Ok, well at least you're going to go running around your back yard chasing fireworks or jumping in a swimming pool after, right?
No matter... the ol arteries are hardning as you swallow.. but let's go back to the origins of the 'burger and fries' shall we? What can we learn from this past-time?
Residents of Hamburg, New York, which was named after Hamburg, Germany, attribute the hamburger to Ohioans Frank and Charles Menches. According to legend, the Menches brothers were vendors at the 1885 Erie County Fair (then called the Buffalo Fair) when they ran out of sausage for sandwiches and used beef instead. They named the result after the location of the fair. However, Frank Menches's obituary in The New York Times states instead that these events took place at the 1892 Summit County Fair in Akron, Ohio.
The Seymour Community Historical Society of Seymour, Wisconsin, credits Charlie Nagreen, now known as "Hamburger Charlie", with the invention of the hamburger. Nagreen was fifteen when he reportedly made sandwiches out of meatballs that he was selling at the 1885 Seymour Fair (now the Outagamie County Fair), so that customers could eat while walking. The Historical Society explains that Nagreen named the hamburger after the Hamburg steak with which local German immigrants were familiar.
The Library of Congress credits Louis Lassen of Louis' Lunch, a small lunch wagon in New Haven, Connecticut, for selling the first hamburger and steak sandwich in the U.S. in 1895. Newyorkmagazine states that, "The dish actually had no name until some rowdy sailors from Hamburg named the meat on a bun after themselves years later", noting also that this claim is subject to dispute.
There is good evidence that the first hamburger served on a bun was made by Oscar Weber Bilby of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1891.
"In April of 1995, the Dallas Morning News reported Oklahoma author says Tulsa beats out Texas as the birthplace of delicacy. Michael Wallis, author of "Route 66, The Mother Road", was quoted by the newspaper to say he had discovered Tulsa's place in culinary history. The discovery was made while researching the state’s tastiest hamburgers. What better place to start than the restaurant that has been voted Tulsa's best burger more often than any other restaurant since 1933... Weber's Root Beer Stand. Mr. Wallis’ research revealed that Oscar Weber Bilby was the first person to serve a real hamburger. On July 4, 1891, ground beef was served on his wife’s homemade buns. The Fourth of July party took place on his farm, just west of present day Tulsa. Until then, ground beef had been served in Athens, Texas on simple slices of bread, known presently and then as a "patty melt". According to the Tulsa-based author, the bun is essential. Therefore, in 1995, Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating cited Athens, Texas' feat of ground beef between two slices of bread to be a minor accomplishment. The Governor's April 1995 Proclamation also cites the first true hamburger on the bun, as meticulous research shows, was created and consumed in Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1891. The Governor's Proclamation on April 13, 1995 cites Tulsa as "The Real Birthplace of the Hamburger."
The hamburger bun was invented in 1916 by a fry cook named Walter Anderson, who co-founded White Castle in 1921."
Well get a load of that, Templeton.. that's lot's of fairs. (You know, a fair is a veritable smorgasboard).
Well, regardless - I am going to enjoy a cookout all of my own volition.. and it's going to have fries and burgers in it too!
I'm baking red-white and blue fries and making vegan red white and blue burgers to go with it..
So, let's look at some numbers, shall we?
Original Fries Baked RWB Veganies
Calories 200 123
Total Fat 31.1 2.2
Cholesterol 5 0
Sodium 335 49
Total Carbohydrate 67.3 25
Dietary Fiber 5.9 2.0
Protein 7.27 2.7
WWpts – 16 3
Original Cheeseburger Independence Burgers
Calories 859 125
Total Fat 23.5 3.1
Cholesterol 52 0
Sodium 976 460
Total Carbohydrate 29 8
Dietary Fiber 0 5
Protein 17 13
WWpts – 11 2
Yup.. you saw it here.
And now that we don't have to make the cows mad....
So - until then - Happy Independence day! Be safe, look out for your furkids and enjoy a dip in a pool somewhere.
Our veganization will start soon!
Music enjoyed while blogging:
Strangely, nothing but what's in my head.