The Hamburger is a sandwich consisting of a bun, a beef pattty, and veggies, in between two halves of the bun. It is not clear where the first Hamburger was made, but there are many speculations that this type of dish was served in the 18th century in Hamburg, Germany. Ketchup was added to the burger for a long time and became part of this dish’s identity. The term “burger” did not occur in the English-speaking world until the middle of the 19th century, though many claims it was used before 1862. The first mention of a hamburger on paper is made in an anonymous diary from 1802, but it was not until 1862 that Louis Lassen from New Haven created a bun stuffed with beef patties and topped them with sauce. This way, he served his creation to guests of his hotel restaurant; it originated from Hamburg, an old English word describing someone or something big and clumsy.
In 1900, a man named Louis Lassen was running his hamburger stand called “Louis’ Lunch” in New Haven, Connecticut. It is said that Louis Lassen was the man who gave the Hamburger its name and started selling it like a regular sandwich. There have been various speculations about who created the Hamburger in the past years. Many people now believe that Louis Lassen was the first person who created this kind of sandwich.
The Hamburger bun was invented in 1916 by Walter Anderson and Fred Chapman from Wichita, Kansas. The reason for inventing this type of bun was that so many buns were wasted on making regular sandwiches. The new bun was made using a round pickle as a mold and then using this mold to form the buns. The first hamburger bun was baked in color and came in waves of wheat and blue.
Today, there are many different types of burgers. From the simple cheeseburger to the mushroom swiss burger, there are some things to accommodate to everyone’s taste. At The Burger Shack, we offer a variety of burgers accompanied by different types of sides and beverages. Visit one of our three locations to try it out!