DailyDirt: Hamburgers Are American (Not German)

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If there’s a food that people think is American, it’s the hamburger. The original hamburger probably came from German immigrants in the late 1800s, and the first mass-produced modern hamburgers started selling in the 1920s. Some estimates say that hamburgers account for nearly 60% of all sandwiches eaten in the US (and about 7.5% of all our potatoes go towards making French fries). If you like a good burger, check out some of these links.

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Anonymous Coward says:

Not nailed down..... America claims it

Hamburgers Are American (Not German)

If there’s a food that people think is American, it’s the hamburger. The original hamburger probably

PROBABLY ?

Stopped reading right there. You can’t claim “not German” and “are American” when you have a very loose “probably” as the measure of accuracy.

I am sure with a 99% probability that you don’t know the TIME when hamburgers originated. So dismiss the fact of it’s name, the fact of first seeing it in America from German immigrants.

America has a history of claiming “they invented it” when they didn’t.

Americans invented St Patrick?s Day (oh that’s the latest one- google it)

Americans invented apple pie
………. blah lightbulb ….. blah ….electricity…. on and on…. etc…. etc…

America did create Fast Food & Morbid Obesity.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Not nailed down..... America claims it

Should add.

Sandwich

It was named after John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, an 18th-century English aristocrat. It is said that he ordered his valet to bring him meat tucked between two pieces of bread.
The Oxford English Dictionary gives its appearance as 1762.

But only in America did people first put meat between bread, in 1900. Am not even going to get into sausage without sheep intestines. People have put meat in sheep intestines since the 13th century.

Another American “claim” doesn’t add up.

Anonymous Coward says:

Re: Re: Re: aubergine didn't exist before America created the eggplant

Learn the definition of “straw man” ffs. Then comprehend it.

Seeing as the opposing argument is a “probable” against some facts. If anything… I am opposing the straw man argument with facts that make probability greater for the “no America didn’t create the hamburger” argument.

First (found) recorded use of the term “hamburger” does not equal the creation of the item known as a hamburger.
Now that is a staw man argument. Can’t prove America invented the item known as a hamburger, proves the the first found usage of the word hamburger as being in America.

Using that* argument logic…. America also invented the eggplant.

The origin of the word sandwich is not relevant ?
Claims America invented the meat sandwich known as a hamburger, BECAUSE of the claim that it was the first time a meat “patty” was put in between bread as a sandwich. Think you will find that is relevant.

The origin of the meat “patty” is also relevant as I alluded to with the origin of the word sausage.

More relevance… Bread has been around for about 12,000 years that we know of, it was never married with beef to create a hamburger before a few years ago.

Also… the word “bap” dates from the 16th century.
AKA.. bun to Americans. But the Hamburger bun was invented in 1915 “according to Americans”.

The kicker of relevance… America’s narcissistic Nationalism that created “the greatest country in the world” and also “invented all the things” that it didn’t invent.

Yep… seems legit that “America invented the food now known as the Hamburger”.

Take what “probable” you want. I know what is more plausible to me. It aint “German Immigrants invented it in America” then it was named “hamburger” and coincidentally was only invented (like lot’s of other supposed American food inventions) when the rise of restaurants in America started.

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