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Behold the burger: Americana on a bun

Its origins are debatable, but its place in history and pop culture isn’t


The third McDonald’s restaurant built, opening in 1953, and oldest one still open for business.
Morgan Spurlock scarfed McDonald’s burgers for a month in his documentary “Super Size Me.”
Courtesy of Greg Rajan

A burger from Louis’ Lunch in New Haven, Connecticut. According to some, including the Library of Congress, Louis’ Lunch was the first restaurant to serve hamburgers in 1900.