It seems the famous ground beef sandwich, long ignored or rejected by French culinary circles, has really caught on. Even the most elegant restaurants are serving burgers these days, and to rave reviews.
Mind you, the French, who are known for their delicious cuisine and high levels of appreciation for the finer points of food, have put their own spin on the traditional burger. High-quality beef, and exotic toppings and ingredients like sun-dried tomatoes, fried egg, and pine nuts all give these French burgers a regional flair. McDonald’s it is not.
This got me thinking about burgers around the world. There are so many different ways to eat a burger. In Argentina they top it with a fried egg. In Switzerland they eat it with a knife and fork. In Sweden they add lingonberry preserves, (I had no idea what lingonberry preserves were).
The burger has come a long way over the years since its invention (one claim is that the hamburger was first created in Wisconsin in 1885 by a man named Charlie Nagreen). Any way you look at it, the delicious hamburger is yet another fine example of how cultures can borrow from each other, yet maintain their own traditions at the same time.
Yes, you can learn a lot from a hamburger.