Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Letter H

H is for Hamburgers


Harvey’s makes a hamburger a beautiful thing…Harvey’s
Two all-beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions – all on a sesame seed bun….McDonalds
Where’s the beef? A square hamburger patty? ….Wendy’s
Have it your way…. Burger King
Where the burgers are as good as the root beer … A&W
I’m thinking different; I’m thinking Arby’s ….Arby’s
 Because the world has eaten countless hamburgers, the origins of the name may be of interest to many. By the middle of the 19th century people in the port city of Hamburg, Germany enjoyed a form of pounded beef called Hamburg steak. The large numbers of Germans who migrated to North America during this time probably brought the dish and its name along with them. The entrée may have appeared on an American menu as early as 1836, although the first recorded use of Hamburg steak is not found until 1884. The variant form hamburger steak, using the German adjective Hamburger meaning "from Hamburg," first appears in a Walla Walla, Washington, newspaper in 1889. By 1902 we find the first description of a Hamburg steak close to our conception of the hamburger, namely a recipe calling for ground beef mixed with onion and pepper. By then the hamburger was on its way, to be followed much later by the shortened form burger, used in forming cheeseburger and the names of other variations on the basic burger, as well as on its own.
I’d have to say my all-time favorite hamburger from a fast food place would have to be a Harvey’s hamburger. I can stand at the counter and pick what I want to top the patties. Usually I get double the amount of pickles since I am really a pickle fanatic. If they are putting too much lettuce on I can tell them to take some off. There is nothing like biting into a hamburger that was just grilled and made specifically to MY likes!



JoJo said...

I haven't had a burger in ages. YUM!!!!!!!!

Rhondi St. Onge Peacock said...

Harvey's does make a hamburger a beautiful thang! They are my very favourite!

sue said...

the best burgers are not at the fast food places.... have you seen what they've done to the burger now?? In Toronto are a ton of places with toppings that do not belong on a burger--and a price to match

Lisa said...

I've never heard of Harvey's, but I'm always up for a good burger! We have something similar here I think called Fuddrucker's - where you get your burger and go to a topping bar and choose your own goodies.

Botanist said...

The most amazing burgers I've ever eaten came from a little shop in Oxford, England. Fresh beef patties and the most delicious floured buns and relishes. Not a trace of big burger chain blandness, and I've never even been able to match them home made. Mmmmm...