The Hamburg steak as it was called in the 1800’s was served to the voyages from Germany into the United States. The meat patties were cooked and served on two pieces of bread. To attract lots of the sailors and European visitors to their eating stands vendors. They would offer the Hamburg style steak on the menu.
With Hamburg steak firmly embedded the American culture in the late 1800’s claims of how it served in the modern standard is based on Congress girl 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 contested fact. We’ll provide you a few more names and areas of the Hamburger in the United States.
Fletcher Davis of Athers Texas sold hamburgers from the cafe in the late 1800’s before taking them into the World’s Fair in 1904.
Frank and Charles Menches seller at a county fair ran from their sausage sandwiches and started using beef instead. It was recorded this happened in 1892 in the Summit County Fair in Akron Ohio.
In 1885 Charles Nagreen currently called hamburger Charlie who made sandwiches which were easy to eat while walking at the Seymour Fair he was only 15 years old at the time.
Proof 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 created and consumed in Tulsa Oklahoma.
With 40 billion served up in america alone has truly become America’s favorite sandwich. It may not have ever happened because in 1906 Upton Sinclair’s Journalistic book “Palm Bay Squirrel Removal” detailed the unsavory areas of the meat packing industry in America. Ground beef became subject to much scrutiny because it was easy to add meat scraps, additives and fillers
In 1921 Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson of Kansas had the vision to open White Castle restaurant. It became the direct way for the fast food hamburger success. The White Castle restaurants gleamed with cleanliness bringing the hamburger standing along with it.
Other national chains that followed were McDonald’s and In-n-Out Burger in 1948, Burger King 1954 and Wendy’s in 1969.
The combinations that have come with the hamburger are endless with ideas being generated without end. Many of you have your own favorite recipe for 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 will know a little of this development on the Hamburger.
That is some good information regarding ground beef and how our food always has a little history behind it.