An Indian Civilizational Perspective

Hamburger Birthplace: Two US states fighting over what was born in Mongolia?!

There is an ongoing battle between Texas and Connecticut as to which state is the was the birthplace of the Hamburger.

Hamburger is derived from Hamburg, Germany

A state legislator there is embroiled in a burger battle with Louis’ Lunch of New Haven, Connecticut, over which state can claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger.

Louis’ Lunch, which opened in 1895, claims to have come up with the marvelous idea in 1900, when a hurried customer requested something he could eat on the run. Republican state representative Betty Brown, however, has proposed a resolution in the Texas legislature declaring Athens, Texas, as rightful birthing ground, noting that Fletcher Davis sold burgers from a luncheonette there in the late 1800s.

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The funny thing is it may be neither! The birthplace was probably Mongolia!

Some sources say it began with the Mongols, who stashed raw beef under their saddles as they waged their campaign to conquer the known world. After time spent sandwiched between the asses of man and beast, the beef became tender enough to eat raw—certainly a boon to swift-moving riders not keen to dismount.

It is said, then, that the Mongols, under Kublai Khan later brought it to Russia, which turned it into the dish we know as steak tartare.

Several years later, as global trade picked up, seafarers brought this idea back to the port city of Hamburg, Germany, where the Deutschvolk decided to mold it into a steak shape and add heat to the equation, making something that, outside of Hamburg, was referred to as "Hamburg steak."

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