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.

“Up until now, no one has undertaken an exhaustive research survey of each of these stories,” says Carosa, a contributor to “While I can’t spoil the surprise, I can tell you that there’s incontrovertible evidence that at least 2 of the origin stories are blatantly false.”

In Hamburger Dreams, Carosa, employs classic crime solving techniques to crack the case of America’s greatest culinary mystery. Reviewers call Carosa “a born narrator” who, with “the brilliance of a culinary gumshoe and the diligence of a conscientious reporter,” uses “meaty research and tantalizing story-telling” to “separate fact from fiction.”

Would you like to Feed Your Curiosity?

Award-winning academic researcher and journalist Christopher Carosa extensively researched newspaper article archives, scoured published literature, and carefully parsed through dead men’s tales. How “exhaustive” was Carosa’s research? Hamburger Dreams contains more than 300 footnotes (305, to be exact). The New York Press Association’s 2018 Better Newspaper Contest awarded Carosa Honorable Mention in the “Best News or Feature Series” category for the series of articles he wrote in the Mendon-Honeoye Falls-Lima Sentinel that form the basis for Hamburger Dreams.

In Hamburger Dreams, Carosa traces the history of the hamburger back in time to crack this case of the true hamburger origin story. He submits his findings in the same meticulous way a DA might present a final summation to the jury, ever careful to weave facts together in the riveting tradition of all great story-tellers.

Would like him to tell this story to your audience? Call Chris Carosa at (585) 733-4553 or email him at to arrange an interview.

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