A History of The Hamburger

Posted on Aug 21, 2019

A History of The Hamburger 

A culinary icon of the United States, the hamburger has a long history with many controversies about its origin. It is estimated that Americans eat over 40 billion burgers every year, but did you know where this fast food delicacy came from?

The hamburger has appeared in history since the 4th century. Before it came to America, the hamburger was popular in Europe. Some ancient recipes indicate that the first minced meat food preparation was done in the 4th century but other historical literature suggests that the Mongols spread the tradition of the hamburger. In the 13th century, Mongol warriors stashed uncooked meat under saddles to make it soft before cooking.

The tradition spread across Europe and by the turn of the century, Moscow adopted a raw version called steak tartare. In the 17th century, Russians took the recipe to Germany through the Hamburg port. 

For the first time, the Hamburg sausage was featured in the cookbook titled The Art of Cookery, Made Plain and Easy in 1747. In the 1840s, immigrants from German left to the US fleeing political revolutions within their country and they are said to have eaten Hamburg steak on the ships. The Hamburg steak first appeared on a menu in New York’s Delmonico’s restaurant. The hamburger never received attention until 1904 when it appeared at the St. Louis World’s Fair. In 1921, Edgar Ingram and Walter Anderson launched the first burger chain in the world in Kansas after they developed a unique bread roll for the hamburger in the year 1916. In 1928, a burger with cheese was featured on a menu in Los Angeles at O’Dell’s Diner. 

Now that you have learned something about the genesis of hamburger, why not visit Keegan Real Irish Pub to grab yourself one. Keegan offers a range of burgers to suit your taste.