believed that Hamburger was originally invented in
Hamburg, Germany. It is reported to have first appeared in
the United States - in New Haven, Connecticut, at Louis'
Lunch sandwich shop in 1895.
hamburger probably existed by the end of the Middle Ages.
In 1802 the Oxford English Dictionary defined 'Hamburg
steak' as salt beef. Referring to ground beef as
'hamburger' dates to the invention of the mechanical meat
grinder during the 1860s. 'Filet de boeuf a la
Hambourgeoise,' was sold in Boston in 1874, while
Hamburger Beef Steak appeared on the Lookout House
Restaurant menu in Cincinnati, Ohio, in the mid-1870s.
the last years of the 19th century ground round or
hamburger became associated with a hot sandwich, and early
20th century illustrations depict hamburger served on
sliced white bread or toast. 'Hamburger Steak, Plain' and
'Hamburger Steak, with Onions,' was served at the Tyrolean
Alps Restaurant at the 1904 Saint Louis World's Fair. The
modern hamburger (on a bun) appears during World War I.
The White Castle restaurant chain was established in 1916
at Wichita, Kansas and by the early 1920s sold hamburgers.
Some scholars say the first hamburger served on a bun
appeared in 1917 at Drexel's Pure Food Restaurant,
Chicago. By 1920 hamburgers on buns were sold in San
Francisco and Cincinnati, and by the mid-1920s, hamburgers
were recognizable to most Americans.
Hamburger hall of fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.
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