I know most people don’t consider a burger to be strange. I don’t think I’ve seen one on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods show. I don’t actually think a burger is strange either, and I didn’t think twice about ordering one in Canada, even though one might consider it an “American food”. However, the experience can be a bit strange when you try to order one in Canada.
The first one or two that I ordered, I asked for the burger to be “medium rare” as I always do. They came out nowhere close to medium rare. I know Canadians like hockey but I can’t understand trying to turn my burger into a hockey puck. Because I wasn’t eating in very nice places and was hungry, I didn’t complain. I ate my horribly overdone burgers and moved on with my life.
My third burger order (it was actually a Buffalo burger) went a little like this.
Bartender: Would you like something to eat, eh?
Me: Yes I’ll have the Buffalo Burger, medium rare please.
Bartender: Ha! No.
Bartender: The burger has to be cooked all the way through, eh.
Me: I’m not asking for anything crazy here.
Bartender: You must be from the states eh.
Bartender: It’s illegal to cook a burger or any game medium rare, eh. Food safety, eh.
Me: You’ve got to be kidding.
I’m not accustomed to the law telling me how I can cook a burger or anything else for that matter. Many restaurants in the states won’t cook it less than medium well because they fear law suits, but that is a choice they make. I can choose to eat there or go somewhere that is confident in the freshness of their ingredients and get it how I want it.