I just realized something. I used to love eating burgers with all the toppings the restaurant can offer. Then, I tried a burger with practically nothing and it outweighed any other burger I’ve had. I realized burgers are at their best when they have (other than the patty and bun) cheese, caramelized onions and whatever sauce the place offers. I used to love tomatoes, lettuce and pickles in my burgers, but tomatoes are either too ripe or too soggy. Lettuce is a different story because it depends on how it’s cut. For example, the lettuce at McDonald’s is perfect because it’s chopped and doesn’t have the hard white part. However, in other restaurants they place a whole lettuce piece. One thing happens for sure, the lettuce is too hard and big to chew through, so you end up eating it in the first two bites of the burger. Pickles are amazing in a sandwich, but not a burger because it makes the meat taste sour.
I talked a lot about chewing because if the bun is soft and the patty is tender, but everything else is hard, you lose the essence of the burger. You won’t care about how juicy the meat is. All you’ll care about is the “salad” in your burger.
Before I end this post, I must say why I chose each ingredient. Cheese: well lets just say that I LOVE cheese, and its always soft and creamy. Caramelized onions: they have the taste of raw onions, but without the pungent smell and hardness. Sauces: they enhance the burgers taste and also makes everything gooey (which is how I like it). I don’t like crunchy stuff! – if you haven’t picked that up yet.
What are the most important ingredients in your burger?