Designer burgers have been a food fad staple for a couple of years now – with chains such as Dirty Burger, and Shake Shack offering heavily indulgent and Instagram-ready treats. People have also enjoyed mucking about with burgers, from the delicious-sounding mac-and-cheese burger to the bizarre ramen burger. Sushi has gone from a posh dinner out to a lunchtime staple – and people are always finding new ways to consume it, firstly in burritos and now in weird burger hybrids.
Take a look on Instagram and you’ll find thousands of pictures of a strange but inevitable new food trend – with all the greasy indulgence of a burger encased in fat, sticky, opulent grains of rice. Restaurants and food fanatics all over the world have been creating their own take on the Sushi Burger, and it can’t be long before it finds a way to one of our chains in the UK. Chefs craft the rice into the dome shape of a burger. It is sometimes left just-cooked, sticky and fresh, and sometimes fried for ease of eating.
Also included are traditional sushi components, like raw fish, ginger, seaweed and wasabi, but with a burger shop twist – so some versions include pulled pork and pickles, while others include a big, juicy burger patty. Above all else, however, it looks impossible to eat. It looks perfect for Instagram – combining a few food fads in one Frankenstein beast of a meal – but once picked up would leave you with dropped rice and sticky fingers. It certainly doesn’t seem to have the face-shoving, juice-dripping qualities of a burger carried in a sturdy bun. Many food blogs offer advice – eat this creation with a knife and fork or risk ruining your outfit by dropping the monster food fad creation on your lap.