The Art of the Bespoke Burger

Burgers aren’t just fast food. A true burger lover knows that when prepared properly a burger offers a sublime dining experience, albeit a messy one. Bespoke burgers are becoming more popular and are showing even the most discerning diners that there is more to a burger than a stale bun and frozen patty. Preparing and creating a bespoke burger is an art that allows a chef to explore dimensions of flavour and stack them in his favour. Here the team from the greatest of Holborn Pubs, the Old Crown, shares with us a few insider secrets!

The History

The hamburger probably got its start in Hamburg, Germany where a Hamburg steak was a popular dish consisting of ground and spiced beef. However it was in America that the Hamburg steak found its way onto a bun beginning a new cuisine that would prove to have a life of its own. There is much dispute over who actually invented the hamburger. If it is the addition of bread as opposed to a bun that makes a burger specifically then the honour probably goes to Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut that has been serving a beef patty on toast since 1900. If it has to be served on a bun then many consider White Castle to be the originator of the perfect burger by preparing them hygienically and bringing them off the carts and into the mainstream. From there it is hard to say who took burgers to the next level as each burger joint at every corner of the world has their own twist on this popular menu item.

The Patty

The most important element to a well-built burger is a patty of extraordinary quality. Rare breed beef is the perfect foundation to create mouth-watering burgers. For the burger purist who loves nothing more than to taste the gorgeous beef it simply takes a slice of melted cheese such as emmental and a traditional dill pickle or trickle of mustard to seal the deal. However for those who are a little more adventurous there are many intriguing additions that will create the ideal bespoke burger.

More Meat

A trend in bespoke burgers is the addition of layered flavours using varied meats atop the beef patty. From lovely, smoky bacon to American favourites such as shaved rare beef a la Philly cheese steak layering meat as a topping brings burgers to the next level (and height).

Varied Cheese

A traditional burger can be just as delicious as a “fancified” burger with the addition of good old fashioned American cheese. However for a more varied experience different cheeses offer different taste sensations from Black Sticks blue cheese to emmental.

Different Patty

Burgers are no longer confined to the likes of the beef burger. Many chefs are experimenting and looking at specialty patties such as ground pork and chorizo sausage. The pork themed burger is made even more tantalizing with the addition of further pork toppings such as BBQ pulled pork. Chicken breast, beer battered fish and even chickpea based veggie patties allow everyone to enjoy a burger on their own terms.

We may not know who started the gourmet, bespoke burger trend. All we know for certain is we are grateful.

 

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The History

The hamburger probably got its start in Hamburg, Germany where a Hamburg steak was a popular dish consisting of ground and spiced beef. However it was in America that the Hamburg steak found its way onto a bun beginning a new cuisine that would prove to have a life of its own. There is much dispute over who actually invented the hamburger. If it is the addition of bread as opposed to a bun that makes a burger specifically then the honour probably goes to Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut that has been serving a beef patty on toast since 1900. If it has to be served on a bun then many consider White Castle to be the originator of the perfect burger by preparing them hygienically and bringing them off the carts and into the mainstream. From there it is hard to say who took burgers to the next level as each burger joint at every corner of the world has their own twist on this popular menu item.

The Patty

The most important element to a well-built burger is a patty of extraordinary quality. Rare breed beef is the perfect foundation to create mouth-watering burgers. For the burger purist who loves nothing more than to taste the gorgeous beef it simply takes a slice of melted cheese such as emmental and a traditional dill pickle or trickle of mustard to seal the deal. However for those who are a little more adventurous there are many intriguing additions that will create the ideal bespoke burger.

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