hamburger has no connection to ham. It got its name from the German town of
Hamburg, which was famous for its ground steak. German immigrants to the United
States introduced the "hamburger steak."
the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904, hamburger steaks were served on buns for
the first time. Hamburgers on buns were convenient and tasted good. This became
the usual way of eating hamburgers.
did the hamburger become the most popular, most typical American food? The
introduction of the bun is an important part of the answer. Another important
part is McDonald's, the fast- food restaurant.
first McDonald's was opened in San Bernadino, California, in 1949. Hamburgers
were the main item on its menu. People liked the restaurant's fast service. By
the 1960s there were many McDonald's restaurants. McDonald's was a part of
nearly every community in the United States. There were also other fast-food
restaurants that sold hamburgers. McDonald's alone sold millions of hamburgers
a year Today, of course, there are McDonald's restaurants around the world. The
food they serve is considered typically American. And, although McDonald's has
expanded its menu, the main item on that menu is--as always--the hamburger.