Eagle-eyed readers may note that we already celebrated National Cheeseburger Day in September, National Hamburger Day waaaayyyy back in December and others raise high the burger flag on May 28th. However, while there's a fleck of red tape residue on the process, there's not exactly a federal regulatory agency for food holidays, so we'll go with it as an excuse to get beefy.
The hamburger was invented many greasy, cheesy, meaty decades ago, but exactly when and by whom a matter of hot dispute. Time Magazine's Josh Ozersky asserts in his 2008 book, "The Hamburger: A History" that the modern day incarnation of the formed patty between two halves of a bun is "an American invention" with endless regional variations like the Connecticut steamed cheeseburger, Mississippi slugburger or Oklahoma onion burger.
Various inventors have laid claim to that innovation, from Charles "Hamburger Charlie" Nagreen, a vendor at the Seymour Fair in Wisconsin in 1885 and Fletcher Davis in Athens, Texas in the 1880s, to Frank and Robert Menches at the Erie Agricultural Fair in Hamburg, New York in 1885 (they also take credit for the invention of the ice cream cone at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904), or possibly Louis Lassen at Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut in 1900.
While it took some American ingenuity to slap meat on some bread and render it a hand held sandwich, the concept of the patty itself was brought to the United States by German immigrants who had become fans of the Hamburg Steak. This cheap, chopped or roughly ground beef was mixed with fillers like breadcrumbs, suet and onions, bound with eggs and seasoned with nutmeg. The meat, often salted and smoked for preservation, was brought over to the United States by immigrants on the Hamburg America Line and became a popular menu item on New York City restaurants that catered to German sailors and European immigrants, hungry for the flavors of home.
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@Ann, so that was a poor choice for me for breakfast then? I mean I only do it like 4-5 times a week
It's not eating hamburgers that makes Americans fat – it's eating hamburgers the size of Volkswagons.
A nice 4 oz burger of 90% lean beef (no leaner or it'll be too dry), done on a grill or broiler rack, with reasonable amounts of toppings (mainly veggie) – that can be healthy enough. Grill some veggies for the side.
Just don't have a monster burger with 4 strips of bacon, 4 oz of cheddar cheese, and onions sauteed in butter, with half a pound of greasy fries on the side.
Pork burger with apricot-chipotle mayo and lettuce – yum!
If you're slower than a bullet and taste good, you're dinner.
Then you won't be eating Superman?
grilled turkey burger w/ pesto, fresh mozz and roasted red pepper. yum
I didn't ate one this year, but I dreamed about it last night. Hamburger with salami and cheese.
I'll stop eating dead cow when they pry this spatula from my cold dead hands
white castles good...Fuddruckers better and Five Guys the best by far (except for my own creations)
@Ms. Grammar.... you didn't answer my question....
Now THAT is a hamburger..
So tired of all the cheap imitations, with processed, poor quality, FACTORY MADE "beef"...
This is a good ad to support and encourage people to make efforts to reduce the quantity and increase the QUALITY..
..and supporting/promoting the farmer's markets, and the smaller cafes that makes it an AMerican treasure..
I rarely eat red meat, rarely if ever while in the States...
...but that photo REALLY makes me want a hamburger!
Nothing like an onion burger! An oklahoma CLASSIC!
I can't eat them. I'm actually allergic to beef, sea food, pork, most veggies, quite a bit of fruit, and garlic. :-/ What kills me is that I can't eat a pizza because I'm pretty much allergic to everyone on it (even how cheese is made upsets my stomach) yet I crave it.
So you have "cultured" farts?
wow, dude, that sucks. I feel really bad for you :(
We have Cheeburga-Cheeburga in our area. Really great burgers – fresh meat, made to order, 75 toppings, phenomenal! But the best thing is their onion rings: really thin cut, tempura batter, deep fried, with a horseradish, mayo, mustard (brown, I think) dipping sauce. Oh, and they also have old-fashioned hand made milkshakes, malts, and ice cream sodas. I have to go now...I hear my onion rings, burger w/avocado, sauteed onions, pepperjack cheese on brioche bun (grilled of course), and my caramel, praline malted calling my name. Later...
We have "Wild Willy's" here which is about the same concept- so good you don't mind waiting for cooked to order food
I have a wild willy, too.
I had two White Castle sliders and eggplant parmesan for breakfast.
Stay close to a bathrooom – the whistles are coming!
just fired up the grill...drool
One day I'll have to give up my bacon cheeseburger and Guinness diet. But hey, I have to help boost the economy somehow...
@Thoth-Amon, Please don't! I need to live vicariously through someone!
@Bailes- I hear ya. I'm known as heavy tipper- 20% on principle, unless the waitstaff makes some blitheringly idiotic faux pas. Happy Thursday.
Happt T day to you as well. I agree, I was a waitress all theough HS and college and as a result I tend to tip VERY well, its like been there, done that and I know how hard a good server works.
I'm thinking five guys for lunch! mmmm........
@witty One, their fries too. Enjoy some for me please
Done and done!
@Ms. Grammar....(I am eyeing you suspiciously).... white or red vinager? Answer this correctly or I will advise all establishments in the continetal US to ban you from eating fries.....
Nobody puts white or red vinegar on their fries, they use malt vinegar. Red/white vinegar arent condiments, only malt and balsamic are.
So you happen to have taken a poll of EVERY single person in the world? hmmm doubtful. I was raised on the boardwalk and we ate heinz white vinager on our pier fries. and beleive it or not? my grampa from RI used red wine vinager, just because you do not do it, does not mean that no one else is allowed to!
All at once, or individually? *gets in line*
There are a few of those in my area, but I prefer a local hang-out where the Guinness flows freely (but not for free).
"This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays." ~Arthur Dent
Like Jimmies old town tavern in herndon? They have great food as well. mmmm.....screw five guys, I'm getting a tavern burger for lunch :)
You screwed 5 guys for lunch.
Wow, whatta man! Got v!de0?
I actually ended up going with 5 guys. The only problem is that I only have one hole to stuff all that goodness into. I wish I could have taken more but I was stuffed full! The buns weren't that big though, so all the gooey goodness of 5 guys dripped all over the place...
*fanning self with hands*
Nice job – on so many levels. ;)
I love stuffing Five Guys meat in my mouth....
Are you cure you can handle 5 all at once?
I actually laughed out loud on that one. Well played madam.
A very cultural inspired tradition and comfort food for Americans.
I just had hamburgers on circle food day. I am certain I will eat another again soon.
No thank you.
Seriously??? You Americans actually celebrate the eating of dead animal flesh between processed, refined carb. nutritionally lacking white bread?
Angel-we're the most obese planet on Earth...of course we do lol
Haha, obese planet on earth. Gotcha beat.
damn it...you did get me lol!
"...obese planet on earth...: Now THAT made my day for me!!!
Damn straight sister! Right next to the deep fried taters!
No, I have my dead animal flesh between two slices of fresh, no preservative, whole wheat sour dough bread. With lots of mayo ...
Umm.....I don't need to stinkin' bread to eat my dead animal meat. Besides, the animal would never have been bred if it weren't for the food industry.
NICE Bloody still mooing steak, I gotta stop thinking about it, cuz I am drooling all over my keyboard....YUM
Wipe his A$$, clean his hooves and run 'em through! That's how a true Texas eats a steak!
How about scare it with a Bic lighter? Nice and bloody, the way steaks are meant to be eaten.
Because no other countries eat meat?! I know we're obese, but don't pretend the rest of the world is vegan.
And what do you celebrate? Crappy teas? That sounds awwwwwwwwwwwesome.
As opposed to... eating a live animal?
mmmmmmm, my stomach is grumbling. Maybe I should find something in the pantry like some nice fava beans to go with this meat.
Don't forget the nice ciante....and to tell the senator you love her suit.
WHAT EVER mAX
Just go vegan. Humans are evolving to eat less of that junk anyway. The future is vegan.
I will never give up my burgers, steaks, or chicken, especially if they are grilled!
Do you believe that you veggie-eatin', kool-aid drinkin' tree-huggers create less methane than meat-eaters?
You wouldn't want to be stuck in an elevator with a vegetarian, trust me.
Trying to get there, haven't eaten a burger in 6months since I had a nice little sit down with a vegan relative of mine. Definitely healthier and the way to go!
@Vegan, that all depends, do Vegans taste as good as hamburgers, can I order my Vegan Meduim well too?
The future is Vegan? Any facts to back up that statement? Didn't think so.
Whatever helps you sleep at night.
Vegans make me puke!
That's 'cuz you're eatin' 'em too fast.
You know people might take you Vegans a little more seriously if you weren't so obnoxious. You're as bad as evangelical religiousites.
I think I need a double bacon cheeseburger now!
You have not lived until you have had a steamed cheeseburger at Ted's or K lamays in Meriden, Ct.
Steamed? What if I just pi$$ if off a little bit?
Is that similar to a Cleveland Steamer?
Naw, a Cleveland Steamer is what you do after you eat one.
@ Jill, is that the place that uses those little metal trays and steams the cheese too? I havent been, want to, saw a little ditty on the travel channel
Naww. The best burger is the kind most of the folks i know here in Texas eat; lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, cheese (jalapenos are good too) and with yellow mustard. and buns that have been buttered and thrown on the grill :))) yum.
You got that right!
Naww. The best burger is the kind most of the folks i know here in Texas eat; lettuce, tomato, pickles, onions, cheese (jalapenos are good too) and with yellow mustard. and buns that have been buttered and thrown on the grill :))) yummy
Ok, people if you can cut down the amount of beef products you eat, it would really help out with global warming (due to the intense amount of energy to transport/raise cattle and the amount of methane they produce) and its good for your health!
Because if I eat less beef, I'll fart less?
Methane! The fuel of the future!
ill educate you if its the last thing I do, you little fatty!
You don't like the methane I produce?
Max, if God didn't mean for us to eat meat, then why o why did he make animals out of meat and make them so damn delicious? I'm so confused!
I'm delicious too!
no you're not
Tastier than you!
Maybe we should also cut back on the amount of vegetables and fruits and grains as well... since those are all transported too.
Thats why you should eat local buddy! Extreme attempt at a logic fail-fail for you
I'm directing my methane emmission at you as we speak, Max.
Obviously eating locally is the best way to go. But you didn't say as your original argument, did you? You are trying to convince people not to eat meat because of transportation etc... my point is that the same can be said about all food types – therefore you are a hypocrite. It's a bogus anti-meat argument you have there.
But if I stop eating hamburgers... there will be more cows to produce methane! :)
Pipe down hippie
it wont help my wallet, burgers are cheap, fish is extremely expensive, salads are almost as expensive as fish, and chicken is only cheap if you get the nugget form.
Any day is a good day for a hamburger.
Yes, however the " I'll gladly pay you tomorrow for a hamburger today", is partly what got us in this fiscal mess.
Don't blame Wimpy for our financial problems! He is innocent in all of this, INNOCENT I TELL YOU!
The line is, "I will gladly pay you Tuesday, for a hamburger today." But, please don't make this a political discussion; it's about food.
Ill gladly pay you tuesday for a hamburger today,
Or I can just suck your c*ck
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