We have ingested a lot of information thus far, but what does it all mean?
Start with the meat, you must have high quality, well-seasoned, juicy meat. This is definitely the paramount component in any burger. For a burger to reach its potential it needs a Texture Builder –typically bacon or lettuce, but anything crisp will do- to contrast with the softness of the meat, cheese and bun. It also needs a Soggy-ness Combatant, usually the order in which the ingredients are stacked within the bun. It’s a technical aspect that a lot of burger makers neglect. And you have to watch out for Flavor Bullies. A Flavor Bully is a topping with such strong flavor that it overpowers the other ingredients. Flavor Bullies are usually onions or strong cheeses. There’s also something I like to call the Triangle of Taste: with your burger, you need a complimentary beverage and contrasting side dish to counter balance the richness of the burger. My picks are usually a good beer and fries because they compliment the burg, but break up the flavor, keeping my taste buds on their toes. Keep these terms in mind the next time you build your own burger!