Why was the hamburger invented?
There are several accounts of the invention of the hamburger. All take place in the United States near the start of the twentieth century. Residents of Hamburg, New York, attribute the hamburger to Ohioans Frank and Charles Menches. According to legend, the Menches brothers were vendors at the 1885 Erie County Fair (then called the Buffalo Fair) when they ran out of sausage for sandwiches and used beef instead, naming the result after the location of the fair.  Frank Menches’s New York Times obituary states instead that these events took place at the 1892 Summit County Fair (in Akron, Ohio). The Seymour Community Historical Society of Seymour, Wisconsin, credits Charlie Nagreen. Now known as “Hamburger Charlie”, Nagreen was fifteen when he reportedly made sandwiches out of meatballs he was selling at the 1885 Outagamie County Fair (now the Seymour Fair), so that customers could eat while walking. The Historical Society explains that Nagreen named the hamburger after the Hambur