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.
Hamburger is often seasoned ground beef, grilled and placed between two slices of bread or a bun. Top with sauteed onions, peppers, pickles, sliced onions, or cheese. Add condiments such as ketchup, mustard or mayo. Any one of these combinations would create a modern American version a hamburger.
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.
- 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.’
- In 1921, Walter A Anderson (a short order cook) and E.W. Ingram (an insurance exec) founded White Castle, the oldest burger chain, in Wichita, Kansas. Their first burger sold for a nickel.
- The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 and sold for 49 cents
- Americans consume 13 billion hamburgers a year, enough to circle the earth 32 times.
- Black Bear Resort Casino, located in Minnesota, holds the world record for the biggest burger. It weighs in at 2,014 pounds and is 10 ft in diameter.
- PETA once offered the town of Hamburg, NY $15,000 to change their name to Veggieburg.
- The NYC Food Truck 666 Burger offers a $666 burger coined the “Douche Burger.” It’s made with a Kobe beef patty (wrapped in gold leaf), foie gras, caviar, lobster, truffles, imported ages, gruyere cheese (melted in champagne steam) kopi luwak bbq sauce and himalayan rock salt.
- On average, Americans eat 3 hamburgers a week.
- The Hamburger Hall of Fame is located in Seymour, WI.