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Come up with a way to make eating burgers convenient and clean while not affecting their taste

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Povilas S
Povilas S Jul 28, 2022
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Brainstorm a way to make eating burgers truly convenient and clean (without the whole structure falling apart, filling dripping from the sides as you eat, etc.).
Usual options for eating burgers are very ineffective with regards to solving the problem of convenience and cleanliness - you can either eat it whole while holding it in your hands or eat it with cutlery, cut to pieces (which is not desired by most people, because it's arguably less tasty and not much more or even less convenient). The relevance of the problem grows with the size of the burger.
Sometimes burgers are pierced with wooden sticks to make the structure more stable, but one stick doesn't help much and many of them would make eating difficult. Sometimes disposable gloves are offered to keep your hands clean, but this is also not a very attractive way of consuming food.
Could we brainstorm some smart elements to integrate into the composition of burgers that would make their structure stable, but wouldn't negatively affect their taste?
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Split burgers : two thinner burgers stacked and then split to eat

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Michaela D
Michaela D Sep 04, 2022
Inspired by Florin Buda's idea. What if we put two thinner burgers on top of each other for serving? when it is time to eat we separate them and eat them one by one. A thinner burger would have slightly thinner buns and patty. Thin enough to be easier to eat but not too thin, so that it would still look good on its own.
Two thin burgers would look just as good as a standard burger and you get to eat two of them. Adjustment: the top bun of the bottom burger may need to be served on the side if it makes the structure unstable.
The double burger is not unheard of (this is an example) but they are not meant to be eaten as two burgers, so in the end they are even less convenient to eat.
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Povilas S
Povilas Sa year ago
A toothpick could be used when serving to hold the two together, its then easy to remove it and eat the burgers one by one
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Edible plastic-like film or tape to wrap the whole burger in or secure only its sides

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Povilas S
Povilas S Jul 29, 2022
Wrap the burger in an edible and tasty, transparent, plastic-like sheet. It might reduce the aesthetics of the burger's appearance, but on the other hand, eating it might become more interesting, like unwrapping a present.
Alternatively, if an edible sticky tape could be made, one could secure only the open sides of the burger by wrapping the tape around.
Making such edible wrap or tape sounds like a challenge though (more so than making edible "glue" proposed in my other contribution). What edible materials could potentially be used to produce such edible, transparent or semi-transparent, film-like material?
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jnikola
jnikola2 years ago
Maybe algae wrap used in sushis?
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
J. Nikola Its taste would ruin the taste of the burger. It's also non-transparent
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Make them wide!

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Florin Buda
Florin Buda Aug 04, 2022
We don't want our hamburger to become taller and taller - everbody hates that! Make them wider and will be more simple to eat, re-heat, pack and everthing else. Just look at the picture? who would like to eat something as thick as that?
Cons: they won't look that insanely good..
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
I like this idea! In a flat burger, you could pierce multiple wooden sticks and cut the burger into multiple pieces. Each piece is bite-sized and has a wooden stick in the middle. You pick up the stick and eat your burger like you would eat fruits. Since the burger is flat, you do not risk getting injured by the wooden stick in your mouth.
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Miniature burgers

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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni Aug 12, 2022
Make burgers that you can stuff in your mouth in one go (or two, and 3 to 4 bites for kids). The dish will serve you multiple miniature burgers. The burger will be the same and look the same. The only difference is all ingredients are used in lesser quantities while still maintaining the proportions.
Advantages:
  1. You preserve the taste
  2. Not messy at all
  3. Since they will serve multiple miniature burgers, you could try different types in one dish.
  4. If you are full mid-way, you could save the remaining burgers (which will be intact and wrapped making it easier to carry them) for later.
Disadvantages:
  1. A tedious task for the person who prepares them. However, if they become famous, machinery could be made to ease the job. For example, a smaller patty-shaped container to make the patties, and sauce dispensers that dispense a smaller quantity of sauce in one go.
  2. Might be a bit costlier since preparation is complex.
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Michaela D
Michaela Da year ago
I have had miniature burgers. They were around 3cm in diameter. The taste was no different and an advantage was that you could have three different ones. They were like tapas and definitely did not have the same feel as a normal sized burger; just as Povilas S said.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
I like the idea, but want to mention a few more disadvantages of small burgers. Normal-sized burger has a different appearance and therefore different aesthetics to it - you can see the layers, the ingredients, etc., it just has a different feel. That's perhaps the main reason people enjoy seeing large burgers and the reason why it's getting more complicated to eat them conveniently. Small burgers for some might seem like models of a real thing.
I'd also want to stress that it's important not to make burgers too small. This is because eating them in one bite would affect the taste, eating in extremely small bites is also not convenient, so the best would be if you could bite one like a normal burger - a bite through all the layers and make a few such bites to finish it.
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Shubhankar Kulkarni
Shubhankar Kulkarni2 years ago
Povilas S I agree with the first point. I am not sure how it would affect the taste.
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Edible "glue" to stick the layers of the burger together

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Povilas S
Povilas S Jul 28, 2022
Add sticky, edible material between separate layers of the burger. The material hardens with time like glue but remains soft enough to eat it easily and does not affect the consistency of the burger too much. Mix different spices and other additives into the glue material to make it only complement the taste of the burger and not ruin it.
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Edible 'toothpick' kind of splinter

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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain Jul 29, 2022
Produce some edible splinter similar to toothpick that can hold the burger together at the edge. I imagine the splinter working as a staple that holds the bun and everything in between intact on th edges. One problem would be to avoid hurting oneself with the splinter. People need to told that the burger has a splinter.
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Povilas S
Povilas S2 years ago
You'd then need many of those (one is not enough to make the structure of the burger stable), the more you pierce the burger with sticks the more inconvenient eating becomes. I understand that an edible splinter would be better than a wooden one, but the sharpness of it still poses a danger to hurt your mouth. It would be better to stabilize the structure with something blunt and even.
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Subash Chapagain
Subash Chapagain2 years ago
Povilas S True. A blunt ended edible clamp or something similar can do the job.
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Marco Agudelo
Marco Agudeloa year ago
Well to me it is clean and elegant (if eating hamburgers could be elegant at all) or at least convenient to cut it in three equal sizes splitting from the center in three triangles, each will hold beautifully the designed structure of that burger. It is possible to see all their ingredients in a clean cut, it is like having three small sandwiches.
I’m aware that the challenge suggests that cutting to pieces could result in less tasty or convenient, but I’m not sure if this is thinking on two cuts or four pieces, or indeed even the three pieces clean cut still ruins the burger; to me that is just impossible. With a meat knife, perfect cutting, leaving the height mostly intact, perfect. It is also convenient to put mustard at will on each bite, which is my favorite extra for burgers ;)
PD: from the kitchen could be sent the burger with the first triangle cutted out at a side, with the chips or whatever other companion the burger has. Almost leaving the burger intact which contributes to holding temperature. The customers may do the final cut (once the customer has already eaten the first piece). That can enhance the user experience.
I gather the following photos exhibing a difficult to eat burger full of vegetables ( I must state that even though I like burgers with vegetables, my favorite ones are non-vegetables included, which would be easier to cut and eat with the presented method ).





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Povilas S
Povilas Sa year ago
Marco Agudelo The problem with this approach is the dripping of the filling while you cut and afterwards, especially if the burger is huge in height. If the chefs cut it nicely and carefully in the kitchen and served it already cut to you, it would be good, but if you had to do it yourself, it's rather inconvenient.
I like the idea of cutting it into three pieces like a pie chart because you can serve it with the cut pieces still adjoining each other and it will look aesthetically pleasing.
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Marco Agudelo
Marco Agudeloa year ago
Povilas S Please check the previous comment I updated with example photos.🍔
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Povilas S
Povilas Sa year ago
Marco Agudelo It seems you need one more cut there:) the photos pretty much prove what I said before - if the burger is huge it will not be convenient because the filling will slip from the sides
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi2 years ago
I've pondered on a solution for this problem several times. I've never been able to come up with a solution for the dripping. However, I think a clamp, whether plastic or metal, will work for holding the burger structure in place. The clamp will pass across the burger's middle and you can eat it on either side. You can then rotate the burger to access another duo of sides when you finish with the first. When you are done with that, remove the clamp to eat what little is left of the burder.
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