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Discover the Perfect Way to Eat a Burger

Feb 6 2014 - 2:45pm

[1]We've got a new partnership with Foodbeast [2], which will be regularly sharing breaking food news, trendsetting recipes, and more with us. Today, Elie Ayrouth tests an unusual way to eat a burger [3], which scientists deem the most perfect.

Before today, I never knew I had a problem eating burgers.

I thought it was completely normal for a burger's contents to spill out of the buns by the second bite. Apparently there is an ideal way to hold a hamburger. In fact, researchers spent four months in a lab getting to the bottom of the first world's most extravagant problem.

According to gaming blog Kotaku [4], Japanese television show Honma Dekka!? [5] brought on three researchers, "experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry" to "try to figure out the best way to hold and eat a large hamburger." The research is humorously thorough [6].


The resulting data shows that the typical way of holding a burger often found the user inadvertently squeezing the contents out of the buns. Following multiple trials, researchers concluded that there is one superior way of avoiding spillage:

Thumbs and pinkies on the bottom:

Middle three fingers on the top:

With uniformly spread fingers applying just enough pressure on the burger, the contents won't slip out as they normally would. The result?

No spillage:

You are now eating a burger the way science has deemed is the most efficient, perfect way possible. Thank you so much science!

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