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Posted by on Sep 22, 2015 in Tell Me Why |

How Did Hamburger Get Its Name?

How Did Hamburger Get Its Name?

Hamburger gets its name from Hamburg, Germany, a city where a kind of “Hamburg steak” made of shredded raw meat was once a popular dish. It is from these steaks that Americans borrowed the name “hamburger” and gave it to the familiar sandwich of ground beef in a split bun.

The ground-beef hamburger and bun sandwich combination that we are all familiar with today first appeared in America at the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.

Today, any kind of ground-up meat is called hamburger, even though it may be far removed from the original version from Hamburg, Germany. Hamburgers have come to be a staple of the fast-food industry, and are one of the most popular sandwiches in the world.

Bonus Facts:

.In 1921 Walt Anderson, a cook from Wichita, Kansas convinced Billy Ingram to invest $700 to help him start the first Hamburger restaurant chain- The White Castle Hamburger chain.

.The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 and cost $0.49. (with those outrageous prices, I’m surprised they didn’t call it a Whopper!)

.The biggest hamburger ever served weighed 8,266 lbs. It was cooked in 2001 at the Burger Fest in Seymour, Wisconsin.

.Denny’s Beer Barrel Pub in Clearfield, Pennsylvania has offered a 6 pound hamburger, named Ye Olde 96er (6 pounds = 96 ounces) since 1998. It comes garnished with 2 whole tomatoes, 1/2 head of lettuce, 12 slices of American cheese, a cup of peppers, 2 whole onions, plus large quantities of mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard. No one has been able to finish one.

.The Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.

Content for this question contributed by Vivis Vazquez, resident of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz County, California, USA