White Castle Hamburgers

White Castle was founded in 1921 in Wichita, Kansas by Walter A. Anderson and is known to be the first fast food place built in the United States.

Walter A. Anderson c9-founded the White Castle chain selling small square hamburgers. The store offered a special in the early days selling five hamburgers for 10 cents. Billy Ingram was the cook and partner but later bought the White Castle company from Anderson in 1933.

Anderson is credited with being the inventor of the hamburger bun. The White Castle hamburgers. He instituted the assembly line that is used in fast food places today. He used fresh ground beef and fresh onions but today the company uses small frozen patties in the production of the hamburgers.

A menu from an early White Castle hamburger place. Try finding a place today that sells six hamburgers, french fries and a large cold drink combo for only 45 cents and where you could play 10 songs on the jukebox for only 25 cents.
A White Castle combo of today.

When I was stationed at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Indiana I can remember the White Castle hamburger place downtown. I never saw another White Castle store while living in Louisiana and Tennessee. However they can be found in some grocery stores in the frozen food section.

Krystal’s Similar To White Castle

Rody Davenport Jr. and J.Glenn Sherrill founded Krystals in 1932 after studying some White Castle hamburger places in operation. Their hamburgers are very similar to the White Castle hamburgers.

I have eaten the Krystal’s hamburgers here in Knoxville. The burgers are small but still the most I could eat at one sitting is five.

Joey Chestnut a professional eating contestant holds the current record for most Krystals eaten having eaten 103 in eight minutes. I don’t think I could eat eight in eight minutes.

The small hamburgers are a welcome change from the Big Mac’s and Whoppers we find at McDonalds and Burger King.

There are only 392 White Castles compared to 13,000 McDonalds. Krystals has 380 stores.


Author: Andrew Godfrey

Retired from newspaper work after 38 years. Had served in the Army in Hawaii and Vietnam in the 60's. Am now retired and living in Sulphur, Louisiana.

3 thoughts on “White Castle Hamburgers”

  1. im 57 now and i eat them all the time but ive been unable to get a poster of the old white building that says 5 cents hamburgers on it. if you happpen to know where i could buy one please contact me. thanks bob

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