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Do you flip your burger/sandwich?

Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 02:15 PM

Self-explanatory. I flip. Seems the most natural/ergonomic to me, but that's my perspective. Seems weird as hell to me how people slide their thumbs underneath a burger and eat it right-side up, but that's just me.

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  1. fldhkybnva RE: Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 05:10 PM

    Right side up, never thought to do otherwise I guess.

    1. Chemicalkinetics RE: Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 05:52 PM

      Yes, I do too. I don't mean to, but I just naturally do it.

      It really depends how you reach your burgers. I reach my burgers with my four fingers on the bottom and thumbs on top. As such, the burger naturally get flip as I bring it to my mouth.

      If you grab your burgers with the thumbs on the bottom and four fingers on top, then you won't flip the burger.

      1. DonShirer RE: Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 06:32 PM

        Occasionally a thin bottom bun-half gets soggy. Fixed by inverting the sandwich.

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          aynrandgirl RE: DonShirer Jul 18, 2013 08:52 PM


        2. ipsedixit RE: Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 06:59 PM

          No. Never.

          It wouldn't taste as good flipped.

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            sedimental RE: Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 07:14 PM


            It might kick the universe out of alignment or something.

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              tracytrace RE: Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 08:19 PM

              Always. And I construct them accordingly. I like to EAT with the tomato, onion, pickles, etc., on top, but since I am a flipper, I place them on the bottom.

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                sedimental RE: tracytrace Jul 17, 2013 08:23 PM

                Wow. You actually plan right side up, to be upside down ....deep :D

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                  Midknight RE: sedimental Jul 22, 2013 08:41 AM

                  I wonder if Tracy has ever also thought about putting the top of the bun on the bottom, and the bottom on the top? Hrm...

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                mwhitmore RE: Agiyosi Jul 17, 2013 09:58 PM

                Neither. Remove the top, pick up burger and garnish, eat, discard top and bottom bun. Yes, low carb, long term. Multi-napkins required.

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                  DuffyH RE: mwhitmore Jul 20, 2013 06:31 AM

                  They've developed a tool to help with that. It has a handle, and some slightly scooped prongs at the other end, usually 3-4 in number.

                  Some burgers are just better without the bun. :)

                2. MGZ RE: Agiyosi Jul 18, 2013 12:41 AM

                  Give me a juicy, rare, burger on a hard roll, please.

                  I'm gonna ask her to dance. We're goin' to the Prom.

                  I'll twist.
                  I'll turn.
                  I'll dip.
                  And, I'll flip!

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                    Gastronomos RE: MGZ Jul 18, 2013 06:25 PM

                    Food Porn

                  2. KaimukiMan RE: Agiyosi Jul 18, 2013 04:14 AM

                    when i was younger, i'd flip - always.

                    in my teens i was trying to impress someone who ate their sandwiches right side up, so I adopted that approach.

                    now it depends. If it is a simple affair, few ingredients, without a lot of condiments then I will most likely flip. if its a thick juicy mess of toppings and condiments then I'll most likely eat it right side up. If it comes wrapped in paper I will probably eat it on the vertical, but in a position that would end up flipped were i to continue moving my hands.

                    1. Davwud RE: Agiyosi Jul 18, 2013 04:53 AM

                      I tried it once. Later that day I tripped on the sidewalk and landed on my head.

                      NEVER AGAIN!!


                      1. ipsedixit RE: Agiyosi Jul 18, 2013 08:01 AM

                        I tested myself this morning.

                        I just found out I'm hambidextrous ... I can eat flip side up, or down.

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                          Davwud RE: ipsedixit Jul 18, 2013 08:12 AM



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                          Bkeats RE: Agiyosi Jul 18, 2013 09:11 AM

                          When you flip it, doesn't that increase the likelihood that stuff falls out or things drip into your lap?

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                            Agiyosi RE: Bkeats Jul 18, 2013 09:52 AM

                            It does, but sometimes sacrifices must be made.

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                              Chemicalkinetics RE: Agiyosi Jul 18, 2013 10:19 AM


                          2. Gastronomos RE: Agiyosi Jul 18, 2013 06:23 PM

                            Guy Fieri always flips. Annoys me as much as the cooks who prepared it by the looks on their faces...

                            I always "thumb under' as it is usually constructed to be eaten that way. It DOES taste different if flipped, IF there are toppings such as bacon and tomatoes and onions and mushrooms and sauces...

                            1. Firegoat RE: Agiyosi Jul 19, 2013 08:49 AM

                              If it is a burger prepared by another or a restaurant I always open it up and check the toppings. Then I eat it right side up. I do not flip. I don't need to be involved in "flip-gate"

                              That said if the burger or sandwich is just too big/messy I will not hesitate to just plop it on the plate and take a knife and fork to it.

                              1. John E. RE: Agiyosi Jul 19, 2013 10:01 AM

                                I sometimes flip a burger to lift off the bottom bun to add more seasonings (salt-pepper) depending on where the burger is served. (My brother and SIL seriously under season their grilled food.)

                                The only reason I can see to flip a burger (other than when cooking) is if the bottom bun is soggy.

                                1. greygarious RE: Agiyosi Jul 19, 2013 11:44 AM

                                  Since you raised the subject, shouldn't the toppings really be the "bottomings" when the patty or filling is wet/leaky/juicy?
                                  I don't flip a burger to begin with, but often do partway through consuming it, when I notice that the bottom piece of the bun is starting to disintegrate. For a cheeseburger at home, I put the cneese side down, which somewhat protects the bottom bun half.

                                  There'd be a sizeable infomercial market for anyone who invented a gewgaw to support the bottom bun/bread without making it difficult to consume the meal.. Something for Everyday Edisons?

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                                    John E. RE: greygarious Jul 19, 2013 11:57 AM

                                    I think a gewgaw to support the bottom bun for a burger seems to make about as much sense as this:


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                                      DuffyH RE: John E. Jul 20, 2013 06:36 AM

                                      I saw department store employees using such a device once. But they need perfect folds, the exact same way by every employee, every time.

                                      Me? I'm going to try the cheese-on-the-bottom thing, because soggy buns make me ill.

                                  2. dave_c RE: Agiyosi Jul 19, 2013 12:10 PM

                                    Burgers no flip.

                                    The patty acts as a stable platform so you can use only your thumbs to support the bottom. The fingers help cradle and keep the condiments in the top bun.

                                    Sandwiches are fairly symmetric so I have no flipping bias.

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                                      calliope_nh RE: Agiyosi Jul 19, 2013 06:36 PM

                                      I guess that isn't the same level of crime as making sandwiches with the bread misaligned. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/530873

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                                        tracytrace RE: calliope_nh Jul 19, 2013 10:27 PM

                                        Ohmylord, this misalignment is IMO the worst sandwich sin. When I was a kid, for whatever reason, we absolutely hated to be left with our Dad at lunchtime. He would inevitably make us sandwiches, and they were inevitably just WRONG. He never lined the bread up right, and we would all three start complaining, then he would get frustrated and slice them in halves straight across, instead of diagonally, whereupon we would WAAAIILLL.

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                                          DuffyH RE: tracytrace Jul 20, 2013 06:41 AM

                                          Having grown up in a "straight across" home, I always LOVED restaurant sandwiches with their exotic diagonal cuts. Best of all was IHOP, where their hamburger club was sliced into 4 triangles.

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                                            John E. RE: tracytrace Jul 20, 2013 09:27 AM

                                            The next time I have an opportunity to make a sandwich for a family member I'm going to try and remember to misalign the bread to see if I get a reaction. I should probably slice it too so it can't be easily fixed. ; )

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                                              DuffyH RE: John E. Jul 20, 2013 11:26 AM

                                              You're evil. :)

                                        2. DuffyH RE: Agiyosi Jul 20, 2013 06:28 AM

                                          Right side up. I figure the PB&J were placed on the bread in a certain way for a reason; who am I to mess with the natural order of the universe?

                                          I also feel I have better control of burger toppings that way, when lettuce and tomato aren't sliding all over the place due to misapplied finger or thumb pressure.

                                          1. carolinadawg RE: Agiyosi Jul 22, 2013 04:34 PM


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