There is nothing better on a lazy Saturday afternoon than grilling up a juicy hamburger with a side of French fries. While you may already know that French fries originated in Belgium during the first world war, do you know where hamburgers came from?
There is no way to say with 100% certainty where they originated, some historians credit a cook in a small Texas town while others credit the founder of White Castle. One thing everyone can agree on is that hamburgers are a staple in the American diet and found on just about every menu regardless of what type of restaurant you may be dining in.
If you go back a few thousand years you will learn that ground meat was commonly eaten by Egyptians. Coming forward in time, ground meat patties could be found in kitchens all over the world under many different names.
One common theory is that the tasty sandwich originated in Hamburg, Germany. In actuality, though there was some inspiration taken from Hamburg, the burger came along much later. German Hamburg cow meat became something of a delicacy in the United States as immigrants from Germany began serving the well-loved Hamburg steak in Chicago and New York.
Once the industrial revolution hit, the dish was served at dining carts near the factories. Most workers didn’t have time to sit down to eat and consuming a steak while standing wasn’t feasible. One crafty cook decided to serve the steak between two pieces of bread thus birthing the Hamburg sandwich.
As the innovation spread and time moved on, the sandwich morphed into the beloved Hamburger we have today. There are diners dedicated to serving various types of burgers to completely meatless burgers that taste like the real thing. There are even burgers large enough to feed a whole family. If you are more of the fancy persuasion, you can even drop $2,000 on a burger made with Kobe Wagyu beef, venison and then covered in gold. Regardless of its exact origins, one thing is clear, it is truly an American tradition.