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Flip that burger?

Hello everyone,

Yes, it is time for another of my food surveys.[pat. pending] :

I live in Texas - not sure if this is regional or not - and at some 'mom and pop' type hamburger places the meat (or vegan equivalent) is placed atop all the other ingredients, with lettuce/greens on the bottom. The theory being that (1) the greens act as a brake for some of the juices and keep the bottom bun from getting too soggy, and (2) somehow it tastes better, palette-wise, if arranged thus. ? To me, (1) is logical, and works, after a fashion, but not so much (2) since, once chewed it all gets mixed up anyway. ? I've experimented quite a bit - scientific "research", natch - and have often simply flipped the whole arrangement as a test.

What's *your* take? I think it is interesting that many chain restaurants do *not* do this, while a goodly percentage of non-chain places do.

Rick "to flip, or not to flip..." Jones

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This could attract spam.

This is now a link free zone. Links will be deleted and the thread locked.

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On my list of burger places to visit. Burgerim. Example?
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Can't see a spam burger Bob.

Hmmm, might have to try that.
PS, just noticed. Burgerim is an anagram of miregrub.

Post was last edited on August 21, 2018 4:14 PM PDT

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Hey !

Spam is a whole 'nother animal. Originally created for the military, I heard.

And 'links' is sausage, too... :^)

Rick "locked and loaded" Jones

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"bad beef for the troops" has been a topic

in Europe for centuries. Be a relative of a nobleman; get a contract for feeding the army; cut costs any way possible; get filthy rich. More acceptable than furnishing defective torpedoes to the USN.
Spam could fall in that category without the corruption. It's loaded with fat, sugar, salt - maybe some really cheap cuts of meat, too. [When it's all mashed up and packaged you can't tell anyway.] Of course the first three are the key ingredients in the American diet, which accounts for our six-pack ... Well, pony keg bodies, anyway.
More seriously, it is cheap and tasty, so it's the nonalcoholic, diabetic curse of the Native Americans. Common in Hawai'i also, as a legacy of WWII. My wife uses it the way others use bacon bits and such; seasoning. To a Hawai'ian, the Monty Python joke falls flat.
Spam is a ™ of some US meatpacker [Swift?]. Its rival [Armour?] Came up with a product called Prem, short for premium, I guess. Haven't seen it in years.
The newer cans are popular with thrifty gals like my wife because they have the plastic cap that makes them reusable.

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and a fictional rival

was branded "Smeat" - seen in "Waterworld" - the Kevin Costner epic. One of my fave films, I never quite got why it was so critically panned.


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It was overlong, some said.

I saw one scene, on TV. Near the end, I think. Some kind of chase involving a weird flying contraption and impossible antics between good guys and bad. One of my least favorite things about action-adventure films. In fact, that alone keeps me away from them. [Big fist fight; bad guy falls off a high place; the world is saved.] The only one I like is The Last Action Hero, with Ahnold. Talk about panning! Most critics have it on their ten worst lists. I enjoyed the self-satire, which, I suspect, is why mainstream H'wood disliked it.
[The hero is a movie supercop; a kid fan gets into the film, a la Purple Rose. The hero is about to shoot an oncoming bad guy car. The kid says, 'One bullet won't stop a car! That's only in the movies!' Bad guy ignores him and fires one 9mm round into the front bumper. Air bag goes off; car rolls over and crashes in flames - just like in the movies! Hero gives the kid the make and year of the car; 'That's when they started using air bags.']
But, the real reason [back to OP] is ... it had a character named Smeat.

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BTW there's an American cartoon show

called Bob's Burgers. You can pretend you knew about it, and were adding another layer to the joke. Happy

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Now I'm *really* hungry. :^)

From the pic it looks as if the theory is at least partially vindicated, or at least well represented. I think I'll skip the fried egg topping, though. And sesame seeds are ok, but sorta irrelevant.

Rick " I've gained weight just looking at that " Jones

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(NT) Haven't finished my pizza.
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When I was stationed in Abilene

the place to go was called Whataburger. This was early '70s and these things were huge. I've no idea how they were assembled as you didn't want to take the top off for fear of what you'd see or fear of what you'd feel in your lap.

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Had one on the way back from Austin.

Still huge.

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One of my favorites

for a fast-food burger. Their fries are pretty good, too.

I've heard rave reviews for a chain called "In-N-Out" but they have yet to have a Houston location.


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In-n-Out is tops.

Family owned, and they like to supply their locations with fresh ingredients. They don't expand beyond their ability to do that.

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A Burger ?
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30 sliders??

Sounds like something one loads into a rifle magazine and probably has the same affect on whoever receives the load. Happy

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Walk into a room with a 30 pack and all of the sudden , your'e everyone's best friend Silly

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You mean...everyone's best friend

that's been having problems with constipation. Happy Devil

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I used to walk into a room with a 6 pack.

But I think it's grown to a 30 pack now. Laugh

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Someone who comes in here late

won't know if this is about tiny burgers, large abdominal muscles or huge quantities of beer.

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My abs Steven.

Used to be 6, now resemble 30. Cry
PS. Think barrel.

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You need to save that bulk to stay warm in case the boiler goes whacky again this winter Devil

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(NT) Hey! I already made a pony keg joke!
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(NT) Over here a 30 pack is a "suitcase" FYI.
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(NT) Not to mention we need a cultural translator.
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And how about

"Wimpy Bars" - were there ever any in Wales? I used to love them as a kid in trips to London - this was around 1965 to 1970 ; they had a similar cooking method with steamed onions though larger (not slider size) meat and buns. I think then they were licensed by Lyon's.

Anyway, still have fond memories of those places and times.

Rick " used to live in Pinner back in the day " Jones

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A Chicago place

I never saw one where we lived but figured they were associated with the Popeye cartoon character. Of course that was back in the day when such cartoons were extremely violent. Kid's are sheltered from that kind of violence today. Yeah...right!

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In Tampa we had....

.... a White Castle burger place when I lived there. Small biscuit sized burgers, buy them by the dozen, lots of chopped onions on them.

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