NEW YORK — For many people, summer is synonymous with grilling, and few foods go hand-in-hand with an open flame better than a burger! So what do you need to build yourself the best burger possible? A new study finds American cheese, bacon, and lettuce rank as America’s top three burger “must-haves.”
The new survey of 5,000 Americans (100 per state) pinpoints which toppings should be on the “perfect” burger. Along with those other tasty toppings, raw onions and tomatoes round out the top five. Results also revealed respondents prefer their beef patty served on a sesame seed bun.
Sometimes, keeping the flavor combinations simple is best. The poll finds ketchup (46%) and mayo (43%) are the top choices for condiments when building a “perfect” burger. However, simple doesn’t mean “unimportant,” as 78 percent say toppings can be a make-or-break component of any burger. In fact, one in three agree they’re the most important piece of the burger.
Would you like fries with that perfect burger? The answer is ‘it’s a must’
What’s a burger without sides? Seven in 10 insist french fries are a necessary side when eating a burger, with potato wedges being America’s favorite cut.
Commissioned by the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, a contractor to the Beef Checkoff, and conducted by OnePoll, the survey also delves into the state-by-state differences when it comes to building a “perfect” burger.
Interestingly, residents in Alaska (83%) are most likely to say their state is famous for their burgers, followed by those in Illinois (80%) and New York (76%). Rounding out the top five states known for their burgers include Texas (74%) and Georgia (69%).
“From Alaska to Georgia, people all over feel their states are known for burgers,” says Bridget Wasser, Senior Executive Director of Product Quality and Education, in a statement. “That’s the beauty of real beef – its versatility means there are endless topping options for burger fans across the country.”
Nebraskans love their patties
When it comes to the state that eats the most burgers, Nebraska munched its way into first place, with the average Nebraskan chowing down on about 59 burgers per year. This compares to about 45 burgers per year for the average respondent, regardless of state.
Respondents are more likely to eat burgers during the summer (39%) than during the other seasons.
Turning back to those grills, the average respondent says their family is planning to grill about eight times per month this upcoming summer. A third (35%) said they’re “very confident” in their ability to cook a good burger, with another 35 percent feeling “somewhat confident” in their skills.