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The Evolution of the Burger

EVOLUTI ON OF THE BURGER Isicia Omentata' 350-450 AD THE ROMAN BURGER There's some evidence to suggest that the Ancient Romans invented the first burger (albeit without the bun and drowned in fish sauce). The famous Roman cookbook 'Apicus' contains a recipe for a dish called 'Isicia Omentata' which bears a reasonable resemblance to our modern day burger. 1300 Rysshew' (Rissole) The Medieval Ryssbew Minced meat was a delicacy in Medieval cuisine, with red meat restricted to the higher dlasses, however - patties made of spiced fruit and herbs fried in oil were very popular in Europe. As farming methods improved, pork and other meats were introduced and the burger began to take shape. 1800 Hamburg Steak The Hamburg Steak In the early 19th Century, Hamburg became famous for its exceptional beef, which was often prepared roughly chopped, formed into patties and seasoned. German immigrants to America brought this idea with them and soon restaurants were selling a version more suited to the American palate. 1880 AN'S GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT WORLD'S FAIR ST.LOUIS. DONT FAIL TO SEE IT The First TRUE Burger? This is a controversial topic and there are many origin stories. However, most historians believe the first true burger was created by a Texan cook Fletcher Davis AKA "Old Dave" who simply placed a Hamburg steak between two slices of Texas toast. Records show that by 1904 Old Dave was selling these at the 1904 St. Louis World's Fair. 1921 continae the 12-esnt "Spodal" as o qualty-only the prien White Castle -HAMBURGERS 1 laProvides a envice In Keeplng e "Sack" lor "POKE" or "DAG t the Counter? RE! Specially De- THE WHITE CASTLE BURGER The founder of White Castle, Walter Anderson, had been running fast food stands since 1916 before he was credited with the invention of the hamburger bun. In 1921 the first dedicated hamburger restaurant, White Castle, was established, giving birth to the fast food industry. These burger experts are also famous for their distinctive, tiny square sliders. 1927 The Cheese Burger Some genius realised adding cheese to a hamburger was a match made in heaven. Again, there is some argument as to who this genius was, although most sources suggest he was 16-year old fry cook, Lionel Sternberger (berger - lol!) who was experimenting with cheese whilst cooking at his dad's Californian sandwich shop "The Rite Spot". 1940 MEDonald's SPEEDEE SERVICE SYSTEM HAMBURGERS We have Seld OVER S0 M McDonald's Hamburger The burger continued to be popular throughout the 20os and 30s and the fast food industry was already booming. In 1940, Patrick McDonald and his two sons opened the first ever McDonald's in California, with an emphasis on fast and cheap food, introducing the concept of the "one-minute burger" and popularising the drive-in. 1954 WIMPY BURGER As the burger continued in its popularity, the world began to notice. Some of the larger names in American fast food took their franchises abroad. One success story was Wimpy, who by 1970 had over 500 restaurants in the UK alone, until McDonald's came along in the 8os and their numbers dwindled. 1957 'THE WHOPPER No burger has undergone as many changes as Burger King's signature burger. Marketed from its conception as a larger burger ('A meal in itself), by 1985 the weight had increased to 4.20z. Whereas the bun was initially plain, it then changed to sesame-seeded, then to a Kaiser roll and then back to seeded. 1968 The Big Mac' The Big Mac, although destined for greatness, had a rocky start. Initially a failure on launch, under its previous names as "The Aristocrat" and "The Blue Ribbon Burger", it took a third renaming and the introduction of "Special Sauce" before this burger became the icon we know it as today. 1968 Wendy's Hamburgers Inspired by his hometown Kalamazoo square burgers, founder Dave Thomas decided to open his own burger place named after his daughter, Wendy. With their slogan "Quality is our Recipe", Wendy's chains promoted better quality and healthier burgers and were the first fast food chain to introduce a salad bar. 1968 FIVE GUYS At the height of McDonald's grip on the fast food industry, Janie and Jerry Murrll and their sons (the original "Five Guys") considered a different, more handcrafted approach to fast food. With their hand-formed burgers and fresh-cut fries, a cult-like following turned into a franchise consisting of over 1,500 restaurants. 2000 THE GOURMET BURGER With 'better burger' chains, gastropubs and bars muscling in on the larger chains' business, it was only a matter of time before gourmet burgers arrived on the scene, with ingredients and phrases such as: Brioche • Ciabatta • Aberdeen Angus • Coarse Ground Hand-formed Hand-cut Fries Triple-cooked Fries 2010 The Double Down Supposedly born out of the low-carb craze, the Double Down (from KFC) was a no-bun burger that consisted of two pieces of fried chicken (in place of the bread) around bacon, cheese and sauce. Its success has guaranteed it a permanent spot on the menu. 2013 THE IN VITRO BURGER In response to the world's growing demand for meat, scientists from an institute in the Netherlands took cells from a cow and turned them into strips of musde to create a patty. Whilst there were mixed reactions to the 'burger', most comments were positive and agreed the technique had promise.

The Evolution of the Burger

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