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15 Things You Didn’t Know About Hamburgers

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Posted November 13, 2014 by Seth Lassen

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Simply a cooked ground meat patty placed inside a sliced bun, the hamburger has become one of America’s most iconic foods. Burgers are a staple of fast food restaurants and since their inception in the early 1900s have become one of the most popular foods around the world. Are you a burger lover and think you know everything there is to know about your beloved hamburger sandwich? Think again, here are 15 things you didn’t know about hamburgers.

Located in Southgate, Michigan, Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar offers the world’s largest commercially available hamburger. The “Absolutely Ridiculous Burger,” weighs approximately 338.6 pounds, takes 22 hours to cook, and will cost you $1,999.

Created by head chef Chris Large at the Honky Tonk restaurant in London, the Glamburger holds the title as the world’s most expensive hamburger. This hamburger takes three weeks to develop and is made with 220 grams of Kobe Wagyu beef minced with 60 grams of New Zealand Venison and Canadian lobster poached in Iranian saffron. To top it off, Beluga caviar and hickory smoked duck egg covered in an edible, gold leaf.

The two main problems of identifying the origins of the hamburger are the lack of written history and the possibility more than one person came up with the idea at the same time. As you can tell from the author of this slideshow’s last name, there may be some bias, but Louis Lassen claims he invented the burger in 1900 at his Connecticut restaurant Louis’ Lunch. The U.S. Library of Congress recognizes Mr. Lassen as the inventor of the hamburger.

The burger chain known for its small, square burgers opened in 1916 in Kansas. White Castle was largely responsible for changing the perception burgers had of being greasy and often unhygienic by using flat top grills and spatulas that allowed for easy cleaning.

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Yeah, McDonalds seems to have mastered the “fast” in “fast food.” Check out the video above for proof.

This is of course according to the people who have my dream job, the “hamburger experts.” That’s an average of three hamburgers a week per person.

For all you hardcore hamburger lovers out there, add Seymour, Wisconsin to your bucket list. In addition to housing the Hamburger Hall of Fame, the city calls itself the “home of the hamburger.”

Ever felt so passionately about hamburgers you imagined rolling your body around in them? Well, after reconsidering the direction your life is headed, you can go make that dream a reality. In 2008, Burger King unveiled a body spray perfume for men called “the Flame.” The cologne was promoted as “the scent of seduction with a hint of flame-broiled meat.”

During the height of the mad-cow scare in 1996, Oprah declared she would never eat another hamburger again. This statement came after a cattle rancher turned vegetarian appeared as a guest on her talk show and discussed controversial practices within the beef industry. Beef prices dropped considerably for two weeks after the episode aired, reaching a ten-year low.

To avoid using words from the enemy’s language during World War I, the hamburger was referred to as a “Liberty Sandwich.” Hamburgers were not the thing renamed – sauerkraut became “liberty cabbage,” and German Measles were “Liberty Measles.”

If for any reason there is a vegetarian reading this, here’s one that should make you happy. In 2013, Dutch scientist Mark Post led a team that grew meat from cattle stem cells in a process that took over five years. The goal is to be able to make meat in labs that could eventually help feed the world.

Elvis Presley was said to be a huge fan of hamburgers and especially cheeseburgers. He was known to stop at almost every burger joint he found while on tour around the country. Elvis’ favorite burger spot was the Gridiron Restaurant in Memphis.

Okay, you probably could have guessed this one. The largest chain of hamburger fast food restaurants serves around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries, which means a lot of burgers are being sold and eaten. Since the restaurant opened in 1995, McDonalds has sold over 100 billion hamburgers worldwide.

A recent study at the University of North Carolina concluded the average burger today is 23% larger than in 1977. Anyone complaining?

Every day is a good day to eat a burger, but now there is a particular one you can use to celebrate the greatness that is the hamburger. National Burger Day might be the third most American holiday behind Independence Day and Thanksgiving.