Monthly Archive: May 2019

Award-Winning Financial Writer’s New Book Reveals Most Likely True Story Behind the Origin of the Hamburger Sandwich


Contact: Christopher Carosa
(585) 733-4553
Mendon, New York, May 6, 2019

Hamburger Dreams – How Classic Crime Solving Techniques Helped Crack the Case of America’s Greatest Culinary Mystery

Available Now in Time for “National Beef Month” (May) and “National Hamburger Day(May 28)!

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“It gives me delight to report Hamburger Dreams is both scrupulously researched and written with graceful style.
I could not put it down and finished it in a single sitting.”

– Craig Shelton, James Beard Award Winning Chef,
Shelton Hospitality Group

Which of these four most repeated hamburger origin stories comes closest to the truth?

Did the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis really inaugurate the “hamburg sandwich” as purportedly reported by the New York Tribune and as taught by McDonald’s famous Hamburger University? Or, as described by The New York Times and recognized as such by the Library of Congress, was the first hamburger made in 1900 at Louis Lunch, a diner in New Haven, Connecticut? Or did Fletcher “Old Dave” Davis first place a ground beef patty on bread in “the late 1880’s” as suggested by the Dallas Morning News? And, if the hamburger really was first invented in 1885 either by Charles Nagreen at the Outagamie County Fair in Seymour, Wisconsin, or by Charles and Frank Menches at the Erie County Fair in Hamburg, New York, which fair occurred first?

Today it’s a trillion-dollar industry. We eat there. We work there. We may even own a franchise. For all its size and influence, you’d think the hamburger industry might have documented its very beginnings.

It didn’t.

There’s no contemporaneous report that definitively cites the person who flipped the first burger or the place where he flipped it. With no smoking gun, this case is about as cold as that day-old hamburger sitting in your fridge.

Can you solve a mystery that has left virtually no discernible evidence?

Award-winning writer Chris Carosa thinks so. And he wants to show you how he did it.


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