NATIONAL HAMBURGER MONTH
Hamburgers are an essential part of bar menus, casual dining eateries, and behind the success of every fast-food chain from White Castle to Roy Rogers. May is National Barbeque Month so it’s fitting that most commonly fire-grilled food, the hamburger, and shares its celebratory month with the technique often used to cook it. When it comes to burgers the variations are endless. You can add a fried egg, chili, avocado, any type of cheese you can think of, or even ten strips of bacon. Want all of those toppings? Not a problem. We’ve even seen burgers with a bun made from Krispy Kreme glazed donuts.
The hamburger is considered by many the world over to almost single-handedly represent American cuisine, which is a pretty awesome feat considering the size and diversity of this country. Any attempt at researching the origin of the hamburger can turn into a wild goose chase with different individuals, restaurants, cities, and states claiming ownership to the creation of the modern hamburger. This goes to show just how important the hamburger is to not only our gastronomic heritage, but our cultural heritage, as well. Besides being tasty, portable, and relatively simple to prepare, the hamburger provides us with the one thing Americans really crave: freedom of expression.