The Great Hamburger Debate
It's one of America's greatest, most time-honored backyard cookout and fast-food chain traditions. Where did this delicious delight originate?Claimants have arisen over the decades since the hamburger entered our
New Haven, Conn / Louis Lassen / 1901
Seymour, Wis / Charlie Nagreen / 1885
Hamburg, NY / Erie County Fair / Frank and Charles Menches / 1885
Tulsa, Okla / 4th of July celebration on his farm/ Oscar Weber Bilby / 1885
Athens, Tex / Fletcher Davis
The Hamburger Recipe: ground beef patty*, mustard and/or mayo, tomato, lettuce, pickles, and onions served between two halves of a warm bun and, generally, served alongside ample supply of fries and ketchup. (*with/without cheese)
Claiments 1-4, according to history, served steak sandwiches (meat slapped between bread). Impressed with Mr. Fletcher Davis's lunch counter, folks funded his trip to the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis. There Uncle Fletch, as he was known in Athens, set up a stand near the midway and sold his burgers. Impressed with this new delectable, New York Tribune reporter interviewed Uncle Fletch, who explained that his fried-potato recipe came from an old friend who lived in Paris (Texas, that is). The reporter, unfamiliar with Texas towns, dubbed the side dish "French fried potatoes."
McDonald's, the world largest hamburger vendor, embrace Uncle Fletch as the likely inventor. In 2006 the legislature of the great state of Texas passed a resolution recognizing Fletcher Davis, the originator of the hamburger.
Just goes to show one doesn't have to be a da Vinci, Einstein, Theresa, or Gandi to make the world a better place.
The Hamburger . . . it's on the menu tonight.** How are you having yours?
**Tonight Gina Welborn's family will be having meatloaf with a side of hash and grilled asparagus instead of hamburgers and fries.