National Hamburger Day
National Hamburger Day takes place twice a year, and there are other burger related holidays throughout the year as well. Why more than one day for burgers? Is it because they are so good? Well, that may be part of it. Another reason may be there are so many people who claim to have invented the burger. Some sources say that Louis Lassen did it, at Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, on July 28, 1900. This is the reason why July 28 is one of the National Hamburger Days. The choosing of December 21 for a day devoted to hamburgers seems to be arbitrary and doesn't appear to be connected to anything in particular. No matter who came up with the hamburger, it was created sometime around the turn of the nineteenth century, and its popularity was boosted at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.
Traditionally, a burger is also known as a hamburger and consists of a patty of ground beef that has been pan-fried, barbecued, or flame broiled, and it is served in a bun. Condiments such as ketchup, mustard, mayonnaise, and relish are often included, as well as toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion, bacon, pickles, and cheese. Besides the hamburger made of ground beef, there are many variations of the burger, such as the turkey burger, veggie burger, and bison burger. Burgers are commonly served at fast food restaurants, diners, and even high-end restaurants. Some popular early restaurants that served a burger were White Castle starting in 1921, Kewpee Hamburgers starting in 1923, Big Boy beginning in 1936, and McDonald's beginning in 1940. Although the hamburger was created in the United States, its name is taken from the city of Hamburg, Germany.
How to Observe
Celebrate the day by eating a hamburger! Even if you are a vegetarian, veggie burgers are an option! You could go out to eat for a hamburger. Chances are that you live in a state that has one of the 100 best burgers in America. You could also stop at Louis' Lunch for one. This is especially fitting if today is the July National Hamburger Day, as it is the anniversary of the day Louis Lassen first served burgers. You could always make your own burgers too. If you want to get creative, try one of these recipes.