Hamburger Fun Facts
Burgers are the quintessential American meal, and yet there is so much we don’t know about them.
Here are burger facts that will make sure you’re informed on America’s favorite meal!
Hamburgers get their name from the Hamburg steaks that German immigrants brought with them to the US.
In 1982 the world’s largest hamburger was cooked and then eaten. That year, between close to 10,000 people came to sample the tasty 3,591 pound burger. Giant hamburgers: the thing dreams are made of.
Although there are many cities in the U.S. that claim to have invented the burger, most agree the birthplace of the hamburger is Athens, Texas. Legend dates it back to the late 1880s.
The first fast food restaurant was introduced in 1921. It sold burgers for five cents! There was a big jump in December of 1950 when burgers went from 10 cents to 12.
White Castle was the first hamburger chain founded in Wichita, Kansas.
The hamburger became popular after it was introduced at the St. Louis World’s fair in 1904.
The U.S. is the largest producer of beef in the world but has the fifth largest cattle inventory.
Hamburgers and cheeseburgers comprise 71% of the beef served in commercial restaurants.
If you put all the hamburgers Americans eat in a line, they would circle the earth more than 32 times.
Americans eat about 14 billion burgers a year.
Burgers account for 60% of all sandwiches sold.
A slider is a very small square hamburger patty sprinkled with diced onions and served on an equally small bun. According to the earliest citations, the name originated aboard U.S. Navy ships, due of the way greasy burgers slid across the galley grill while the ship pitched and rolled.
A hamburger smothered in red or green chile is called a slopper.
In Mexico, burgers (called hamburgesas) are served with ham and slices of American cheese (locally called queso americano) fried on top of the meat patty. The toppings include avocado, shredded lettuce, onion and tomato. The bun has mayonnaise, ketchup and mustard. In certain parts are served with bacon, which can be fried or grilled along with the meat patty. A slice of pineapple is also a usual option, and the variation is known as a “Hawaiian hamburger”.
In Minnesota, a “Juicy Lucy”, or “Jucy Lucy”, is a hamburger having cheese inside the meat patty rather than on top. A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty. This scalding hot cheese tends to gush out at the first bite, so servers frequently warn patrons to let the sandwich cool for a few minutes before consumption.
The Hamburger Hall of Fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.
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