The numbers range from 10 billion on the low end to 50 billion on the high but the actual number, whatever it may be, it is still astounding and numbers in the billions. Which makes the hamburger one of the most eaten meals in the United States. Whether, you like yours with pickles and onions or drenched in cheese and/or chili, the burger has a long and flavorful history. Where the original creator of the hamburger is contended about as much as the numbers consumed, the tasty entree has remained a favorite of Americans; both at home on the backyard grill and at their favorite restaurant. As Manchester’s favorite local restaurant, we take the burger pretty seriously. We found some pretty interesting facts about the hamburger that had our thoughts going and our stomachs growling. Here are just a few of them.

  • At 50 billion burgers eaten every year, that means that each and every American consumes the delicious concoction at least three times a week.
  • The hamburger accounts for more  than 40% of all sandwiches sold in the US.
  • Because hamburger is actually a German name, the entree was referred to as the Liberty Sandwich during World War II by soldiers wanting to avoid using the distasteful German moniker.
  • When it debuted, the Big Mac sold for just 49 cents.
  • White Castle was the world’s first hamburger chain restaurant.
  • The first drive-thru burger joint however, was Baldwin Park, California’s In-N-Out Burger.
  • McDonalds, the world’s largest burger and fast food chain, serves 65,000,000 customers every day. According to the fast food giant, they sell 75 burgers every second of every minute of every hour – every single day of the year.
  • The hamburger has a hall of fame. It is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.