New Haven, Connecticut: Home of the HamburgerOne of several places that claim to be the birthplace of America's favorite meat-on-bread combo.
- 263 Crown St., New Haven, CT
- At Louis' (loo-ese) Lunch. I-95 exit 47 onto Hwy 34 toward downtown. From Hwy 34 exit onto Frontage Rd, then a quick right onto York St., then another quick right onto George St., then a quick left onto Crown St.
Visitor Tips and News About Home of the Hamburger
Right around Yale is the home of the Hamburger sandwich, Louis' Lunch. It is currently being run by the third and fourth generations of the Lassen family, and was established in 1895. There is so much history there, that you have to swing in and talk with Ken, the third generation. He has a wall made of bricks and rocks from around the world, including, "Bora Bora, the mother of all South Pacific Colonizations." The burgers are made from fresh ground meat, done daily, and served only on bread (no rolls) with only cheese, tomato, and onion, NO KETCHUP. I suggest everyone gets there, but not in August, they are closed for the annual spoon inventory.[Pres, 11/28/1999]
New Haven battles Seymour, WI; Hamburg, NY; and Athens, TX for the title "Birthplace of the Hamburger." And let's not even discuss the firefight over cheeseburgers.