According to The Illustrated History of the Hamburger, the burger was not a sudden birth, but evolved from a love of steak tartare. German seafarers acquired a taste for steak tartare in Russia where legend has it Mongol horseman enjoyed their beef raw, tenderizing it by placing it under their saddles. The delicacy became popular in Hamburg, Germany where eventually it was cooked, and brought to the United States by German immigrants. Once in the United States, it quickly became food for the masses. As Tennyson expresses, “The real American icon is not apple pie. It’s the hamburger.