Salad Rolls

That ain’t a cheeseburger – it’s a salad roll

Feeling like a visit to TGIF last Sunday after a spot of shopping in Glorietta Mall, I stopped in and was thinking that a cheeseburger and a beer would be a suitable Sunday evening repast.

So, after completing the contact tracing form, being shot in the head (36.3 degrees for those interested) and disinfecting my hands for the ninth time that day in some Isopropyl alcohol, I followed the arrows on the floor to my socially distant seat. Next to the QR code menu and ordering link, I saw the abomination illustrated to the right.

Cheeseburger at Handlebar, Plobacion, Makati City

First, let me state up front, I have no issues with vegies, in fact, I even enjoy some of them on my cheeseburgers. However, there is only one true definition of a burger and that is a piece of meat between two buns! And that meat should be beef.

The cheeseburger to the left is the perfect example. Well seasoned minced beef patty, built on a bed of lettuce, tomato and in this case fresh onion, with cheese on the top and a toasted bun, toasted to give it the extra strength to hold together until the last mouthful.

The burger should not require any utensils to eat it with other than those provided by the good Lord at your birth – your hands and fingers!

So called “chicken burgers” are chicken sandwiches or chicken rolls. “Pulled pork” cannot be used in a burger, but can in a roll, a baguette, a Philly.

Apart from the beef patty, cheese, tomato, lettuce and onion (whether raw or caramelised), the burger can also contain bacon, egg, beetroot (Aussie burgers standard issue) and arguably pineapple – there is a debate about whether pineapple can be used, similar to the Hawaiian pizza debate. Add to that a condiment of choice – tomato sauce/ketchup or BBQ or HP/A1.

So, the picture at the top is NOT a burger – it is a salad roll!