The Hamburger is the most eaten food in the whole world. The first hamburgers were made and sold in Connecticut in 1895 by an American chef called Louis Lassen. Louis called them hamburgers because he was given the recipe by sailors from Hamburg in Germany.
Hamburgers have became a favourite in America in the early part of the twentieth century. Their popularity grew even more after the Second World War, when they were bought in large quantities by teenagers who prefered fast food to family meals. In 1948 two brothers, Dick and Mac McDonald opened a drive-in hamburger restaurant in San Bernandino, California. Since then over 25,000 McDonald's restaurants have been opened worldwide and now 35 million McDonald's hamburgers are eaten every day in 115 countries from India to the Arctic Circle.