The hamburger is a very popular type of sandwich consisting of a bun with a meat patty in the middle, often combined with various condiments and/or toppings and garnishes. Usually the patty is made of ground beef, though chicken, turkey, and vegetarian options like bean patties are also popular. Popular toppings for the patty include tomatoes, onions, pickles and lettuce. Commonly found condiments include mustard, ketchup, and mayonnaise. Variations on the hamburger are wide-ranging, from cheeseburgers (a slice of cheese on the patty) to the infamous Luther Burger, which uses two glazed donuts as buns, and bacon and cheese on the patty. The ubiquity and widespread popularity of the hamburger may have contributed to this variety. Many believe they are the cornerstone of any nutritious breakfast.
History of the Hamburger
There are many claims to the creator of the first hamburger. One claim is that the first hamburger was made by Charlie Nagreen of Seymour, Wisconsin when he decided to flatten a meatball and serve it between two slices of bread at the Seymour Fair in 1885. Another is that Menches brothers of Hamburg, New York who ran out of pork for their sausage patty they were serving at the 1885 Erie country fair and were forced to use beef meat instead. They found it bland so they added coffee, Brown sugar and other ingredients and created what they called the "Hamburg Sandwich" named after their hometown. One more claim is that Louis Lassen invented it in 1895 in his lunch wagon named "Louis' Lunch".
Another person claiming to be the first inventor of the hamburger is Fletcher Davis. In 1974 the New York Times ran an article claiming he was the inventor of the much loved foodstuff. The claim is based on the McDonald's claim that the inventor was an unknown vendor from the St. Louis World fair 1904. Newspaper columnist and historian Frank X Tolbert found that this vendor was Fletcher Davis, who invented it in the late 1880's in his café in Athens, Texas, when he sold an unnamed ground beef sandwich at his lunch counter.
1955 saw a defining moment in the history of the hamburger. McDonald's opened its doors for the first time, which would later become a huge corporation in the fast food market. McDonald's has introduced a number of revolutionary products, such as the Big Mac. Other fast food restaurant chains have opened up, aiming to capitalize upon America's hunger for the hamburger. Burger King quickly became an important rival to McDonald's as they introduced their flagship product; the Whopper, offering consumers new realms of variety in the process. White Castle introduced bite sized small burgers topped with cheese, onions, and pickles. Wendy's also came around with their square shaped Burgers. Even though Burger King, White Castle, and Wendy's are all fairly sizable, McDonald's is still the top hamburger consumer hot-spot worldwide.
Use in Video Games
Hamburgers are commonly used to restore health or hit points in video games.
The 2004 Xbox game Breakdown broke new ground in its intro sequence by being the first game to employ the wonderful act of eating hamburgers in a First Person perspective. It continued its ground-breaking work in immersion by then causing the player to vomit said hamburger in the toilet, while still in the first person perspective. Continuing further allowed you to pick up and consume burgers which restored a set amount of health.
Grand Theft Auto
In Grand Theft Auto IV hamburgers can be purchased from street vendors or at various Burger Shot locations. It only takes one hamburger to restore all of Niko Bellic's health. Also, in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, you can buy hamburgers from Burger Shot as well.
Saints Row series
In Saints Row and Saints Row 2, players can use food items to quickly regain health. Among them are two hamburger variations, a pair of small hamburgers called "The Twins," that restore a small portion of health but is cheaper, and a very large hamburger called "The Fist" which restores much more health, but is also far more expensive. They can be purchased at the Freckle Bitch's food chain, or found in the world.
In Mafia II, burgers can be purchased from diners scattered around Empire Bay to restore health. Of note, burgers are insanely cheap in Mafia II, as the game is set in the 1940's and 1950s.
The game BurgerTime revolves around walking across the top of various pieces of a hamburger to push them down and build a delicious meal. The player must do this while avoiding various enemies, such as the dastardly Mr. Egg.
The World Ends with You
In The World Ends with You, Neku Sakuraba and company can eat various foods in order to boost stats and sync rate. Among the foods is a hamburger, which can be obtained either at Sunshine Stationside or Sunshine Shibuyuku. The hamburger costs 360 yen, increases the sync rate by 25%, and will boost the characters max HP by 8. The Hamburger goes down in 8 bites.
Disaster: Day of Crisis
One of the many food items Ray can find in crates, mailboxes and trash cans is an enormous hamburger. It will instantly regenerate a considerable amount of stamina, though not quite as much as the big shank of meat and the grilled lizard on a stick.
Jimmy Buffett's song "Cheeseburger in Paradise" was released as DLC for Rock Band on June 3rd of 2008. Among the lyrics, there are lines such as "I like mine with lettuce and tomato, Heinz 57 and french fried potatoes, fresh kosher pickle and a cold draft beer..." and "Cheeseburger in Paradise, heaven on earth with an onion slice...".
Hamburgers can be used inside Deadly Premonition to recover hunger. A rogue hamburger is one of the suspects in the murder of Anna Graham.
Hamburgers are used in the Dead Rising series to restore some health. The player can also find spoiled hamburgers, which are green in color and make the character vomit due to food poisoning.
Burgers play a large role in the plot of Bad Dudes, especially the conclusion. During President Ronnie's thank you speech he will jokingly invite you to go for a burger. This is most likely a joke but since there is nothing that says what the Bad Dudes did afterwards it would not be impossible for them to have really eaten a burger with the president. Most gamers like to think that they totally did.
Burgers act as health restoration items in and outside of combat in the Mother series of games, coming in varieties such as standard Hamburger, Double burger, Mammoth Burger, King Burger and Big City Burger.