In 1906, Upton Sinclair published his book: "The Jungle" which exposed the lack of sanitation in the meat packing industry. As a result, many Americans developed a fear of eating processed beef. In the 1920s, Billy Ingram, (one of the founders of White Castle), began a public relations campaign to remake the image of the hamburgers sold in restaurants and to help make the burger a favorite food. I
- add lettuce, tomato, onion, and often sliced pickles (or pickle relish).
- add Cheese (usually processed cheese slices but often cheddar, Swiss, or blue,
- add Condiments,("on the side"),
- add mustard and tomato ketchup.
- add mayonnaise,salad dressings,
- add and barbecue sauce
- add bacon, avocado or guacamole, sliced mushrooms, cheese sauce and/or chili
- add (usually without beans).
- add Heinz 57 sauce ,fried egg,
- add scrambled egg, feta cheese,blue cheese,
- add salsa ,chile peppers, anchovies, slices of ham, pastrami or teriyaki-seasoned beef, tartar sauce, french fries or potato chips.
- To decrease cooking and serving time, fast food hamburgers have thinner patties than their fancier counterparts. The Carl's Jr. restaurant chain acknowledged this with the introduction of the "Six Dollar Burger," featuring a patty the same size as those served by sit-down restaurants for a lower price. Hamburgers also tend to be described by their combined uncooked weight, with a single uncooked burger a nominal four ounces (a "quarter pounder" [113.5 grams]); so, instead of a "double hamburger" one might encounter a "half pounder" (i.e. eight ounces [227 grams]; burger weights are always specified in pounds).
- Fast-food hamburgers are usually dressed with a variety of condiments, and in order to get a fast-food hamburger without one of these standard condiments a special order may be required.