In "A Hamburger Today," a burger-obsessed food blog, we meet the most labor-intensive burger ever.
The inventor, Heston Blumenthal, calls his Blumenburger a "perfect" hamburger. He has the credentials: "English chef and owner of The Fat Duck, a three-Michelin-starred restaurant in Bray, Berkshire voted Best Restaurant in the UK by The Good Food Guide 2007 and 2009, and voted best restaurant in the world by Restaurant magazine in 2005," according to wikipedia. But does he bring the goods?
- Number of ingredients to make a cheeseburger: 3 (meat, cheese, bun)
- Number of ingredients to make a Blumenburger: 32
- Cost of average homemade half-pound cheeseburger: $3
- Cost of Blumenburger: $9
- Time required to make average cheeseburger: 7 minutes (3 minutes of prep, 4 minutes cooking time)
- Time required to make Blumenburger: 30 hours, 4 minutes (30 hours of prep, 4 minutes cooking time)
30 hours of prep? Not that surprising since the recipe has you making the bun and ketchup from scratch. No worries, much of it is idle time.
So how is it? No, I did not invest my weekend in Blumenburgers but happily, A Hamburger Today did.
It's quite a story. I don't want to spoil the drama but will say "mixed results" and a few digs at Boca's ersatz burgers.