Google and Apple iOS cheeseburger emoji

Photos via Emojipedia

New Android update fixes Google’s appalling burger emoji (updated)

Get it right: top bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, patty, bottom bun...we think.


Phillip Tracy


Posted on Oct 30, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:54 pm CDT

Google just released its Pixel 2 and Apple is set to ship the iPhone X in a few days, setting up an intense showdown between two adored tech giants. But it’s not the predictable iOS or Android argument that put social media in a frenzy over the weekend. No, the subject of this Apple vs. Google debate was much more serious: a burger emoji.

Author and media analyst Thomas Baekdal started the debate on Friday with a tweet that revealed how Google and Apple place the ingredients on their digital burgers.

Notice the differences? Google inexcusably puts the cheese underneath the patty and sets the lettuce on top of the tomato. Apple takes a more traditional approach, setting the cheese on top of the patty while using the lettuce as a buffer to keep the bottom bun from getting soggy.

The placement of these ingredients sparked an intense discussion on Twitter, with Baekdal’s tweet reaching more than 4 million users. Most people seemed OK with Apple’s approach, though a few complained about the lettuce sitting under the patty. But no one could stomach Google’s monstrosity.

People became so enraged and disgusted by the thought of a dry bun with caked-on cheese that Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai said the company would “drop everything” and address the issue “on Monday” if people can figure out the correct order.

So what is that order? Baekdal says he searched several burger recipes from renowned chefs but discovered that everyone prepares them differently. That leaves it up to Twitter to fix Google’s error. The general consensus is that the cheese needs to melt on the patty and the lettuce should go over the tomato. Google and Apple were both wrong.

A quick look at Emojipedia shows that Microsoft and Facebook are the only ones that know how to construct a cheeseburger.

microsoft burger emoji
Microsoft burger emoji Emojipedia
facebook burger emoji
Facebook burger emoji Emojipedia

It wasn’t just Google and Apple that missed the mark. LG forgot the tomato.

lg burger emoji

And Samsung put the cheese on top of the lettuce, defying all culinary logic.

samsung burger emoji

Where do we even start with Mozilla’s abomination?

mozilla burger emoji

We will update this if and when Google releases the revision.

Update 4:53pm CT, Nov. 28: True to its word, Google will fix Android Oreo’s worst feature, adding an improved cheeseburger emoji to Android 8.1. The company settled on (from the top down): bun, lettuce, tomato, cheese, patty, bun. Now that’s a burger we’d want to sink our teeth into.

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*First Published: Oct 30, 2017, 9:21 am CDT