By Freya Ensbey.
The exact origin and ownership of the hamburger has been
disputed for centuries, but to no prevail. America for one has claimed it as
their own, believing it was first around during the 19th and 20th century as a product created to meet the needs of a society rapidly changing
due to industrialisation, asking for easier and faster meals to be readily available
for the working class. Cheaper cuts of meat were ground down to make patties
and affordable flour made into bread rolls, making this a thrifty meal that
could be eaten straight from brown paper wrapping, anytime anywhere.
England has also made a claim to the burger fame, disputing
that one of their most famous English cook book authors of her time, Hannah
Glasse published in her 1747 cookbook "The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy”
a recipe for the "Hamburg Sausage.” It was suggested to serve the flat sausage roasted
with a toasted bread underneath it. Perhaps this was the beginning of the hamburger?
However, the most plausible and widely accepted custodians
of the burger are the Germans. The 19th century story goes that the
beef from German Hamburg cows were minced and combined with garlic, onions,
salt and pepper before being formed into patties, which were known as Hamburg
steaks. Years later, the Hamburg steak is reported to have been served between
two pieces of bread on the Hamburg America Line, a German and American owned passenger
Today, many think of the hamburger as one the main fast food
choices available at takeaway eateries and the golden arches of McDonalds as
the founding burger father. Yet it was actually the company WhiteCastle we can
all thank for making the delicious hamburger main stream and affordable, with
their restaurant chain opening in 1921, serving their famous 0.05c mini slider
burgers, close to 30 years before McDonalds restaurants were even around.
Over centuries past, the once humble hamburger reserved for
the working class has been forced through numerous, extravagant identity crises.
From the novelty 1,164.2 kg world record breaking hamburger creation in
Germany, to the Mac and Cheese bun burger released by Chicago based eatery
Rockit Bar & Grill. There has even been the sweet addition by Johnny’s
Burgers of the Krispy Kreme Donut Burger, made on, yep you guessed it, two
Krispy Kreme sugar-glazed donuts, stuffed with a medium rare beef patty, two
slices of fried bacon and a wedge if cheese. It’s now even common practice at
any urban trendy bar for your Bloody Mary cocktail to be served with a floating
skewer of mini slider burgers.
For those who take pride in what goes between their buns and
are left hungry for more, feast your eyes on this recipe from those in the know
Fu Burger, giving us the cheese on one of their most popular burger recipes,