British Airways will next month add its first “specially created” gourmet burger to its first class bistro menu.
The “Flying Burger” has been developed by a team of chefs using three different cuts of British beef — chuck, cheek and onglet.
It will be served with a side of triple-cooked chips and a choice of relishes, and will be available on long-haul flights.
BA chef Mark Tazzioli and the new Flying Burger
BA will also serve a “Grounded Burger” in its First and Concorde lounges. It will feature a different recipe for pre-flight dining.
Mark Tazzioli, BA’s chef, said: “Burgers are experiencing a renaissance right now, with pop-up burger bars and food trucks opening in all the major cities. Burgers are the ultimate tasty satisfying treat and ‘comfort food’ we crave when flying.
“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.”
He added: “As taste buds are affected at altitude, we have created an original patty, which has proven extremely popular in taste-tests.”
The Flying Burger’s ingredients include 100 per cent British beef, Monterey Jack cheese, gherkins, tomato relish and a brioche bun.
Last month, BA began serving traditional fish and chips on some short-haul flights (see news, April 14).