Almost half of fast food chains have a burger at the center of the menu. But just because burgers are a ubiquitous fast food item doesn’t mean every brand lets one know how to kick our socks off with top-notch creativity.
In fact, a new survey by data company Technomic reveals all the complex considerations that separate the mediocre-type disgusting burger. In order to find America’s favorite burger in 2022, the chain asked fast food customers to rank burgers based on how appealing they were. And believe it or not, apart from all the adorable new kids on the block, the American palate still prefers old but good.
But first things first – let’s start with some of the contestants. Burger King took a commendable third place. Consumers typically rate it second only to McDonald’s, in the chain’s burger rating of 54.4%, noting that char on burger patties was something special and Whopper was a go-to menu item, according to business restaurant.
In second place with a cravings rate of 61.2% was Krystal, a chain that has recently made some serious efforts to come back. While the larger bite can appeal to some, the chain’s smaller burgers are what attract customers to the chain. Slider sized burgers are steamed to keep the sandwich juicy and juicy.
And the winner also happens to be known for their slide-size burgers. At number one, White Castle proves once again that being America’s oldest fast-food chain doesn’t mean it’s out of date.
according to business restaurant, 72.4% of customers rated White Castle as the most attractive type of burger, as their mini square burgers have been made the same way for over 100 years. White Castle punches burger patties with holes and places them on top of mounds of chopped onions to heat up.
Customers who participated in the survey made claims like “steamed burgers are the best,” “they’re the best little cheeseburger on the planet,” and “only White Castle makes them that way and they are definitely more appealing.”
Steaming seems to be key, but White Castle has also achieved efficiency through the use of a tried-and-true cooking technique. Turns out, the holes in burger patties are actually the secret to making them cook faster and keep up with increasing demand.
Thanks 1954 White Castle worker Earl Howell for that. Note this theory he had, and after management saw that it worked, to move forward, every white castle in America put five holes in its pies. Safe to say, Howell is now in the White Castle Staff Hall of Fame.
The onions at the bottom of burger patties also play a major role in cravings – they help steam the meat and add flavor to the entire sandwich. Onions contain a lot of water, so when exposed to heat, they release a ton of steam. The holes in the patties help steam cook in and out of the burger. Once the buns are placed on top, the onion flavor transfers through the meat to the bread.
The White Castle Burger does not require flipping, it stands out from other competing chains. Something to think about!
Emily is currently a Food Editor for Woman’s World, First for Women, Celebrate magazines, and a freelance food writer with a passion for expressing her personality and her happiness through all things culinary, culinary, trend and news. Read more