Burgers taste better with gherkins, as scientists say they improve the taste, appearance and crunchiness

It’s a debate that has divided fast food lovers for decades: do you remove gherkins from your burger or leave them in?

Scientists have finally settled the matter once and for all, as a study reveals that pickled green slices actually improve the taste of the sandwich.

Oxford University Food scientist Professor Charles Spence concludes that adding gherkins improves the burger’s taste, appearance and texture.

The acidity of the pickled cucumber cuts through the rich umami flavor of the meat and also adds a satisfying crunch.

This comes after a survey by Professor Spence revealed that 51% of Brits choose to remove cucumber from their sandwich.

Oxford University researchers concluded that adding gherkins improves the burger's taste, appearance and texture.

Oxford University researchers concluded that adding gherkins improves the burger’s taste, appearance and texture.

Food scientist and experimental psychologist Professor Charles Spence reported that gherkins enhance the “oral-somatosensory experience” of eating a hamburger.

WHY DO SEARCHES MAKE Burgers BETTER?

Professor Charles Spence states that the acidity of the gherkins helps cut the salty notes of the burger.

The texture of the pickles also contrasts with the rest of the burger ingredients resulting in a more attractive bite.

A touch of green between brown and beige also makes the burger more attractive – and the first bite of any meal is always with the eyes.

The powerful crunch that the gherkin adds to a bite also helps draw attention to the mouth, making the dining experience more satisfying.

The question of whether gherkins are an essential part of the perfect burger has been a hotly debated topic in the food world for years, along with the controversial “pineapple on pizza” topic.

Professor Spence’s report highlights a number of reasons why the addition of gherkins increases the “oral-somatosensory experience” of eating a hamburger.

“Pickles are arguably one of the most controversial additions to a burger, with the population seemingly split in the middle into lovers and haters,” he explained.

‘But what exactly is it about burgers that make them addicting to some but repulsive to others?

“Evidence suggests different sensory elements – sight, sound, texture, taste and smell – all play different roles for different consumers, but ultimately, keeping pickles in your burger is the best way to optimize them. the taste.

“Their sensory properties complement the other burger ingredients perfectly.”

This contradicts the results of a survey also conducted by Professor Spence, in which more than half of the participants said they would choose to remove the pickled cucumber.

The most common reason for this decision was that they did not like the taste, cited by 23% of the survey respondents.

Another 16% don’t like the texture of the vegetable, and 4% said they’ve never tried pickles but don’t like the idea.

A 12% minority even said they like cucumbers but would rather eat them alone.

Professor Spence states that the acidity of the gherkins helps overcome the rich umami - or salty - burger notes and helps balance out the contrasting flavors.

Professor Spence states that the acidity of the gherkins helps overcome the rich umami – or salty – burger notes and helps balance out the contrasting flavors.

A survey revealed that 51% of Brits choose to remove cucumber from their burger bun, citing their flavor and texture as the main reasons for their aversion.

A survey revealed that 51% of Brits choose to remove cucumber from their burger bun, citing their flavor and texture as the main reasons for their aversion.

Those between the ages of 35 and 54 were the most in favor of adding them, with 37% saying they would prefer a burger with them in it.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 were the least likely to want to include them.

In his report, released yesterday, Professor Spence states that the acidity of gherkins helps cut through the umami-rich – or salty – burger notes and balance out the contrasting flavors.

The texture of the pickles also contrasts nicely with the rest of the burger ingredients, resulting in a more appealing “bite”.

A touch of green between brown and beige also makes the burger more attractive and the first bite of any meal is always with the eyes.

The professor also concluded that the potent crunch that cucumber adds to a bite helps draw attention to the mouth, making the dining experience more satisfying.

Bob's Burgers follows Bob and Linda as they try to keep their business afloat after a sinkhole appears in front of their fast food restaurant.

Bob’s Burgers follows Bob and Linda as they try to keep their business afloat after a sinkhole appears in front of their fast food restaurant.

Bob's character originally appeared in the animated TV series Bob's Burgers and adds gherkins to his burgers

Bob’s character originally appeared in the animated TV series Bob’s Burgers and adds gherkins to his burgers

Professor Spence researched published articles discussing flavor pairings, sour preferences, and crunch benefits to come to his conclusions in his reports.

The research was commissioned by 20th Century Studios ahead of The Bob’s Burgers Movie’s release on Friday.

Professor Spence added: “There is no ‘right or wrong’ way to eat a burger, however keeping the pickles inside the burger is the best way to get the most potential out of each bite.”

WHAT DO BRITISH PEOPLE THINK ABOUT GHERKINS?

A survey by Oxford University researchers found that 51% of participants said they would choose to remove gherkins from their burger.

The most common reason for this decision was that they did not like the taste, cited by 23% of the survey respondents.

Another 16% don’t like the texture of the vegetable and 4% said they have never tried pickles but don’t like the idea.

A 12% minority even said they like cucumbers but would rather eat them alone.

Those between the ages of 35 and 54 were the most in favor of their addition, with 37% saying they would prefer a burger with them in it.

Young people between the ages of 18 and 24 were the least likely to want to include them.