While your steak probably comes from a single animal (although there are methods of “gluing” even the most prime cuts together), the ground beef used in hamburgers comes from the toughest and least appetizing portions of the cow. These are mixed communally so that the average four-ounce hamburger you get at a fast-food franchise has, according to one study done in 1998, at least 55 different cows mixed into it.
It is said that a burger can’t rot and decompose because it is full with excessive preservatives that cannot be decomposed. A common ‘experiment’ conducted by fast-food critics involves taking a plain hamburger and let it sit out in the open.
The burger program is headed up by Dr. Mark Post at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He has cultivated beef in a laboratory, using thousands of strands and layers stacked together to form a five-ounce burger.
In 2008, fast-food giant Burger King unveiled its very own fragrance. Dubbed “Flame,” it was promoted as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.” The Flame cologne has its very own website, and is available for about $4.
In 1900, Lassen served a ground beef sandwich to a worker on the go, giving rise to the hamburger. The Lassen family is continuing the tradition 113 years later.
During a segment about the beef industry, Oprah Winfrey claimed that she would never eat another hamburger. Beef prices immediately plunged, hitting a 10-year low after two weeks. A group of Texas cattle ranchers sued Winfrey for $10.3 million on the basis of a strange agriculture defamation precedent.
Most burgers are pretty cheap and come in handy with fries and a Coke for something like $10 at a fast-food place. But there are elite restaurants where the state of hamburger is raised to art. In fact, the USocial.net anniversary burger was sold with $10,000 for charity and was made with Wagyu beef, truffles and a 24-karat gold leaf.
Quadruple Bypass Burger has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s most calorific burger. The Quadruple Bypass consists of four half-pound hamburgers, three tablespoons of lard, 20 slices of bacon, eight slices of American cheese, 20 slices of caramelized onion baked in lard, eight tomato slices, one tablespoon of mayonnaise, two tablespoons of ketchup, one tablespoon of mustard, and a bun. It contains a staggering 9,982 calories.
Sadly, it seems that veggie burgers are not a healthy alternative to beef as they are made out to be. The soy used in veggie burgers is often made with hexane, an air pollutant that is the by-product of refining gasoline.