Finally answer to why there is no ham in hamburgers
January 29, 2007 7:51pm CST
Here is the non too appetizing reason: During a trip to Asia in the early 1800s, a German merchant - it is said - noticed that the nomadic Tartars softened their meat by keeping it under their saddles. The motion of the horse pounded the meat to bits. The Tartars would then scrape it together and season it for eating. The idea of pounded beef found its way back to the merchant's home town of Hamburg where cooks broiled the meat and referred to it as it as Hamburg meat. After reading this I shall always have a mental picture of the meat being bashed near a horses butt.
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30 Jan 07
My animal lover instincts have been leaning toward vegetarianism for a long time. I am sort of a half way veg now. But every now and then I get the urge for a nice, big, juicy hamburger. Gotta tell you Heather, If this story doesn't kick me solidly into the Vegetarian camp, NOTHING will. I'll just try to conjure up your "horse butt bashing" image the next time I get the urge. LOL