The hamburger was born in New Haven, Connecticut

Sorry, Texas. The American Hamburger Was Born in New Haven, Conn.

There are few things more American than the hamburger.

If you try to look up its history, though, it's hard to narrow down where it actually came from.

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Most seem to credit the German-speaking immigrants who brought along a dish called the Hamburg steak with them to the U.S during the mid 1800s.

However, the Library of Congress has a different idea about where this tasty food originated.

It gives the honor to Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut, which opened its doors in 1895.

According to the restaurant's website, the hamburger was born in 1900 after a customer asked the owner for something "he could eat on the run." The owner then quickly cooked a piece of ground steak and slapped it between two slices of bread.

Louis' Lunch still serves its hamburgers this way today, but customers can add a slice of cheese, onions or tomato.

A writer for Atlas Obscura says: "They don't have condiments, so don't ask. They invented the hamburger, they don't have to be nice about it."

Not to mention, because being recognized as the birthplace of the hamburger isn't enough, the Library of Congress also recognized Louis' Lunch as the birthplace of the steak sandwich.

Click through to learn more about the hamburger:

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The hamburger was born in New Haven, Connecticut

How far back in history does the hamburger go?

The hamburger evolved from a long lineage of meat patty predecessors, going as far back as the times of Mongol emperor Genghis Khan. Khan’s horsemen would store flat patties made from meat scraps underneath their saddles, and after a day of battle the patty would be tenderized and ready to be eaten raw.

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Who invented the hamburger?

There are competing claims for the creation the first hamburger, but the debate also lies in whether or not sandwiching a meat patty between two slices of toasted bread counts. The first hamburger on a bun could be attributed to Oscar Weber Bilby from Tulsa, Oklahoma, who served grilled Angus meat patties on homemade yeast buns at his Fourth of July cookout in the summer of 1891.

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Another theory on the first hamburger

Others argue that serving hamburgers at a private party is like a tree falling in a forest with no one around to hear it.  For these historians, the story of the hamburger starts with the establishment of White Castle, the first hamburger chain, by Billy Ingram and short-order cook Walt Anderson in 1916.

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White Castle's custom spatula

Ingram developed a White Castle custom creation, a spatula made from saw-blade steel perfect for flattening patties, which is currently housed in a temperature-proof glass case at the Ohio State Historical Society.

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How did McDonald’s start?

Brothers Dick and Mac McDonald originally ran a struggling movie theater, then opened a hot dog stand in Pasadena, California, called the Airdrome, moved operations to San Bernardino in 1940 to become a full-fledged restaurant that sold hot dogs, hamburgers and barbeque called McDonald’s Barbeque and finally reinvented the restaurant in 1948 to become the fast-food burger joint McDonald’s.

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How long does it take to make a Big Mac?

It takes approximately 15 seconds to assemble a Big Mac. Don't believe us? You can watch the YouTube video here.

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Remember Liberty Fries?

When World War I broke out, a hamburger was referred to as a “liberty sandwich” to erase its German roots.

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What's in a vegetarian burger?

The patty of a vegetarian hamburger usually contains a vegetable protein like soy, other vegetables especially legumes such as chickpeas and beans, grains, seeds, nuts and spices.

What makes a veggie patty taste so meaty? A more processed soy protein leads to a chewy, meat-like texture, and flavor agents like vegetable oil imitate the "mouthfeel" of beef fat.

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