Brits have revealed the biggest faux pas when it comes to eating a burger, including using slices of bread instead of a bun, using cutlery – and having no cheese.
A study of 2,000 adults delved into burger etiquette and discovered the best – and worst – ways to enjoy the barbeque favourite.
Putting crisps inside, eating the bread and meat separately – and dipping it in sauce -were also among the 'wrong' ways to eat a burger.
And more than half believe a burger should always be eaten by hand, despite 13% admitting they use cutlery.
The study, commissioned by Baker Street, also found marmite, mint sauce and pesto are among the condiments which should never be added to a burger.
And 72% believe only bread should be used to create a burger, with giant mushrooms, lettuce, and wraps all considered 'no-nos'.
A quarter also said a burger should always contain only a beef patty.
Chris McLaughlin, commercial director at Baker Street, said: "Everyone loves a burger, especially when at a barbeque, but clearly there are a lot of ways it can be done wrong.
"People have their preference of bread, meat and additional fillings and the options really are endless.
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"There seems to be a lot of controversy around how to eat one – with or without cutlery – but one thing is for sure people love their burger sandwiched between a proper bun.
"In fact, four of the top seven criticisms of the right way to eat a burger are centred on the bread – which proves to us that a great burger starts with a great bun."
The study also found of the 87% who eat their burgers by hand, 56% said doing so is part of the experience of having a burger and 29% believe it tastes nicer when eaten that way.
A further 22% even enjoy the mess it makes.
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But those who use cutlery worry the fillings will fall out and their mouth isn't big enough to bite into it.
A third even dissect a burger before eating it, by removing the top piece of bread and eating the meat separately.
When it comes to barbeques, 49% would opt for a burger over a hotdog, while only 15% would choose a sausage.
And the 'perfect' burger according to those polled, via OnePoll, should include one type of cheese, two condiments, two patties and one additional filling.
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It seems people prefer traditional flavours as beef, cheddar cheese and ketchup all make up the ideal burger.
This combination sees the average adult enjoy two burgers a month – amounting to more than 1,500 in their lifetime.
If hosting a barbeque, 50% of people will serve up beef burgers, while 20% offer veggie patties and 18% cater for vegans.
Chris added: "What's clear from this research is that the classic burger bun is here to stay.
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"At Baker Street we believe buns should be built for burgers and it looks like most of the country agree with us.
"We've compiled a burger map of Britain online, so you can see if you're in good company in the way you choose to enjoy your barbecues this summer.
"That said, whether you're using a knife and fork, smothering on 20 sauces or opting for a burger sandwich, Baker Street is always there – however you eat yours."
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BURGER FAUX PAS
1. Using slices of bread rather than a bun
2. Putting crisps in a burger
3. Eating the bun and meat separately
4. Buttering the burger bun
5. Using anything but a bread bun as the bun e.g. lettuce leaves
6. Dipping the whole burger in sauce rather than putting sauce inside
7. Bun-less burgers
8. Eating a burger with cutlery
9. Putting chips in a burger
10. Gherkins in a burger
11. Deconstructing a burger with your hands
12. Having no sauce on a burger
13. Mixing sauces e.g. ketchup and mayo inside the burger
14. Having more than one type of meat in a bun
15. No cheese in the burger
16. Cutting the burger in half before eating it by hand
17. Not toasting the burger bun
18. Cooking a burger until it's 'well done'
19. Salad on the side and not in the burger
20. Salad being at the top of the burger
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