Oxford University's Perfect Burger...it's pretty darn good.

March 25, 2016

Oxford University's Perfect Burger...it's pretty darn good.

Every so often a "special burger" recipe makes the global rounds and this time it comes with a bit of science.

Charles Michel, who has worked in Michelin-starred restaurants and is Chef-in-Residence and researcher on flavour perception at Oxford University’s Crossmodal Research Laboratory, says the perfect burger should be 2.76" or 7cm tall and feature nine layers.  But that's not all!

So what’s in the perfectly balanced burger according to Charles?

The entire burger contains several important components, including a sesame seed bun, Chipotle sauce,  lettuce leaf, sliced gherkin pickle, a slice of tomato, a crunchy layer of dried Serrano Ham and deep fried onion slices, slices of Camembert, Wagyu beef, ketchup (spread right to the edge of the bun, not dolloped in the middle) and soy sauce.

Charles' research shows that the perfect burger is a multi-sensory experience and key findings for the perfect burger are sight, sound, smell and touch are as important as taste.

"Science has shown that deliciousness is a perception created by our brains with stimulation coming from all the senses, and not only a sensation happening in our mouth." according to Charles.

He added: "A growing body of research is also showing just how much we ‘eat with our ears’ and sound is often the forgotten flavour sense. Imagine how disappointing a burger would be without hearing the crunch of the crispy bacon, lettuce or gherkin.

“Focusing on the sizzle of the meat, the sound made by food in your mouth as well as listening to your favourite song whilst eating a burger can really make it more enjoyable.”

So there you have it, "The Perfect Burger" according to science, let us know if you give it a try and what you think.  If it's not "The Perfect Burger" then let us know what's your favorite burger?

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