What Are the Origins of Fast Food?

The Tale of the Hamburger 1 of 10

While some historical records trace the history of the burger all the way back to the Mongols that liked to enjoy bits of raw beef while in the heat of battle, most accounts bring this food's origins into more recent times. One of the more popular creation myths is that the hamburger was invented by a man named Frank Menches at the Hamburg fair in New York in 1885. When cooking, the man ran out of sausages and had no choice but to make a sandwich out of ground beef. When a customer asked what the new concoction was called, he simply looked up at the event sign and said "it's called the Hamburger." The rest is history.