When you’re starting off the school year, nothing is more daunting than having to write an essay for a new teacher. Sometimes it’s challenging figuring out how to even begin outlining your points in a coherent, effective manner. Luckily, we have an easy strategy to make structuring papers a little more palatable.

It’s called the Cheeseburger Method:

Top Bun: The Introduction

This is what the reader first sinks their teeth into when they start reading your essay. The top bun gives them a taste of what’s to come throughout the rest of the paper, so it’s important that it’s delicious to get the reader to devour the entire burger.

Ketchup: Body Paragraph #1

The ketchup (or mustard, depending on your tastes) establishes the flavor and style of the burger. This gives the reader the first taste of what your cheeseburger is made of (your argument) and makes them hungry for more.

Cheese: Body Paragraph #2

Whether you like swiss or cheddar, the cheese is essential to the overall cheeseburger experience. It holds the reader’s interest, reminds them why they wanted to eat the burger in the first place and melts right into the next ingredient.

Burger Patty: Body Paragraph #3

This is the real meat of your essay. The patty is meant to showcase the cheeseburger as a whole and satiate the reader’s hunger (for knowledge). Whether you like your burger medium rare or well done, it needs to be cooked to perfection so that the reader is satisfied and understands the point of your entire cheeseburger.

Bottom Bun: The Conclusion

The bottom bun supports and reinforces all of the other parts of the cheeseburger. It reminds the reader where the burger started (the top bun), but brings the reader somewhere different, leaving them with a fresh taste in their mouth.

The cheeseburger analogy allows you visualize the process of structuring an essay in an appetizing way. When planning your paper, it is important to carefully consider how each of the components functions individually as well as how the components contribute to the essay as a whole.

Now that you know the Cheeseburger Method, you can cook up your first essay and show your new English teacher how tasty your paper can be.


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