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National Hamburger Day on May 28th with My Chef

APRIL 25, 2017
National Hamburger Day on May 28th with My Chef

The humble hamburger is quite the chief of western culture fast food. Burger joints, takeaway food outlets and all-night-eateries serve them up in their millions – with many a condiment including cheese, salad, gherkins and pickles, bacon and an endless list of sauces.

International hamburger day is celebrated on Sunday, May 28th this year which takes us to the question of where it originated from.

The word hamburger was derived from the city of Hamburg, which is the second largest city in Germany. Burg in German translates to castle or fortified refuge. The actually meal was originally beef which was minced and formed into patties to make steaks... or specifically Hamburg steaks.

One is not sure where hamburgers originated in America, and there are many debates on this topic, but there are some interesting historical facts on the topic.

Originally, the ground meat meal was eaten by the ancient Egyptians, after which, during the 11th and 12th century Genghis and his army would eat ground meat due to being on horseback for extended periods of time. To soften the primary lamb or mutton into flat patties, they would place them under the saddles of their horses whilst in riding – a disgusting thought!

When Genghis grandson, Khubilai invaded Moscow, the Russians soon adopted the meal into their own diet and aptly named it Steak Tartare, which is now a much refined dish which included onions and raw eggs.

In the 18th century during the industrial revolution and the growth of harbours and sea travel, European sailors who docked at the port of New York, were sold the hamburg steak by food vendors – predominantly German or German Jews and most likely sold by settled immigrants from those countries. During this period, it was a flavoured shredded low grade beef with spices, salted, smoked, cooked from raw and served between two slices of bread.

Some interesting facts on burgers include:

  • During WWI, the US Government tried to rename hamburgers as ‘liberty sandwiches’.
  • In 1921, Walter A Anderson (a short order cook) and E.W. Ingram (an insurance exec) founded White Castle, the oldest burger chain, in Wichita, Kansas. Their first burger sold for a nickel.
  • The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 and sold for 49 cents
  • Americans consume 13 billion hamburgers a year, enough to circle the earth 32 times.
  • On average, Americans eat 3 hamburgers a week.
  • “In the States, you can buy Chinese food. In Beijing you can buy hamburger. It's very close. Now I feel the world become a big family, like a really big family. You have many neighbors. Not like before, two countries are far away” - Jet Li, Actor, Martial Artist.

In recent years, these traditional beef patties have also been altered to include other meat and vegetarian options such as, ostrich, chicken, turkey, veggies, tofu and bean patties.

There are so many alternative toppings, but some of My Chef’s favourite hamburger options include:

1) Sweet Baby Cheeses - Stuffed Double Cheese Burger (par cooked, double beef patty filled with creamy gouda, mozzarella slice, sweet caramelized onion, cheese sauce, rocket salad and served on a sesame seed bun).

2) Got Beef with Frenchy - Beef Burger with Mushrooms and blue cheese (par cooked, home ground beef patty, red wine and mushroom sauce, crumbled blue cheese, cracked black pepper and rocket salad, served on a sesame seed bun).

3) Drunken Mexican Chicken -  Mexican Chicken Burger (fajita spiced chicken fillet spiked with tequila, sliced jalapenos, avocado, Mexican salsa, rocket salad, served on a sesame seed bun).

So celebrate National Hamburger Day on May 28th with My Chef. To order a variety of meals for the whole family log onto www.mychef.co.za, or contact My Chef on 031 579 1463.