The number of days dedicated to hamburgers continues to amaze us. There’s National Cheeseburger Day on September 18th, National Hamburger Day on May 28th, and now this holiday, Burger Day. It would seem that with this burger holiday addition, we can safely say that people have a deep and abiding love for this food.
Statistics probably back us up on that point. Over 50 billion burgers are sold in the United States every year, which would indicate that Americans really love burgers. This is a good reason to mark this day in August as Burger Day, especially if a person lives in the United Kingdom, where this holiday originates. Yes, this isn’t an American holiday but a British one. Now, isn’t that a surprise?
The History Of Burger Day
Whenever the history of hamburgers is mentioned, it’s sure to pit people against one another. That’s because people can’t seem to agree on where exactly they were invented. Some believe that they were invented by the Mongols, who would tenderize meat by placing it under their saddles on long rides and, once it was tenderized, would eat it like a sandwich.
Notice that we didn’t say that they cooked the meat first because they didn’t. Yes, they ate those burgers raw. Others say that the modern burger actually began with street food that was made in Hamburg, Germany. These burgers would often be sold to sailors, fishermen, and merchants.
According to this story, German immigrants brought these burgers over to the U.S., and the rest is history. We’re not sure if either of these hamburger origin stories is true, or if the Mongol version inspired the German version or not. All that we know is that once burgers were brought to the United States, they were an immediate success.
Although most holidays dedicated to hamburgers and cheeseburgers are invented in the United States, Burger Day (also known as National Burger Day) is a holiday that was invented in the United Kingdom. Yes, this is a U.K. holiday that was invented by Mr. Hyde in 2012 to celebrate the burger and their version of it.
Observing Burger Day
This is a great day for people to go to their local burger joint and enjoy a burger, or if they’re feeling adventurous, by creating their own burgers. It doesn’t matter if a person lives in the United Kingdom, the United States, or anywhere else. All that matters is that we get our favorite burgers made the way that we like them the most.
For us, it would be a simple burger and cheese combo that was garnished with pickles, onions, tomatoes, and mustard. For others, it might be a burger fixed in a different fashion. No matter how a person likes their burgers, however, they should let everyone know about this holiday by using the hashtag #BurgerDay on social media.