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The Big Mac Had Two Different Names Which Failed. Can You Name Them?

National Hamburger Day on May 28th wraps up National Burger Month and also ushers in summer grilling season.

  • 1896 – A Chicago Tribune article refers to the growing popularity of the ‘hamburger sandwich’ amongst rail commuters.
  • 1904 – The hamburger gained national recognition at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when the New York Tribune referred to the hamburger as “the innovation of a food vendor on the pike”.
  • 1921 – White Castle is the oldest burger chain in America. It was started in 1921 by Walter A. Anderson and E.W. Ingram who sold their burgers for 5 cents apiece.
  • 1939 – According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the hamburger was first abbreviated to burger in 1939.
  • 1940 – The first McDonald’s restaurant opens in San Bernardino, California
  • 2008 – Burger King released a meat-scented cologne called “Flame.”
  • 2017 – The world’s largest hamburger was 2,566 lb – 9 oz and was achieved in Pilsting, Germany, on 9 July 2017.
  • 2019 – In partnership with the Impossible Foods company, Burger King begins serving the Impossible Burger, made entirely from plants, at locations worldwide.
  • The term hamburger originally derives from Hamburg, Germany‘s second-largest city. In German, Burg means “castle”, “fortified settlement” or “fortified refuge” and is a widespread component of place names.
  • The exact origin of the hamburger may never be known with any certainty.
  • The Library of Congress credits Louis Lassen, a Danish immigrant, and owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut as the creator of the hamburger as we know it.
  • New Haven’s Louis Lunch, where the burger was born, only serves onions, tomatoes, and cheese spread as a condiment – maintaining a ban on ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise!
  • On average, Americans eat three hamburgers a week. That’s a national total of nearly 50 billion burgers per year.
  • If all the hamburgers eaten by Americans in a year are arranged in a straight line, it would circle our Earth 32 times or more!
  • McDonald’s Corporation is the world’s largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants, serving around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries.
  • The Hamburger Hall of Fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.
  • The Economist has an indicator of the purchasing power of a country measured in how many Big Macs could be bought in that country with USD 50 – The Big Mac Index.
  • The Big Mac had two previous names: “aristocrat” and “blue ribbon burger”, both of which failed in the marketplace.
  • During WWI, the US Gov’t tried to rename hamburgers as ‘liberty sandwiches.’
  • Hamburgers along with cheeseburgers account for 71% of beef served in commercial hotels in the US.
  • McDonald’s sells 75 or more burgers every second.
  • Hamburger (ground beef patty) is the most popular food for the grill, followed by steak and chicken.
  • More than seven of every ten burgers (73% or 9.6 billion) consumed in the U.S. were prepared and purchased outside of the home.
  • In Wisconsin’s Seymour, there is something known as the Hamburger Hall of Fame!
  • 49 cents – the price at which the McDonald’s Big Mac was introduced.
  • 40 billion – the estimated number of hamburgers consumed by Americans in a year.
  • $15,000 – the number of dollars offered by PETA once to the town of Hamburg, New York, to change their name to ‘Veggieburg.’
  • 1 nickel – the price at which White Castle’s first burger was sold.
  • 60% – the percentage of all sandwiches sold in the world that are hamburgers.
  • 2,014 pounds – the weight of the world’s biggest burger, at Black Bear Resort Casino in Minnesota.
  • 10 feet – the diameter of the world’s biggest burger.


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