Happy National Hamburger Day!
I found several dates listed for National Hamburger Day including May 29th, July 28th, and December 21st, but I don’t think there can be too many days dedicated to the hamburger.
Many people have claimed to be the creator of the American Hamburger, but the topic is still open for debate. Regardless of its origins, the hamburger’s rise to fame and subsequent variations are not only mind-boggling, but fascinating.
Did you know:
- In Minnesota, a Jucy Lucy, is a hamburger cooked with cheese inside the meat patty. A piece of cheese is surrounded by raw meat and cooked until it melts, resulting in a molten core of cheese within the patty.
- A hamburger smothered in red or green chile is called a slopper.
- In Alberta, Canada a kubie burger is a hamburger made with a pressed Ukrainian sausage called kubasa.
- In Mexico, burgers are often accompanied by ham and avocado.
- At $499, the world’s largest hamburger commercially available, tips the scales at 185.8 pounds and is on the menu at Mallie’s Sports Grill & Bar in Southgate, Michigan. It is called the Absolutely Ridiculous Burger, which takes about 12 hours to prepare.
- McDonald’s in New Zealand created a Kiwiburger, similar to a Quarter Pounder, but features salad, beetroot and a fried egg.
- The Hungry Jack’s (Burger King) Aussie Burger has tomato, lettuce, onion, cheese, bacon, beetroot, egg, ketchup and a meat patty.
Kiwi Fruit Day was listed as both a California only holiday and a national holiday. I opted for the national holiday because I want an excuse to eat a kiwi today.
The kiwi or kiwifruit is also known as the Chinese gooseberry. The fruit was renamed for export marketing reasons in the 1950s; briefly to melonette, and then later by New Zealand exporters to kiwifruit. The name kiwifruit comes from the kiwi — a brown flightless bird and New Zealand’s national symbol. Kiwi is also a colloquial name for the New Zealand people.