The Hamburger is 110 Years Old

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Did you know the popular hamburger is over 110 years old!?

Perhaps not the most useful fact, but the history of the hamburger is quite interesting! The hamburger may have come from unremarkable beginnings, but it has risen to an icon of American cuisine.

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While there is some debate over the origin of America’s Favorite Sandwich, most food historians agree that the hamburger made its official debut at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904.

Hamburger History

Back in the 1880’s, a man named David Fletcher (“Old Dave”), served an unnamed sandwich. It was a simple ground beef patty between two slices of freshly baked bread, spread with a mustard-flavored mayonnaise and topped with sliced onion and cucumber pickles. In 1904, Davis traveled to the St. Louis World’s Fair where he sold this sandwich from “Old Dave’s Hamburger Stand” on the midway.

The name “hamburger steak” had been used in America since the early 1800’s to refer to chopped beef patties cooked in the style of Hamburg, Germany, so the new sandwich became known simply as a “hamburger”.

And  the rest, as the old saying goes, is history! Now generations have enjoyed this humble sandwich in an endless amount of variations.

Want to add a little twist to your burgers?

Get some ideas with the article, – Building Global Burgers.

Quick Burger Cooking Tip

Poke a hole in the middle of the hamburger patties while shaping them. The burgers will cook faster and the holes will disappear when done.

Author: Jeni

Certified by the Professional School of Fitness and Nutrition in March, 1995; honored for exemplary grades. Practicing fitness and nutrition for over 20 years. Featured in the Feb. 1994 issue of "Shape" magazine. Featured in Collage in the spring issue of 1995 Low fat recipe's published in Taste of Home, Quick Cooking, and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, among others. September, 2001: Featured in "Winning The War on Cholesterol" By Rodale Publishing

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