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10 Burger Styles You Didn’t Know Existed

10 Burger Styles You Didn’t Know Existed

Think you know burgers? They’re a lot more than beef on a bun

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If you’re like most red-blooded Americans, you most likely love burgers. Whether it’s a big patty cooked on your backyard grill or a thin gray sliver from your local fast food joint, you probably think you know about all the types of burgers that are out there. Well, we’ve got some news for you: You probably don’t.

10 Burger Styles You Didn’t Know Existed (Slideshow)

Like many of the most popular foods in the American culinary world, the burger’s origins were simple, coming over with German immigrants and making their mark in the Northeast before making their way across the country (the bun and cheese components were purely American innovations). Because burgers are so simple — just a patty of ground beef on a bun — they’re open to interpretation, and no shortage of enterprising cooks have made their mark on burgers over the years.

Some burger styles evolved because of necessity (as in adding extenders to the beef), but most simply evolved because somebody decided to have a little fun. Some variations are regional and take advantage of other popular regional foods (like green chiles in New Mexico), but others really could have been invented anywhere, and are culinary wonders. For today’s purposes, we’re not talking about macro burger styles, like a fast food-style burger (thin patty) versus a pub burger (thick patty); we’re talking about ones that are harder to find than your run-of-the-mill In-N-Out-style burger, ones that you legitimately might not know even existed.

So read on to learn about 10 burger styles that might be well-known in certain parts of the country, but definitely not in others. From a burger that’s stuffed with cheese to one that’s loaded with butter, after reading this you may never look at a burger the same way again. You might also have a few new recipes in mind for your next burger night.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.


McDonald's uses a secret sauce with a cult following you didn't know existed

You might have assumed that McChickens around the world are topped with simple mayonnaise — but you'd be wrong.

When McDonald's Canada announced on Tuesday that it was launching McChicken sauce, along with Big Mac and Filet-O-Fish sauces, in grocery stores, many were baffled by the enthusiastic response.

After all, McChickens are simply topped with mayo — right?

In fact, a closer look at the ingredients page reveals that the American McChicken's "mayonnaise dressing" isn't exactly mayonnaise, as the inclusion of thickeners like xanthan gum likely puts it outside of the FDA's strict definition of the condiment.

And, in Canada, McChicken Sauce is a noted departure from mayo — specifically with the inclusion of mustard.

Here are the ingredients in Canadian McChickens' sauce versus their US counterpart:

This slight difference goes a long way in explaining why Canadians were freaking out over the news that they would soon be able to buy McChicken sauce by the bottle.

Maybe when McChicken sauce is sold at grocery stores, Americans will be able to smuggle some past the border and figure out what exactly the US is missing out on when it comes to McChickens.