There’s no wrong way to enjoy a nice, juicy burger, right? Think again: There’s a growing consensus that we’ve all been eating our burgers totally backwards—or, rather, upside down. Even science seems to confirm it: If you really want to get the most out of your burger, the best thing you can do is hold it upside down.
Bun Science: Behind the Scenes
Here’s why. When you load up your burger with delicious toppings, then hoist it toward your mouth for that first bite, you’re placing all the stress from the patty and toppings onto the bottom part of your bun. Frustratingly enough, that bottom slice of bread it usually half the size of the top slice. To put it into engineering terms, that lower portion of bun is at a major structural disadvantage; it’s simply not made to uphold that enormous stack of burger toppings.
There are two likely consequences of this. One is that the bottom bun becomes so soaked with beef juice and topping run-off that it starts to crumble in your hands. Every time you take a bite, you bring the entire burger that much closer to collapsing.
At the same time, though, the top bun remains totally intact. It’s sitting on such a big mound of veggies that it’s probably going to get colder and colder—very different from what the lower portion of bun is going through. If you toasted the bun, well, too bad: The top portion is going to lose that heated benefit almost immediately.
A Simple Solution
There’s a way around all these burger consumption mishaps, and it’s really pretty simple and elegant. Next time you head to your favorite burger joint and the food hits the table, immediately take your sandwich and flip it on its head. Make the top bun the bottom, and vice versa. You don’t actually have to disassemble the burger. Just flip it, that’s all.
This will divert all that juicy runoff from the weaker section of bun, preventing your burger from collapsing as you eat it. Instead, those toppings will be pushed toward the bigger, sturdier section of bun, which will soak up some of the flavor but not fall apart in our fingers.
Now, is it possible that all of this is just a lot of fuss about nothing? Maybe, but maybe not. After all, a burger is a precious thing, and the last thing you want is for yours to be ruined just because you didn’t take a second to flip it over. Head down to a burger joint near you, order your favorite sandwich, and give this technique a try. It may revolutionize your burger-eating life.