Have you ever built an amazing burger with all the trimmings, only to have all those toppings come spilling out onto your plate (or, worse, on your lap)? The problem isn't that you've got too much on your burger. The problem likely is that you've stacked your burger incorrectly. Here is how you should be stacking your burger to avoid the slop.
Toast the Bun
Toasting the bun gives it an extra crispness. It also makes the bun much firmer so it holds up a lot better. This reduces the risk of burger juices and condiments leaking out through a soggy bun!
Tip: if you are using a softer bread or have an extra juicy burger, put a leaf of lettuce on the bottom bun. This will protect it from getting all soggy!
Ketchup and Mustard on the Bottom, Mayo on the Top
If you are going to do more than 1 condiment, then you need to divide them up between the top and bottom bun. Otherwise, you end up with a slathery mess which will drip out when you bite into the burger. Mayo has a more delicate texture, so it works better on the top of the bun. But, if you want the strong taste of mustard or ketchup to hit your mouth first, then put those ones on top.
Pickles Below the Patty
Any small or irregularly-sized topping should go under the burger patty. This includes pickles, salsa, diced veggies, mushrooms, or olives. This is because they need something to weigh them down or else they would fall out of the burger.
Cheese on Top of the Patty
Cheese is fantastic on a burger, and not just because of the taste. The stickiness of the cheese helps hold any other toppings in place. Use a vegan cheese like Daiya or learn to make your own vegan cheese.
Food experts recommend letting your burger patty sit for a bit before stacking it up. This is because a traditional beef burger is loaded with saturated fat. Saturated fats liquefy when heated, so the liquid fat will drip all over and make a messy burger; you've got to wait for the fat to cool and solidify again. Seeing as how The Beast Burger contains saturated fats too to provide that same juiciness found in real burger patties we'll understand if you just jump straight to stacking this 1/4 pound of beefy goodness.
Tomato should always go right on top of the burger patty or cheese. The main reason for this is because tomatoes are slippery, and the rougher texture of the burger (or stickiness of the cheese) will help hold the tomato in place. If you are doing a cheese-less burger, then the juices from the tomato will drip onto the burger and keep it juicy.
Lettuce and Onion
Never put lettuce directly on top of a burger patty or cheese! The heat will make the lettuce wilt and it will lose its crunchy texture. So, if doing a tomato-less burger, then put the onion on next to create a protective barrier.
However, when you've got tomato on your burger, then it is best to put the lettuce on next. Otherwise, the top bun may slide around on top of the lettuce – especially if you've got a lot of mayo and condiments on the top bun. Put onion rounds on top of the lettuce to anchor it down. The onion rounds will capture the condiments and keep them from leaking out.
Top It Off
Get creative with your condiments! Spread some mashed avocado, horseradish, vegan mayo, or hot sauce on the bun. Top off your stack and enjoy!
Here is How It Stacks Up:
- Pickles/salsa/mushrooms/small extras