Time’s influential burger list has regional, fictional picks

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A list of the 17 most influential burgers of all time released earlier this week by Time magazine is sure to make your mouth water, and possibly raise an eyebrow.

The list of burgers with the biggest impact on the industry was completed by the magazine following interviews with historians and experts. Some of the burgers aren’t beef, or even meat, while others are taken straight out of a cartoon.

The #17 burger is the Krusty Burger from the Fox TV show the Simpsons. Although the burger has fictional origins, it is available for purchase at the Simpsons theme park at Universal Studios Orlando.

Regional offerings include the Varsity Burger, an Atlanta original, and the In-N-Out Burger from California. National chains on the list include McDonald’s, Burger King and White Castle.

In a break from the norm, there were some burgers on the list made without beef. The original veggie burger, the Gardenburger, was #6 on the list and the recently created lab-grown burger which debuted in London last year was #9 on the list.

White Castle beat out McDonald’s for the number one spot. According to Time, the White Castle Slider’s square patty was the first burger to launch a fast food franchise following its debut in 1921.

The magazine credits White Castle for the beginning of America’s burger craze.

Click here to see the full list and weigh in on the discussion.

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