Summers Here And It’s Burger Time!
Well here we are on the eve of the Memorial Day holiday. The unofficial start to summer. Finally!! Let the cookouts begin and of course one of the main items on that holiday menu are burgers. Hamburgers, cheese burgers, lamb burgers, turkey burgers, plant burgers (really) and so it goes.”These days, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Americans eat about 50 billion burgers each year. And while warmer weather has home chefs firing up their grills for Memorial Day weekend, few know the humble hamburger’s origins are right here in the Midwest. In the summer of 1885, Charlie Nagreen was just 15 years old when he drove his ox cart 24 miles from Hortonville to Seymour to erect a wooden stand at the Outagamie County Fair. From that stall, he intended to sell meatballs on sticks to fairgoers. But the meatballs weren’t selling very well; people said they were too difficult to eat on the go. The youthful entrepreneur then decided to smash the meatballs into patties and add bread, making them much more convenient to munch on while moving from exhibit to exhibit.”
Thanks to Jay Jones of The Tribune.