Wednesday, May 28, 2014

just for fun . . . It is National Hamburger Day!

Pretty much everyone loves hamburgers and with Summer pretty much upon us, what
could be better than firing up the grill and fixing your favorite burger on National Hamburger Day?

I thought it would be fun to see if there are any restaurants celebrating this tasty day and found the following . . .
  • Max & Erma’s Restaurants will be servin’ up free sliders (with purchase of a drink) in honor of National Hamburger Month. In 2013, the “home of the Best Cheeseburger in America,” gave away 11,000 free sliders and this year, they hope to give away over 14,000. Just stop by a participating location on May 26, 2014.
I also thought some fun hamburger "facts" would be interesting . . . did you know . . .
  • 12th century, when the nomadic Mongols were fighting under Genghis Khan (1167-1227), riders put meat under their saddles so they would “crumble” and cook due to the heat from the horse. It is amazing this caught on!!!!
  • Genghis Khan’s grandson, Kublai Khan (1215-94) and his troops who invaded Moscow, introduced minced horsemeat to residents of the area. Recipes began showing up in the 1240s, which were later called steak tartare in what is now Germany.
  • Russian ships brought steak tartare to the port of Hamburg in the 17th century. This became a major port during the European colonization of the Americas.
  • Hamburg style steak became popular on menus and as street food; the Germans added capers, onions and even caviar. It often was topped with an egg.
  • White Castle (founder Edgar Waldo “Billy” Ingram) is often considered to be the oldest fast-food restaurant. Ingram went on to work with Walter Anderson and they sold their burgers for 5 cents each.
  • Americans love hamburgers, consuming nearly 50 billion a day which translates to three burgers a week per American.
I particularly enjoy salmon burgers, bison burgers and turkey burgers, but a beef burger is tasty, too! I'm a pretty "boring" burger person - just add a little ketchup on a beef burger or mayo on a salmon or turkey burger, some cheddar and maybe a pickle or two and I'm all set. What about you? How do you like your burgers?

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