Although many people are quick to order a burger for lunch or a quick snack, very few know some interesting facts about it. The most obvious one is the name burger. Although people stripped the name from Hamburger, you will rarely find anyone calling it by its original name, derived from Hamburg steaks. These steaks were introduced to the US in the late 1890s by German immigrants. Here are other facts you should know:
- 1. It took over 20 years for hamburgers to gain popularity in the US. St Louis’ World Fair, 1904 was the catalyst of the snack’s popularity which has grown tremendously across the globe ever since.
- 2. According to Huffpost, at least 50 billion burgers are consumed every year in America alone. This is a number enough to circle the world at least 32 times if not more.
- 3.The world’s biggest hamburger was built in 1982, which was large enough to feed 10,000 mouths. It weighed around 1791 kilograms.
- 4. McDonald holds the record for selling over 300 billion burgers. The company is said to sell at least 75 pieces every second.
- 5. The most expensive hamburger ever sold was the FleurBurger5000. It was a combination of Kobe beef, foie gras and black truffles. The Las Vegas branch of Fleur de Lys sold the burger at £4,233.
- 6. Some Americans call hamburgers Liberty sandwich. The name came alive during the WWI among American soldiers who did not want to call them by their German name.
- 7. You might love your burger, but apparently, it might be the most unhealthly snack you could have. The Quadruple Bypass Burger holds a Guinness World Record of being the world’s most caloric burger. It contains 9,983 calories.
- 8. The grounded beef used to make a hamburger is not the sweetest beef you would go for if using it for something else. According to research done in 1995, 4 ounces of meat in the grounded piece used for a burger comes from at least 1000 different cows.
- 9. There is a hamburger hall of fame in Seymour, Wisconsin which holds an annual Burger Fest day.
- 10. May 28 is marked as the National Hamburger Day in America.
If you are a foodie and enjoy hamburgers, then the facts above will definitely come in handy the next time you are having a conversation about hamburgers.