Finally answer to why there is no ham in hamburgers

United States
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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@GardenGerty (93617)
• Marion, Kansas
30 Jan 07
Oh man, what a picture. I knew hamburger came from Hamburg, did not know it came from the Tartars. Check with your source, is that also where we get steak Tatare?
• United States
30 Jan 07
Yes the same
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@sunshinecup (7882)
30 Jan 07
I seen that on a show once. You do relize they ate it raw? Yuck! I thought that was just amazing how Hamburgars from then has turned into what it has now.
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@TiareF (241)
• United States
1 Feb 07
Well, just a thought thank heavens we cook it now LOL
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
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
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@Lakota12 (42794)
• United States
30 Jan 07
lol not a bad reason but it worked didnt it? Beats pounding your self . Have your read where old emglandpoor people ate food with maggats in it?
@irisheyes (4375)
• United States
30 Jan 07
Yep. I'm definitely becoming a full- fledged vegetarian!
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