Burger Fact #2


Did Genghis Kahn invent the hamburger?

From Wikipedia:

1206-1227 – Genghis Khan (1167–1227), crowned the “emperor of all emperors,” and his army of fierce Mongol horsemen, known as the “Golden Horde,” conquered two thirds of the then known world. The Mongols were a fast-moving, cavalry-based army that rode small sturdy ponies. They stayed in their saddles for long period of time, sometimes days without ever dismounting. They had little opportunity to stop and build a fire for their meal.

The entire village would follow behind the army on great wheeled carts called “yurts,” leading huge herds of sheep, goats, oxen, and horses. Ground or chopped meat was handy for the soldiers, as they needed something which they could eat by hand while riding. They would use scrapings of lamb or mutton which were formed into flat patties. They softened the meat by placing them under the saddles of their horses while riding into battle. When it was time to eat, the meat would be eaten raw, having been tenderized by being pressed between the saddle and the back of the horse.”

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