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MellowRoast

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Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 3:30 PM (permalink)
I fully expect fireworks on this thread.   
  
http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/01/14/the-most-influential-burgers-of-all-time/slide/white-castle-burger/
 
And their full list of the Top 17...
 
http://newsfeed.time.com/2014/01/14/the-most-influential-burgers-of-all-time/slide/all/
<message edited by MellowRoast on Sat, 01/18/14 10:40 PM>
 
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    Sundancer7

    Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 3:35 PM (permalink)
    Personally I sorta like them.  They are better than Krystal and all we have in Knoxville is Krystal.  Always been a go to place for late late evenings.
     
    Paul E. Smith
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      MellowRoast

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      Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 3:40 PM (permalink)
      Heck, I like them, too.  My favorite is Krystal, but I'm boycotting them for moving the headquarters to Atlanta.  I've stocked my freezer full of White Castle 6-packs for those impulsive slider cravings that can hit anytime, day or night.
      <message edited by MellowRoast on Fri, 01/17/14 3:48 PM>
       
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        Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 4:05 PM (permalink)
        I was surprised when I read the story this morning that Louis Lunch  burgers were not on the list of most influential. I would have expected those burgers to be No. 1 with White Castle No. 2. I mean, if you're the first how much more influential can something be?
         
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          Adjudicator

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          Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 5:20 PM (permalink)
          I agree, but as with others above Krystal is easier found in my locale.  Freshly cooked, either is superior to any of the newcomers in this area.
           
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            Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 6:28 PM (permalink)
            As I understand it, White Castle Burgers are steamed.  Is their process anything like sous vide?
             
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              Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 6:45 PM (permalink)
              MetroplexJim


              As I understand it, White Castle Burgers are steamed.  Is their process anything like sous vide?

              It's exactly like sous vide, except for the plastic bags, the water, the water oven and the Seahawks cheerleaders.
              <message edited by Michael Hoffman on Fri, 01/17/14 6:50 PM>
               
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                Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Fri, 01/17/14 7:58 PM (permalink)
                Yeah, I'm a little puzzled with some of the choices. Influential? Louis Lunch, definitely. The original chili burger? Absolutely. The first New Mexico green chile burger. Definitely. Some of the choices I agree with, but others are just out of left field.
                 
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                  Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 12:06 PM (permalink)
                  MetroplexJim


                  As I understand it, White Castle Burgers are steamed.  Is their process anything like sous vide?

                   
                  Michael Hoffman: It's exactly like sous vide, except for the plastic bags, the water, the water oven and the Seahawks cheerleaders.  
                   
                  Do I detect a slight tone of sarcasm  ???????...........I could not think of anything better than  Seattle Seahawk Cheerleaders and fresh Pacific Wild Salmon, cooked Sous Vide....in fact I had a nice slice of Steelhead Sous Vide last night...........Thank you and good day.........GO HAWKS .......I may do Hamburgers Sous Vide today........
                  <message edited by pnwchef on Sat, 01/18/14 12:15 PM>
                   
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                    Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 12:13 PM (permalink)
                    pnwchef


                    MetroplexJim


                    As I understand it, White Castle Burgers are steamed.  Is their process anything like sous vide?


                    Michael Hoffman: It's exactly like sous vide, except for the plastic bags, the water, the water oven and the Seahawks cheerleaders.  

                    Do I detect a slight tone of sarcasm  ???????...........I could not think of anything better than  Seattle Seahawk Cheerleaders and fresh Pacific Wild Salmon, cooked Sous Vide....in fact I had a nice slice of Steelhead Sous Vide last night...........Thank you and good day.........GO HAWKS

                    EGADS!!!!!!!!!!!!
                    Surely you're not going to sous vide those lovely cheerleaders?
                     
                     
                     
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                      MellowRoast

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                      Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 1:09 PM (permalink)
                      I agree that Louis Lunch should be on the list.  
                       
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                        Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 3:41 PM (permalink)
                        Like 'em or not, the McDonalds Hamburger is the most influential burger.
                        It completely revolutionized the fast food industry and spawned the creation of a multi-Billion Dollar segment of the restaurant industry. It changed the eating habits of generations of people. It revolutionized the supply end of the business - everything from how the beef source was raised and processed to how certain types of onions and potatoes were grown and processed. It influenced the development of specialized restaurant equipment. Think of the millions of heads of beef cattle that were raised just to supply the meat needed to support the business and the influence on the cattle raising industry and everything that lives off of it like feed suppliers, processing plants etc.
                        While I like "Ratburgers", McDonalds is a MUCH, MUCH larger influence than White Castle.
                        Some of you will live to see the sign read, "TRILLIONS SOLD"!
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                          ann peeples

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                          Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 7:34 PM (permalink)
                          Yep! Mcdonalds influenced my Dad in the 70s-he threw his burger right out of the car window after his first bite. Funny as hell.
                           
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                            Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 7:57 PM (permalink)
                            While some may believe McDonald's is the largest influence, the fact is, till White Castle came along people believed hamburgers were unhealthy as a result of The Jungle, a book about the filthy conditions in the meat packing business. To change the public image of burgers White Castle's founders built their restaurants of white material, dressed their employees in white and hired people to show up and eat wearing white doctor-type coats.
                             
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                              Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 9:44 PM (permalink)
                              Ann:  Great story! 
                               
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                                MellowRoast

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                                Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 9:48 PM (permalink)
                                Rachel Tepper's "3 Reasons White Castles Really ARE the Most Influential":
                                 
                                http://www.yahoo.com/food/3-reasons-white-castle-burgers-really-are-the-most-73652725509.html
                                 
                                I don't know about reason #3, but it's an interesting point.
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                                  MellowRoast

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                                  Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 9:54 PM (permalink)
                                  Come to think of it, aren't White Castles the only "burger chain" hamburger sold in thousands of supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the USA?
                                   
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                                    Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sat, 01/18/14 10:01 PM (permalink)
                                    Oh, and here's one more thing. White Castle's founders invented the spatula used today for cooking on flattops. Previously spatulas were straight pieces of metal with handles. Because they were inefficient for flipping burgers on a flattop Billy Ingram or Walt Anderson (no one is sure which one) came up with the idea of the offset spatula used everywhere today.
                                     
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                                      Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 9:56 AM (permalink)
                                      MellowRoast


                                      Come to think of it, aren't White Castles the only "burger chain" hamburger sold in thousands of supermarkets and convenience stores throughout the USA?

                                       
                                      Kyrstal's does also, especially in the south.  I have also seen Wendy's blend of ground beef, although that was a long time ago.
                                       


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                                        MellowRoast

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                                        Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 10:44 AM (permalink)
                                        To my knowledge, White Castle is the only "burger chain" hamburger sold in thousands of supermarket and convenience stores nationwide.  Krystal has distributed them in select southern markets, but heck, I can't even find them in Chattanooga now -- home of Krystal for 82 years.  Additionally, it there weren't for White Castle, Rody Davenport could not have copied the concept when founding Krystal in 1932.  Talk about influence.
                                         
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                                          Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 11:20 AM (permalink)
                                          I just saw Krystal's available @ Publix this morning.  So there...
                                           
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                                            Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 3:50 PM (permalink)
                                            I don't disagree that they are, they're in limited markets rather than nationwide.  I see White Castle in supermarkets, convenience stores, and mom & pops coast to coast.  We're talking influence here.  If it weren't for White Castle, Rody Davenport would probably have remained at the family hosiery mill.
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                                              Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 6:48 PM (permalink)
                                              I've seen White Castle's in Supermarkets but never anywhere else.
                                               
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                                                Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 6:53 PM (permalink)
                                                Despite all this rhetoric, there's no way White Castle's have more influence in Burgerdom than McDonald's. Period. End of Story.   
                                                 
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                                                  Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 7:07 PM (permalink)
                                                  Foodbme


                                                  Despite all this rhetoric, there's no way White Castle's have more influence in Burgerdom than McDonald's. Period. End of Story.   


                                                  Except, of course, that had it not been for White Castle there'd never have been a McDonald's. And then there's the fact that had it not been for Louis Lassen there'd never have been a White Castle.
                                                   
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                                                    Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 7:26 PM (permalink)
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                                                    Foodbme

                                                    Despite all this rhetoric, there's no way White Castle's have more influence in Burgerdom than McDonald's. Period. End of Story.   

                                                    Except, of course, that had it not been for White Castle there'd never have been a McDonald's. And then there's the fact that had it not been for Louis Lassen there'd never have been a White Castle.

                                                    Except, of course, the topic is about who was the most influential, not who was first.
                                                     
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                                                      Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Sun, 01/19/14 7:33 PM (permalink)
                                                      Foodbme


                                                      Michael Hoffman

                                                      Foodbme

                                                      Despite all this rhetoric, there's no way White Castle's have more influence in Burgerdom than McDonald's. Period. End of Story.   

                                                      Except, of course, that had it not been for White Castle there'd never have been a McDonald's. And then there's the fact that had it not been for Louis Lassen there'd never have been a White Castle.

                                                      Except, of course, the topic is about who was the most influential, not who was first.


                                                      I don't know. Somehow I'd have to guess that without the influence of Lassen there wouldn't be any burgers, and without White Castle's influence making hamburgers safe to eat in the minds of the public, well ... .
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Mon, 01/20/14 1:23 AM (permalink)
                                                        Michael Hoffman

                                                        Foodbme

                                                        Michael Hoffman

                                                        Foodbme

                                                        Despite all this rhetoric, there's no way White Castle's have more influence in Burgerdom than McDonald's. Period. End of Story.   

                                                        Except, of course, that had it not been for White Castle there'd never have been a McDonald's. And then there's the fact that had it not been for Louis Lassen there'd never have been a White Castle.

                                                        Except, of course, the topic is about who was the most influential, not who was first.

                                                        I don't know. Somehow I'd have to guess that without the influence of Lassen there wouldn't be any burgers, and without White Castle's influence making hamburgers safe to eat in the minds of the public, well ... .

                                                        Something you can relate too-
                                                        In 1869, Cornelius Swarthout patented the first U.S. waffle iron. However Waffle House would have to be credited with having waffles become more widespread and accepted as a breakfast staple in America.
                                                        Since 1955 they have sold over 877,388,027 Waffles!
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Mon, 01/20/14 8:19 AM (permalink)
                                                          After giving it some thought I've decided that the 2 most influential Burgers were Warren and Hamilton...
                                                           
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                                                            Re:Time Magazine: Most Influential Burger of All Time Mon, 01/20/14 11:39 AM (permalink)
                                                            Foodbme

                                                            I've seen White Castle's in Supermarkets but never anywhere else.

                                                             
                                                            I routinely buy them in convenience stores when traveling.  They come in frozen 2-burger plastic packs labeled for resale.  The cheeseburger is also available in that packaging.  There's a mom & pop convenience store in my neighborhood that also has them.

                                                             
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