Home of the Hamburger. Charlie statue.

Home of the Hamburger

Field review by the editors.

Seymour, Wisconsin

Several other towns in America -- New Haven, CT; Athens, TX; Hamburg, NY -- claim to be the birthplace of the hamburger. But Seymour rises to the top of our list with this spiffy new 12-foot-tall statue of "Hamburger Charlie" Nagreen, who claimed to have invented the sandwich (and coined its name) in Seymour in 1885.

Across the street stands the 5000 pound grill that cooked The World's Largest Hamburger in 2001 (it weighed over four tons and fed 13,000 people). Atop is a giant "hamburger" that is in fact a cheeseburger -- which is a little greedy of Seymour since several other towns claim to be the Home of the Cheeseburger.

The Seymour Community History Museum now exhibits the World's Largest Collection of Hamburger-Related Items. Originally the accumulation of the late Jeffrey Tenneyson (RIP 2006) it includes 1,500 pieces of memorabilia and required a semi-truck to haul it to Seymour from Palm Springs, California.

Home of the Hamburger

Address:
Depot St., Seymour, WI
Directions:
On the north side of downtown. On Depot St., which is on the east side of Hwy 55 (Main St).
RA Rates:
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