National Hamburger Day – NATIONAL FOOD DAYS

NATIONAL FOOD DAYS

May 28th

National Hamburger Day

How many times have you heard that phrase ‘The All-American Hamburger”?  And what is the Hamburger named after?  Its name would imply that it is made from Ham, but that is not the case.  Our Hamburger derived it name from the city of Hamburg, Germany from which many immigrants to this country were from.  The immigrants made patties of seasoned minced beef which eventually came to be known as Hamburg Steak.

According to the Library of Congress, the Hamburger as we know it today, was originally made in New Haven Connecticut in 1895 and has grown into what is probably America’s most popular food.  Today, Hamburgers are made not only from beef, but from Turkey, Chicken, Mushrooms and even Tofu.  The Burger ranges all the way from mini-Burgers known as sliders to Monster Burgers that one could barely be able to bite into.

There are naked Burgers, Cheese Burgers, Mushroom Burgers, Double Burgers, Hawaiian Burgers, Turkey Burgers, Vegie Burgers, Tofu Burgers.  We could probably do a whole word search, just with the names of all the Burgers joints there are around the country.  Lately, Burgers have enjoyed an upswing on the Gourmet Scale.  New Burger places have opened up which price there Burgers at $10 or more.  These upscale burgers offer a better grade of meat and a great variety of garnishes and sauces.

 

BUILD A CHEESEBURGER

BUN BOTTOM

THOUSAND ISLAND DRESSING

MEAT PATTY

CHEESE

GRILLED ONIONS

CHILI SAUCE

SLICED TOMATO

PICKLE

LETTUCE

BUN TOP DRESSED WITH MAYONNAISE

 See the complete recipe at cheeseburgers/

 For a Chili Burger recipe see:  chili-burgers/

 For a great Portobello Mushroom Recipe see:  portobello-mushroom-burgers/

My favorite all-time Burger during my High School Days and later was Bob’s Big Boy.  I still like to have one for old times’ sake and will go out of my way to get one at least once a year.

Below is a list of some of the Hamburger Restaurants in Southern California.  The ones with the asterisk are either out of business or there are very few left.

 

Bob’s Big Boy – original location is Toluca Lake –

Burger King – all over

Carl’s Jr.

 

CAR'LS JR.

 

Fat Boy – Studio City

 

Five Guys** – Thousand Oaks

 

FIVE GUYS

 

 

Habit – Santa Barbara based – now in many locations in Ventura County

 

 

Habit

 

Hamburger Hamlet – original  on Sunset Blvd.  Westwood Village was my favorite location.  Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks and Sunset Blvd. still open.

 

In and Out – All over

 

In N Out

 

Jack in the Box – All over

 

JACK IN THE BOX

 

McDonald’s – goes back to the  fifties when it was known as Peak’s, a licensee of McDonald’s.

 

McDonald's

 

The Counter** – Westlake Village and other locations

Umami Burger** – Westlake Village and other locations

Wendy’s – all over

 

** – Relatively new – Umami is also located in Beverly Hills

 

If you can add to this list, please do so in the comment box.

Also, please Vote for your Favorite Hamburger place!

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