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Jun 12, 2008 04:15 PM

The burgers are too big!

My husband was commenting on a place he went for lunch where he had a burger. It was delicious, he said, but too big. He feels that burgers have gotten too big, and that it is impossible to find a delicious, well-cooked burger that you could actually finish without feeling nauseous. Does anyone agree?

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  1. Nope. I just ate a 2/3 pounder (pre-cooked weight) today, and loved every morsel. He doesn't have to eat it all. (but I do!) :-)

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    1. re: gordeaux

      Maybe I misunderstood. Many responses are pointing to a burger as a meal with fries and / or other sides. I generally view fries as empty calories, so I avoid them like the plague. Maybe that's why I can get with the big burger plan.

        1. re: Miss Needle

          Frech fries are the best part of a hamburger??


          1. re: Davwud

            No, but it's the best part of a hamburger experience. To me, you just can't have a burger without fries.

            1. re: Miss Needle

              I know what you mean. I was just teasin'

              Nothing wrong with a good side of fries.


              1. re: Miss Needle

                Or a coke...some say a milkshake but I say a coke or root beer...the fizz washes and finishes the grease nicely.

                I tend to agree. Burgers are getting HUGE. 6 oz (max) seems right to me if I'm hungry or it's dinner. Any more and you risk maxing out the bun/produce/condiment to burger ratio.

                Not enough bun or condiments/lettuce/tomato/onions makes it seem like you're just eating a chunk of ground beef. The beef overpowers everything at that point.

      1. Agreed—but no more so than anything else; everything's gotten too big, as countless posts on CH boards have noted.

        But your thread title makes me think of that great Don Hertzfeldt cartoon Rejected, where the...whatever he is keeps saying My SPOON Is too big!

        1. Agreed, but a 4 oz. burger is my perfect size, which probably puts me in the minority.

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          1. re: Lucia

            I agree totally. Id rather have a 1/4 lb burger with freshly ground lamb or chuck with big seasonings, rather than a 2/3 lb fast food calorie bomb.

            I have noticed that I am slowly becoming a vegetarian, so even 1/4 pound burger seems like a excessively large burger.

          2. I agree, mostly because I don't like wrestling with burgers I can't fit in my mouth!

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            1. re: Low Country Jon

              When we go to a good local burger joint, my DH and I always split a burger. With a salad and a side of fries, that's plenty.

            2. Agree. Among other things, what makes it a hamburger is the whole assembly of the meat, condiments, bun, etc. If the patty is too big (I usually like about 6 ounces pre-cooked weight), it's too hard to take a complete bite.

              According to my Dad, back in the day, hamburgers were originally much smaller -- similar in size to the orginal McDonald's burger.