Scientists Found the Most Efficient, Groundbreaking Way to Hold a Hamburger

Before today, I never knew I had a problem eating burgers.

I thought it was completely normal for a burger’s contents to spill out of the buns by the second bite. Apparently, according to science, there is an ideal way to hold a hamburger. In fact, researchers spent four months in a lab getting to the bottom of the first world’s most extravagant problem.

According to gaming blog Kotaku, a Japanese television show Honma Dekka!?  brought on three researchers, “experts in fluid mechanics, engineering, and dentistry–try to figure out the best way to hold and eat a large hamburger.”

The research was humorously thorough, apparently featuring a 3D scan of a hamburger that studied how the particles interacted together while holding a large hamburger:

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The resulting data showed that the typical way of holding a burger often found the user inadvertently squeezing the contents out of the buns. Following multiple trials, it was concluded that there was one superior way of avoiding spillage:

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Thumbs and pinkies on the bottom:

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Middle three fingers on the top:

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With the uniformly spread fingers applying just enough pressure on the burger, the contents won’t slip out as they normally would. The result?

No spillage:

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You are now eating a burger the way science has deemed is the most efficient, perfect way possible. Thank you so much science!

 

[H/T Kotaku, Images via FujiTV]



Elie is a product of Orange County, CA. In early 2012, his dentist diagnosed him with 8 different cavities, three of which on the same tooth, as a result of his 23-year Sour Patch Kid addiction.



  • zarlwilliam

    Interesting. I use a slightly different approach.. using my ring fingers to “pinch” the back of the burger closed. Almost never need napkins. I wonder if the researchers were Japanese and due to smaller hands require using the pinky over the ring finger. I’ll be trying this new method on my next burger outing to compare. Thanks for the heads up.

    • Todd

      You are an idiot. You say you use your ring fingers to pinch the back of the burger. Pinch your ring fingers from where against what? Oh, from the fucking top against your fucking pinky fingers on the bottom? Just like they show? Genius. Otherwise, I’d love to see this ‘ring finger pinch’ approach where the back of the burger is ‘pinched’ with just your ring fingers and nothing else. That means, one ring finger on top, one on bottom. Which means your pinkies are just pointing up doing nothing in space. Fucking moron.

  • Hollowedout

    Eating it like a BOSS!!

  • http://www.domsfavoriteburgers.com/ DOMSFAVORITEBURGERS

    “While I agree, that when dealing with a large burger, this Japanese-method would most definitely come in hand, I’m going to have to dissent from the notion that ‘it is the ideal, and best, way to eat a burger — proven by science’.”

    http://domsfavoriteburgers.com/2014/02/17/the-real-way-to-hold-a-burger-proven-by-dfb-science/

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