SIOUX CITY -- It may seem brazen to suggest this, but the burger is the best sandwich known to man.
How can we make such a claim? Simple arithmetic, actually. Americans alone consume about 50 billions burgers every year. Plus the average American will chomping down on a burger three times a week.
In Wednesday's Sioux City Journal, we'll be profiling Clyde's Grill & Pub's Horacio Ochoa, who wants the 3828 Stadium Dr. eatery's signature Steakhouse burger tn snag a top ten place on the competitive Iowa's Best Burger Contest.
To whet your appetite for meat-on-bun action, here are some fun facts about burgers.
THE NAME COMES FROM GERMANY'S SECOND-LARGEST CITY
Back in the 18th century, cows from Hamburg, Germany were minced and combined with garlic, onions, salt and peppers before being turned into patties. For that reason, they were called hamburger steaks.
IT TOOK A WHILE TO GAIN POPULARITY FROM AMERICANS
Legend has it that the hamburger -- a beef patty served bread -- received a boost at the World Fair in St. Louis.
WORLD WAR ONE BROUGHT A (TEMPORARY) NAME CHANGE
Due to anti-German sentiment at the height of World War One, hamburgers were called Salisbury Steak and even "Liberty Sandwiches" for a while.
HAROLD AND KUMAR HAVE GOOD TASTE
The Wichita, Kan.-based White Castle holds the honor as being America's oldest burger chain. They began making their signature sliders for a nickle, starting in 1921.
HAMBURGER HALL OF FAME HAS A MIDWEST ADDRESS
The Hamburger Hall of Fame is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.
MICKEY D'S BY THE NUMBERS
Here's some stats that will speak to the popularity of the burger. McDonald's -- the world's largest hamburger fast food chain -- serves around 68 million customers daily in 119 countries. To date, McDonald's has sold more than 300 billion burgers. If you're doing the math, that averages out to be around 75 hamburgers per second.