Hot and Spicy Beanburger, released in 1993, is the fourth studio album by Dread Zeppelin. This album marks the return of Tortelvis, the lead singer who left the band and was not on the previous album, It's Not Unusual, which was criticized by many fans due to its focus on disco songs.
On Hot and Spicy Beanburger, Dread Zeppelin returned to its roots: Led Zeppelin songs covered in a reggae style, sung by an Elvis impersonator. The album features numerous Led Zeppelin songs, such as Good Times Bad Times, Going to California, and Hot Dog. The album also has two non-Led Zeppelin songs: Unchained Melody and Good Rocking Tonight. The latter song was also covered by Robert Plant on his album The Honeydrippers: Volume One as "Rockin' at Midnight". As on 5,000,000, the album also has original songs by Dread Zeppelin themselves. One of them is "The Ballad of Charlie Haj", which is about the band member Charlie Haj, who is the man that hands Tortelvis his water and towel on stage (which is a running gag in all Dread Zeppelin album credits and live shows). Another original is composition is "Hot and Spicy Beanburger", which is described by Tortelvis as “a kind of informal session with this recording thing we’re gonna do with some friends of mine.”
The leaflet list songs and credits using a various glyphs instead of normal letters, such as “βallad of ¢hĀrlie Häј” (see also the cover for a sample). The typography generally ignores conventions such as the use of upper case. The pages feature the band members in costume on a background of a hamburger bun; the band members are placed on lettuce and tomatoes as if condiments. A quote states: “Hot & spicy beanburger is a tasty tid-bit o’love… A plentiful portion O’peace… A royal repast set before the king.” This “quote” is Credited to Unknown Eastern Mystic (1956).