Anyone who loves a burger will know just how messy they can be, unless you eat it plain.
Now, a typical burger consists of a beef patty, lettuce, tomato, cheese and onion – and whatever sauce tickles your fancy, let’s say tomato ketchup and mustard for argument’s sake.
You only have to take one bite for most of the filling to fall out and the sauce to be dripping half way down your chin – not ideal.
But, it doesn’t have to be that way anymore.
A group of researchers who specialise in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry have claimed that in fact, there is a right way and a wrong way to hold and eat a massive burger without it falling to pieces.
They demonstrated their elaborate findings after four months of research on the Japanese television show Honma Dekka!?.
The episode isn’t new, it’s actually from 2014, but has resurfaced and been doing the rounds on social media once again during lockdown.
On the show, a scan of the burger shows how each of the filling elements interact with each other.
Then it shows how a person usually holds a burger, with their thumbs on the bottom bun and the rest of their fingers supporting the top bun.
What this does is squeeze all of the fillings out of the sides of the bun.
The researchers then tried holding a burger in numerous ways, to see which way resulted in the least amount of spillage.
Here’s what they concluded.
How it should be done, according to the experts
When you pick up your burger, you must make sure that you’re not holding it too tight – this is vital.
Subconsciously we do this when we take a bite, perhaps in the hopes that the harder we squeeze it, the higher the chances we’ve got in keeping it together.
But all this does is crushes your burger, and forces the fillings to spill out.
Before you take your very first bite, the dentist explains that you should try opening your mouth wide and closing it again to warm up the muscles.
And, the best way to hold it is to put your thumbs and pinkie fingers at the bottom, and your other three fingers on top in a claw like position.
Your pinkies will affectively hold the back portion of the bun together so the contents won’t fall out.
If you don’t like this method though, there are always other options.
According to Insider the best way to eat your burger is by flipping it upside down, this way the bigger bun will absorb all of the juice, resulting in the least amount of burger disintegration.
Similarly, a Reddit user recommends wrapping your lettuce leaves around the rest of the filling to keep everything together.
So, maybe combine those three techniques next time you have a BBQ and see how it goes.