Earlier this month I wrote that cheeseburgers are back on the United economy class BOB menu in January. I mentioned how much I enjoy them and for this installment of Matthew’s Meal of the Week I will explain why.
It was November of 2012 and I was traveling home from Newark to Los Angeles via Houston, deliberately to fly on the (then brand new) 787-8 from IAH to LAX. I used a confirmed regional upgrade to ensure I would not wind up behind the curtain, which meant lunch on the EWR to IAH flight despite a 10:40a departure time.
After takeoff, a FA took meal orders. Today’s choices were chicken salad or a cheeseburger. While I can vouch for chicken salads on United, the choice was obvious: a cheeseburger for me.
I always loved cheeseburgers on Continental (they were never served on United prior to the merger). In fact, they used to be served in economy class for free. Continental was the last major legacy carrier to eliminate free meals.
But in first class hamburgers are even better. Why? The sesame (now pretzel) bun is nicely coated and the cheddar cheese nicely melted on the burger patty.
On the side, raw onion, tomato slices, pickles, and lettuce are available, making the sandwich almost complete. While some IN-N-OUT sauce would have been nice, ketchup and mustard was also offered.
A delicious bowl of chicken tortilla on the side with a small bowl of fruit.
I love lunches like this. I don’t fool myself into thinking it was a healthy meal or the meat patty was not at least 25% fat, but I’m willing to splurge on a good cheeseburger.
But wait, there’s more! A hot oatmeal raisin cookie prior to landing. Icing on the cake of a great lunch on United.