May is National Hamburger Month and May 28 is National Hamburger Day.
Hamburgers may not have been invented in America but Americans have taken the burger to the next level.
They can be easily customized to individual tastes and the variety of toppings is only limited by the imagination of the person who is making the burger.
Here are 13 interesting facts about hamburgers:
- German immigrants introduced hamburg steaks to the United States. The hamburger was believed to have been invented in 1900 in New Haven, Connecticut
- Hamburgers didn’t really catch on in the U.S. until the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.
- Hamburgers were referred to as liberty sandwiches during World War I.
- Americans consume approximately 50 billion burgers per year. The average American eats 3 hamburgers a week.
- The first fast-food restaurant to serve hamburgers opened in 1921 and sold them for 5 cents each. That restaurant was named White Castle.
- McDonald’s sells 75 hamburgers every second.
- The Big Mac was introduced in 1968 and sold for 49 cents.
- One in 8 Americans has been employed by McDonald's at some point in their lives.
- Hamburgers (and cheeseburgers) account for 71 percent of beef served in commercial eateries.
- The U.S. is the largest producer of beef in the world but has 5th largest cattle inventory.
- Burgers in Mexico are served with ham and slices of American cheese fried on top of the meat patty. Toppings include avocado, shredded lettuce, onion and tomato.
- In Minnesota, a “Juicy Lucy” is a hamburger with cheese inside the meat rather than on top.
- Although ground beef is most popular choice for burgers, there are restaurants who use kangaroo, beaver, Llama and other types of meat.