Hamburgers Past, Present, and Future

/ food holidays, Restaurants / May 13

As the weather warms up and homeowners wheel their grills out onto their patios, we turn our attention to one of our nation’s most popular foods – the hamburger. Yes, May is National Hamburger Month, and there’s no better time to indulge in and experiment with this beloved menu item.

Although the burger is an American staple and a food for which the United States proudly takes credit, beef prepared in similar styles can be traced back as far as ancient Rome, where beef patties were prepared with pine kernels, black and green peppercorns, and white wine. In the 12th century, Genghis Khan and his army would wrap meat and place it under their saddles, where it would be crumbled by pressure and cooked by heat. Later, Germany put their own variations on ground beef and sold it on the streets. But the incarnation of the hamburger we know and love today probably had its origins in the US.

Here are some burger trends to try this month:

Greek-Inspired Burgers. Feta cheese, garlic aioli, and spinach instead of Greenleaf lettuce imbue every bite with Greek flavor. You can even try preparing this burger with lamb meat instead of beef for an extra unique twist.

Breakfast Burgers. Fried eggs and bacon on burgers are hardly a new trend, but what about sweet maple aioli served on an English muffin instead of a traditional bun? We say, you can definitely eat this burger for breakfast!

Fun New Spreads like nduja, which is spreadable sausage. This spicy meat will certainly add a delightful kick to any burger.

Burger/Beer Pairings. Do your research, figure out which brews best complement the burgers on your menu, and be sure to let your customers know. The right pairing will vastly improve their dining experience!

Whether you’re innovating your restaurant’s burger selection, sharing new burger ideas with industry colleagues and customers, or simply digging into a new recipe, make the most of May and National Hamburger Month. Happy eating!

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