Eating burgers is a messy business; that's something I've come to accept, but if the "ideal" method revealed on Japanese variety show Honmadekka!? TV is as effective as reported, patty slippage and ingredient drippage could be a thing of the past.
The improved burger-eating technique was supposedly determined after a four-month study by experts in experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry that used a 3D scan of a hamburger to understand how the particles in it interact when held.
Using the traditional method—gripping the burger with your thumbs underneath and your fingers on top—causes ingredients to spill out the front and back, while the new method, which involves holding the burger with thumbs and pinkies on the bottom and your remaining three fingers on top (illustrated above), was said to avoid this problem.
The animation below is supposed to illustrate the effectiveness of the so-called ideal method, but it looks like all it succeeds at is spraying lettuce particles up your nose.
I'm not convinced, but I'll probably give the method a shot. In the meantime, have any AHT'ers experimented with this technique? Tell us about it in the comments.
About the author: Erin Jackson is a food writer and photographer who is obsessed with discovering the best eats in San Diego. You can find all of her discoveries on her San Diego food blog EJeats.com. On Twitter, she's @ErinJax