"cheeseburger slider"

Benjamin Barrett gogaku at IX.NETCOM.COM
Sat Dec 22 05:54:02 UTC 2012

On Dec 21, 2012, at 9:33 PM, Joel S. Berson <Berson at ATT.NET> wrote:

> At 12/21/2012 09:12 PM, Benjamin Barrett wrote:
>> The patty rule seems strong. Google Images shows that's what lobster
>> and uni burgers are.
> I'm leaning this way too.  A "burger" is something patt[i]ed.
> Thus if the lobster meat has been diced finely enough, it can be
> formed into and called a (lobster) burger.  If the lobster meat is
> more chunky, then it is merely placed into a "lobster roll.".
> Similarly with salmon and crab -- that which I sometimes eat as
> "cakes" on a plate could serve equally well when pattied into a bun
> and called a burger.
>> By round top, I mean both in the sense of dome-shaped and circular.
>> I bet both can be considered as contributing factors for burgerness.
> Isn't it the roundness of the content that signifies a burger, rather
> than the domeness of the bun?

Indeed, as a kid, most of the hamburgers I had were on sandwich bread.

Also, Wendy's has square patties, but I think that's a mere deviation, like a three-legged dog.

Benjamin Barrett
Seattle, WA

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