National Burger Day is held annually in August on the Thursday before the bank holiday weekend. This year, it takes place on August 24. Burgers are convenient fast food and delicious to eat. A burger can be made in a variety of ways and served with different toppings to suit the taste of the one eating it. This is why it’s one of the most liked foods and appreciated and enjoyed by so many. To celebrate this, National Burger Day was created by Mr. Hyde, a daily email service targeted at men that featured lifestyle content.
History of National Burger Day
The closest thing resembling a burger was first made in the 1st century A.D. in Rome — this was a ground minced meat dish prepared with pine nuts, peppers, and flavorings of wine and garum. It took 12 more centuries for the meat to be tenderized and eaten on the go in the 13th century A.D. by the Mongols. They were known to be fierce horsemen who used impressive fighting tactics to win any war. Known for their efficiency and smarts, they carried thick slabs of beef tucked under their saddles that became tenderized during the day’s riding. The meat could then be consumed easily by the rider. Then in 1747, a hamburger ‘prototype’ called Hamburg sausage appeared in Hannah Glasse’s “The Art of Cookery Made Plain and Easy.” She writes of a smoked sausage made of ground beef, pepper, cloves, nutmeg, garlic, vinegar, salt, and red wine, to be served on toast. By 1802, “The Oxford English Dictionary” includes an entry for a ‘Hamburg steak’ — a salted, minced ground beef, slightly smoked and mixed with onions and breadcrumbs.
It is believed that, years later, at the 1885 Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York, brothers Frank and Charles Menches — who were running a traveling concession stand — invented the burger. They ran out of pork sausages and started putting ground-up beef on their sandwiches, creating a burger. In the same year at the Seymour Fair in Wisconsin, 15-year-old Charlie Nagreen squashed beef meatballs between slices of bread so that people could eat the sandwich easily while walking. Then in 1891, to celebrate the Fourth of July, Oscar Weber Wilby and his wife Fanny made the first flame-grilled beef patties and served them between a bun.
In 1921, in Wichita, Kansas, a cook, Walter Anderson, and entrepreneur, Billy Ingram, opened their first restaurant and changed the course of hamburger history with their design, cooking, and method of serving. In 1948, the McDonald brothers started making hamburgers in California and became the largest fast-food chain in the world. In 1953, in Florida, Burger King was established, which became the biggest challenger to McDonald’s.
National Burger Day timeline
The closest thing resembling a burger is first made in the 1st century A.D. in Rome — it is a ground minced meat dish prepared with pine nuts, peppers, and flavorings of wine and garum.
At the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York, the Menches brothers use beef in their sandwiches, creating a burger.
The McDonald brothers open a restaurant in California and start making hamburgers.
Burger King is established in Florida and becomes the biggest challenger to McDonald’s.
National Burger Day FAQs
When did National Burger Day start?
National Burger Day has been celebrated in the U.K. since 2013.
Which month is National Hamburger Month?
National Hamburger Month is celebrated in May in the U.S.
Who celebrates National Burger Day?
People across the U.K. and burger joints such as McDonald’s, Burger King, and Wendy’s celebrate National Burger Day. They also offer the public good burger deals on this day.
National Burger Day Activities
Eat a burger
Celebrate the day by doing the best thing possible, eating a burger! Visit your favorite burger place and enjoy the day.
Cook a burger
Invite people over and make burgers together. Sharing a burger makes the day even more enjoyable.
Learn new recipes
Spice things up and try a new burger recipe. It is the perfect day to get creative in the kitchen.
5 Interesting Facts About Burgers
The name ‘hamburger’ stems from Hamburg, Germany
Hamburg steaks were introduced to the U.S. by immigrants from Hamburg, Germany and they opened restaurants in the U.S. — it was difficult to eat the steak placed between two slices of bread, leading to the creation of the ‘hamburger sandwich.’
Burgers are a staple food in the U.S.
Almost 50 billion burgers are consumed every year in the U.S.
Most sandwiches are burgers
Close to 60% of all sandwiches sold all over the world are actually hamburgers.
The first burger was cheap
In 1921, the first burger was sold in a restaurant for five cents!
The U.S. loves burgers
If all the burgers eaten by Americans were to be arranged in a line, it would circle the globe 32 times!
Why We Love National Burger Day
It brings people together
A burger is best enjoyed when eaten with other people. The burger is one of the most cooked foods on the Fourth of July and loved by everyone.
It has a rich history
The burger has a rich history. This day allows us to appreciate its origin story and enjoy it as we know it today.
It celebrates burgers
Burgers are a thing of delight. They are enjoyed and loved by people all over the world.
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