Who invented the hamburger? According to Hamburger Heaven, a book about the history of hamburgers, the beefy snack was invented in the late 1800’s in New York City. Sailors based in the port of Hamburg rolled into NYC demanding cooked, seasoned ground-beef patties. American vendors were quick to accommodate, but added a convenient twist of their own in the form of a soft white bun. The snack was coined a “Hamburger” in honour of the men who craved them.
But like so many American traditions, like gunplay and binge gambling, it turns out the Chinese were a couple millennia ahead of the craze. Yes the Chinese Hamburger exists, and it’s been filling the hunger gap since the (insert alloy) age.