May is National Hamburger Month!!!
There isn’t much better than a huge, juicy hamburger! I mean – really!!!
The history of the hamburger is unclear. Most places that I looked, agreed that it actually began in the 13th century and were eaten raw (yes, it’s true). Hamburgers then began being cooked and smothered with gravy and became closer to what we know at Salisbury steak. Even who added or when the bun was added can’t be agreed upon, though the dates of late 1800 to early 1900’s seem to be the general consensus (this is also when they “think” it began in America).
Here are some links to articles about the “History of the Hamburger” — if nothing else, they are an interesting read.
Regardless of how they came about or when they began in the United States, they have become the foundation of the backyard BBQ.
The wonderful thing about hamburgers is the fact that the toppings are only limited by your imagination. You can take almost any topping or variety of toppings and make it work. People have taken the flavors of many foods and made them into a burger (example is the Reuben burger–which I love, by the way). In addition to just eating a variety of burgers, making them can be just as fun.
There are complete cookbooks that speciailize burgers (visit Amazon for a list).
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate “National Hamburger Month” than to eat as many hamburgers as one can. That’s my goal this month — to eat as many and as many varieties as I can get my hands on and can talk my husband into trying.
So think outside the box this month, when it comes to your burgers, and see where it takes you! Hopefully it will take you to a whole new realm of possibilities!!
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