flip burgers

flip burgers

1. Literally, to cook hamburgers, typically but not always as part of one's job at a at a fast food restaurant. (Cooking hamburgers often includes flipping them on a grill or flat top to ensure each side is cooked.) I spend all day flipping burgers, so I'm never in the mood to eat them when I'm not at work. Joe's out back flipping some burgers on the grill. If you're hungry, I can tell him to throw another one on.
2. By extension, to work at a job that is low-paying, monotonous, has few opportunities for advancement, and is below one's potential. If the phrase refers to a hypothetical job, it does not have to be limited to fast food. However, this phrase is not usually applied to one's actual job if that job does not involve fast food or literally cooking hamburgers. I know you need cash, but I think you should focus your energy on finding a solid job rather than picking up a few bucks flipping burgers. A lot of people look down on flipping burgers, but that's where I started, and I've worked my way up to regional manager.
See also: burger, flip

flipping burgers

tv. cooking hamburger patties in a fast food restaurant as an occupation that school drop outs end up doing. (An occupation that offers practically no opportunities for advancement.) Do you want to spend the rest of your life flipping burgers! Do your damn homework!
See also: burger, flip
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Flip burgers often - once every minute for meat burgers - to help prevent burning or charring.
Stake is an all-in-one barbecue tool that transforms from spatula to fork to tongs so consumers can flip burgers, grip chicken legs, and spike hot dogs more easily, say officials for the New York-based company.
Steve Dub in Carmarthen We have a leader who can flip burgers and mix it on the ping-pong table with the best of them.
HUDDERSFIELD University chiefs have hit out at claims that graduates should be prepared to flip burgers as competition for jobs hits a record high.
But leave the charcoal outside -- instead, flip burgers on a grill pan over the kitchen stove.
WHILE I understand much of what AS is saying, the truth is that many who enter higher education do so in order not to flip burgers.
The impromptu Barb-e-Foo saw the Foo Fighters frontman flip burgers and steaks for pals and road crew following the band's set.
Instead we have a few highly educated people working all kinds of hours, while the remainder of the population, those who are victims of our educational system, flip burgers for a living.
Is Greg prepared to flip burgers for the rest of his working life?
Every summer, millions of teens flip burgers, mow yards, wash cars and do other work to make a buck.
In a former office on Lancaster Boulevard, Kid's Time Children's Museum of the Antelope Valley lets children handle a real cash register, shop for groceries, check out an X-ray, play dress-up, flip burgers and use real tools.
After a couple of tedious jobs came and went, I believed unless I wanted to arrange coat hangers, wait tables, or flip burgers on the minimum wage, I was going to be sorely disappointed.
It's a diversionary tactic everyone uses to escape the realities of a humdrum existence and doubtless it's exactly how 25-year-old Luke Pittard felt last year as he set off for another day at McDonald's, where he worked as a trainer teaching new staff how to flip burgers.
This is really good because I can show the other parents at school that I don't just flip burgers, I do proper work and nationally recognised qualifications show that.
While the former is happy to flip burgers all his life, his sibling dreams of becoming an actor, so they head to Hollywood.