The Right Way to Eat a Messy Hamburger

It's all about the pinkies

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By David Hammond

Last week, I posted about a high-value but very messy hamburger I ate at Mickey's; it was one-third pound, and it spilled all over when I took my first bite.

One helpful commenter – Phil from Oak Park – provided me with a link to a HuffPo article and a video about how to eat this hamburger, which I found most helpful.

With this approach, you're basically keeping three middle fingers from both hands on the crown of the bun; thumb and pinky go on the bottom, providing uniform pressure on top and support on the bottom.

Last week at Compass Bar, a gastro-pub on Chicago's northside,  I ordered the messiest burger I could find, plump with blue cheese, red onion, lettuce and, of course, tomato (keeping this moist disk in place would prove the real acid test).

It seems awkward at first, and honestly after you're half-way through, as the hamburger gets smaller, it becomes difficult to deploy this handling strategy, but damn, it works. By slightly moving the fingers, you can readjust the sandwich so nothing falls out while you're eating.

A side-benefit: it strengthens your pinkies.

 Watch the video and try it yourself!

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RrPMTWKLhxA

 

 

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Posted: April 24th, 2014 12:33 AM

I EAT A HAMBURGER WITH A KNIFE AND FORK. I'M NOT A BUM, NOR DO I DRESS LIKE ONE.

David Hammond from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 1:47 PM

Hamburger eating, for me at least, will never be the same. Thanks again, Phil.

Phil from Oak Park  

Posted: April 23rd, 2014 7:01 AM

Great to hear it worked, David! (I still haven't tried it myself, but we're cranking the grill this weekend and will give it a go.)

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