an epic meal time and party it up. This collection of burger inspirations is to get you in the right fatty-food mindset for Fat Tuesday 2011.

So why exactly are people celebrating Fat Tuesday 2011? The festivities of Mardi Gras and fat Tuesday occur the day before Ash Wednesday, which is the first day of Lent in the Catholic calendar. Lent is a time of fasting and giving up some of your indulgences, for that reason, the day before becomes a festival of enjoying the things that they’re about to give up. Are you planning on pigging out for Fat Tuesday 2011?