Curiosity

You’ve Been Eating Burgers Wrong Your Whole Life

Yes, apparently there's a right way.

Burgers are one of those widely beloved foods. Whether you like yours with cheese or without, vegetarian or full beef, from your favorite pub or the fast food joint down the street, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a good burger. Except that, according to burger experts, there is a wrong way to enjoy your burger and, chances are, you’ve been doing it wrong all along.

That’s right. It turns out you’re supposed to eat your burger upside down, so as to better to keep all the toppings in. Who knew?

“Burgers are served the way they are purely for aesthetics,” Simon Dukes, founder of the blog Burger Lad, told Insider. “The crown (the top of the bun) is generally thicker (and therefore stronger) than the heel, so for a better eating experience, you should actually flip it upside-down to eat it.”

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Wow! My mind is officially blown. I’ve been enjoying burgers for as long as I can remember, and I never realized there was another way to eat them.

In addition to keeping your burger intact, some advocates of the upside-down eating method also say that eating it this way makes the burger taste better. They say you’ll enjoy a rush of flavors right away because the toppings will hit your tongue first when you flip the whole thing upside down. Talk about food for thought!

Not everyone agrees with this unconventional method, though. Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, recommends starting with a good quality-bun, toasting it and putting the cheese under the patty as two ways to mitigate the problem of a messy, leaking burger.

“The burger is the star,” Pashman told The Takeout. “I don’t want the first things my tongue hits to be the thick piece of bread followed by tomato, lettuce, and onions. What are we eating, Subway?!”

He has a point! What do you think? Will you continue eating your burgers right-side-up, or do you think there’s something to the upside-down method?