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The humble burger patty. A staple offering at barbecues, a quick teatime treat, or even a belly-busting challenge if you visit certain restaurants – the hamburger is one of the most versatile and popular products on the butchers’ counter.
So, it is only right that we should celebrate its meaty goodness here in the UK on National Burger Day. Kicking off the last Bank Holiday weekend of the year, National Burger Day falls on August 27, offering the perfect excuse to get together with friends and family for a burger extravaganza.
We may be biased, but we think Lakings’ burgers are some of the best on the market, for several reasons. Made using offcuts from our steaks and roasting joints, our beef burgers are succulent and juicy. Each patty weighs in at 113g (or 4oz in old money), which means they keep their shape and size when cooked under the grill, or they’re even better grilled on the barbecue.
And, when you buy from Lakings, you can feel confident, not only of the quality of our products but their provenance, too. Our beef is sourced from John Needham’s farm at Gayton-Le-Wold – just four or five miles away from our shop in the market town of Louth, in the Lincolnshire Wolds. Rough grazing, in a totally traditional environment, John uses Lincoln Red heifers, bred with a continental bull – which results in meat with all the marbling and flavour the Lincoln Red is known for, with the texture and depth of the continental. And it’s that that makes our burgers a cut above the rest.
We also offer alternatives to the traditional beef burger. Why not try our pork and apple version? Juicy pork is given a sweet twist by adding apple and shaped into a rustic burger in-store at our Lakings shop. Perfect for when you fancy a little something different. Just as our beef is produced locally, so is our pork.
Sourced by Lakings solely from one Lincolnshire farmer, our pork is guaranteed to not only be British but ‘Yellowbelly’, too. Coming from a state-of-the-art Red Tractor farm where welfare standards are rigorously upheld, the pigs are fed on feed grown and milled specifically for them on-site. A touch that provides them with a diet designed to produce the best in flavour and texture.
Finally, to complete the trio of our burger products, lamb and mint make a delicious food flavour partnership, so we’ve combined the two in our lamb and mint patties. Succulent and juicy, our lamb and mint burgers are made using lamb shoulder to guarantee full-on flavour. Just as with Lakings’ beef and pork, the lamb used to make our burgers comes from Lincolnshire flock, including a flock bred and raised by Lakings’ owner Andrew and his family.
Ordering your Lakings burgers online couldn’t be easier. Simply visit the ‘barbecue specials’ section on our home page and follow the links. We offer packs in varying sizes, from four beef patties to a family pack of eight burgers – which includes two each of Lakings Steak Burgers, Pepper Steak Burgers, Pork and Apple Burgers and Lamb and Mint Burgers.
Fun burger facts
Impress your guests on National Burger Day with these fun facts as they bite into their Lakings’ burger…
- The name ‘hamburger’ is said to originate from the German port of Hamburg, where it is thought that 19th-century sailors brought back the idea of raw shredded beef (now called beef tartare) after trading with the Baltic provinces of Russia.
- The hamburger is believed to have been invented in 1900 by a man called Louis Lassen who was a food peddler, selling butter and eggs from a wooden cart from his home in New Haven, Connecticut, having moved from Denmark in 1886. The story goes, one of Lassen’s customers ordered a hot ‘lunch to go’ and so Lassen placed his own blend of ground steak trimmings between two slices of toast and sent the gentleman on his way. Whether Lassen’s story is true or not, history books show the trend did not really catch on in the United States until the 1904 St Louis World’s Fair.
- The world record for the largest hamburger ever made was set by chefs at The Black Bear Resort Casino in Minnesota. It weighed just over a ton and was 10-feet in diameter. The record, which was achieved in 2012, has yet to be beaten.
- Americans alone consume approximately 50-billion burgers a year and the average American eats a hamburger three times a week.
- The ‘Hamburger Hall of Fame’ (yes, it’s real) is located in Seymour, Wisconsin.