The Origins of Hamburgers and Stuffed Hamburgers

The hamburger, a ground meat patty between two slices of bread, is sometimes said to be created in America in 1900 by Louis Lassen, a Danish immigrant and owner of Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut. Rival claims have been made by Charlie Nagreen, Frank and Charles Menches, Oscar Weber Bilby, and Fletcher David. White Castle traces the origin of the hamburger to Hamburg, Germany with its invention by Otto Kuase. It is said by some that the hamburger gained national recognition at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair when the New York Tribune namelessly attributed the hamburger as, “the innovation of a food vendor on the pike.” No conclusive claim has ever been made to end the dispute over the inventor of the hamburger.

The creation of stuffed hamburgers is as difficult to pinpoint as the creation of hamburgers themselves. Some have suggested variations occurred in America since the 1950s. Others note that stuffed hamburgers became popular as part of the “designer hamburger” trend of the 2000s where top chefs and restaurants purposively sought to create exciting dishes out of the common man’s hamburger.

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Regardless of its’ origins, the stuffed burger has become a popular choice in restaurants across the country. Now, with the StufZ hamburger press, you can create stuffed hamburgers right in your own kitchen!

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