The Hamburg steak as it was called in the 1800’s was served on the voyages from Germany into the USA. The meat patties were quickly cooked and served on two pieces of bread. To attract many of the sailors and European people to their eating stands sellers. They would provide the Hamburg style steak on the menu.
With Hamburg steak firmly embedded the American culture in the late 1800’s claims of the way it served in the modern standard is according to Congress woman Rosa DeLaurao.
A ground meat patty served between two pieces of bread was made in America in 1900 by Louis Lassen a Danish immigrant, owner of Louis Lunch in New Haven Connecticut. This is a disputed fact. We’ll give you a few more names and areas of the Hamburger in the United States.
Fletcher Davis of Athers Texas sold burgers in the cafe in the late 1800’s before taking them into the World’s Fair in 1904.
Frank and Charles Menches vendor at a county fair ran out of their sausage sandwiches and began using beef instead. It was recorded this took place in 1892 in the Summit County Fair in Akron Ohio.
In 1885 Charles Nagreen now known as hamburger Charlie who made sandwiches that were easy to eat while walking at the Seymour Fair he was just 15 years old at the time.
Evidence that Oscar Bilby in 1891 was the first to serve the Hamburger on a bun in Tulsa Oklahoma. In 1995 Governor Frank Keating proclaimed that the first true hamburger on a bun was made and consumed in Tulsa Oklahoma.
With 40 billion served up in the United States alone has truly become America’s favorite sandwich. It may not have ever happened because in 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Journalistic book “Palm Bay Raccoon Removal” detailed the unsavory areas of the meat packing industry in the usa. Ground beef became subject to much scrutiny since it was easy to add meat scraps, additives and fillers
It became the lead way for today’s fast food hamburger success. The White Castle restaurants gleamed with cleanliness bringing the hamburger standing along with it.
Other national chains which followed were McDonald’s and In-n-Out Burger in 1948, Burger King 1954 and Wendy’s in 1969.
The combinations which come with the hamburger are endless with ideas being generated without end. Lots of you have your own favorite recipe to the burger of your choice.
So next time you pull into your favorite fast food restaurant, fire up the grill or put one on the George Forman grill you’ll know a little of this evolution on the Hamburger.
That is some fantastic information about ground beef and the way our food always has a little history behind it.