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Ireland’s premium burger revolution has taken hold, and we’re constantly on the hunt for the perfect meat-filled bun. Sublime? Ridiculous? Róisín Kiberd digs into the very juicy business of the Irish burger

Nobody needs to be told what’s in a ‘real’ hamburger. It’s among the most familiar, most widely-eaten foods in existence. The burger’s flat, colourful strata – bread, lettuce, cheese, meat and bread again – are so recognisable as to be iconic. It’s a fast-food fix and a gourmet favourite, a visual signifier of both hunger and satiation.

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