The Hamburger Through Time

The Hamburger Through Time

A short history of the greatest American food icon

The Hamburger Through Time(cont.)

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2001 Carl’s Jr. launches the Six Dollar Burger, its take on high-end fast food. Seven years later, Men’s Health magazine calls the Double Six Dollar Burger one of “The 20 Worst Foods in America.”

2002 The New York Times reports on In-N-Out’s “secret” menu—which is printed on the company website.

«2003 “Low-carb” burgers emerge as a result of the Atkins Diet. Burgers with no buns show up on menus at T.G.I. Friday’s, Hardee’s (pictured), Carl’s Jr., and Burger King.

«2004 Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle, a movie dedicated to the quest for White Castle burgers, is released.

«2004 The documentary Super Size Me, a shocking look at the fast-food industry’s effect on obesity in America, is released. Morgan Spurlock’s first meal, a Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese Value Meal, literally makes him sick.

«2004 The documentary Hamburger America, a look at eight family-owned-and-run burger joints, is released as a direct rebuttal to Super Size Me.

2005 Carl’s Jr. launches a controversial television ad in which a scantily clad Paris Hilton provocatively noshes on a burger. Detractors call the ad “soft-core porn.”

«2008 Burger King introduces “The Burger,” which costs $200, as a publicity/charity stunt in London. This limited-edition offering includes Wagyu beef, Pata Negra ham, Cristal onion straws, infused mayonnaise, and a bun dusted with white truffle.

Photo of Charles Nagreen courtesy of the Home of the Hamburger Inc. Photo of Frank Menches courtesy of the Menches family. Photo of the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book courtesy of Stuff-tiques. Wimpy illustration © King Features Syndicate. Photo of the Whopper courtesy of Burger King. Photos of the McDonald’s signs in Rome courtesy of phototram. Photos of Moscow’s Pushkin Square McDonald’s courtesy of David Orban. Photo of “The Burger” courtesy of Burger King.