Few foods around the world have reached “icon” status quite like the burger. So during May’s National Hamburger Month, let’s rejoice. We have 31 days of burger bliss. Time enough for a fine sampling, but as we all know, the burger offer endless possibilities. Why so many? Maybe, just maybe, we’re all searching for our very own perfect sandwich. You can tell a lot about a person by their burger choices. The bun. The patty. The cheese. The sauce. The sides. It’s all in there somewhere. But enough food philosophy — let’s get cooking. One month goes by quickly. Deconstructing the burger is making us hungry. It’s time to bring the sizzle.
National Hamburger Month - History
Super sizing began
Burgers literally grew in size as various chains competed with each other. The result? Burger King's Whopper and the McDonald's Quarter Pounder.
The patty machine changed everything
The hamburger patty machine came into existence — adding uniformity to every patty and helping in mass production.
The first hamburger "chain"
Chef and entrepreneur Walter "Walt" Anderson opened a hamburger stand in Kansas. Success! This would eventually lead to the White Castle chain.
Invention theory #2
Connecticut blacksmith/preacher Louis Lassen received credit for creating the first hamburger — depending on whom you believe. (See below)
Invention theory #1
Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas, perhaps invented the hamburger, serving a beef patty between two slices of bread. However this fact, much like everything else about the invention of the burger, is up for debate.
National Hamburger Month Activities
1. Throw a backyard BBQ
Flip some burgers for your family and friends. It's an American tradition and May has the perfect weather for it.
2. Try a different kind of burger
Go ahead and explore. Angus, chili, Buffalo, California, and vegan. And we're only just getting started. If you can think it, you can cook it.
3. Read about the history of the hamburger
Fascinating facts, stories, theories, blogs, and posts. Everyone has an opinion (and lots of pictures) about America's favorite food.
5 Juicy Burger Facts
1. This American food is part German
The modern-day burger evolved from steaks on a plate — a dish German immigrants brought to this country — consisting of a fried beef patty and served with onions, potatoes, and gravy. But no bun.
2. America has a love affair with burgers
Americans alone eat 50 billion burgers a year. That means an average American eats a hamburger three times a week!
3. Biggest burger you can buy
Mallie's Sports Bar and Grill, in Michigan, sells the world's largest, commercially available hamburger — weighing approximately 338.6 pounds.
4. Upper crust burger
The FleurBurger, served at the Fleur in Las Vegas (Mandalay Bay), is made with Kobe beef and topped with foie gras and black truffles. Accompanied by a 1990 bottle of Chateau Petrus, it costs $5,000.
5. Mighty McDonald's
McDonald's sells 75 hamburgers per second.
Why We Love National Hamburger Month
A. It's all-American! (Part German too!)
Let's get all red, white, and blue patriotic about America's delicious sandwich — by way of Hamburg, Germany, of course.
B. It's the nation's number one food
We eat hamburgers more than any other food. We know what you're thinking: What about pizza? Actually, it doesn't even come in a close second.
C. It's a comfort food
A burger. Some fries. A soft drink. The ultimate. We seem to love our burgers pretty much anywhere and anytime.