History Of The Hamburger


Hamburgers have become so very much part of American culture these days that they are considered to be an American dish, but in fact the history of the Hamburger began a long way from the USA and many, many years ago. There is a clue in the name, and we shall come to that in a moment.

When Americans began to take to the seas to trade they visited ports across the world buying and selling a wide variety of commodities; Hamburg, in Germany, was - and still is - a very important port, one that attracted traders from many countries. It was there that American sailors began to find this wonderful creation, a meat patty made from ground beef that they named the 'Hamburg steak' and very soon it began appearing in shops an stalls around the port of New York elsewhere in America.

A quite simple dish, a mix of ground beef and vegetables - as it remains today - it rapidly spread and soon the name 'hamburger' was adopted for the new fad. Served in a bun it was pretty much a delicacy, and is first known to have been sold in the USA as long ago as the 1830's - that's nearly 200 years!

It is no wonder, then, that the hamburger is now so very much ingrained in our culture, but what gave it staying power was its simplicity, ease of cooking and affordability. Today, we have a myriad of popular - thriving, even - burger bars and chains that offer a wide variety of different burgers, and the popularity of this most delicious of items shows no sign of falling.

The history of the hamburger is one of little change but much innovation, right up to present day where chefs across the world continue to experiment with the tastes and textures this amazingly simple dish presents us with.

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