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I’m In Heaven….

By Staff | May 10, 2012

May has arrived and with it, I am now certifiably in heaven.

Nope, haven’t shuffled off or anything like that, it’s just that May 1 through 31 is the ultimate celebration National Hamburger Month.

Don’t laugh this is legit. The observance is sponsored by White Castle, the original fast-food hamburger chain (founded in 1921), and intended “to pay tribute to one of America’s favorite foods. With or without condiments, on or off a bun or bread, hamburgers have grown in popularity since the early 1920s and are now an American meal mainstay.”

Now, let’s set this in perspective. While May is National Hamburger Month, celebrated alongside National BBQ Month, there are a couple of other observances that revolve around the burger, starting with National Hamburger and Pickle Month, which is celebrated in March of each year. Then, you have National Sandwich Month, which is observed in August. And then, of course, National Hamburger Day has been observed anywhere from Dec. 21, to May 29 and July 28, but according to a majority of main-stream media, May 28 is the generally accepted National Hamburger Day.

I hear you out there. “Why was this holiday created?”

Well, in researching the holiday, I couldn’t really find the creator, or the origin of this day. There’s plenty of evidnce that this holiday has been celebrated for years, so if they have been celebrating it, it must exist you know, just like “if you build it they will come.”

Now, of course, for the purists in our midsts, here is the educational part of this piece.

“Hamburger also refers to the cooked patty of ground meat by itself. The patty alone is also known as a beefburger, or burger. Adding cheese makes it a cheeseburger. Hamburger is actually a distinct product from ground round and other types of ground meat. However, ground beef of any form is often commonly referred to as “hamburger.” A recipe calling for ‘hamburger’ (the non-countable noun) would require ground beef or beef substitute- not a whole sandwich. The word hamburger comes from Hamburg steak, which originated in the German city of Hamburg. Contrary to what folk etymology might lead one to believe, there is no actual ‘ham’ in a hamburger.”

“According to the American Heritage Dictionary, the term “hamburger” comes from Hamburg steak, which was first recorded in English in 1884 but was probably used much earlier. A form of pounded beef called “Hamburg Steak” was common in Hamburg in the middle of the 19th century. The recipe was brought to North America by the large numbers of people emigrating from Germany at the time, many of whom passed through the port of Hamburg. There is indirect evidence for its use on an American menu in 1836. The form hamburger steak first appeared in a Washington state newspaper in 1889. The first recipe close to the current idea of a hamburger, using ground beef mixed with onion and pepper dates from 1902.”

And now, let us all dunk our burger in our ketchup and toast a great American Holiday!