Burgers over Fine Dining: A Better Tasting and More Fun Meal to Have?

A citizen from London would be called a Londoner, while someone from Frankfurt, Germany would be called a Frankfurter (though the term is more regularly used to refer to a cured cooked sausage – a definitely delicious food). You would also call a Berliner any resident of Berlin; a Berliner, however, is also a donut, a North German pastry prepared from sweet yeast dough. Well, what about a hamburger?

A hamburger can either refer to a sandwich or, yes (you guessed it right), a male resident of Hamburg, Germany, whose females are called Hamburgerin. Our interest, though, is not centered on German residents, but on the food that has become America’s classic comfort food, the hamburger, an inexpensive, mouth-watering sandwich made from ground pure beef patty that is placed between two slices of bread and topped with melted cheese, pickles, glazed onion, bacon and other flavorful sauces and condiments.

The origin of the hamburger is not determined; it could have come from Germany or it may be of pure American origin (it actually began to be recognized in the U.S. during the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904). Regardless of its beginnings, what is more interesting is the fact that it is now a staple entry in millions of menus of restaurants in the U.S., especially in Houston; and still more interesting is the way hamburgers of today are prepared.

The tastiest burgers are made from pure beef – the kind of meat that abounds in Houston, Texas. But besides these beef patties, restaurants that offer burgers, which are a LOT in Houston, garnish every burger serving with a variety of different add-ons and side dishes. Here are some of the ways by which burgers are prepared:

  • The Double-Decker – burgers with two patties (triple if there are three patties). Bacon and cheese are usually added, producing a double cheeseburger a triple bacon cheeseburger, or a bacon double/triple cheeseburger
  • Slopper – is for those who crave for spice. This burger is smothered in green or red chile
  • The Steakburger – meat used is of higher quality (like lean ground beef or ground steak)
  • The Low-Carb Burger – uses lettuce instead of buns. Mustard and/or mayonnaise is used as primary sauce/s
  • The Slider – a very small square-shaped burger patty dotted with diced onions; its buns are equally small
  • Patty Melt – cheese and sautéed onions and the patty are laid between two slices of buttered and fried rye bread

Though hamburgers may not be the ideal treat to business clients or those who would rather enjoy fine dining , it has, nonetheless, served as a truly ideal and satisfying meal to many business travelers and casual diners. Besides being a quick, yet, tasty meal for a busy schedule, the burger is also perfect for picnics, outdoor parties, a weekend get-together, or barbecuing with family and friends.

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