America’s favorite sandwich is honored during National Hamburger Month.
May has arrived and the spring weather is beautiful in Colorado. While some may say that barbeque “season” doesn’t officially start until Memorial Day, it isn’t too early to fire up the grill and celebrate National Hamburger Month. At Gunther Toody’s we like to think that we honor the burger every day of the year. We’re serving up fresh, delicious burgers 13 different ways! National Hamburger Month was created in 1992 by White Castle, America’s first fast-food burger chain. It started as National Hamburger Day on May 28 but expanded so that an entire month could be dedicated to the icon of American cuisine.
Here are some fun facts about burgers to get you ready for a month filled with the delicious treat.
- According to a survey by Zagat, 66% of people say that ketchup is their favorite condiment on a burger.
- As of 2012 more than 650 bottles of Heinz ketchup are being sold worldwide every year.
- If you heard a server in a diner say “walk a cow through the garden” in classic diner lingo that means a hamburger with lettuce, tomato and onion.
- A “hockey puck” in classic diner lingo means a well-done burger.
- The original McDonald’s that opened in 1940 was primarily a barbeque restaurant. In 1948 the McDonald brothers realized that most of their profit came from the burgers they sold and changed their business model.
- According to McDonald’s the giant chain sells 75 burgers every second of every single day.
- In the 1930’s burgers were nicknamed “wimpys” or “wimpy burgers” after the character from the Popeye comic who couldn’t get enough of the sandwich.
- Hamburgers and cheeseburgers make up 71% of all beef sales in restaurants.