Next time you are trying to enjoy a delicious burger or sandwich in public, just remember these simple Burger Etiquette techniques!
1. Club Sandwiches: It’s nice to get your money’s worth when you order a sandwich, but when it’s too big to fit into the mouth of the Jolly Green Giant, it’s hard to manage at all, let alone gracefully. Here’s your secret: Remove the toothpick from the first sandwich wedge. Next, remove the top piece of bread and place it on the side of your plate. If you want to use your knife to wipe some of the mayo from the piece of bread onto the sandwich filling, that’s OK. Just don’t draw attention by being at it all day! Now, you’ve just turned your finger food into silverware ready food! Use your knife and fork to easily eat the sandwich. Cut and eat one bite at a time. Very classy, very savvy, very smart!
2. Hamburgers: Unless you’re eating one in a fast food restaurant or it’s small, cut it in half before eating it with your hands. Sometimes you might even need to cut the sandwich into fourths, but start out by trying to manage a half. Also, you can use your fork to remove some of the tomatoes, onions, pickles, etc. that might be making the sandwich too hard to handle. Place those on the side of your plate and then eat them with your knife and fork.
3. Sub Sandwiches: It’s best to cut them in half before eating. Especially hot sub sandwiches like meatball or Philly cheese steak (Yum, on both accounts!). If they’re still a mess when you cut them in half, these can be eaten with a knife and fork.
4. Hot Open-faced Sandwiches: This one is easy. Always use a knife and fork, and cut just one bite at a time.
5. Tea Sandwiches: Even the name makes me feel restful and refined! Everybody enjoys a good tea sandwich! (Curry orange chicken is my favorite! Remind me, and I’ll share the recipe in an upcoming post. You’ll love it!) Usually, tea sandwiches, no matter how formal the gathering or setting, are finger foods. The possible exception: if the sandwich is served open-faced and there is a knife and fork at your place. Then you can use it to cut and eat the sandwich. Normally, I won’t because they just aren’t likely to make a mess.