Time Magazine just came out with a list of the 17 most influential burgers in history.
They claim they interviewed burger historians (I didn’t know there was such a thing!) and experts to determine which patties made the biggest impact on the burger industry—and the world at large.
Coming in at No. 1: The White Castle Slider.
The magazine said the “now-iconic square patty” that debuted in 1921 was the first burger to spawn a fast-food empire.
Although I grew up in New York eating White Castle sliders as a kid, I completely disagree that it is the “most influential” burger in history. I guess part of this depends on how you define influential.
The McDonald’s Big Mac and Burger King Whopper are certainly two of the most well-known burgers in America. But when I think of influential I think of something that changes our behavior and has a cultural impact.
I have never seen a fast food chain that has more passionate customers than In-N-Out.
Just look at social media. People get off airplanes and post about how they’re heading straight to In-N-Out because the chain doesn’t exist where they live and it’s the best burger they’ve ever tasted.
Celebrities are constantly posting pictures of their In-N-Out drive-through runs on their Twitter and Instagram accounts. Beyonce even posted a picture of her and her husband, Jay Z, on their private plane eating burgers from In-N-Out as they flew home after a concert. Think about it, they can choose anything in the world to eat and that’s what they picked?
Yup! Because it’s a one-of-a kind burger, that’s delicious and memorable.
I’m sorry Time Magazine, but your burger experts and historians simply got it wrong.