Yes, we know the word ‘bestest’ doesn’t really exist, but when it comes to burgers we tend towards hyperbole – why? Because burgers, that’s why! The exact origin of hamburgers may well be disputed – was it German immigrants who brought Hamburg Steak over from the motherland or was it a certain Charlie Nagreen in Wisconsin who began selling flattened meatballs on two slices of bread who can claim the title of ‘it all began with me’? Regardless of origin, what is undisputed is the world’s subsequent love affair with this delectable meal. And if you love burgers as much as we do, then you’re bound to enjoy this bit of burger trivia thanks to the Huffington Post and Useless Daily, a facts and trivia newsletter.
- The burger gained American 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’.
- Hamburgers are also called the Liberty Sandwich, because soldiers during WWI wanted to avoid using the German name.
- 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.
- Adding cheese to hamburgers became popular in the late-1920s to mid-1930s, and there are several competing claims as to who created the first cheeseburger.
- An early example of the cheeseburger appearing on a menu is a 1928 menu for the Los Angeles restaurant O’Dell’s which listed a cheeseburger smothered with chili for 25 cents.
- The largest cheeseburger to be sold commercially weighed 1,794 pounds (that’s 813 kilograms!) and was executed by Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Detroit in 2017 – their 2nd Guinness Book of World Records title.
- Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers a year, which translates to three burgers a week for every single person in the United States.
- If all hamburgers eaten by Americans in a year are arranged in a straight line, it would circle our Earth 32 times or more!
- McDonald’s holds the record of selling 300 billion burgers to date. The company sells 75 or more burgers every second.
The humble hamburger is well into its third century of existence and its popularity shows no sign of abating, and why would it – very little beats the smell, sight and taste of a flame-grilled burger nestled in a fresh bun with all its delicious accompaniments. And to satisfy all tastes, N1 offer a wide variety of burgers to choose from. As proud and responsible suppliers of Halaal meat South Africa, their range includes the pure steak burger, the classic patty, beef rib, lamb, mutton, ostrich, crumbed chicken and the breakfast burger. So, give N1 a call today and begin planning your next boldest, bestest, burger.