What Separates Gourmet Burgers from Classic Burgers?
All burgers are not created equal. The burger you grab for $1 from a fast food joint is going to be immensely different from a burger your neighbor cooks at a backyard BBQ, which is going to be immensely different from a burger you’ll get from a fancy steakhouse. Besides the price point and atmosphere of a place, what exactly is it that separates a gourmet burger from a classic one? Let’s explore what it is that transforms an ordinary burger into one of gourmet caliber.
Where You’re Getting the Burger From
One of the easiest differences between a gourmet burger and a classic one is where you’re getting it from. For example, a place whose customers value speed and low costs is not going to be producing gourmet burgers. A place that specializes in burgers, and burgers alone, is going to be a much better starting point for gourmet burgers.
That being said, fancier is not always better. For example, your next-door neighbor could be serving unseasoned frozen patties on room-temperature buns at his BBQ. But he could also very well be serving up handmade patties, made from bison he hunted himself the night before. It’s all about the attention to detail and pride someone has in their food—rather than the price point—that will really set a burger apart from the rest.
The Type of Patty Used
In order to create a great burger, you need to start with the main ingredient: the burger patty. For the best flavors and end result, a gourmet burger needs to be made with a fresh patty—not a frozen one. It also needs to be made with quality protein: whether it’s beef, chicken, fish, veggie, or something else.
The Way the Patties Are Flavored
Two of the worst things you can do to a burger patty are to under-season or over-season it. Depending on the type and quality of protein you’re using, you should only be seasoning as necessary for the best flavors at the end.
The Way the Burgers Are Cooked
Burgers can be grilled, broiled, baked, and even fried. They can be cooked anywhere from rare to well done, affecting the taste of the burger. A gourmet burger made with quality beef, for example, wouldn’t be cooked well-done to a crisp—as it would let all of the flavorful juices and moistness of the burger escape.
The Toppings Placed on the Burger
Any old restaurant can make a burger with lettuce, tomato, and cheese. But a gourmet burger, on the other hand, should have more than that. Some examples of gourmet toppings include grilled onions, sautéed mushrooms, and freshly sliced avocado.
The Type of Bun Used to Hold It Together
A store-bought, room-temperature bun is not going to cut it if you want to enjoy a gourmet burger. The best burgers are patties that are sandwiched between two homemade buns and warmed to a more palatable temperature.
The “It” Factor
Whether it’s a special topping, a unique bun, a different patty size, an innovative cooking method, or something else, a gourmet burger should have that “it” factor that separates it from any other burger on the market.
Create Your Own Gourmet Burgers
Taste the difference for yourself between a gourmet burger and a classic one! View our menu below to see how you can be creative with your flavor combinations.