Scientists discover the perfect way to hold a burger

Here’s some trivia for when you fire up the barbecue this weekend: apparently we’ve been holding burgers wrong.

Japanese scientists spent four months(!) determining the most scientifically sound way to munch on a burger. While this might seem like a waste of time and resources, the technique is pretty useful for when you pile on the toppings.

We are generally conditioned to hold items with our thumbs on one side and the rest of the fingers on the other. In most cases, this strategy works perfectly fine, but when you’re eating a fully-loaded burger, it can cause uneven pressure around the sides.

The result of the uneven pressure is that horrible feeling when your perfectly stacked toppings slide out the back of the burger, ensuring a messy meal indeed.


As the diagram above demonstrates, using your pinkie finger on the bottom of the bun instead of the top evens out the pressure, and makes sure you have full control over your burger. Try it for yourself, there’s no doubt it’s a superior method for eating burgers.

If you’re still not sure how to pull off this innovative technique, check out the animation from Food Beast below for a full-motion demonstration.

eating burger

Now get out there and fire up that grill!