While in Flanders the month of May is all about unmown grass, the Americans celebrate their favourite snack for a whole month: the hamburger. Worldwide, 28 May has become International Hamburger Day.
The piece of raw beef that the renowned warriors of Genghis Khan put between saddle and horse to make it more tender was mixed by the Russians with egg and onion and renamed steak tartare. The Hamburgers lightly fried it on both sides and called it Steak Hamburg Style. German immigrants brought this dish to the US where it appeared on the menu at Delmonico's in New York in 1830.
Opinions differ about the origin of the addition of the bun to make the hamburger the dish we know today. One of the funniest is the one of the hurried customer of Louis' Lunch in New Haven who ordered a steak to go. The cook had no idea how else the man could eat it and put the steak between two slices of bread. That way, Louis Lassen became the inventor of our hamburger in 1900. Or is it the Chinese who have been putting a piece of grilled meat between two pieces of toast since 1045?
Man who invented the hamburger was smart; man who invented the cheeseburger was a genius.
— Matthew McConaughey
Although various versions of the hamburger exist, there is no doubt about its popularity. The average American eats a burger at least three times a week! In Florida, there is even a real hamburger museum, the Hamburger Hall of Fame. Meanwhile, hamburgers come in all sizes, types and flavours. For an outstanding burger, top chefs use first-class ingredients.
At VIAGE, we love burgers too. And in our restaurant, VIAGE Grill, we have the perfect tool to make the most savoury burger of any variant: the Australian 360° boiler grill. Seven days a week, from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m., it grills non-stop, including tasty burgers. How about a kefta lamb burger? Or a delicious cheeseburger made with Père Joseph cheese? Come and try them, even if it is not World Burger Day. There is always a delicious burger on our regularly updated menu!