Hot dogs and hamburger patties are as American as apple pie, well actually, not really. But every year over the July 4th holiday and summer months, hamburger accounts for just over half of the total beef sold.
Additionally,during peak hot dog season, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, Americans typically consume 7 billion hot dogs. That’s 818 hot dogs consumed every second during that period!The hot dog found its beginnings early, as sausages were first found in recorded history; as far back as 9th century b.c. Homer’s Odyssey. Later renditions are credited to multiple sources in Germany and Austria where the frankfurter and wiener were founded. From there, the hot dog expanded and has become one of the most popular processed meat items in the world.The founding of the hamburger is just as varied as its’ hot dog counterpart, though most believe the name comes from Hamburg, Germany. History recounts the Hamburg Steak and the hamburger sandwich as possible names giving insight into who and how they were founded.Regardless of how the hot dog and hamburger were founded, it is evident today that we have taken a simple meat product and turned it truly into a delicacy. Both hot dogs and hamburgers go well with grilling, broiling, or searing off in a skillet. Simple in nature, but both work well with additions to enhance their flavor. Bacon, cheese, condiments, etc. The options are endless!
-written by Brian Brozovic