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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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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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J. Nikola
J. Nikola18 days ago
Maybe algae wrap used in sushis?
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Povilas S
Povilas S17 days ago
J. Nikola Its taste would ruin the taste of the burger. It's also non-transparent
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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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Povilas S
Povilas S5 days 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 Kulkarnia day 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 S19 days 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 Chapagain19 days ago
Povilas S True. A blunt ended edible clamp or something similar can do the job.
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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 Kulkarni5 days 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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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi19 days 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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Povilas S
Povilas S19 days ago
Oguntola Tobi Subash Chapagain The problem with a clamp, however, is that it reduces the aesthetic value and makes the eating experience "inorganic". In my opinion, the best would be to integrate some edible, structure-maintaining elements into the composition of the burger so that they wouldn't change its appearance, or change it minimally (like a toothpick does), they also shouldn't negatively affect its taste.
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Oguntola Tobi
Oguntola Tobi18 days ago
Povilas S I believe Subash Chapagain mentioned an edible clamp. Maybe that can work?
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Povilas S
Povilas S18 days ago
Oguntola Tobi Yes, that's better, but still adds a bulky element to the burger's appearance. On the other hand, it can be perceived as a playful experience.
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