Hamburger Day on May 28 - Try the Italian Version!

World Hamburger Day is celebrated on 28 May 2023, an international event that puts one of the most loved and widespread dishes in the world at the center of attention. World Hamburger Day was established in 1995 to celebrate and promote the culture of this dish that has conquered the palates of millions of people around the world (along with pizza). The date of May 28 was chosen as it is believed that it was on this day, way back in 1900, that an American chef named Louis Lassen prepared the first modern hamburger. The hamburger owes its name to the city of Hamburg, Germany, where minced meat balls called "Frikadelle" were prepared in the 19th century. These meatballs were then imported into the United States by German immigrants and, over the years, transformed into the classic sandwich with meat, lettuce, tomato, onion and various sauces that we know today. 

Italians love these 5 Hamburger recipes

According to a survey conducted by Uber Eats in Italy a few years ago, the five preferred Hamburger recipes preferred by Italians include: the Bacon Cheese Burger triumphs followed by the classic Cheeseburger, but it was during the lockdown that the extraordinary minced meatball - seasoned to taste and wrapped in two slices of toasted sweet bread. And not surprisingly, Italians do not like pickled gherkins and onions in their hamburgers.

Hamburger with Pumpkin and bitter greens - Hamburger con zucca e friarielli


2 hamburger buns; 300 g minced veal; 500 g pumpkin; 150 g cleaned and washed broccoli rabe; 250g buffalo mozzarella; salt and pepper; 1/2 teaspoon mustard; extra virgin olive oil


We season the veal with pepper and mustard. We mix well and then shape our burgers (we can help ourselves with a pastry rings). Cut the pumpkin into slices and grill it. Season with oil and salt and keep aside. In a pan with a drizzle of oil and a clove of garlic, sauté the friarielli. Let's not cook them too much, just let them dry leaving them crunchy. We grill our hamburger turning it often until cooked. Once out of the fire, let's salt the meat. Assemble the broccoli rabe sandwich, the hamburger, the fresh mozzarella and the grilled pumpkin. Grazie a Sfiozioso!

Vegetarian Options

Burger con funghi Portobello e radicchio 


4 portobello mushrooms; 200 g smoked tofu; 30 g chopped hazelnuts; 4 round wholemeal buns; a head of red radicchio; balsamic vinegar; Vegan mayonnaise; soy sauce; extra virgin olive oil; salt


For the burger recipe with Portobello mushrooms and radicchio, clean the mushrooms by removing the residues and cutting the stems. Brush them with a drizzle of oil, a few drops of soy sauce

and bake them at 180 °C for about 15 minutes. Trim the head of radicchio, cut the leaves into strips and season them with a spoonful of balsamic vinegar, a drizzle of oil and a pinch of salt. Finely slice the tofu. Take the mushrooms out of the oven and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Cut the sandwiches in half, spread a handful of red radicchio, a hectare of tofu, a generous spoonful of vegan mayonnaise (you can prepare it as described in the hot dog recipe) and a Portobello mushroom on the bases. Complete with chopped hazelnuts and close the burgers with the top caps of the buns. Grazie a La Cucina Italiana!

Here is a fresh vegetarian and local recipe, created for the Consortium for the protection of Gorgonzola Dop cheese by Gianpiero Cravero. Chickpea burger with salad, spicy crumbled Gorgonzola DOP and caramelized red onions

Try Bottega Sicula - FUD in Milano for an Italian styled Hamburger. "At FUD we "talk like we eat": with simplicity and immediacy, respecting the raw materials of the territory. The kitchen churns out hamburgers, hot dogs, potatoes, fries and dishes full of flavor. Slowly leavened Neapolitan pizzas, focaccia and pinse, light and delicious, alternate in the wood oven

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