Ah, the burger. It is one of the most revered foods in the US, and rightly so. From the gorgeous soft tasted bun to the crispy, crunchy lettuce and the juicy, oh so sweet tomatoes, it is a scrumptious bit of food. The topping on the cake? The beautifully grilled, perfectly seasoned, juicy patty. Beef is the most popular of the meats that this patty is made of, although chicken and other meats are also used. It is termed by the whole world as America’s favorite kind of food, and it has a history that is nothing more than the most colorful ever. Who was the first person to take a ground beef patty and put it between two slices of bread? Who was the genius who came up with this groundbreaking idea? Unfortunately, that person is currently unknown, and probably will be forever.
It Wasn’t Made In Germany
Just because it is called a hamburger doesn’t mean that it comes from the little town of Hamburg in Germany. While it is true that the name for the food came from the name of the city, the sandwich that we all know and love, whether a beef burger or quality chicken burger comes from a later period of time. In the 1800s, Hamburg was famous for its selection of beef. The cows in the area were raised almost religiously using farming and livestock handling methods that dated back centuries into the past. The beef was often chopped, seasoned, ground and turned into patties. Since this was the 1800s and Tesla wasn’t pioneering anything at the time, patties needed to be cooked immediately. This is the most extent to which the city contributed to the formation of the first burger.
Born in the USA!
During these years, the first German immigrants began to arrive on American shores. The main source of income for a lot of these people was through the opening of restaurants and eateries in the larger cities. It is possible that the beef and chicken burger were a part of their menu at some point after this first happened. Initially, they simply offered the world famous Hamburg beef steak, with an American twist on it – minced and chopped beef with garlic, onions and seasoning which was fried or grilled. While all of this was still very much from Hamburg, the major difference was the bun.
When some dingbat who didn’t have the time or the personal hygiene to actually eat the bread alongside the beef and decided to make it into a sandwich instead, the hamburger was born.