Best Burger Recipes
A hamburger (in the United Kingdom and
Saudi Arabia, the patty alone is known as a beef burger or
burger) is a
involving a patty of ground meat that is usually
beef. The meat can be
steamed, or broiled, and is generally served with various
condiments and toppings inside a
baked specially for this purpose. Burgers are often served
with French fries, potato chips, or onion rings.
and Grilled Burgers
Hamburger can also refer to the meat itself. This type of
meat can be used in boxed dinners such as "Hamburger Helper".
Hamburger is actually a distinct product from ground round and
other types of ground meat. However, ground beef of any form is
often commonly referred to as "hamburger." A recipe calling for
'hamburger' (the non-countable noun) would require ground beef
or beef substitute- not a whole sandwich.
Although Hamburg, Germany is credited for the precursor to the
hamburger, the origins of the first "modern" hamburger are often
debated among scholars. Of much debate is what exactly constitutes
the "modern" hamburger, although there is general consensus that it
refers to a hamburger patty's placement in a hamburger bun (not just
any piece of bread).
The hamburger bun is said to have
been invented in 1916 by Walter Anderson, a short-order cook, who
went on to co-found White Castle in 1921. Before the bun, hamburgers
are said to have been served between two pieces of bread. In fact, a
ground beef patty was known as "Hamburger steak" (first mentioned in
an American cookbook in 1891); when this was put between bread or in
a bun it was called a "Hamburger sandwich".
Due to widely prevalent anti-German sentiment in the USA during the
First World War, an alternative name for hamburgers ("salisbury
steaks") became more common for the duration. The original
"Salisbury steak", however, was simply well-cooked plain, bunless
hamburger, and was "invented" in 1888 by Dr. James H. Salisbury, an
English physician. Today, Salisbury steak usually contains egg,
bread crumbs or other extenders, and seasonings and is topped with
A thin, fried, hamburger steak is sometimes referred to as a "minute
steak". In many parts of the U.S., the same term is sometimes used
for a thin, mechanically tenderized (nearly chopped) piece of round