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The Fifth Taste

November 9, 2015 By Diana

You’ve heard of sweet, salty, sour, and bitter… now say hello to umami, the savory, bold and flavorful fifth taste.
Do you ever wonder why burgers, pizza, and sushi are so crave-worthy? We believe it’s because these foods are full of  serious umami flavor bombs. Umami is found naturally in many foods (think tomatoes, mushrooms, cheeses, soy, and meat) and can be amplified with time and specific cooking techniques. Our culinary ninjas take high-quality, naturally umami-rich ingredients and transform them into memorable taste experiences that are loaded with umami flavor.


Today we’re going to dive into Parmesan cheese. When you think of a classic burger you automatically think cheese. When creating our first original Umami Burger Adam Fleischman knew that he wanted to use Parmesan cheese because it is naturally rich with umami flavor. But, Parmesan cheese doesn’t melt. Introducing the crisp Parmesan frico you see on our Original Umami Burger and the Sunnyside Burger. The cheese is 100% Parmesan Reggiano which has been aged from 18 months to two years.

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Have you tried our Original Umami Burger or our Sunnyside Burger? Share your experience and photos using the hashtag #umamiburger and follow us @umamiburger

Learn more about the food science of Umami here