It’s Memorial Day weekend! Chances are you have a few BBQ’s and cookouts to attend. Well, if you want to fully celebrate burgers, like Wimpy from Popeye, put it an alarm in your phone for Sunday: National Hamburger Day. If you’d like to even nerd out MORE about the official kick-off to summer sandwich, here’s everything you need to know about America’s beloved burgers:
- Americans eat nearly 50-billion hamburgers a year, which translates to three burgers a week for every single person in the United States. That’s a lot of beef.
- McDonald’s mogul Ray Kroc didn’t get into the burger business until he was in his 50s. (There’s still hope for you to make your billions.)
- White Castle is the oldest burger chain in America. It was started in 1921 by Walter A. Anderson and E.W. Ingram who sold their burgers for 5 cents a piece.
- Burgers account for 40% of all sandwiches Take that club sandwich.
- Despite its American popularity, we have the Germans to thank for our beloved hamburger.
- Hamburgers are also called the Liberty Sandwich because soldiers during WWI wanted to avoid using the German name.
- According to McDonald’s, the chain sells 75 burgers every single second of every minute of every hour of every single day.
- The Library of Congress creditsLouis Lassen of Louis Lunch sandwich shop in New Haven, CT as the creator of the hamburger as we know it.
- The Hamburger Hall of Fame is located in Daytona Beach, Florida.
Now, you’re all set to AMAZE your family and friends with all this burger knowledge while they sink their teeth into this Memorial Day favorite!