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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Back Alley Bagel Burger

Sampled a very tasty burger for lunch today - located in one of the city's finest European but not wanky back alley, this little cafe called Jungle Juice serves up not only tasty beverages (squeezed on the spot by expert mixologists), but wonderful smelling soups and sammies.  Although I was interested in the technique of the lovely waitress' squeezing process, the joint is so bustling packed that I feared any distraction might interfere with the procedure and I left my comments to myself.  Back to the burger at hand - an inch and a half patty delicately placed between a piping hot toasted sesame bagel (both clearly prepared right on the spot) with a fine smattering of condiments that were not too juicy with only a four to five drip factor.  A very tasty burger, yet it begs one very important question: Must a burger be placed in between a traditional burger bun?  Does a burger cease to be a burger without a burger bun, thus any burger with an adjective in front of it not a burger? eg bagel burger, focaccia burger etc.  Comments please.


  • The short answer is - you'll never, ever find a burger with a hole in it.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:49 pm  

  • A quick surf of google shows how this disturbing holey burger trend has taken off:

    Bagel Burger Images


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:33 am  

  • I recall that last night amid some beer, wine and chinese that some pedants in our ranks were trying to limit the word 'burger' to only beef patty based products.

    Quoth the pedant "If i was eating a chicken burger and someone said 'how is your burger?', I would reply, 'It is not a burger, it is a chicken burger'"...

    The attention to detail in this fellow's remark is impressive.... but unnecessary! turning to the bastion of the english language, we find that the dictionary definition of 'burger' includes non-beef based burgers.

    Burger definition

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:44 am  

  • further to this, discussions with a colleague indicate that it might just be fat content which decides whether or not a XXXX burger should be allowed to wear the moniker of 'burger'.

    The oxford dictionary backs this, listing 'burger' and 'veggie burger' as unique entities

    Oxford burger

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:55 am  

  • actually, it was a fly on the wall that said...

    bzzzzzzz to reiterate what I heard last night at my favourite larva dumping spot - the Supper Inn - Clearly the issue at hand is semantics - what is a burger? If you read the info submitted in the English language bastion, and I quote: “A sandwich consisting of a bun, a cooked beef patty, and often other ingredients such as cheese, onion slices, lettuce, or condiments. Often used in combination: a cheeseburger. A similar sandwich(not burger) with a nonbeef filling. Often used in combination: a crab burger; a tofu burger (note, no tuna burger).”

    Bzzzzzzz – it appears this particular definition ends the issue. A burger contains a beef patty, other wise it is a (ADJ)burger. Thus, bzzzzzzz anyone eating a steak burger is not eating a burger, but is in fact consuming a steak burger.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:40 pm  

  • Ahh you've missed the point my fecal flavoured flying friend, hte 'bastion' points out that it is perfectly acceptable to use 'burger' with a non-beef filling, it is only 'often' used with an adjective in front... not necessarily.

    perhaps flies are not suited to the finer nuances of the english language?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10:25 am  

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