Turns out there is also a place called Louis’ Lunch that has a claim to hamburger history. According to New York magazine, Louis’ Lunch was just a small lunch wagon in New Haven, Connecticut. When asked for a fast, hot meal one day, he had run out of steak for steak sandwiches. Louis instead made ground beef trimmings into a patty, and grilled the patty.
Possible Birthplace of Hamburger History
That was next, of course, served as a sandwich between two slices of toast. So, my fellow burger lovers, that is said to have made hamburger history — potentially the first burger in the U.S.
There is a New York magazine claim that “The dish actually had no name until some rowdy sailors from Hamburg named the meat on a bun after themselves years later,” but how the hamburger got its name is subject to dispute.