If you're looking for a three-word synopsis, “keep it simple” would suffice. His perfect burger has three things:
- A classic soft, squishy bun
- A hunk of well-ground, good-quality beef
- Processed, meltable cheese
“In a perfect world, you should be able to eat a burger with one hand and get a representative chunk of all elements,” Bourdain said.
If you keep adding ingredient after ingredient, no matter how delicious, the actual eating part gets messy. “A burger is a beautiful thing,” he said. “It's not beautiful when you're wearing half of it.”
When it comes to condiments, Bourdain approves of two things: ketchup and mayonnaise. (“If you insist,” he said.)
If you want to know more about what makes the perfect burger for Bourdain, check out the full video above.