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Do you cut your hamburgers in half?

Asked by Pachy (18592points) April 11th, 2016

I don’t eat burgers often anymore, but when I get that irresistible craving (as I did at lunch today), I always cut them in half, whether I’m dining out or at home. I’ve done it since I was a teen.

I almost never see others do that and I’ve always wondered why. It makes eating them, especially the big sloppy ones, so much easier and cleaner.

What am I missing? Is cutting a burger considered wimpy or in some other way undesirable?

Enlighten me, fellow carnivores.

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zenvelo's avatar

I don’t cut burgers or any sandwiches in half. On burgers, the way I eat them, it would be messier. On sandwiches, it just seems silly.

But I don’t mind of they are cut in half when I get it at a restaurant or deli.

But don’t cut a hot dog in half!

Zaku's avatar

I’ve never done that. I’ve had other types of sandwiches cut for me at restaurants. I do cut peanut butter & jelly, because it helps with the squoosh.

I just tend to prefer to handle messy food by being careful, which I’m pretty good at. If a burger is really messy, I either cope, or use knife & fork (cutting off bites). Cutting in half hasn’t occurred to me. The next too-messy burger I face, if I remember, I’ll try cutting it in half and see how it goes.

(It’s not about manliness for me – it just hasn’t occurred, and when I do cut one up it’s more a matter of preference and need.)

stanleybmanly's avatar

I cut them in half if they’re decently sized. Lavishing such attention on sliders manageable by 4 year olds seems pretentious.

Coloma's avatar

Depends on the size of the burger. A small, compact, non-sloppy one no, a huge, sloppy, dripping one yes. haha
Nothing makes me madder than trying to eat a burger that is falling apart and slopping all over me. I prefer to cut my sandwiches too unless they are of a similar design, non-sloppy. I made turkey BLTs the other night and cut them on the diagonal. I prefer diagonal to cut down the middle.

CWOTUS's avatar

I do it (now) because it makes handling the thing more convenient, and I can eat the first half, then with hands free (and without having to set down an uneaten half burger or sandwich) I can proceed more easily to a side dish, salad or drink.

But @zenvelo is right again: Don’t do that with a hot dog.

Strauss's avatar

When I entered a boarding school we were expected to maintain table manners that would make Emily Post look like a slob. It was expected that if we were served a hamburger, it would be cut in half, after condiments were applied and before a bite was taken.

stanleybmanly's avatar

@Coloma I too am a diagonal man. I was converted by a fastidious woman.

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

I do, sometimes even into quarters.

johnpowell's avatar

Grilled cheese MUST be cut on the diagonal.

CWOTUS's avatar

Yeah, @stanleybmanly, but which diagonal? I’ve seen sandwiches cut on the northeast to southwest bias and I just look at those and wonder… “How can a person eat that?”

stanleybmanly's avatar

Yes. thank God for revolving lazy susan type trays and pedestals, sharp cutlery, and astute servants. Oh. And a working compass. And crustless bread.

Coloma's avatar

A few years ago I was out running around and was starving. I don’t make or get burgers often either but, ran through a Burger King and got a Whopper. OMG! This thing was SO falling apart sloppy!

I was trying to eat it in my car parked at a park and it was just a disaster! I was so mad I squished the whole thing and threw most of it away after a few angry bites. Trying to eat a sloppy burger in your car is an exercise in rage. lol Funny how someone who is very calm and collected like myself and can be driven to a near murderous rage by a burger slopping all over me. haha

stanleybmanly's avatar

Usually those things come wrapped in relatively non leaky paper. The trick is to unwrap just one end of the thing & devour it as you would ice cream From a cone

zenvelo's avatar

@Coloma It would have been worse if it was cut in half.

CWOTUS's avatar

… and keep a towel in the car to use as a bib when necessary.

rojo's avatar

how exactly do you cut a round shaped burger on the diagonal?

zenvelo's avatar

@rojo on the bias!

CWOTUS's avatar

Wait, what, @rojo? You still eat ROUND burgers? How… 20th century… of you.

rojo's avatar

^^ I apologize, I have not yet been Wendified.

CWOTUS's avatar

Apparently it’s not just that chain any more. There are home burger presses that do the square shape, too.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I don’t cut McD’s burgers in half, but I only order just a small, regular cheesburger, no Big Mac or Quarter Pounder, but I do when I order them at a cafe. Sometimes even in quarters. They are SO damn big they’re hard to hang on to, plus I really can’t eat a whole one. So cutting them up shows me my exact limit.
I also cut home made burgers in half because they too tend to be much bigger than fast food burgers (the ones that come off the children’s menu, anyway.)

Coloma's avatar

@zenvelo True, eating a sloppy burger in a car probably wouldn’t make much difference if it was cut in half or not. Without a plate to hover over you’re screwed period. lol

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

People still eat “hamburgers” from Wendys, McDonalds and Burger King? I just puked in my mouth a little thinking about it.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I just ate a fish samich from McD’s.

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

I do not cut my burgers.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Call me what you will, but if I’m driving while I’m eating food that is dripping and dropping all over me, I may as well be texting. The only food I might eat while driving are things like French fries and tater tots. With no ketchup.

jca's avatar

I wouldn’t eat a burger while driving. In a restaurant, it never occurred to me to cut it in half. I usually don’t order burgers in restaurants, but on the rare occasion when I might, I would eat the meat with a fork and just eat a few bites of the bun to try it. It’s neater that way and I can’t eat that much that I can eat a big burger and a bun.

Delis here cut sandwiches in half, and I usually only can eat half anyway, so it’s perfect. The alternative is I eat the meat and leave the bread.

Dutchess_III's avatar

I once ordered a burger from the kids menu at a local cafe. I was stunned by the sheer amount of food they gave me. A full sized burger and an entire plate of French fries. I guess there was yet another side on the adult menu that they didn’t offer on the kid’s menu, but it was unbelievable. I couldn’t eat but half of all of it, and I was really hungry.

jca's avatar

In the diner we go to, the kids’ menu meals are entree, starch, veggie, drink and either jello or ice cream, all for about $7. It’s more food than I can eat. My daughter usually takes about half home.

dammitjanetfromvegas's avatar

I had a ⅓ lb midnight moonshine thickburger from Hardees tonight. Now that’s a burger. It was pretty good and sloppy as hell. I didn’t cut it.

janbb's avatar

I tend to get burgers well done with just pickles and onions and cheese on them. No ketchup, not messy, not cut in half. If the bread to burger ratio is too high I will often pull some of the excess roll off the sides before eating it.

NerdyKeith's avatar

No, I don’t cut burgers in half. I just take one bit at a time, until its all eaten. No need to cut it in half.

LuckyGuy's avatar

If it is a big burger (⅓ pound or greater) I cut it in half – to save on calories. I’ll eat one half at that meal and the other at a later meal. I just don’t need to eat that much.

JLeslie's avatar

In a place like McDonald’s I don’t, but in most full service restaurants I do.

Seek's avatar

I don’t cut McBurgers. I do cut real burgers. (And I order them done to medium, and am pleasantly surprised when they arrive slightly underdone)

ibstubro's avatar

Usually I’m too lazy to cut sandwiches in half. That and the fact that if I cut them on the diagonal, I scarf them down 3 times as fast, and then I just want another.

Eating sandwiches whole slows the process down, IMO.

JLeslie's avatar

Burgers are usually round. There is no diagonal.

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

I usually don’t want the bread, so I just take the top off and eat the meat, salad, bacon, cheese etc. with a knife and fork. I might eat a bit of the bun, but often not. If I was going to eat the thing as a burger, I’d just eat it as it comes.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

ALL sandwiches are cut.

Just what kind of savage are you?

Earthbound_Misfit's avatar

Lol. I have to agree. I always cut sandwiches in half.

SecondHandStoke's avatar

I cut burgers so that in case I do not feel like finishing the sandwich I have access to the yummiest, tenderest, rare y est parts first.

Blackberry's avatar

No, because I’m not a pansy! :)

Coloma's avatar

@Blackberry LOL! good to see you berry boy

ibstubro's avatar

@Blackberry And to you just roll your pizza and eat it like a giant burrito?

Blackberry's avatar

Thanks good to be back :D

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