Though the origin of the “first” hamburger is, and has been, in hot dispute for over a century, there are reports dating back to 1885 of 15-year old Charlie Nagreen who served a meatball between two slices of bread at a fair in Wisconsin.
There are two reports from 1891 claiming the distinction of a hamburger, while the first “news coverage” appeared on July 5, 1896, in the Chicago Daily Tribune regarding a “hamburger sandwich.”
Regardless of exactly when and where the beloved hamburger originated, at the 1904 World’s Fair, held in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), it seemed to have become a rage, being sold by numerous street vendors. And the rest, they say, is history.
White Castle restaurants, which began in Kansas in 1921, were the first fast-food chain to serve a burger, though their offerings were the small versions (2.5 inches square), also known as “sliders.”
While there are some fast-food establishments that serve a good and tasty hamburger (In-N-Out Burger comes to mind) there are countless restaurants selling burgers ranging in cost from $10 to $25 (and much, much more if you search hard enough) in an effort to satisfy the American palate, adding several types of other foods/vegetables on top of the patty in order to win the ever-present flavor contest.
And, of course, it must be served with an order of fries for this Foodie to qualify it as Hamburger Art.
For Foodies, being able to sit down, relax and truly savor a world-class tasting burger becomes something akin to a highly satisfying and sacred rite.
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