It’s very much the trend to talk healthy alternatives when it comes to food nowadays – but in the words of Missy Elliott, I am rather here to ‘flip it and reverse it’. I’m here to discuss the wondrous world of burgers!
Even though you may have been scouring the pages with your eyes, in the hope that you would find an article on healthy foods that will keep you warm this winter, I know that something inside you lit up when you read that sentence.
I mean, don’t get me wrong, I’m all about a balanced diet – but that balanced diet is not ‘balanced’ if it doesn’t include the occasional burger, or two, or three, or four… Who are we kidding? Winter is upon us and there’s no need to stress about the ‘summer beach bod’. So, with that being said – burgers all ‘round!
Despite the juicy goodness of the burger and the multiple ingredient combinations available – making it the perfectly customisable treat, catering to near to all hunger cravings and dietary preferences – the burger can admittedly be a bit of a pain in the backside to hold and eat.
It appears that with this difficulty has come an associated ‘art’ to holding and eating the burger – an art that I am here to help you master. You may be thinking, ‘hold up, I’ve got this down pat’ and you very well may, you may be an artist to the finest degree in this regard. However, no artist ever became great without keeping their mind open to alternative ways of creating art, nor without extensive practice.
Perhaps the most traditional way to hold a burger is to pick the burger up with your thumbs on the bottom-side, leaving the rest of your fingers grasping the top. This is arguably quite a substantial way to hold and eat the burger – and many have likely managed to consume the remains of their burger holding it this way. However, it’s undoubtable that it gets messy, right? The guts of the burger end up falling out the backside of it, so you put the burger down, stuff what you can back into it, pick the burger up again – and the cycle repeats. It’s safe to say that with burgers becoming all the more extravagant (and larger a task to hold/eat) that this traditional way of holding and eating the burger is for novices at best.
It’s argued that the far superior and innovative way to hold the burger is two use both hands, with both the thumbs and the pinkies placed on the bottom-side and the three remaining fingers resting on the top. If the fingers are spread evenly, the bottom end of the burger is said to have better support – in turn minimising the spillage. You know what less spillage means? More goodness making its way into your mouth!
If you’re lucky, many burger joints will today have wrapping on the bottom side of the burger – a great tool to make use of in aiding you while you’re honing your burger holding and eating skills.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and get practising! Seriously, why do you think Andy Warhol ate the burger?
Written by Helena Metzke