Hamburger Expert Says We’ve All Been Tricked Into Eating Ketchup

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“One of the biggest burger faux pas is to put ketchup on your burger, because ketchup is very sweet and it does not work with the beef like everybody thinks it does. It was introduced by some of the fast-food chains in the ‘50s to get kids interested in eating burgers. The original American hamburger only came with a few basic elements: mustard and pickles — and if you wanted onions, you got onions.” —George Motz, who knows what he’s talking about, says the gloopy red stuff is just a relic of a bygone era. [First We Feast, Related]