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Who Really Invented the Hamburger?

Hamburger HearingsWho does America think really invented the hamburger?
 The verdict is in…Seymour, Wisconsin.

Sure, there’ve been some classic legal trials in American history. But never before has anyone dared to ask the question we’ve all been afraid to address: Who really invented the hamburger? That was until it was brought to the “courtroom” in Akron, Ohio on Aug. 12, 2006 during the National Hamburger Festival. A mock trial called “The Hamburger Hearings” was held to find out what city really holds the claim to fame as the inventor of the hamburger.

Four cities gathered to stake their claim in American history. Each city had the opportunity to state their case in front of Judge Murphy and four jury members who comprised the “Burger Commission.”

After deliberation, though, the jury could not come to a decision. Therefore, the judge decided to have a two-week online vote at hamburgerfestival.com. As it turned out, Seymour, Wisconsin received the most votes.

Bill Collar, a representative from Seymour, said, “Hamburger Charlie tips his chef’s hat to the people of Seymour and all our burger buddies in Wisconsin who voted to keep Seymour on top of the burger battle. Justice was served. Well done!”

It was a close vote. After tallying more than 6,900 votes, the results were as follows:

  • 1st Place…..Seymour, WI – The story of Charles Nagreen in 1885 (39.6%)
  • 2nd Place…..Akron, Ohio – The story of Frank and Charles Menches in 1885 (30.1%)
  • 3rd Place…..New Haven, CT – The story of Louis Lassen in 1900 (26.7%)
  • 4th Place…..Athens, TX – The story of Fletcher Davis in 1904 (3.7%)

“The Menches family, as one of the four claims, tips their Top and Derby hats in congratulating the community of Seymour, Wisconsin for their enthusiasm in winning the national vote in support of their claim,” said John Menches, great-grandson of Charles Menches who played his own role in the creation of the burger.

Could there be a rematch or even an appeal?