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Who the f*ck is Ellis…

Ellis is the product of a single-focused group of enthusiasts aiming to serve ever better burgers. Yes we use the best products and all that but we try better by constantly tweaking our recipes with the help of renowned product specialists and star awarded chefs.

 

Our name...

We have to be honest and admit that although the hamburger was conceived many centuries ago the product was mostly perfected in the US over the last few decades. Our name is a reference to Ellis Island near New York which was the conduit for Europeans immigrating to the US during the last century. Maybe Ellis Gourmet Burger can bring the quality burger back from the US and reintroduce it to Europe. 

 

What is the Louis Original...

In the beginning of the 13th century the soldiers of the Mongol warlord Genghis Khan used to put raw meat under their saddles and that the movement of the horse's back tenderised the meat. When his grandson Kublai Khan conquered Moscow, he took this culinary custom with him. The Russians called it 'Steak Tartare' after the name they gave to the Mongols and soon enough Russian cooks added onions and eggs to give the meat a richer flavour. As a result of trade with Russian towns, the dish made its way to the German harbour city of Hamburg, where it was named "Hamburg steak". Last century a large number of European immigrants entered the 'promised land' of America via Ellis Island in New York. Because smoked and salted meat can be kept longer, a variant of this Hamburg steak became popular on the ocean-faring ships that transported the immigrants to America. So it happened that at the beginning of the nineteenth century, eateries in the port of New York advertised "Hamburg-style steak" in the hope of winning over the newly arrived German emigrants as customers. Legend has it that it was Louis Lunch in New Haven who, in around 1900, served a hamburger between two slices of toast to a customer who was in a bit of a hurry...