What has Happened to Our Burger?!

Has anyone else noticed the growing trend of trying to create the most expensive or exotic burger there is?  What has happened to this amazing American classic that simply began as one man’s way of making something quick for on the go.  

Louis Lassen of New Haven, Conn.  is credited for creating the hamburger back in 1900.  A customer came in and wanted a quick hot meal.  Well, Louis was out of steaks, so he took the trimmings, made a patty, grilled it and served it between two slices of toast.  Amazing how something that simple has come this far.

Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t like my burger that simple.  I am a fan of a variety of cheeses, bacon, lettuce, tomato, onions, avocado and the usual condiments.  But, this whole thing about putting truffles and gold flakes on them seems a little pretentious to me. I think it is just some snob’s way of feeling less like they are lowering themselves to eating common people’s food.  

Not to say that we should not be creative with our burgers once in a while, but this quest for the most expensive hamburger is just a bit much.  As the owner of the 666 Burger food truck in New York City, Franz Alique, once said, “It consists of a f—ing burger filled and topped with rich people s–t.”  And he made a burger worth $666 once just to prove the point!

Stick to the classics, folks, and you cannot go wrong, and every once in a while take a walk on the wild side.  But, when you go to a restaurant called the Burger Bar, even though it is Las Vegas, I think you should be able to get a burger for less than $60 don’t you!

What are your favorite toppings to put on your burger?

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