Holiday Retirement goes ham for the hamburger
Though the Fourth of July is a huge deal in the United States, let’s not forget another important American holiday—National Grilling Month! Also celebrated in July, the month-long celebration honors all things charcoal, meat and barbecue.
During the month, we’re shining a spotlight on the hamburger, America’s classic grilled superhero. With hamburgers found at hole-in-the-wall diners, drive-through windows of fast-food chains and backyards throughout the nation, they may as well be considered America’s favorite food.
So where exactly did this tasty sandwich originate?
While the official origin is often disputed, the most widely accepted theory starts with Hamburg, Germany. In the 19th century, beef from German Hamburg cows was minced and combined with garlic, onions, salt and pepper, then formed into patties to make Hamburg steaks. When German immigrants arrived in New York and Chicago, many earned a living by opening restaurants where the menus frequently featured Hamburg steak.
During the Industrial Revolution, factory workers were served the delicacy from food carts, but it proved difficult to eat while standing. One creative cook sandwiched the patty meat between two slices of bread and, voilà, the hamburger was born!
Since then, the sandwich has grown to become an American staple and is loved by people the world over. Holiday Retirement is not exempt from this love. In fact, one senior living community loves the hamburger so much, they threw a party for it!
Holiday Retirement’s Forest Pines fired up the grill to bring a feast of turkey, black bean and traditional beef hamburgers to residents and staff. Residents were in a pickle as they tried to decide between all the delicious toppings; tomato, lettuce and pickles were crowd favorites, with bacon and onions coming in second place. And no party is complete without cake, so naturally, a giant hamburger cake made an appearance!
“There were cheesy smiles all around as residents relished in the amazing spread Chef Reggie and his team prepared,” said Matthew Norris, an associate who donned a hamburger costume for the party.
At Holiday, food isn’t something we take lightly. We take pride in our fresh, nutritious ingredients, and never miss a chance to have fun with one of our favorite dishes!
If you want to join in the fun this National Grilling Month, get in touch to find a Holiday Retirement community near you.