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Why do we celebrate National Hamburger Day?

National Hamburger Day
But what is the story behind this celebration and who was the creator of this iconic food?

This May 28, National Hamburger Day is celebrated, one of the favorite dishes in the United States and in many countries around the world.

But what is the story behind this celebration and who was the creator of this iconic food?

Who invented the hamburger?

The origin of the hamburger is a topic of debate, since there are various theories and people who claim its invention.

However, the most accepted version attributes the creation of the hamburger to Charlie Nagreen, a street vendor from Seymour, Wisconsin, United States.

In 1885, Nagreen had the idea of ​​placing a meat ball between two slices of bread to facilitate its consumption during the local fair. This simple but ingenious concept laid the foundation for the evolution of the hamburger as we know it today.

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Why is it called a hamburger?

The history of the hamburger is somewhat diffuse, with several cities and chefs claiming its invention. However, the most accepted theory suggests that its origin is in Hamburg, Germany, in the 19th century. Back then, sailors used to eat minced meat steaks between two slices of bread, a convenient food that quickly became popular.

The recipe crossed the Atlantic with German immigrants, arriving in the United States at the end of the 19th century. It was there that the hamburger evolved, adding new ingredients and becoming a staple of American fast food.

Although the origin of the hamburger as a concept is attributed to Germany, where raw minced meat between buns was consumed since the 17th century, the modern version of the hamburger, cooked, accompanied by toppings and served hot between two buns, was born in the United States.

It was in this country where it became popular and became an icon of fast food, thanks to the appearance of restaurant chains such as Carl’s Jr., McDonald’s and Burger King.

Despite the multiple theories about its origin, the truth is that the hamburger has transcended borders and cultures, becoming a dish universally loved and enjoyed in various forms and presentations.


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