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Oct. 20, 2011 5:36 pm 
Updated: Oct. 21, 2011 2:20 pm
I was going to make Egg rolls today but when we got to the store looking at the ground pork, we also picked up some ground turkey so when we got home sue decided to change today's meal to Turkey burgers.

Have you wondered how did the hamburger got started?

So did I

15th century
 
Beginning in the 15th century, minced beef was a valued delicacy throughout Europe. Hashed beef was made into sausage in several different regions of Europe.

17th century

Ships from the German port of Hamburg, Germany began calling on Russian ports. During this period the Russian stake tartare was brought back to Germany and called "tartare steak".

18th and 19th centuries
 
Hamburg steak

Immigrants to the United States from German-speaking countries brought with them some of their favorite foods. One of them was Hamburg Steak. The Germans simply flavored shredded low-grade beef with regional spices, and both cooked and raw it became a standard meal among the poorer classes. In the seaport town of Hamburg, it acquired the name Hamburg steak. Today, this hamburger patty is no longer called Hamburg Steak in Germany but rather "Frikadelle", "Frikandelle" or "Bulette", originally Italian and French words.
 
In the late 18th century, the largest ports in Europe were in Germany. Sailors who had visited the ports of Hamburg, Germany and New York, brought this food and term "Hamburg steak" into popular usage. To attract German sailors, eating stands along the New York city harbor offered "steak cooked in the Hamburg style". The Oxford English Dictionary defined Hamburg steak as salt beef. It had little resemblance to the hamburger we know today. It was a hard slab of salted minced beef, often slightly smoked, mixed with onions and breadcrumbs. The emphasis was more on durability than taste.

The first printed American menu which listed hamburger was an 1826 menu from Delmonico's in New York. Between 1871-1884, “Hamburg Beefsteak” was on the “Breakfast and Supper Menu” of the Clipper Restaurant at 311/313 Pacific Street in San Fernando. It cost 10 cents—the same
price as mutton chops, pig’s feet in batter, and stewed veal. It was not, however, on the dinner menu, only “Pig’s Head” “Calf Tongue” and “Stewed Kidneys” were listed. Hamburger Steak, Plain and Hamburger Steak with Onions, was served at the Tyrolean Alps Restaurant at the
1904 St. Louis World's Fair.

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Turkey burger with gruyere cheese
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Turkey burger with gruyere cheese
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Comments
Oct. 20, 2011 10:34 pm
Those look delicious. OMNOMNOM. Thank you for the notes on origination, I love learning stuff like that. I wonder who first thought of making sour cream? :\
 
 
 
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