Is there anything better than an American hamburger?
It’s so wonderful that it has become universal. There are now few places where the hamburger is not commonly found.
I mean, my number one go-to food at the snack bar in Saudi Arabia was a simple cheeseburger with fries.
America may have invented it and popularized it, but it belongs to the world now.
And now I know what I want for lunch.
I believe that the great American hamburger is a thing of beauty, its simple charms noble, pristine. The basic recipe—ground beef, salt, and pepper, formed into a patty, grilled or seared on a griddle, then nestled between two halves of a bun, usually but not necessarily accompanied by lettuce, a tomato slice, and some ketchup—is, to my mind, un-improvable by man or God. A good burger can be made more complicated, even more interesting by the addition of other ingredients—like good cheese, or bacon … relish perhaps, but it will never be made better.
-Anthony Bourdain, Medium Raw