Five Things — Favorite Burgers

Five Things

Dr. Tanya has this prompt called “5 Things,” where she asks us to list five things about a particular topic. Her latest topic is our five favorite burgers.

Let me start out by saying that I love hamburgers. Most of the hamburgers I eat are made from beef. I have also had bison (buffalo) burgers, turkey burgers, and even an Impossible burger, which is basically a veggie burger designed to mimic the taste of beef, which it doesn’t.

In any event, since 99% of the burgers I consume are beef, I’m going to focus on beef burgers. Is that okay with you? My response is essentially a variation on a theme, or the five favorite ways I like my burgers dressed.

And I will also preface my list of favorites by saying that my burgers must be cooked no more than medium rare, at the most. A burger that is medium well or well done is nothing short of an abomination.

Finally, cheese is a requirement. I prefer Swiss cheese, but cheddar is an acceptable alternative. Now let’s get down to business.

Basic cheeseburger: medium rare with Swiss cheese and lettuce and tomato.

Bacon cheeseburger: as above but with a couple of strips of crispy bacon added.

Mushroom cheeseburger: your basic cheeseburger but with sautéed mushrooms and, optionally, sautéed onions instead of lettuce and tomato.

Barbecue cheeseburger: your basic cheeseburger but with barbecue sauce added. May include sautéed mushrooms and onions as well.

California cheeseburger: your basic cheeseburger garnished with slices of avocado — or a generous dollop of guacamole — and, optionally, bacon and onions.California burger

The Only Way To Eat Steak

Rare steakI am an unabashed meat eater. It’s probably not very healthy for me, but I’m not losing any sleep over my dietary habits.

My daughter is a vegetarian, which I, as someone who has eaten meat all my life, find a bit eccentric. But hey, whatever floats your boat, right? I mean if someone wants to sing for their supper, who am I to criticize?

But if you’re going to eat steak, there is only one way to do it: mediumrare. When I was growing up, my father insisted that my mother prepare any meats we ate to be well-done. Even the slightest hint of red or pink in the meat would result in my father demanding that my mother stick the meat back in the oven for further cooking. As a result, I grew up with that same preference for well-done steak as my father had.

But one day, I was in a fine restaurant with a young lady I was dating, and when she heard me tell the waiter that I wanted my filet mignon prepared well-done, she was aghast “Please,” she said. “I beg you, order it medium-rare. You won’t regret it.” 

The waiter smiled and said, “She’s absolutely right, sir. Besides, our chef will not prepare, and I won’t serve, a filet mignon well-done.” In addition, I really liked the girl I was dining with, so I acquiesced.

When the steak was served, and I was amazed. It was so tasty, so juicy, so delicious. By the time I finished eating that piece of meat, I felt like I was experiencing a sexual climax.

(Okay, that might be a bit of an exaggeration, but how else was I supposed to fit the word “climax” into this post?)

So tell me. If you are a meat eater, how do you like your meat to be prepared?


Written for these daily prompts: Ragtag Daily Prompt (sleep), Your Daily Word Prompt (eccentric), Daily Addictions (sing), Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (rare), The Daily Spur (addition), and Word of the Day Challenge (climax).