British Airways creates the First Class hamburger

By David Flynn, May 30 2014

Gourmet hamburgers are all the rage, and British Airways has now elevated the concept to an exclusive burger for its first class passengers.

BA's high-flying hamburger will appear on the first class bistro menu of British Airways' long-range international flights from June.

The airline says the recipe has been honed by its chefs "over the past ten months", and uses three different cuts of British beef (chuck, cheek and onglet) to ensure full flavour even at 35,000 feet, where your ability to taste reduces by 30 per cent.

“Burgers are experiencing a renaissance right now, with pop up burger bars and food trucks opening in all the major cities" observes British Airways chef Mark Tazzioli, who adds they're just the type of 'comfort food' which many passengers enjoy.

“It has taken months of trials to ensure we get the perfect texture and succulence, not just for the British palate, but for the hundreds of other nationalities that fly with us."

"As taste buds are affected at altitude, we have created an original patty, which has proven extremely popular in taste-tests.”

Ingredients in BA's ‘Flying Burger’ include

  • 100% British Beef – three cuts of British beef to create a succulent juicy burger that keeps moisture even at altitude
  • Monterey Jack Cheese – a semi-hard cheese, particularly favoured by American travellers
  • Gherkins – also known as ‘pickles’, these are most popular with customers from Poland and Germany
  • Tomato Relish – using tomatoes, raisins and paprika, the smoky relish is popular with British, American and Canadian palates
  • Brioche Bun – a sweetened pastry especially popular with French and Italian flyers

It's all served with a side of triple cooked chips and choice of relishes.

BA will also offer a ‘Grounded Burger’ in its First and Concorde lounges, featuring a different recipe for pre-flight dining.

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David Flynn is the Editor-in-Chief of Executive Traveller and a bit of a travel tragic with a weakness for good coffee, shopping and lychee martinis.

Virgin Australia - Velocity Rewards

07 Jan 2014

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Well if a burger in the air is good enough for the US President (see link)- who wouldn't want 35,000ft high? 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U50-vo2keps

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

30 May 2013

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Hmm, not sure about this. Is a burger really the right sort of offering for a first calss product? I have similar feelings about Virgin Australia dishing out hot dogs in their lounges.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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Mm, you have a point. Perhaps the steak sandwich would cut the mustard.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Love QF's steak sandwich.

24 Oct 2010

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'Well done' for that pun, Watson.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

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Qantas first class lounge in Sydney has one of the best burgers I have ever tasted.  Why can't people enjoy the simplicity of such a feed whilst enjoying the finer things in life?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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Agreed, woganfan. The two aren't mutually exclusive.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I decry the lack of bacon.

24 Oct 2010

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I suggest they need to localise this for flights out of Sydney with a slice of beetroot.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Mar 2012

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no no no no no no beetroot on a burger! it's just wrong.

reminds me of an  italian pizzeria in sydney that doesn't allow customers to have pineapple on their pizza! l

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I like the idea of the localisation of the burger. Perhaps domestic UK flights out to try a fish-and-chip burger, just for laughs, taking a cue from Marks and Sparks.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Mar 2014

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With mushy peas?

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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And white sauce.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

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Fish and Chips &Mushy peas burger or even better, chip shop style curry sauce in place of the mushy peas, lol,  I can taste it now, even after all these years down under.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Mar 2014

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Jus Burger!

24 Oct 2010

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180mis: no beetroot on a hamburger? You are one post away from being banned! :P

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

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I'm with 180mis David,  beetroot is the food of the devil.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

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Agreed, beetroot is an abomination on any sanger.

I suggest they de-localise the 100% British (Creutzfeldt–Jakob's) patty!

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

07 Mar 2014

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Ah David you beet (sic) me to it!

If anyone can get their hands on an old episode of The Great Outdoors, Tom is in NYC eating a $99 hamburger and after his first bite smiles and laughs saying,

"Needs beetroot"

Enough said! :P

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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We must identify the root of the problem.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 May 2012

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Well, if Japan Airlines can serve KFC aboard (yes, they really did this as a promotion) why can't BA serve Maccas aboard?

Yes... I am of course being sarcastic.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I would rather they serve Grill'd.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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I'd be happy with Hungry Jack's. :D

04 Nov 2012

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These days they make the hambuger meat real thick so its so dam hard to eat, trying to make it look bigger than it is, wish they would stop doing this, flatten it out.

10 Mar 2011

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Must say that if I was flying First Class I would not be impressed with a hamburger for my meal.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

25 Sep 2013

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You can always go with the main menu; the burger is for the bistro menu.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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BA,a hamburger really.W here are we going.

10 Mar 2011

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Thank goodness for that then! 

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

13 Sep 2011

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I'm sure it will be better than the burger I bought on a ryan air flight from Warsaw to Stanstead last year, (normally I am not keen on such airlines or the swill they offer but had to do it for a giggle), anyway the burger was delivered thoroughly nuked, glowing with plastic cheese and on a flight in June 2013 the the use by date on the packaging was Aug 2014.  What in the name of all that is unholy was in that lips and hooves burger together?  Never thought I'd be pleased to see a Maccas after arrival. 

Singapore Airlines - KrisFlyer

14 Jan 2014

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100% British "Beef"???? 

They say that like its a good thing... If recent news is anything to go by, I'm sure there is going to be some horse in that patty ;-p

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

17 Aug 2012

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I should like to think their meat industry has quit horsing around.

I should stop...

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

06 May 2012

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Flying Sydney to London in F with BA in July and I must admit im not too pushed to try this as I can get a serious burger in Grilld any day I want. That said Mrs LoveToFly is all about trying this. Its great to have options sure on a long flight, not everyone might want steak and champagne and the like in F

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

08 Sep 2012

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I've always used flying premium cabins, especially First, as a way of trying things I don't normally try such as Vintage French Champagne, Lobster, Caviar etc. Pure Luxury items.

If I want a burger, I'll go to the many many excellent burger places around the world and have a delicious meal for around $25.

If I fly First, I want a meal that will cost me at least $100 at a restaurant.

But each to their own....

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

10 Jan 2013

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If you've paid to sit in First, I reckon you've earnt the right to eat what you want - even if it isn't "fancy food".

As much as I love the excellent caviar when on SQ in a First Suite, I equally love the humble chicken schnitzel on Qantas in J (I rate it as one of the better QF J offerings).

What is important is taste and quality, not "poshness", and Brits have a long love affair with simple pleasures done well when it comes to food.

Qantas - Qantas Frequent Flyer

20 Sep 2013

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I agree with SQ,the Brits no.


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