White Castle Slider named 'most influential burger' ever

Jan. 14, 2014

A team from Time magazine interviewed a handful of hamburger historians to research the "most influential burgers of all time." They came up with 17 burgers for the list, heavily dominated by QSR signatures including the top spot, which went to White Castle's Slider.

The square Slider first made its appearance in Wichita, Kan., in 1921. Time writes, "Its success paved the way for the great American burger obsession."

At No. 2 on the list is the "McDonald's burger," which experts credit for moving "fast food from a small operation to a global operation." The first McDonald's burger debuted in San Bernardino, Calif.

Third is the In-N-Out burger, which first appeared in 1948, followed by the 21 Burger, sold at New York City's 21 Club in the 1940s/50s and credited for setting a gourmet burger trend.

Burger King's Whopper is No. 5 and is credited for inspiring McDonald's to launch its competing Big Mac.

The remainder of the list includes:

6. The Gardenburger

7. The ShackBurger

8. The Quadruple Bypass Burger

9. The lab-grown burger

10. The Jucy Lucy

11. The MOS Burger

12. The Ramen Burger

13. The Ray's Hell Burger

14. The Umami Burger

15. The Varsity Burger

16. The Ghost Burger

17. The Krusty Burger

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Topics: Food & Beverage , Trends / Statistics

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