10 Fun Facts in Honor of National Burger Month

The month of May is also known as National Burger Month. If you're the type of person that loves celebrating even the lesser-known holidays, then that's the perfect excuse to get yourself to our Lake of the Ozarks sports bar & grill to enjoy one of our many mouthwatering burger creations! 

We'll tell you all about our very own #WickedGood Wicked Willie's Sports Grill burgers at the end of this blog. First, here are a few interesting facts about this deliciously popular sandwich that you probably never knew. (But now you will!)   
  1. The burger we know today is said to have evolved from the Hamburg Steak of Hamburg, Germany. It was introduced to America by European immigrants. 
  2. During World War I, soldiers called hamburgers "Liberty Sandwiches" in an attempt to avoid using the German name. Many U.S. residents replaced their hamburgers with Salisbury Steak. 
  3. The classic American hamburger is said to have first been sold at Louis' Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut in 1900 when the meat was placed between 2 slices of toast by Louis Lassen for a busy office worker that was in a hurry.
  4. The hamburger bun was invented in 1916 by a fry cook named Walter Anderson, who later co-founded White Castle in 1921.  
  5. Seymour, Wisconsin claims that Charlie Nagreen invented the hamburger in their town in 1885. There is a 12-foot tall statue of "Hamburger Charlie" in town as well as the world's largest collection of hamburger-related items, know as the Hamburger Hall of Fame!
  6. The hamburger gained popularity when it appeared at the St. Louis World's Fair in 1904.
  7. The Oxford English Dictionary claims that the word hamburger was abbreviated to burger in 1939. 
  8. A very famous national animal rights group offered the town of Hamburg, New York $15,000 worth of non-meat patty burgers for area schools if they changed the town's name to Veggieburg. (The declined!)
  9. Nearly 60% of all sandwiches sold around the world are burgers. 
  10. According to Guinness World Records:
    1. The largest hamburger patty, made of pure Montana beef, was made in Saco, Montana in 1999, weighing 6,040 lbs.  
    2. The largest hamburger weighed in at 2,566 lbs. 9 oz. and was created by a team of 6 people in Pilsting, Germany in 2017. It consisted of 3 meat patties, tomatoes, lettuce, cucumbers, onions, hamburger sauce, and a bun. 
    3. The record for the most hamburgers eaten in 3 minutes is 12, and that is held by Takeru Kobayashi from Japan.
    4. The record for the most hamburgers eaten in 1 minute is 5, and that is held by Rix Terabite. The video below shows his win, and when he is asked how he feels after the contest, he says, "Still hungry!
#WickedGood Burgers
All of our burgers are 7 ounces (that's nearly a half-pound!) and served on a Brioche Bun. They are made fresh to order and come out hot, juicy, and absolutely delicious! When we top them with the creative combinations of burger add-ons that make up our signature burgers, it's a whole new experience.

You can create your own by taking our Classic Burger, which is flame-grilled to perfection, and adding as many of the following as you like (for a small additional charge for each topping):
  • CHEESE: American, Cheddar, Pepper-Jack, or Swiss
  • TOPPERS: Mushrooms, Caramelized Onions, Avocado, or Bacon
You don't have to create your own. Instead, you can choose from the list of specialty burger creations our own chefs have come up with.

Willie's Burger
Flame-grilled with cheddar & bleu cheeses plus Bacon-Onion Jam

The Logan Burger
A flame-broiled beef patty topped with deep bacon mac & cheese

The Wicked Burger
Flame-grilled ground chuck infused with caramelized onions, jalapeno, and chipotle sauce, then topped with caramelized onions, pepper jack cheese, guacamole, and chipotle mayonnaise

Western Burger 
A flame-grilled burger with BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and crispy fried onion straws

What are you waiting for? After reading all about the burgers from our Lake of the Ozarks family restaurant, we know your mouths are watering! Come on into Wicked Willie's Sports Grill today for lunch or dinner and give one of these savory and delicious sandwiches a try! 

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Osage Beach, MO 65065

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