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Why call it "hamburger" when there's no ham in it?

The word "hamburger" has nothing to do with hams. The name actually came from the place where this sandwich of beef patty, bread roll and condiments originated from, Hamburg in Germany.

The man (or woman) who actually invented the first hamburger remains unknown but a legend say that it was a group of nomadic people called the Tartars who tenderized their beef by placing it under a horse's saddle, flattening it into a patty.

Others believe it was the German immigrants who traveled to the United States during the 19th century bringing with them their favorite meal called Hamburg Style Beef which is a raw chopped, piece of beef. Some argue Americans placed the first cooked beef patty on a roll at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1921.

Aside from beef, which is also the most popular meat used in hamburgers, pork, turkey or a combination of meats, have also been used. Many different toppings including lettuce, mushrooms, cheese, onions, tomatoes, ketchup, mustard, and pickles were also incorporated to the modern hamburger that we enjoy today.

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