The existential questions
Posted by Jeanne on May 27, 2010
Very important things have been on my mind. Specifically – what is a burger?
This article inspired the question – it talks about pork burgers, lamb burgers, burgers made of fish. The photos seem to show burgers on flatbreads, burgers on hard rolls, soft rolls, and some with no bread at all.
Googling “what is a burger?” got me over 24 million results, the first of which stated that a burger is “United States jurist appointed chief justice of the United States Supreme Court by Richard Nixon (1907-1995).” Not quite what I was looking for.
Wikipedia states the following: “A hamburger (or burger for short) is a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat, (usually beef, but occasionally pork, turkey, or a combination of meats) placed between two buns.” (Emphasis in original. Also, if any of my law professors are reading – yes, I know Wikipedia is a terrible, awful source.)
Top Chef University says on Twitter that a Top Chef burger should be grilled, and should comprise 50% chuck, 25% skirt, and 25% short rib served on brioche.
I look forward to many burger-related experiments this summer – I thought this would be an apt post right before Memorial Day when apparently summer “officially” starts.
The only hard line I’m prepared to draw regarding the “what is a burger?” question at this time is that a burger is a sandwich. A sandwich must have two pieces of bread – a wrap is not a sandwich, nor is there any such thing as an “open-faced” sandwich. (ETA: A roll, which has an identifiable top and bottom, qualifies as “two pieces of bread” to me and can be made into a sandwich.)
Conduct yourselves accordingly.
How do you define a burger? What is your ideal burger?