The hamburger consists of a cooked meat patty (made from ground meat) placed between two buns. While this the hamburger in its most basic form, it usually includes ingredients such as lettuce, onions, tomatoes, cheese, and pickles. It can also be flavored with mustard, ketchup, mayonnaise, and other condiments.
Why is the Hamburger Such an Iconic American Dish?
The birthplace of the hamburger is quite contentious, with most expert opinions being split between the US and Germany. Even within America, different cities have laid a claim for the ‘birthplace of the burger’ title. Despite its actual country of origin, there is no denying that the hamburger is one of the most recognizable American foods.
In fact, in most international ‘American-style’ eateries, the hamburger is often one of the best-selling menu items. Apart from the commercial aspect, the burger is also a staple in America’s home. During family gatherings, cookouts, and sporting events – you will usually find grilled burgers.
The Legacy of the American Hamburger
While the popularity of corporate burger chains is often seen as the burger’s legacy, its true legacy is how ubiquitous it is to the American way of life. Whether at home, at the stadium, in parks, or in gourmet Michelin star restaurants, you will always find a burger.