The new trend reviving the nation’s hunger for meat are burgers – “smashed burgers”.
The beef boom is being turbocharged by patties which are flattened on the grill with the back of a spatula searing the meat and creating crispy edges, while locking in the juices.
Many restaurants such as Supernova, Bleecker Burger, Black Bear Burger and Beefy Boys have developed cult-like followings and won praise from industry-leading chefs.
All of which has made the trendy burger style near ubiquitous in towns and cities up and down the country.
This is interesting to read, because I wonder if they're 100% meat burgers or not.
I say this because DD1 lives in England, and tells me that everyone she knows adds bread crumbs to their burgers. (or was it flour? Something decidedly NOT meat though)
A couple of years ago, she made burgers for friends and they were absolutely astounded by how incredibly good they were compared to any other burgers they'd ever had. She explained that she doesn't add any bread crumbs to her burgers, that's why they're so good.
She just fries her all-meat burgers in a skillet on the stove, and the cooking equipment in her flat leaves a lot to be desired, so I doubt the stove is getting hot enough to truly sear the edges of the burgers as described in the article for making smashed burgers.
I never did find out why everyone she knew added breadcrumbs all the time - my guess is that it was an economizing measure passed down from their mothers (and grandmothers), so that the expensive meat would go further to feed the family. But I can certainly understand why the burgers would end up being like a meatloaf texture and taste, which to me was always lacking in flavor.
So I wonder if the restaurants that are making the smashed burgers are using 100% meat, or if they also add bread crumbs to them, and it's just the smashing process that makes them better than the average UK burger?
(We visited in 2019 and ate at a Five Guys once while there - their burgers are 100% meat just like in the US. But that was the only burger I ate while there. Their sausages though - I could taste the flour/bread crumbs in those - very disappointing, because they tasted like pork based meatloaf.)