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Phil & Mel In The Afternoon

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I’m not the greatest cook, but I do have a few tricks up my sleeve. One of my specialties is my burger recipe. It’s a modified version of the recipe I learned from my father, combined with the Juicy Lucy. That’s Minnesota’s answer to the cheeseburger, where the cheese lives on the inside. I’ll tell you more about that some other time.

In this blog post, we’re looking at the right way to stack a cheeseburger and its toppings. I’ve always constructed mine like this:

  • Top bun
  • Ketchup
  • Pickles
  • Tomato or Onions
  • Lettuce
  • Burger patty with melted cheese
  • Mustard or Mayonnaise (depending on my mood)
  • Bottom bun

Then I found an article on Art of Manliness that points out what I might be doing wrong. They claim that this is the best way to stack your burger:

  • Top bun
  • Condiment
  • Pickle
  • Onion
  • Burger patty with melted cheese
  • Tomato
  • Lettuce
  • Condiment
  • Bottom bun

I see their point about putting the lettuce on the bottom. It acts as a protective barrier to keep the grease and juices from the meat and other toppings from negatively impacting the structural integrity of the bottom bun. Also, the tomato prevents the hot patty from wilting the lettuce, the melted cheese keeps the onion from sliding around, and the onion nestles the pickles.

It all makes sense. However, this method only accounts for basic burger toppings. What if you include bacon, chili, or coleslaw? Bacon can fit it pretty much anywhere in the stack. If spillage is your concern, chili and slaw will only break your heart and stain your shirt. Back to the drawing board!