Big news, Blue Mooners: today is National Burger Day! We’re serving up all our classics, but in honor of August 27th, we recommend you come in for The Picnic Basket, our honorary Burger of the Month. It has hand-battered buttermilk fried chicken, South Carolina coleslaw, savory sage mayo, BBQ sauce, and a light layer of crushed Ruffles potato chips. It’s basically a barbecue in a bun—if you haven’t had one, get it quick, before National Burger Day and August are both over!
To honor our favorite unofficial holiday, we’d like to share a few burger facts that will blow your mind and hopefully encourage your appetite!
1.) During WWII, the US government tried to rename hamburgers “liberty sandwiches,” because their name comes from Hamburg, Germany. Reminds you a little bit of “freedom fries,” doesn’t it? Looks like it was just about as successful at catching on.
2.) PETA once offered the town of Hamburg, NY $15,000 to change their name to Veggieburg. Well, actually, they offered Hamburg $15,000 worth of non-meat patties for their school district. Needless to say, Hamburg refused the offer.
3.) The biggest burger ever made was created at the Black Bear Casino Resort in Minnesota. It weight 2,014 pounds and had a 10 foot diameter. It took a crane to flip it and seven hours to bake the bun.
4.) The future of burgers might be in the laboratory—the first lab-grown burger, made from cow muscle created in a petri dish from stem cells, was served in 2013. The only problem (well, besides the prohibitive cost of about $325,000) was that the muscle didn’t grow any fat. As you might imagine, it tasted pretty dry.
5.) On average, Americans eat 3 hamburgers a week—seriously. That’s a total of 50 billion burgers a year. So if you’re a pretty regular Blue Moon customer, don’t feel too guilty—you can eat here 11 times a month (or every third day) and eat fewer burgers than “average.”
6.) The most expensive burger available is at the Las Vegas restaurant Fleur. For $5,000, you can have a Wagyu beef patty burger with foie gras and black truffles, with a bottle of 1995 Chateau Petrus (worth about $2,000) included. They’ll also throw in the Ichendorf Brunello glasses (worth about $75), but it still doesn’t sound like much of a deal.
7.) White Castle is the oldest burger chain in America. It was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas, where they sold burgers for a nickel, and occasionally would run promotions selling five burgers for ten cents. Pretty much the opposite of the Fleur.
Happy National Burger Day, everyone! Come on into Blue Moon Burgers to celebrate for dinner!