The hamburger is perhaps one of the most American foods. It’s the ultimate meal (or snack, depending on how hungry you are). Despite it being American, burgers have been a favorite of millions of people all over the world. Most likely, at least one person is eating a chunky, juicy, and delicious hamburger at this moment.
Wherever you are, at least one hamburger joint or restaurant offers hamburgers as part of their menu. You also won’t have to look hard to find a burger restaurant in Singapore. Hamburger places are easy to find and are available over the world.
Fun facts about hamburgers
We are all too familiar with the usual hamburger: juicy patty (one, two, or more pieces of it!), bacon, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, pickles, and squirts of mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup sandwiched between a sesame-topped bun or bread roll. The burger patty can be grilled or pan-fried and provide that flavorful beefy and meaty goodness that will satisfy your cravings.
But have you ever wondered who invented the hamburger and whether it is really American? After all, it can be a nice thing to know the impressive background behind your favorite things, including burgers. Here are some of these fun facts about the all-time favorite hamburger:
1. Who invented the hamburger?
This has been a subject of debate until now. For example, locals in Seymour, Wisconsin, claim that a man named Charlie Nagreen served the first hamburger back in 1885. Another man credited for introducing the burger to the public is a Texan named Fletcher David. And then there are other people credited for the invention of the world-famous dish, including Oscar Weber Bilby (1891) and Louis Lassen. (1900). But among these persons, Lassen is recognized by the US Library of Congress as the first person to serve the first hamburger ever.
2. Why is it called “hamburger”?
The name “hamburger” is derived from Hamburg (a place in Germany) where the famous Hamburg steak is served. The Hamburg steak is made from chopped beef, which is formed into a thick patty and served with potatoes or bread. German immigrants were said to have brought the recipe for the Hamburg steak to the USA. Nowadays, you can still find Hamburg steak being served in some restaurants in New York.
3. Just how famous are hamburgers?
It is said that on average, Americans consume at least three burgers per week – that’s more than 50 billion hamburgers annually. That doesn’t include the other countries all over the world who also eat burgers daily. Among all of the hamburger joints in the world, McDonald’s holds the record for being the largest hamburger chain, serving more than 65 million burger lovers all over the world.
In the end, there are a lot of burger recipes around the world. Nevertheless, it seems that the humble hamburger’s popularity won’t wane anytime soon. The burger will be a timeless favorite of millions of people globally. If you want to know more interesting trivia, you can look for other sources online.