While on the topic of burgers for breakfast, Freshly Stacked at Broadbeach on the Gold Coast serves up the aptly named Morning Glory Burger. It’s basically a big breakfast on a burger, squashing bacon, fried egg, sausage, hash brown, mushrooms and tomato between two buns. The whole thing is drizzled in BBQ sauce and relish. It’s a tall order, but they have thoughtfully engineered it into an edible package.
It’s not bad either but it does raise a question that has been bothering me for a while on this blog. Is this really a burger? Merriam-Webster defines a hamburger or burger as ‘…a sandwich consisting of a cooked patty of ground meat.’ So I guess we’re looking for a meat patty, the closest thing resembling a patty in this stack is a hash brown but that’s not meat. Coming in second would be the sausage, which, even though it’s cut open, it’s still a sausage. Now I don’t intend to get bogged down in a discussion of burger semantics but I think this is something that has to be made clear. Some would say that a burger includes anything wedged between a burger bun. But I say that’s a bread roll or a bun. Should this be called a breakfast bun? I guess a morning glory bun, or worse morning glory in a bun has the wrong connotations.
Americans call anything without a beef patty a sandwich, regardless of the bun. Here in Australia, we seem to have side stepped this issue by dropping the ‘ham’ on anything that’s not beef – lamb burger, chicken burger, veggie burger to name but a few. This seems a bit of a stretch given that the ham in hamburger doesn’t come from meat at all but from Hamburg where the patty finds its origins. Is this one of the many examples of Aussies shortening everything? Probs!
For the purposes of clarity, I’ll be sticking with the Australian nomenclature from here on in. Even though it seems to be completely lacking in clarity. On this blog at least, a hamburger contains minced beef, a burger contains whatever it is prefixed by and a sandwich is made with sliced bread.
But back to the burger, whether or not it’s a burger, it’s good. If you’re after all of the flavours of a big fried up breakfast on a bun then this is hard to beat. The sausage was pretty average though. It was a squishy tube of who knows what with very little discernible meat inside. Freshly Stacked would do better to trash the sausage and come up with their own spiced meat patty.