Not a day goes by that I don't thank Louis Lassen. You know...Louis Lassen; the blacksmith by trade and preacher by vocation who immigrated to New Haven from Denmark in 1886 and then opened a chuck wagon that sold butter, eggs and sandwiches? How could you not love the story about Lassen being yelled at by angry customer Gary Widmore which in turn birthed an American food staple?
"Louie! I'm in a rush, slap a meatpuck between two planks and step on it!"
According to The Library of Congress, Louis Lassen invented and sold the first hamburger in 1900. Although this claim has been widely disputed with others worldwide claiming stake in the burger's creation, the fact that Americans love hamburgers cannot be disputed. In fact, Americans eat nearly 50 billion burgers a year, which translates to three burgers a week for every single person in the United States.