What did Americans call hamburgers during Word War I?
– “Freedom Burgers”
– “Liberty Steaks”
– “Patriot Patties”
Answer: When war broke out with Germany in 1917, a wave of anti-German hysteria swept across the country, and everyone was eager to distance themselves from German loyalties. The names of German foods were purged from restaurant menus; sauerkraut had been renamed “liberty cabbage,” while hamburgers became “liberty steaks”. Frankfurters, obviously a very German name, was deemed unacceptable during World War I. In some places they were called “liberty sausages,” but it was another term that stuck—the hot dog.
Burgers, cheesesteaks, hoagies & other casual dishes round out the menu at this no-frills venture.