How The World’s First Burger Was Made At Louis’ Lunch | Legendary Eats

  • Published: 07 January 2019
  • We visited Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut and interviewed the fourth generation owner Jeff Lassen about the history of the restaurant, the story behind the birth of the hamburger, and saw how they make it. We tried the burger out and asked customers how it compares to new, modern burgers.

    Instead of buns, Louis' Lunch uses toasted sandwich bread. The burger patties are cooked to a medium-rare, no exceptions.

    Every morning, Louis' Lunch's patties are freshly ground with a special blend of beef. As for customization, Louis' Lunch has a strict ordering policy: Absolutely no condiments.

    Lassen says they still cook in the same original stoves that Louis' Lunch cooked in from day one.

    The whole restaurant is covered in etchings because customers are encouraged to add on to the history at Louis' Lunch.


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Comments • 2 401

  • darktennisball
    darktennisball  3 days back

    “Caveman 1: we have beef, what should we do with it
    2: just mash it bruv
    1: good idea, I’ve even got some wheat, we could put the meat in between it
    2: *eats it*
    There is no first anything

    • rudydog 1
      rudydog 1  3 days back

      They never once spoke to the Brother cooking.....ijs.🤷‍♂️

      • Joseph Atnip
        Joseph Atnip  3 days back

        That's straight-up isn't a hamburger that's a patty melt

        • 8dzenja6
          8dzenja6  2 weeks back

          Sorry guys you can put that batch on your shirt but... in fact the first burgers hotdogs aso are from germany

          • BanyMany
            BanyMany  2 weeks back

            "No condiments"
            *secretly have ketchup packs in my pockets*

            • paul hartland
              paul hartland  2 weeks back

              i wanted to create those vertical ovens from scratch and i found the patent on them the insides are filled with asbestos. lol

              • OnAComeUpChea
                OnAComeUpChea  2 weeks back

                Asian woman food yelp reviewers are fucken annoying

                • Blackpeople Stink
                  Blackpeople Stink  3 weeks back

                  Yea I’ll never eat there no one is gonna tell me how my meat has to be cooked and what I can put on it. Tf

                  • BALD CAT
                    BALD CAT  3 weeks back

                    like i dont get restaurants who dont allow condiments maybe some people dont just wanna eat shitty bread and cheese on a patty

                    • Prathamesh Chitre
                      Prathamesh Chitre  1 months back

                      Are these guys hyped like Katz's Deli because they are just old?😂

                      • Coco Taveras
                        Coco Taveras  1 months back

                        I'm so proud when CT gets recognized for something historic :)

                        So, every time you eat a burger remember CT and the important role it has played in the creation of this savory and delicious meal right in front of you!

                        • Knives
                          Knives  1 months back

                          I live in Connecticut and I tried that burger it has absolutely no taste at all and the bread gets stuck on the roof of my mouth🤮

                          • Pao Lee
                            Pao Lee  1 months back

                            I want one

                            • Larry Courtney
                              Larry Courtney  1 months back

                              You put tomato on it what's the difference of putting ketchup on it you got to have ketchup on an American Burger

                              • Larry Courtney
                                Larry Courtney  1 months back

                                Well if they're so good why do you have to add spices and cheese to it

                                • Prince Trunks Briefs
                                  Prince Trunks Briefs  2 months back

                                  Hust gunna tell you its bullshit because hamburgers are named after hamburg germany. lol. Same as frankfurters(hotdogs) after frankfurt germany

                                  • imtheotherdave
                                    imtheotherdave  2 months back

                                    The old grills look great but the burgers look like something I'd cook while pissed if I had nothing in.

                                    • chukywantsto play
                                      chukywantsto play  2 months back

                                      I khoe people on crack and meth that can make a better burger

                                      • Allan R
                                        Allan R  2 months back

                                        No ketchup or mustard because that will ruin our burger but........we'll spread on some fake cheese paste, toss in a tomato, add an onion and sprinkle on some seasoning all while serving it up on a dry piece of shit toast. Uh, no thanks. Can't even imagine what they charge for this nostalgic food. And who wants a crappy have it our way not yours burger without fries?

                                        • Joseph Lowry
                                          Joseph Lowry  2 months back

                                          Did Burgers originated in Ireland 🇮🇪 or the United States Of America 🇺🇸?

                                          • Robert R O'Brien , Jr
                                            Robert R O'Brien , Jr  2 months back

                                            Would love to try one of these burgers. Does look really rare. I like that they are cooked with onion. Cooked sideways. Only place I've seen that

                                            • Carlo C.
                                              Carlo C.  2 months back

                                              1:44 what does she said?

                                              • David
                                                David  2 months back

                                                Should've went to Sally's Apizza when my grandpa's cousin still owned it 😂

                                                • DarthSailorMoon
                                                  DarthSailorMoon  2 months back

                                                  This is one place i'd be glad to miss.

                                                  • jeff jackson
                                                    jeff jackson  2 months back

                                                    The asian chick/critic is a typical clueless hipster. She know's it's fricking garbage, and tries to prop it up because it is "unique". Lady, it's under cooked hamburger, on Wonder Bread w/ cheese wiz...enjoy sitting on the toilet the next day eating that tourist trap garbage.

                                                    • jeff jackson
                                                      jeff jackson  2 months back

                                                      The only customers to this place are A) Idiotic tourists that don't know any better and B) Stupid hipsters

                                                      • Devon Schwartz
                                                        Devon Schwartz  2 months back

                                                        Love Louis Lunch 👍🏻👍🏻

                                                        • The Apemen
                                                          The Apemen  3 months back

                                                          This deffinitly isnt the first place to serve hamburgers

                                                          • Katia Tannus
                                                            Katia Tannus  3 months back

                                                            So this was before McDonald's

                                                            • Coco Taveras
                                                              Coco Taveras  1 months back

                                                              Katia Tannus Yep! And my state was the first one responsible for it :)

                                                              GO CONNECTICUT!

                                                              Sorry, we get forgotten a lot so it makes me proud when we get recognized for something historic.

                                                          • Victor M
                                                            Victor M  3 months back

                                                            My dad told stories about this place. I should go there some day and try it.

                                                            • Sam Kunz
                                                              Sam Kunz  3 months back

                                                              His story doesn't hold water. So his father had a customer that was in such a rush that he couldn't wait for a steak to cook....But could wait while to took a steak put it in the grinder (It has to go thru 3 times) and make a burger which he never did before? BULLSHIT. Charles Menches Invented the Modern Hamburger

                                                              • Sam Kunz
                                                                Sam Kunz  3 months back

                                                                If Louis' Lunch invented the Hamburger then The Col. invented Fried Chicken. That is how stupid it is to say that Louis Lassen invented the Hamburger

                                                                • Sam Kunz
                                                                  Sam Kunz  3 months back

                                                                  This absolute BULLSHIT. Louis' Lunch did not invent the burger neither did Louis Lassen. Charles Menchen did in 1898 at the Worlds Fair. The Lassen family have been conning people into eating their shitty burgers for almost 100 years now.

                                                                  • Nicole Char
                                                                    Nicole Char  3 months back

                                                                    you all better respect new haven

                                                                    • bryon little
                                                                      bryon little  3 months back

                                                                      No well done???? Just medium-rare?????? 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢 I'll pass

                                                                      • Dreday Allday Everyday
                                                                        Dreday Allday Everyday  3 months back

                                                                        I cook this type of burger when I only have like $5 left in my account....and still have money for condiments. I mean they made "kids we have burgers at home" phrase into a restaurant.

                                                                        • TSN13
                                                                          TSN13  3 months back

                                                                          yall shit on it but its fire

                                                                          • mabecka
                                                                            mabecka  3 months back

                                                                            The birthplace of the Hamburger is Germany!

                                                                            • Costa Zambaras
                                                                              Costa Zambaras  3 months back

                                                                              I’m about as interested in seeing an Asian critique an all American delicacy like a burger as seeing a southern red-neck critique Crème brûlée.

                                                                              • Mian Muhammad Jibran
                                                                                Mian Muhammad Jibran  3 months back

                                                                                Listen, the liquid that looked like blood when he cut the sandwich was not blood but myoglobin.


                                                                                • Have-a- Cigar
                                                                                  Have-a- Cigar  3 months back

                                                                                  Guys a simpleton

                                                                                  • Muhammad Shabbar Bukhari
                                                                                    Muhammad Shabbar Bukhari  3 months back

                                                                                    That's legendary...

                                                                                    • S1KRed
                                                                                      S1KRed  3 months back

                                                                                      Lol you call that a burger

                                                                                      • Christopher Darell
                                                                                        Christopher Darell  3 months back

                                                                                        this is a lie, we all know Hamburgers are created first in North Korea

                                                                                        • memnok magee
                                                                                          memnok magee  3 months back

                                                                                          you'll put canned fn velveeta on a burger but not ketchup? ooooo! that gross dyed salty shit must sure let the all that oh so "unique flavor" shine right through if I bought and paid for it, its mine and I will put anything I want on it nice marketing gimmick though

                                                                                          • My Pokemon
                                                                                            My Pokemon  3 months back

                                                                                            2:08 CSK rocks it’s csk official historic restaurants chennai super kings

                                                                                            • It's A Gemini Thing
                                                                                              It's A Gemini Thing  3 months back

                                                                                              Shit burger...looks gross!

                                                                                              • THE REAL ereck flowers
                                                                                                THE REAL ereck flowers  3 months back

                                                                                                That sandwich looks so dry and tasteless