If you intend to make the most of the last few days of the barbecue weather, the chances are that burgers will be on the menu – whether that’s beef, chicken, vegetarian or ham. Burgers are a popular choice as they are easily obtainable, reasonably cheap to buy or make, and they make the perfect comfort food. They are also easy to cook, so your guests won’t have to wait too long before tucking in!
Are you a burger fan who wants to make most of your concrete bbq by cooking up a treat before the good weather ends? To whet your appetite, here are ten facts about this trusty barbecue favourite brought to you by Big K Products, suppliers of summer and winter fuel across the UK.
Burger Day – Did you know that there is a day dedicated to burgers in the UK? August 25 is National Burger Day - the brainchild of London based ‘Mr Hyde’ to encourage people to try new flavours. This year hundreds of people attended a big event in the capital, which featured all sorts of burgers including Thai and Indian varieties and even burger desserts! Scores of restaurants nationwide also jumped on the bandwagon by offering diners money off burgers on the day.
Oddest Burger –The aptly named chef 'Rentokil' hit the headlines a few years back with his pop-up London restaurant that served sweet chilli pigeon burgers topped with meal worms infused with cheddar. However, even if you are the most innovative of chefs, you might want to avoid serving these to guests – if you want to cook for them again next year!
First Burger – The first burger was said to have been invented by a Texan who ran a canteen in the late 19th century. It is claimed that he was the first person who ever served ground beef patties sandwiched between two sliced of bread (although there are also others that have made this claim).
Burger Consumption – In the US as many as 50 billion burgers are eaten annually. It is estimated that if you put this many burgers in one line, they will stretch more than 30 times around the globe!
Burger Toppings – Want to know what some of the most popular toppings are to include in a burger? These are: ketchup, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, mushrooms, mustard, mayonnaise, pickles, bacon and barbecue sauce - although you won’t want them all at once. However, if you are cooking burgers on your concrete bbq this year, it’s a good idea to leave a few of these topping out for your guests.
Expensive Burger – The world’s priciest burger was served in Las Vegas for $5,000 and was made with foie grass, black truffles and Kobe beef. As expected for a burger of this calibre, it was sold accompanied by an extremely upmarket bottle of wine.
Burgers v Sandwiches– If you compare the popularity of burgers versus sandwiches across the globe, burgers would win hands down. As many as 6 out of ten sandwiches that are sold worldwide are, in fact, burgers.
Biggest Burger – South London based Burgers at Blacks’ celebrity claim is that they served Britain’s largest burger to diners. Called The Whopper, it topped the scales at 7lbs and totalled just over 17,500 calories, if you include the chips as a side dish. Anyone who finished eating it within 60 minutes got added to their hall of fame. You might struggle to make this whopper on your outdoor barbecue!
About Big K
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