When and where was the hamburger invented

Who invented the hamburger? (2)
There are countless stories and assumptions about the invention of the hamburger, many of which actually begin in Hamburg, but Americans also claim the "honor" of making the first burger.

In Germany people love the hamburger
If you are looking for the origin of the burger in Hamburg, you will find it in the port. The Elbe port used to be used by many seafarers from the Baltic States. It has always been the custom there to season meat and eat it raw. Now the citizens of Hamburg were apparently no friends of raw meat, because they simply fried the meat in fat and found that it tasted better that way. This could have been the birth of the meatball. This theory is supported by the fact that the "Urfrikadelle" was mentioned as "Hamburger Steak" in an American cookbook in 1891. But how did the meatball get to America and into the bread roll? There is a different story on this topic, which also begins in Hamburg: In the 17th century there were many people disappointed in Europe who wanted to start all over again in America. Since almost all of the overseas lines started in Hamburg, many of these people cavorted in the port of Hamburg. The food for the emigrants on the ships was meager and was based on the simple home cooking of the Elbe city. One of these dishes that still exist in Hamburg today was the "round piece warm". This dish is a slice of roast pork placed on a roll or two and covered with a little sauce. On the crossings, for the sake of simplicity, it was probably folded up so that you could eat it out of hand and not have to take up any of the expensive seats in the dining room. However, the burger was not yet created.
The question of when the first hamburger saw the light of day is even more difficult to clarify than that of the origin.

A small selection: The fifteen-year-old boy Charlie Nagreen is said to have sold fried meatballs at a fair. When his customers complained that their hands were getting very greasy while eating, Charlie hit upon the idea of ​​placing the meatball between two sandwiches.

In another story, Frank Menches is mentioned as the inventor of the burger. According to legend, he is said to have ushered in the snack era with pork sausages. One day, when his butcher didn't deliver enough sausages to him, he got the idea to grill minced meat instead and sell it in rolls.

Most widespread, however, is the story of Fletcher Davis, who offered a minced steak with mustard and onions at the 1904 World's Fair, which was even praised by the New York Tribune.

So it remains questionable whether any light will ever be shed behind the history of the hamburger. Be that as it may, the search for it has produced nice stories.

American cuisine (1)