Satiating their perennial need to list things in order of historic importance, TIME Magazine recently released a list of the world’s most important burgers. After consulting various burger historians and experts (which we cannot believe is a job that actually exists), they settled on the famous White Castle slider as the most influential burger of all time. OF ALL TIME.
Though it topped a list that included a fake burger from The Simpsons, the White Castle slider took the number one spot away from In-N-Out and McDonald’s due to the fact that, much like Nathan’s Hot Dogs being advertised by doctors, White Castle’s burgers were sold as healthy and safe for public consumption. And it should be noted, back in the 1920’s this was a Big Deal:
The restaurant’s emphasis on cleanliness—facilities were white and customers could watch their burger meat being ground through a window—helped quell fears that all ground beef was as unsanitary as the stuff depicted in Upton Sinclair’s best-selling The Jungle, which was released in 1906. Its success paved the way for the great American burger obsession.
If only we could say that about chicken.
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