If any food deserves its own month-long celebration it’s the hamburger. From Michelin starred restaurants, to greasy spoon, hole-in-the-wall diners, few foods are more beloved by Americans as the essential hamburger, as evidenced by the more than 50 billion hamburgers eaten by Americans each year. What’s more, hamburgers are easily transported for takeout and delivery – something that makes them a perfect quarantine food. Read on to learn some of our favorites that are available for curbside pick-up or delivery.
The iconic American food has roots in Hamburg, Germany – where the Hamburg Steak first originated, but its current form is a true product of American innovation. German immigrants brought the steak with them as they settled in the United States and during the Industrial Revolution, food carts began serving it to factory workers. While delicious and filling, it proved difficult to eat and thus, a long lost culinary hero introduced the concept of sandwiching the steak between two slices of bread so that it would be easier to eat while standing up. And thus, the hamburger was essentially born.
In 1904, the hamburger made its national debut at the World’s Fair in St. Louis. A few years later, Walter Anderson, a fry cook, created bun made specifically for hamburgers before going on to co-found the very first burger chain, White Castle.
Locally, Virginia’s own contribution to the history of the hamburger came in the form of one G.A. Coffman, who received patent number 3935 in 1845 for a device that would eventually become the modern day meat grinder.
Here in Richmond, we’re fortunate to have some exceptionally creative and For a quarantine bite, sink your teeth into these options for take-out and delivery:
Capital Ale House: Capital Ale House has been a Richmond favorite for burgers and beer and after closing briefly for COVID-19, they have reopened for takeout and free delivery. Choose from the full menu or pick up one of their make-from-home family kits featuring pasture-raised, antibiotic and hormone-free, local Virginia beef.
Burger Bach: Looking for a New Zealand twist on the traditional burger? Burger Bach offers creative takes on classic burgers crafted with a variety of meats from Black Angus, to New Zealand Lamb, Chicken to Black Bean. Burger Bach offers curbside pickup as well as delivery.
Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint: This all-American style, Virginia-born burger joint sources 100% Wagyu Beef from a family farm in Idaho to build their creative burgers with just as creative names such as the Cobra Kai and the Greg Brady. Place an online order for take-out or delivery.