You can’t get Wendy Burgers in the UK. ‘OMG!’ I hear you yell at your PC/Laptop/Mobile Device. No Wendy Burgers. No square burgerage.
I’ve always been intrigued as to why Wendy Burgers are square. Something to do with the production process. Maybe it’s because the way they cook means more succulence.
Or is it because cheese slices are square? But that doesn’t make sense; the burger baps are as round in a Wendy Burger as they are from a MacDonald’s.
I needed answers. Straight to wikipedia; the ultimate repository of useless information. Wendy’s was created by Dave Thomas in 1969. And the reason for the geometrically-even burger shape? Because he ate one somewhere else and liked it.
Oh well, no mysteriousness to the shape then. Doesn’t matter, I like the look of it too. (Doesn’t mean I’m off to create a multi-billion fast food empire out of it though – I mean the money I’m making writing these blogs is more than enough. What? You’re not making any money from your blog? Oh sorry neither am I. I just do it for the sheer fun of it.
Anyway back to the burgers. You will need:
- 2lbs steak mince
- 1 egg
- 1 tsp mustard
- Dash Worcestershire Sauce
- Breadcrumbs (1 slice of bread)
- Good crack of salt and pepper
- 1 brioche loaf
- Processed cheese slices (come on it can’t be real cheese)
- Sliced tomato
- American mustard
- Big chunky chips (not very fast food but it’s all I had)
First combine all the burger ingredients in a big bowl. Don’t compress the ingredients too much – it will result in a dry, heavy burger.
Next form square patties using your hands. As you can see creating square burgers has thus far evaded me.
Dry fry the burgers on a griddle for about 10 mins, turning frequently.
Cut the brioche into slices. We will be preparing Wendy Double Burgers here so first cut a massive thick slice vertically. Then cut this into three slices horizontally. More geometrics – who thought burgers required mathematical expertise? Well it doesn’t, you just have to know the difference between up & down and side-to-side.
Layer bread, meat and cheese (the three basic food groups, yes?) with liberal additions of ketchup and American mustard.
Sneak a slice of tomato in there (utterly optional because of course tomato has a) no flavour and b) no nutritional value).
Serve with chips!