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The Average American Consumes About 30 Pounds Of Hamburgers A Year.

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National Hamburger Day is observed each year on May 28.  This day celebrates a summer-time grilling favorite and National Hamburger Day is part of National Hamburger Month.

  • It is most likely that the hamburger sandwich first appeared in the 19th or early 20th centuries, but there is much controversy over its origin. Over the years, the hamburger has become a culinary icon in the United States.
  • The world’s largest hamburger was prepared on September 2, 2012, in Carlton, Minnesota by Black Bear Casino Resort and weighed in at 2,014 pounds.
  • We have Genghis Khan and his conquering hordes of horsemen to thank for the simple hamburger. While his troops were riding to battle, they would keep scraps of lamb or mutton, formed into patties, under their saddles to tenderize the meat. When they stopped to make camp, the horsemen would cook the patties over open flames or eat them raw. The dish was taken to Russia, where it became “steak tartare.”
  • From Russia, the dish made its way to Germany, where pork or beef was used in the patties. Then the burger found its way to America via the crew and immigrant passengers of the German Hamburg-Amerika shipping line. On board, the passengers ate a dish of ground meat that was spiced and stretched out with onions and breadcrumbs.
  • The average American consumes about 30 pounds of hamburgers a year.
  • More than seven of every ten burgers (73% or 9.6 billion) consumed in the U.S. were prepared and purchased out of the home.
  • The Hamburger Hall of Fame is located in Seymour, Wis.
  • The first restaurant chain to serve the burger was White Castle in Wichita, Kansas. Their first burger sold for a nickel.
  • Hamburger (ground beef patty) is the most popular food for the grill, followed by steak and chicken.
  • There are 1259 people listed in whitepages.com with the last name ‘Hamburger’ and 17,617 people with the last name ‘Burger’
  • Hamburgers got their name from Hamburg, Germany where a cut of beef called the Hamburg steak is from. This evolved into what we now know as the hamburger.
  • During WWI, the US Gov’t tried to rename hamburgers as ‘liberty sandwiches.’
  • The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 and sold for 49 cents
  • In America alone, 50 billion burgers are eaten in one single year!
  • If all Hamburgers eaten by Americans in a year are arranged in a straight line, it would circle our Earth 32 times or more!
  • On average, Americans eat 3 hamburgers a week.
  • Hamburgers weren’t really popular until its introduction at St. Louis World’s fair held in year 1904.
  • Hamburgers along with cheeseburgers account for 71% of beef served in commercial hotels of US.
  • McDonald’s holds the record of selling 300 billion burgers till date. The company sells 75 or more burgers every second.

Sources:

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Food Reference

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