What do you call a sandwich made out of a ground meat patty, which is then inserted in a bunbuns made with top quality bread flour? A hamburger of course! And a lot of variations of the burger now exists. With the exception of fast food restaurants which normally use the traditional burger recipe; chefs these days do not only use condiments like ketchup, mayonnaise, mustard, barbecue sauce and pickle relish but also create their own special sauces.
The content of average burgers restaurants have on their menu aside from the patty itself would include a slice of cheese, tomato, onion and a strip of lettuce. But really, why settle for the average when you can try the more adventurous burger variants? Say for example a well-seasoned turkey patty cooked to your liking; oozing with juices as it came straight from the grill to your plate, then topped with a mild tasting feta cheese, a slice of onion for flavor and fried shoestring potatoes for crunch. Or a bison burger with cheddar cheese coupled with a slice of cucumber, lettuce and tomato.
The popularity of burger has soared through the years. It has taken the world by storm and almost anywhere — that literally means every country in the world has their version of the once lowly burger. They say the hamburger was created during the Seymour Fair in 1885. Charlie Nagreen, the purported inventor, thought it was a good idea that people could eat a food item while walking around whilst enjoying the event. This gave birth to pork buns which he sold to the attendees. This is just one of the stories of how it was created, as there are actually many claims from all over the Unite States on how the hamburger came to be.
To cater to the taste buds of those in Asia, chefs from this part of the world created fusion burgers. These burgers use the homegrown ingredient of their motherland to compose their interpretation of the hamburger. For example, in Japan Keizo Shimamoto made the “Ramen Burger”. This one typically is a patty placed between compressed ramen noodle discs. Indeed, the Japanese’s love for ramen has also influenced their take on the hamburger.
Another from Japan is dubbed as the “rice burger”. Asians love rice and it came not as a surprise when Japanese chefs created a teriyaki flavored patty sandwiched between two discs made out of sticky rice. This has been on the Japanese market ever since. Some fast food restaurants also tried to bring it to the other parts of Asia. But sadly the idea made no success in other Asian nations.
In Australia, the burger restaurant has to offer is normally of the American sort. Burgers that include a number of optional ingredients like bacon, tomato, lettuce, fried egg, beetroot, cheese and pineapple are tagged locally as “burger with the lot.” The patty is made out of minced beef. And the buns are made with the finest quality bread flour. Fish and chip stalls sell burgers for those who want the average sort.
Mexico on the other hand call theirs as hamburguesas. The meat patty is combined with ham them topped with American cheese. Mexicans are known for their love of spicy food and their burger is not an exception as most of the recipe includes jalapeno. For creaminess and texture, an avocado is added, some lettuce for a slight crunch.
It hasn’t been that long since the purported creation of the hamburger and yet it has gained massive popularity. Maybe this could be attributed to its versatility and the ingenuity of the generations after generations of chefs who sought to provide good tasting food to their customers. A far cry from a pork bun recipe, surely our tummies will be filled and our imaginations will still be stirred by future burger recipes from across the world.