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Burger Battles

Bea Louis

There is a battle to win the hearts of hamburger lovers!  Where did the hamburger come from?  The common belief is that it came from the German city of Hamburg in the 19th Century.  However, Fletcher Davis of Athens, Texas claimed to have invented the hamburger.  According to oral histories, in the 1880s, he opened a lunch counter in Athens and served a ‘burger’ of fried ground beef patties with mustard and onion between two slices of bread and there was a pickle on the side.  I love Google!  McDonald’s opened for business in April 1955.  They have become the most famous hamburger chain in the world.  (That’s my thought – not Google!) 

Chef Daphne loves a good hamburger, too!

This interests me because I am a huge hamburger fan.  I’m having one for lunch today!  My favorite burger has mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and cheese with a nice toasted bun.  But what about the meat?  I’ve seen a lot of people make burgers.  Some like the plain ground beef patty, not too lean.  Others like to mix a little chuck and ground beef, still not too lean.  They all seem to think to have that extra fat makes the patty.

Well, right now, there is a battle going on.  Turkey is saying it makes a pretty good burger, too.  I think ground turkey needs a little added seasoning and can be a little dry if not prepared properly, but it tastes pretty good.  However, plants have decided to join this race and they are winning over quite a few folks.  Chef Daphne has recently made some great plant-based burgers.  The newest one she served was the Beyond Burger Plant-Based patty.  I have tried these patties myself and I agree that they are in the race. 

So, what patty wins the battle?  I vote for all of them if they have mustard, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, and a nice toasted bun!

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