Charlie Nagreen

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Charles R. Nagreen (2 May 1870 – 5 June 1951),[1] known as "Hamburger Charlie", was an American claimant to the title of inventor of the hamburger.[2]

Hamburger Charlie Statue
Plaque showing Charlie’s chant on Hamburger Charlie statue in Seymour, Wisconsin.
Plaque showing The Charlie Burger on Hamburger Charlie statue in Seymour, Wisconsin.

Career[edit]

Born in Hortonville, Wisconsin, Nagreen was a 15-year-old vendor at the 1885 Seymour Fair.[3] After not experiencing success selling meatballs, he had an idea.[3][4] Knowing that the visitors to the fair would be hungry after gazing at the exhibits but wouldn't be able to walk and eat, he smashed a meatball and placed it between two slices of bread.[3] His idea was a success and he returned every year until his death in Appleton, Wisconsin, 1951.[1][3]

Controversy[edit]

The name of the hamburger came from the idea of "Hamburg steak", or ground beef.[3] Since this was a popular item in Seymour at the time of the 1885 fair, Nagreen decided to call the sandwich the "Hamburger".[3] This version of events is supported by local history organizations.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Charles R. Nagreen". Find A Grave.
  2. ^ "Hamburger" Charlie Nagreen. Seymour Community Historical Society.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Heuer, Myron (October 12, 1999). "The real home of the hamburger". Herald & Journal. Retrieved March 24, 2008.
  4. ^ "Home of the Hamburger". Archived from the original on April 5, 2009. Retrieved June 20, 2009. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  5. ^ e.g. Home of the Hamburger, Seymour, Wisconsin

External links[edit]

Charles Nagreen at Find a Grave.