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Big Juicy Hamburgers

Updated on September 26, 2016

The Mother of All Burgers

When we were kids watching the old black and white television most of the kids programming was saturated with commercials directed to young audiences. There were lots of cereal commercials and seems each had a catchy phrase or some cool little jingle we might find ourselves singing over and over. Who remembers the Snap Crackle and Pop jingle or Tony the Tiger, Kellogg's Frosted Flakes. We all wanted to have a Tiger in our tank. These were so simple yet effective for gaining sales of products when going to the grocery store shopping with our parents.

Chain restaurants began to make an appearance in our small community in the 1950's and the advertisements were works of art and the marketing strategies were near perfect. Who doesn't remember remember the McDonald's commercials with Ronald and those famous Golden Arches making it so easy spot the nearest restaurant. Later the sweet old lady asking "Where's the Beef" in a Wendy's commercial. Then there was the Burger King Whopper Stopper and burgers coming down an assembly line with some that just didn't quite measure up and were stopped only to be discarded because they just didn't measure up in size. For many of us who were impoverished, the reality of biting into a Whopper and having to hold it with both hands was only in our dreams and something we saw on television.

The truth of the matter is we never had a Burger King or a McDonald's in our town and if we did most of us couldn't have bought one even at the low price touted by those commercials. Our fast food restaurants were small family owned businesses: The Chicken Shack down of 7th Avenue and the Hasty Tasty who had 19 cent burgers, a favorite place to go on Friday nights after a football or basketball game. or a Saturday night date sharing a burger after going to the drive-in movie in town.

We also had a King O Burger and several drive-in joints that were family owned. Brock's had two drive-ins, the Skyland Drive-In and who could ever forget Jody's. Famous for their footlong hot dogs, BBQ sandwiches and our first ever tater tots. We enjoyed the friendliness of curb hops and those old time two way speakers where we could order our favorite meal and have it delivered to our car window by a waitress on roller skates. At one time we even had an A&W Root Beer. Oh those Saturday nights of dragging Main and tripping through all those drive ins.

I do remember the first Big Mac sandwich I ever ate. I savored every morsel and those shoe string French fries still are the best of any chain restaurant in my opinion. Over the years the advertisements kept getting better and how many of you remember the "two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese,pickles, onion and tomato on a Sesame seed bun" slogan. One local radio station offered free burgers at McDonald's for those who could say the slogan correctly.

Of course today we are warned about the hazards of eating too much beef and fast food restaurant chains as a vast majority of us are overweight and have clogged our arteries making way to many stops at drive through windows.. We watch America's Biggest Loser and see the results of poor diet that in many cases are reflective of our now cultural eating habits. Many participants admit often in tears of lament their frequent stops for a quick meal loaded with calories and cholesterol. Certainly we applaud those who are brave enough to become national celebrities and spend weeks at weight loss camps. Life style changes are made and we see the results of a eating right and living a healthier lifestyle. We are all amazed at the results gained and the huge amounts of weight each lost.

We live in a microwave society standing at the door counting seconds all the while thinking "Hurry up!" Don't get me wrong I love my microwave but it is so reflective of how fast we all live. Those times sitting in front of the television set and wondering just what a Big Mac or a Whopper might taste like will never be forgotten nor the times when in high school and I played basketball, sitting on a cold activity bus waiting as my coach, teammates and cheerleaders went inside to enjoy a burger because most of the time I did not have money to buy anything.

All wasn't lost however, daddy would sometimes buy fresh hamburger at the A & P store and making a hamburger wasn't rocket science, even a teenage boy could do it. I made my own Big Macs and Whoppers. Instead of a bun I used regular sandwich bread. The burgers I cooked up in mama's iron skillet were mighty good and the "mother of all burgers" oh so big and tasty


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      Property-Invest 5 years ago from London

      Great analysis of how fastfood crept into our lives, super hub!

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      Mary Craig 5 years ago from New York

      Great memories...the McDonald's jingle and "Where's the Beef" will live on in history.

      Being a celiac I can't eat the buns and trust me McDonald's hamburgers without the buns just don't cut it, but, the fries! I can eat them because they're cooked separately from the fish and McNuggets so I get my treat that way!

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Robert Elias Ballard 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

      Thanks my friend for across the big pond for stopping by to read and 17 pounds is a good start. I am not a big salad person but I know most salads are more healthy for us to eat. The burger chains have lost their appeal and the best burger still is the ones I fix at home.

      Hey SusiQ42, now that rhymes don't it. Thanks for reading and hipe you enjoyed your burger.

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      I love it, Fiddleman! Great hub. Voted up and awesome. Let's go have a burger, what do ya say? My lunch is in the oven so since you've made me hungry, I'll probably devour it in a minute flat. (O:

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Hey, bro! Some of us are on a crash diet...I got to 280 and frightened myself, so have dropped 17 pounds in a hurry and am still on salads. I would kill to sink my teeth into a Bigmac, as awful as they really are..