We spent the last 2 months in serious investigative mode. Sweat neck research led us to 4 men, each claiming that they alone invented the American hamburger (or cheeseburger.)

Now it’s time to show and prove. We’ve secured a truck load of hormone and antibiotic free, verified natural beef from Branch Ranch (est.1902) in Plains, Texas and we’re ready to hit the kitchen of Tamale House East.

The menu: LATE ADDITION: the big pork belly came out of the cure looking so good we added Bacon chili to the menu: Pork belly bacon, pintos, green onions, jalapenos and salt in a smoked pork neckbone broth.

LATE ADDITION: Bull meat burger: A slab of ground bull meat topped with Gentleman’s Relish

LATE ADDITION: White chili frito pie

#1 Kaelin’s Restaurant. Louisville, Kentucky. 1934.

Cooking method: cast-iron pan, as luck would have it-from Kentucky

Cooking medium: cow’s butter

Seasoning: salt and pepper

Topping: American cheese, leaf lettuce, tomato, sweet onion

Bread: White flour hamburger bun

Condiment: mayo

#2 Hamburger Charlie Nagreen. Seymour Wisconsin. 1885

(note: 2 patties comprise this burger)

Cooking implement: cast iron pan

Cooking medium: cow’s butter

Seasoning: salt and pepper

Topping: sweet onion, dill pickle

Bread: White flour, loaf bread (the hamburger bun was not invented til 1916 by Walter Anderson of White Castle fame

Condiment: mustard

#3 Menches Bros. Akron, Ohio. 1885

Cooking implement: cast iron pan

Cooking medium: oil

Seasoning: Coffee, brown sugar, salt and pepper

Bread: White flour, loaf bread (the hamburger bun was not invented til 1916 by Walter Anderson of White Castle fame

Topping: leaf lettuce, tomato, onion

Condiment: mustard

#4 Uncle Dave’s Hamburger Stand Athens, Texas. 1904

Cooking implement: cast iron pan

Cooking medium: oil

Seasoning: salt and pepper

Bread: white flour, loaf bread

Topping: Texas sweet onion, pickle

Condiment: mayo and mustard

Side Orders

Hand Cut, Twice Fried Russet Potatoes

Hand Cut, Texas Sweet Onion Rings

Green chile queso fries

Chile con queso w/ totopos

Add 2 slabs of house-cured bacon steaks to any burger

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