Great Job, Internet!: Read This: The history of the American hamburger

Once a working-class immigrant meal, the hamburger has risen in prestige to become the quintessential American dish. Or, as Drake might say, it started at the bottom and now it’s literally everywhere. Alison Herman of the food website First We Feast decided to take a closer look at the long history of the hamburger, noting, “The road between Ellis Island and the Shake Shack IPO is a long one, touching on the assimilation of immigrant groups, the mechanization of fast food, and the country’s renewed focus on quality over convenience.”

Accompanied by visuals from Albert Hsu and details from Hamburger America author George Motz, Herman breaks down the history of the American hamburger into distinct stages. Long before the burger got its iconic special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, and sesame seed bun, it was merely a pan-fried, chopped-beef patty served as part of a German “Hamburg …

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