Burger Fact #4
June 14, 2010 Leave a comment
Invention of meat choppers
Referring to ground beef as hamburger dates to the invention of the mechanical meat choppers during the 1800s. The meat grinder was purportedly invented by Dr. Karl Drais in the 19th century. It wasn’t until the early nineteenth century that wood, tin, and pewter cylinders with wooden plunger pushers became common. Patents were filed for some designs that were interpreted as meat choppers.
- E. Wade received Patent Number x5348 on January 26, 1829 for what may be the first
patented “Meat Cutter.” The patent shows choppers moving up and down onto a rotating block.
- G. A. Coffman received Patent #3935 on February 28, 1845 for an “Improvement in Machines for Cutting Sausage-Meat” using a spiral feeder and rotating knives something like a modern food grinder.