International Hamburger Day is observed on May 28. It’s an occasion to celebrate hamburgers, primarily in the form of eating them, of course. Not to fret vegetarians and vegans: Meatless options are included.
The origin of the hamburger is much disputed. The word is recorded in the 1880s and is short for Hamburg(er) steak, dished up in New York City in the 1830s and resembling a Salisbury steak. The dish is said to be based on applications of beef sausage brought to the US by German immigrants in the 19th century—referencing the city of Hamburg, Germany, whose port many immigrants went through.
Who put the patty between two buns is also hotly disputed, with many claims to invention in the US.
Hamburger was further shortened to burger by the 1930s, by which time the food was already popular in the US. They have remained so ever since. McDonald’s, anyone?
In 2012, PBS estimated that Americans alone eat 50 billion burgers a year. And, since at least 2010, people have been celebrating them on May 28 on National Hamburger Day.
Man who invented the hamburger was smart; Man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.Matthew McConaughey